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Weathersfield offers family atmosphere near big-city amenities

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  • Homes in Weathersfield, like these along Syracuse Lane, are single-family residences great for families and neighborly bonding.

       Homes in Weathersfield, like these along Syracuse Lane, are single-family residences great for families and neighborly bonding.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Homes along Tilipi Court in Schaumburg's Weathersfield neighborhood are typical of the area.

       Homes along Tilipi Court in Schaumburg's Weathersfield neighborhood are typical of the area.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Atcher Island water park can be found in Schaumburg's Weathersfield neighborhood.

       Atcher Island water park can be found in Schaumburg's Weathersfield neighborhood.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Elaine Bond Park is one of many parks in Schaumburg's Weathersfield neighborhood.

       Elaine Bond Park is one of many parks in Schaumburg's Weathersfield neighborhood.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Homes in the "W" section of Weathersfield, where all of the streets begin with a "W," are the oldest, and ripe for a tear-down, with a bigger home built in its place.

       Homes in the "W" section of Weathersfield, where all of the streets begin with a "W," are the oldest, and ripe for a tear-down, with a bigger home built in its place.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
By Sherry Giewald
Daily Herald Correspondent

In 1959 Alfred Campanelli began construction of Weathersfield, the first large-scale suburban-style development in Schaumburg -- built in several phases.

Expansion of residential building during the 1960s along with the opening of Woodfield Mall in 1971 changed the character of the village from a quiet rural community to a suburban metropolis.

Weathersfield features a mix of home styles including small ranch homes, raised ranches, split levels and two-story residences, said Royal Hartwig, real estate broker with Keller Williams Team Realty.

"This is a great area for first-time homebuyers or those selling a condo or townhouse and want to move into a single-family home," Hartwig said. "There are a lot of ranches with about 1,500 square feet, three bedrooms and 1 baths where people can start out.

"There are a lot of mature trees throughout the subdivision that give it a nice covered look. People are drawn to the area because of its good schools and many neighborhood parks. Schaumburg in general has a lot of parks and a phenomenal park district."

Vivian and Stanley Kolodziej have lived in Weathersfield since 1972. When they were out looking for a new house, they drove down Walnut and saw a ranch home that they knew was "the house." They had no children at the time, but had dogs, and they liked being next to a park and open space where they could take the dogs for exercise.

"My best friend growing up bought a house in Streamwood, and we wanted to be near them. And the good schools in Schaumburg were a big draw," said Vivian Kolodziej.

"We acclimated into the neighborhood, made good friends, and there are six of us that vacation together, spend New Year's Eve together, have picnics in the park and get together all the time. Some of our kids are also friends.

"When our fourth child was born, we needed a larger house, so we found something on the other side of Schaumburg, but then we decided to add on to our house rather than leave our friends.

"Our neighbors are wonderful. When my husband traveled a lot, our neighbors would shovel and snow blow our driveway when our kids were young," Kolodziej said.

"We raised four successful children here, and two now teach at Schaumburg High School. Schaumburg has been wonderful to us."

The "W" section of Weathersfield, where all the streets start with W, features the area's oldest homes and many targeted for teardowns, Hartwig said.

"Builders can come in and get the best deal on the land and put up a large home with more than 3,000 square feet. This was big when the market was hot, and it's still happening, but not as much as then. When the market starts turning again, that will be another focus, and builders will get back in there. Eventually there may be more of the new larger homes than the original smaller homes. But that's a long way down the road."

Weathersfield's convenient location to Woodfield Mall, great restaurants, movie theater, improv comedy club and other businesses and retail establishments is a big draw for the community.

Other attractions include the Prairie Center for the Arts that offers quality theater, music and dance performances and the Spring Valley Nature Center where visitors can see a working farm with live animals.

The new Boomers minor league baseball team is really cool for the whole family with affordable tickets and easy access, Hartwig said.

Residents are close to the train and the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway.

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