Five years ago Lynn and David Strickland purchased a home in Woods of Fox Glen in St. Charles. Although they had lived in comparable upscale subdivisions, this was even more exclusive with beautiful trees and very high end, unique homes.
Neighbors are very good about taking care of their properties. Most residents have a lawn service that maintains their yards, and the landscaping is beautiful, Lynn Strickland said.
Listing sheetPrice range: $800,000 to more than $2 million
Age of homes: 11 to 15 years old
Schools: Fox Ridge Elementary, Wredling Middle and St. Charles East High schools in Community Unit School District 303
Parks: St. Charles Park District
"We love the privacy. Lots are an acre or more; and with the property lines, you really don't see your neighbors."
The wooded terrain definitely adds to the neighborhood's appeal, said Debora McKay, broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
"Woods of Fox Glen is one of the few neighborhoods in the area that has really nice topography -- rolling terrain, ponds, woods. It's exquisite land," she said.
"The area is absolutely gorgeous with stunning custom homes that have fabulous kitchens, beautiful trim and moldings and really high-end details," McKay said. "It's one of my favorite developments in all of St. Charles."
Many homes feature amenities such as an exercise room, home theater, indoor gym, circular drive and at least a three-car garage. Many feature multiple-car garages.
The subdivision sits south of Army Trail Road and east of Route 25 on the far east side of St. Charles bordering Wayne. Some people who consider the west side of St. Charles as living too far west, will consider buying a home on the east side of St. Charles, McKay said.
For the Stricklands, the east side offers easier access to I-90 than the west side, which is important because David frequently travels and flies out of O'Hare International Airport.
The couple thought they were going to be transferred, but recently received the good news that they are staying put and can remain in their home. Lynn Strickland loves their renovated kitchen and family room where the couple gathers with their three children. She says they have a beautiful master suite that is their retreat.
Although Strickland likes shopping at Nordstrom's at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, she enjoys the charming shops and boutiques in St. Charles and says the First Street development is fantastic.
"We have fabulous restaurants here, too," Strickland said. "At Isacco, the owner was born in Italy and has done a tremendous job with his restaurant. One of our neighbors talked about it, and now the whole neighborhood is going there. They have live entertainment; it's nice to have a little of that in your own town."
Along with its vibrant downtown with much shopping and entertainment, St. Charles' cultural attractions include the Steel Beam Theatre, housed in a rehabbed historic building; Arcada Theatre, which dates from 1926 and is historically well known; and the Norris Cultural Center offering a variety of events -- theater, orchestra and some nationally renowned performances.
Construction of the bridge at the end of the neighborhood entry at Red Gate Road will make it easier for residents to travel from the Woods of Fox Glen to the west side of town.
Other draws to the area are the town's beautiful, safe parks, bike paths and forest preserves and great festivals throughout the year. Its school system is continually ranked very high within the state.
The park district offers classes and activities for all ages. For sports buffs, nearby Geneva is home to the Kane County Cougars baseball club of the Midwest League.
Downtown commuters can catch the train in Bartlett, West Chicago or Geneva.