Seeking a larger home and lot, Nancy and Ron George found a spacious two-story house and beautiful open lot in the Little Creek Farm subdivision on the west side of Streamwood.
The couple doubled the size of their former house and property and believe they received a lot for their money in Little Creek Farm.
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Listing sheetPrice range:$235,000 to $350,000
Age of homes: 17 years
Schools: Hilltop Elementary, Canton Middle and Streamwood High schools in Elgin Area School District U-46
Parks: Streamwood Park District
"It was a good fit," Nancy George said. "We liked the area because no one has fences, and it's all open land. Our home backs up to the horse stables (Little Creek Quarter Horse Farm), and it's nice to watch the horses doing their jumps."
Little Creek is a great community because the homes are lovely, and it sits tucked away a little bit. It's nice to be off the main thoroughfare, said Linda Longmeyer, real estate broker with Prudential Starck Realtors.
"It's a nicely kept neighborhood where people take pride in their homes. It's always a pleasure to show homes in there," Longmeyer said. "It's not like some places where they have lots of 'For Sale' signs. It's a stable community.
"Market time is good, too. Homes have been selling under the typical market time, and it's nice to know that they're holding their value."
The neighborhood, built in 1993 by Kirk Corp., features 132 homes ranging in size from 1,520 to 2,500 square feet. Homes are predominantly two-stories that offer three to four bedrooms, 2½ to three baths and a two- or three-car garage. Some homes have basements.
An aspect of their home that Nancy and Ron enjoy is having the master suite separated from the secondary bedrooms where the kids reside.
Known as a friendly neighborhood, the Georges live on a court with only four homes. "It's quaint and more friendly, and we don't have a lot of traffic coming in and out," Nancy said.
The neighborhood features a playground nearby that the couple's grandkids enjoy. "They play basketball, run and play, do the swing sets," she said. "I work for the school district and am off during the summer, so we're always over there having picnics."
With all the development along Route 59, there are plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities nearby.
Bordering Streamwood and Little Creek Farm on the north, Poplar Creek Forest Preserve contributes to the community's beauty and natural atmosphere. It also offers recreation galore including hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking and fishing in its streams and lakes.
If golf is your sport, Streamwood Oaks Golf Course, operated by the village, is a nine-hole golf course open to the public.
Other recreation includes park district facilities such as the Streamwood Community Center and Park Place Family Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art fitness center with indoor basketball courts, indoor aquatic center, aerobics studio and indoor elevated track.
People gather at the 20-acre Hoosier Grove Park for many village events and programs that help bring the community together. The park houses Hoosier Grove Museum, the former one-room schoolhouse that shows what life was like when the area was a farming community.
The neighborhood sits in a great location close to the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway and I-290, Longmeyer said. "You can go right up (Route) 59 to catch I-90 or down (Route) 59 to Irving Park (Road) and straight across to the Elgin-O'Hare."