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Article updated: 12/7/2012 10:44 AM

Tanglewood Hills in Batavia offers estate homes

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Set in the rolling hills of Batavia, Tanglewood Hills offers stunning estate homes surrounded by natural beauty -- 100-year-old oak trees, a wildflower meadow and a beautiful stream that meanders through the property.

Situated on the southwest side of Batavia, west of Randall Road and south of Main Street, the popular clubhouse community features a swim and tennis club for residents, 40 percent open space, parks and walking trails.

"This is the most desirable executive area in Batavia," said Eric Anderson, broker-associate with Kettley Realtors. "It's set on rolling land, so a lot of the homes have lookout and walkout basements, which people like. And it's partially wooded, really a nice piece of property."

Also, the subdivision is in School District 101, a very good district, and the highly regarded Grace McWayne Elementary School is within the neighborhood, Anderson said.

Steven and Kelly Holland enjoy their two-story Colonial home with a walkout basement and large yard. Ten years ago, the couple sought a larger home, more space and good schools for their growing family.

"We looked all over in St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia," Steven Holland said. "This home gave us all the amenities we wanted at the right price with the best schools and a location close to the highway."

With three children, Zachary, Connor and Emily, the Hollands have a child in each of the schools. "We love all the schools, and all the kids are happy," Holland said.

Tanglewood Hills showcases custom homes with unique architectural styles by various high-end builders and sidewalks and street lamps that contribute to its curb appeal. Homes feature more than 4,000 square feet with lots averaging close to a half acre.

This is a very friendly, fantastic, warm welcoming community, Holland said.

"The community center is inexpensive to rent for parties, and then you have access to the pool. It's great. We recently had a 'trunk and treat' where people pulled their cars up and opened their trunks with Halloween treats for the kids."

Batavia is proud of its rich history, and much of its past is reflected in the city today. Many historically significant homes sit in the downtown area where residents and visitors alike enjoy the quaintness of the original city. The Depot Museum itself, which preserves artifacts of local history, occupies an abandoned railroad depot built in 1854.

The Riverwalk, a 3.2-acre park and native wildflower sanctuary along the Fox River, is a focal point of the community where people enjoy the picturesque setting and beauty of the outdoors.

Batavia offers a bounty of recreation with much of it centered on or around the river. A wooden bridge that leads to a small park in the middle of the river highlights the river's scenic beauty.

Two bike paths follow the river and connect to several parks and forest preserves. Picnicking along the river, fishing, swimming and water skiing are popular summer pastimes. In the winter, ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing take over.

Tanglewood Hills offers the seclusion of a charming rural village, yet is just minutes from shopping and dining along the Randall Road corridor and near I-88. Commuters can board the train in Geneva or Aurora.

Situated 35 miles west of Chicago, Batavia is the oldest city in Kane County.

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