When Lee Ann Lucas came upon The Trails in Roselle 32 years ago, its scenic beauty and contemporary California look appealed to her.
"I liked the way the subdivision looked; it wasn't boring," Lucas said. "It was different -- not like all the other subdivisions."
Listing sheetPrice range: $215,000 to $257,000 single-family; $60,000 to $190,000 townhouses
Age of homes: 34 to 38 years
Schools: Nerge Elementary and Margaret Mead Junior High schools in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and Conant High School in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211
Parks: Roselle Park District
Now a broker associate with RE/MAX Central, Lucas continues to rave about the subdivision where she still lives and sells homes.
Situated at Woodfield Trail and Nerge Road, The Trails features 155 single-family homes in a variety of styles -- ranch, four-bedroom two-story, splits, contemporary -- and 362 townhouses.
The subdivision was built by Kennedy Brothers and received recognition from Better Homes & Gardens magazine and the National Association of Home Builders as a well-planned development with a sense of neighborhood. Homes and townhouses are mixed together around looping streets with acres of open hilly land in the center.
"This is a nice, friendly area for families because there's a clubhouse, three parks and a lot of recreation facilities," Lucas said. "People are out walking and biking on the trails, flying kites at the park, sledding on the hills in the winter. People like having the year-round family activities."
Louis and Pam Reis moved from Tinley Park to The Trails 29 years ago to be close to their jobs.
"We liked the end-unit townhouse with a view of the park and near the pool and playground. Some people said they wouldn't like being attached to a house, but the configuration is very private," Pam Reis said.
"The location is great. I don't even have to go through a stoplight to get to the train station. And we're only a block from the elementary school. All the schools are excellent; our three girls received a top-notch education.
'They loved to swim, and they swam competitively in high school and played water polo. It was really nice to have the (swimming) pool here."
The Reis' townhouse has multiple levels that include the living-dining room, kitchen, family room, three bedrooms and finished basement.
"We have a lot of space, and we're really happy with the layout," Reis said. We just remodeled the kitchen, and my husband made all the cabinets. He said, 'We can never move now.' "
Because The Trails was built in the mid- to late 1970s, many of the residences have been updated.
"Often when I go inside the homes, I don't recognize them," Lucas said. "And for homes I have recently sold, the buyers plan to completely remodel the kitchens."
The neighborhood's clubhouse, swimming pool and recreation areas are a big draw for homebuyers. Louis and Pam Reis have enjoyed riding their bikes and now spend a lot of time walking along the maintained trails.
"We like to go out when they have the (neighborhood) garage sale. It's great because we can visit with all our neighbors that we haven't seen in a while," Reis said. "Our neighbors are really nice, and everyone gets along well. It's a great place to live."
Whether people live in a townhouse or detached home, they pay the same association fee of $135.43 a month. This covers maintenance of the community and facilities and painting of the residences on a regular basis.
With an ideal location, The Trails sits in the center of all the attractions that make the Woodfield corridor such a desirable and sought after place to live -- great shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
It also offers good access to expressways and the Metra station in Roselle just a few miles away.