When Frank and Carol Cerio purchased a new home 36 years ago, they moved to one of the first two streets to be developed in the Quail Hollow subdivision in Bartlett.
That meant neighbors and their children grew up together, said Carol Cerio. "Our daughter was 7 months old when we moved here, and there were nine children her age in the neighborhood.
Listing sheetPrice range: $200,000 to $285,000
Age of homes: 35 years
Schools: Sycamore Trails Elementary, Eastview Middle and Bartlett High schools in Elgin Area School District U-46
Parks: Bartlett Park District
"All but one of us worked, so we were stay-at-home moms and really got to know one another. When I introduced myself to the woman across the street, we realized we were both from St. Petersburg, Fla., and she had gone to school with my sister."
The connection with neighbors is an important aspect of living in the neighborhood. The children still get together and talk about what a blessing it was to grow up here, and they want the same kind of environment when they buy their homes, Cerio said.
"Even though we live right off (Route) 59, we're in a cul-de-sac and don't hear the traffic. It's quiet and peaceful," Cerio said. "We love it here, and we plan to stay."
Located east of Route 59 and south of Stearns Road, Quail Hollow offers mature trees and mostly two-story and split-level homes along with a few ranches, said Mary Olson, broker associate with RE/MAX Associates West.
Many residents are original owners who want to stay here, and they have made major improvements and renovations to their homes. The Cerios redid their kitchen and added a deck.
Also, for example, Olson is marketing a Cape Cod-style home in a cul-de-sac that shows a beautiful renovated master suite and sunroom and nice landscaping. There are only seven or eight Cape Cods in the subdivision.
Homes have from 1,700 to 2,800 square feet, with the larger houses having additions. Most of those homes abut Sunrise Park with nice views, and people want to stay there forever, Olson said.
Olson echoes Cerio's comments about the friendliness of the neighborhood. Residents have cookouts and holiday celebrations. Last July neighbors even hosted a 35th reunion and invited people who used to live there, Olson said.
Nearby amenities include the park and pond ringed with biking/walking trails, Sycamore Trails Elementary School, the park district's Apple Orchard 9-hole golf course and the Bartlett library.
"The park is wonderful," Cerio said. "When our grandchildren visit, we walk down there. It has a nice play area and fishing pond."
For recreation, sports are big in Bartlett with leagues and organizations for every imaginable sport. The Bartlett Little League is the largest Little League in the nation managed under one board with more than 1,500 participants. Forest preserves and parks provide a variety of recreation. The nearby 120.5-acre Apple Orchard Community Park in the heart of the village also features an aquatic center, skate park, tennis courts, sports fields, ice skating and a nature area.
The Town Center with many newer restaurants and retail establishments is bringing new life to the village and drawing more people to the downtown area.
For other shopping, Bartlett is convenient to Stratford and Charlestown malls and within easy reach of expressways, including the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway for a quick trip to Woodfield Mall.