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Neighborhood profile looks at White Eagle Club

Ameniities galore at White Eagle Club

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  • Houses in the White Eagle Club neighborhood straddle the border between Naperville and Aurora.

       Houses in the White Eagle Club neighborhood straddle the border between Naperville and Aurora.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Beautiful custom homes line Sable Oaks Drive in the White Eagle Club neighborhood.

       Beautiful custom homes line Sable Oaks Drive in the White Eagle Club neighborhood.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Many houses in White Eagle Club back up to a pond or the White Eagle Golf Club course.

       Many houses in White Eagle Club back up to a pond or the White Eagle Golf Club course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville features an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course.

       The White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville features an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
By Sherry Giewald
Daily Herald Correspondent

Beautiful custom homes, million-dollar views and amenities galore await homebuyers at White Eagle Club, a premier golf course community in Naperville.

White Eagle Club opened in 1987 when it hosted the Parade of Homes where the area's finest custom builders presented their houses for visitors to tour. The centerpiece of the development, the 27-hole links-style White Eagle Golf Club, is an Arnold Palmer Signature design with a magnificent clubhouse.

The community is unique in featuring two clubs, one for homeowners who live in White Eagle and another for members of the country club.

Homeowners in the neighborhood, situated west of Route 59 between 83rd and 95th streets, reside in either Naperville or Aurora.

There are many reasons for residents to love the development.

The topography is beautiful, said Collette Weikum, real estate broker and resident of the subdivision. "In the spring, summer and fall, from five in the morning to 10 at night, people are out walking, jogging, riding bikes. It's a beautiful walk around the golf course.

"We have three parks, each with play areas and sports fields, and children are always playing there," Weikum said. "They're also at the pool every day, and if they're new to the community, it's a good place to meet other children."

Bill and Lorrie Kirwan agree. Having lived in White Eagle for 20 years, the couple enjoys singing its praises.

"It's been such a wonderful place to raise my son -- the play groups, the pool, the huge sandbox," Lorrie Kirwan said.

"He's 16 now, and he still meets his buddies for a game of beach volleyball. With the tennis courts and the other amenities, you can stay as busy as you want without leaving the subdivision."

Although many homes back to the golf course, a pond or park, the Kirwans' home abuts a soccer field and school playground. "We love it," Kirwan said. "We love hearing the soccer players and the kids having fun playing outside."

The family lives in a two-story home in a partial cul-de-sac that they built in 1992. "Our home is not the biggest, but we love our house. We use every room; it's very livable, and we appreciate the three-car garage," Kirwan said.

"We love living here. We've seen so many kids grow up from when they were little kids riding their bikes, playing hockey and basketball, and now they're looking for jobs."

Weikum loves the development so much, she lives in her third home there.

"This is a beautiful family-friendly subdivision with a good melting pot of people," Weikum said. "It just feels like home.

"People have many opportunities to meet others and get involved in what they enjoy. We have an award-winning elementary school on site, lots of committees, various groups and clubs -- social groups, children's play groups, dinner club -- and the list goes on and on."

Building is picking up in Naperville. There are two lots on Swan Lake and 14 lots on Club Court available, which is a good opportunity for people to get into White Eagle Club.

With only 12 existing houses for sale, there are fewer neighborhood homes on the market now than in recent years, Weikum said.

White Eagle sits in a great location minutes from I-88 and close to Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, which has more than nine miles of biking trails and a large off-leash dog area.

Naperville offers big-city amenities with small-town charm. A dynamic downtown with the Riverwalk, fine dining and shopping has made the city a destination for people from all around.

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