Olde Schaumburg looks like a scene from an old Victorian photograph with its gabled roofs, rich red brick, and wrought iron fences -- elements reminiscent of 1890s architecture.
In its parklike setting, residents can walk or sit on benches and enjoy a three-tiered fountain and beautifully landscaped grounds. A gazebo provides a pretty spot for picnicking with friends and family.
Age of homes: 14 years
Schools: Dirksen Elementary and Robert Frost Junior High schools in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and Conant High in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211
Parks: Schaumburg Park District
Built in the late 1990s by Hoffman Homes, the Olde Schaumburg subdivision sits off the northeast corner of Roselle and Schaumburg roads with some homes backing to the Schaumburg Golf Course.
The subdivision features 122 residences -- two-story townhouses, two-story and one-level-living manor homes and row houses all with two or three bedrooms, two to 2½ baths, basements and one- or two-car attached garages.
Original amenities include cedar exterior trim, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor and oversized walk-in closets. Although homes are only 14 years old, some feature updates such as new cabinets and granite counters.
"This is a quiet, quality-built subdivision with maintenance-free living and a floor plan for every need," said Frank Sevcik, real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "It offers highly rated Schaumburg schools, and people like Conant High School in District 211. Also, a lot of people like the area because it's across the street from Schaumburg Christian School."
The private Christian school was a big draw for Kalyan Medikundam and his family. They moved to Olde Schaumburg from Elgin almost two years ago to be closer to his work in Northbrook. His two daughters attend the school.
Medikundam also likes being within walking distance of the library. The Schaumburg Public Library is the second largest in the state with award-winning services and collections. The state-of-the-art library draws people from all around.
The home they chose was a good fit.
"It is very nicely built; we have a basement. We are four people at home, and it's spacious for us. It's very, very nice," Medikundam said. "We have nice neighbors. In the summer it will be nice when people are outside."
The family also enjoys the Indian community in Schaumburg and all the good Indian restaurants, he said. "That's another reason we moved here."
With an ideal location in the heart of downtown Schaumburg, residents can shop, dine and enjoy a summer concert at the village's quaint Town Square just a short stroll away.
Town Square features a large clock tower that rings out every quarter hour and a scenic Commons area with a fountain and pond and walking trails amid beautiful landscaping.
Olde Schaumburg is also close to the Woodfield corridor with the mall, great restaurants, movie theater, improv comedy club, businesses and expressways. Anything you need or want to do is right there.
Other attractions in the area include the Prairie Center for the Arts, a hub of arts in the Northwest suburbs that offers quality theater, music and dance performances. At the Spring Valley Nature Center visitors can see a working farm with live animals and attend many educational programs.
For recreation, the Schaumburg Park District offers a variety of quality classes and facilities for all ages. The Boomers minor league baseball team is fun for the whole family with affordable tickets and easy access.
Schaumburg residents are also close to area expressways.