An attractive community with large homes, excellent school districts and convenient location make the Charlemagne Breton Pointe subdivision an ideal place to settle and raise a family.
Situated north of Algonquin Road and east and west of Huntington Boulevard in Hoffman Estates, the subdivision features parks, playgrounds and two ponds -- one that hosts a popular fishing derby every year.
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Listing sheetPrice range: $375,000 to $500,000
Age of homes: 25 to 35 years old
Schools: Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Carl Sandburg Junior High schools in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and Fremd High School in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211
Parks: Hoffman Estates and Palatine park districts
The parks and ponds draw people outside and give the subdivision a nice community feel, said Dale Tadelman, real estate broker with RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest.
Tadelman and her family moved to the subdivision in 1989 when they were looking for a neighborhood where their children could have lots of friends, play outside and ride their bikes around. "Here there are neighbors and people all over the place," Tadelman said.
The Tadelmans moved from Morton Grove. They became familiar with the area when Dale's sister moved to Palatine and loved it. Dale and her husband checked out the area and researched the schools knowing they wanted to remain in their next home and not move again.
"This is where we decided we wanted to live for our kids to go to high school at Fremd," Tadelman said.
The joint subdivision features 288 homes with 20 different models ranging from 2,400 to 3,800 square feet, most with four bedrooms, 2½ baths, a basement and two-car garage.
With homes by several different builders, the subdivision has a custom feel because of the variety of designs and colors of the homes, she said.
Charlemagne was built first. Then, about 10 years later, Dartmoor Homes started to build larger homes in Breton Pointe, an extension of Charlemagne. The sign says Charlemagne Breton Pointe, Tadelman said. "We're just one big happy family."
Tadelman is now marketing a home on Charlemagne Drive, one of the largest homes in the subdivision with a full finished basement and one of the few with a three-car garage.
"It's a home with a grand foyer and wedding staircase with the formal living and dining rooms open to the back," Tadelman said. "It's a spectacular house."
The child-centered neighborhood also appealed to Joel and Amy Kathengst.
Joel commuted every day from Kenosha to his job at Motorola in Northbrook. When he was transferred to Schaumburg, he and his wife Amy knew it was time to move closer to work.
Their house hunting began around Joel's employment, and they found a nice home in Breton Pointe off Algonquin Road, which was very convenient drive to work.
"We liked that there were a lot of kids in the neighborhood so that our girls would have plenty of friends as they grew up," Joel Kathengst said.
"Also, my neighbor was real heavy into the Adventure Guides program at the YMCA, and he made sure I got involved in the program. That became a great way that a lot of dads met.
"They also bowled once a month, starting with a pre-bowling get-together at someone's house. And that was another great way we met people."
For recreation other than that in the subdivision, the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve sits across Algonquin Road with a 7.8-mile walking and biking trail and great bird watching.
People like the convenience of the strip mall on Algonquin with a Dairy Queen, Walgreens, dry cleaners and several restaurants -- and they don't need to cross the street, Tadelman said.
"We feel like it's our own personal shopping center. There are always people from our neighborhood there."