Cynthia Vidales wanted to live in CherryBrook Village long before she purchased a two-bedroom townhouse in the community eight years ago.
"I always liked the looks of the neighborhood," Vidales said. "It's so quaint and cozy with the lamp posts and the different style houses connected to each other. It's a charming little village."
Listing sheetPrice range: $99,000 to $225,000
Age of homes: 25 to 28 years
Schools: Sanborn Elementary and Sundling Junior High schools in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and Palatine High School in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211
Parks: Palatine Park District
Situated at Dundee and Smith roads in Palatine, CherryBrook Village offers a convenient location near community amenities, which Vidales and her family enjoy.
"We like to walk on the trails through the woods in the forest preserve and along the other nearby trails. Then, with parks all over the place, we try the different locations. Our 3-year-old daughter looks forward to going to the park after her nap or in the evening with papa.
"There's so much to do in Palatine, and many things cost nothing -- programs at the library, all the nice parks and trails and the downtown entertainment. My husband loves going to the concerts," she said.
"We're close to shopping, the train. We're close to everything."
CherryBrook is as close as you can get to a single-family home, said Laura Browere, broker and associate with RE/MAX Unlimited NW in Palatine.
"People like having a yard where they can plant their own flowers, and many of the yards are really nice. And residents can put a fence up if they want, which is unusual for a townhouse community."
"We have a cute little yard," Vidales said. "We have a small vegetable garden and lots of nice flowers in back and plants and flowers in the front. I like to decorate for the different seasons."
Built by Pulte Homes in the mid-1980s, the community features different styles and colors of townhouses that range from a one bedroom with loft to a large three bedroom home with basement. All have two-car garages with extra parking available.
Many homes have been updated with new kitchen appliances and cabinets with granite countertops. Some residents have totally remodeled the kitchen and finished their basements.
A lot of people have built decks in back. Yards range from smaller in size to larger properties sloping down to a ravine or creek. The association takes care of lawn care and snow removal.
"We like eating on the deck and sitting out there at night," Vidales said. "It's so peaceful."
The neighborhood attracts a variety of buyers, Browere said. "The great schools draw people with children. The schools are huge. And everyone likes the low association fee and having their own yard.
"People like the location, which is incredible. It's close to schools and shopping, the forest preserve, and residents can walk places, which makes it nice.
"It's also an affordable area for buyers starting out or those downsizing," Browere said. "I just sold a house for an original owner who loved it there. But she retired and is moving to Florida."
Shopping abounds in the area with new places continuing to pop up. Downtown Palatine offers some good restaurants, boutiques and shopping while Deer Park is just a few minutes away. Mariano's recently opened a new grocery store on Hicks Road, and Whole Foods will be opening a new store on Rand Road.
CherryBrook Village sits close to the train station and Route 53 for travel to the city and other suburbs.