A family-friendly neighborhood with affordable homes, excellent schools and easy access to the Randall Road corridor and the new Stearns Road extension make Woodbridge South in Elgin a popular place to settle and raise a family.
"The allure of the subdivision is its location, especially with the new Stearns Road extension," said Teresa Stultz, a real estate broker with Premier Living Properties. "It's huge because people have the option of taking Route 20, Route 90 or Stearns Road to get someplace quickly."
Listing sheetPrice range: $180,000 to $240,000
Age of homes: 18 to 20 years
Schools: Fox Meadow Elementary, Kenyon Woods Middle and South Elgin High schools in Elgin Area School District U-46
Parks: Elgin Parks and Recreation Department
It's also nice because residents are close to the Meijer store, restaurants and other amenities along Randall Road, Steve Stultz said.
The opening of the Stearns Road bridge over the Fox River offers residents greater access and reduced travel times, and officials expect it will draw more commerce and development to the area. The award-winning project was designed to have the least impact on people, wetlands and wildlife.
Situated east of Randall Road and north and south of Hopps Road, Woodbridge South features 372 homes and 26.5 acres of common areas for residents to enjoy.
Constructed in the mid-1990s, the neighborhood is still relatively new, and the homes aren't outdated, Teresa Stultz said. "It's got all the right buttons."
Most buyers want a home with three bedrooms, two baths and two-car garage, and that's what the neighborhood offers, along with some four-bedroom homes, Stultz said.
"People like the unusually low $100 annual homeowners' association fee, which covers maintenance of the common grounds and the entry area."
Areli and Maria Acuna recently purchased a home in Woodbridge South to be closer to Maria's father's house.
Teresa Stultz was sending the couple listings of neighborhood homes new to the market. "When I saw this house, right away I said I need to go see this one," Maria Acuna said. "We liked it and it has more space than it looks like from the outside.
"It's really a pretty neighborhood, a quiet street, and everyone is friendly," Acuna said.
With two children, the couple also likes living close to the elementary school. For higher education, Elgin Community College and Judson College are convenient options, while the Gail Borden Public Library is a great resource and one of the busiest libraries around.
Residents of Woodbridge South can enjoy wildlife in the nearby wetlands, the Fox River and the Blackhawk Forest Preserve and River Bend Trail a short drive away.
Elgin offers a bounty of recreation, including the beautiful Festival Park where FoxFireFest is held, Lords Park and Wing Park, while three public golf courses await golf enthusiasts.
With its downtown renaissance, Elgin features restaurants with cuisines from around the world, unique shops selling everything from used books to antiques and collectibles, and myriad events such as outdoor concerts and arts and cultural events.
Elgin is home to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Opera, the well-known children's chorus and its youth orchestra that travels the world, as well as the Ballet Folklorico and Laotian dance troupes.
Elgin's historic architecture, dedication to the arts and entertainment venues such as the Grand Victoria Riverboat casino has made the city a focal point for the Fox Valley and neighboring communities.