Nancy and Gary Flescher looked through the model homes in Lake Zurich's Chestnut Corners almost 23 years ago and were so impressed they chose the Wedgewood design for their new home.
"We liked the big open foyer and floor plan where we didn't feel claustrophobic, the convenience of dual staircases and the basement that was as large as the main level," Nancy Flescher said.
Listing sheetPrice range: $400,000 to $550,000
Age of homes: 20 to 23 years
Schools: May Whitney Elementary, Lake Zurich Middle (South) and Lake Zurich High schools in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
Parks: Lake Zurich Parks and Recreation Department
Homes in Chestnut Corners were built in the early to mid-1990s, yet they show many of today's current features.
Considering when the subdivision was built, it's unique because homes offer many ageless features, like open floor plans, 9-foot ceilings and luxury bathrooms, that make the houses look newer than their age, said Cherie Smith Zurich, broker and associate with RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest. "This was about the time when people were just starting to see these amenities."
Chestnut Corners, situated at Quentin and Cuba roads north of Rand Road, was built by Lexington Homes and features 270 two-story houses with 2,100 to 3,000 square feet, three to four bedrooms and 2½ baths.
"Chestnut Corners is really, really popular," Zurek said. "It's a family type neighborhood with lots of kids and a sense of community. People are happy there, and several empty nesters have remained in the neighborhood.
"It's nicely landscaped and very well-kept; residents take a lot of pride in their property.
"Good schools are another draw to the neighborhood, although Lake Zurich schools in general attract homebuyers to the area," Zurek said. "They're not too big and not too small. And when children are in school, they aren't a number; they're a name."
The Fleschers raised their two boys in the neighborhood and have rave reviews for the schools. In Flescher's words: "The schools are awesome."
Chestnut Corners' neighborhood park is another bonus for the subdivision. Children can walk to the park, which has two ball fields, sand volleyball, a covered picnic area, playground and nature area. Known for its excellent parks and recreation, the village has made many park improvements and increased facilities.
Other recreation opportunities in town include the lake area with 41-acre Paulus Park, a skate park, sledding hill and the beach. Paulus Park hosts many community events like Fourth of July Family Day and Ela Festival of Arts.
Lake Zurich has come a long way since the Fleschers moved to Chestnut Corners. The village is redeveloping its downtown with a quaint, Swiss look, and movies, restaurants and shopping abound.
For a night out, what could be better than dinner and a good movie? Lake Zurich offers several ethnic restaurants, bistros and casual dining spots. And the Regal Cinema features 12 movie screens where people are sure to find a flick that suits their taste.
"There's lots of shopping now," Flescher said. "We're close to all kinds of stores -- close to Deer Park (Town Center) five minutes down the street. There's a brand new Mariano's (grocery store) at Quentin (Road) and Route 22 -- a lot of food stores.
"An L.A. Fitness just opened on Rand, and a lot of people in the neighborhood go there, too. They have reasonable fees and free classes for members."
Chestnut Corners offers an ideal location close to everything including the Rand Road corridor and Route 53. It is located 15 minutes from the train station in Barrington.