Anne and Mike O'Malley have resided in Naperville's Farmington subdivision for 17 years. During that time they wanted a larger kitchen, and began looking at homes in other areas. But the couple decided to keep their house, remain in their neighborhood, and add more square footage.
They knew they'd miss the area, their friends and their big backyard.
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Listing sheetPrice range: $400,000 to $575,000
Age of homes: 25 to 32 years
Schools: River Woods Elementary, Madison Junior High and Naperville Central High schools in Naperville Unit District 203
Parks: Naperville Park District
"We love the neighborhood, and we have great neighbors," Anne O'Malley said. "With all the snow we've had, everyone worked together with the shoveling and snow blowing."
With excellent schools part of the package, Farmington is a sought-after subdivision for families.
"The schools are fantastic," O'Malley said. "We're now at the elementary school, which is really, really good -- top rated. The teachers are fantastic; scores are high. We couldn't ask for anything better."
Located at the northeast corner of Royce and Barkdoll roads, the subdivision was named for the area's farmland roots. Some original owners found soybeans and cornstalks sprouting in their freshly sodded yards.
Developed by Farmington Associates, a joint venture between Macom and Oliver Hoffmann corporations, Farmington features streets named after towns and cities in Virginia, such as Remington, Roanoke, Norfolk and Potomac.
Farmington is an upscale subdivision with larger, move-up homes, a lot of trees and two parks, said Laura Robert, real estate broker with Century 21 Team Ltd.
"It's a wonderful place to live and raise a family," Robert said.
Residences are mostly two-story Georgian, Tudor and Colonial homes with an average of 3,000 square feet. Houses sit on one-third acre lots. The subdivision features winding streets, cul-de-sacs and gently rolling terrain as it weaves toward the East Branch of the DuPage River.
Robert is marketing a smaller home in the subdivision, yet it's surrounded by larger homes, which adds value. "It's in a really nice location close to River Woods School and a neighborhood park. Also, the PACE bus stop is right there," Robert said.
Known as a social neighborhood, an active homeowners association plans many events and activities for Farmington residents of all ages. Did you ever hear of a deck crawl? This event was a big hit with residents.
With a college theme, those who participated in the deck crawl dressed in their college garb and were teamed up by majors. Homes served appetizers, pizza and dessert with one residence designated as "spring break." Challenges for each team determined the winners.
"The social committee does a very good job," O'Malley said. "We go to a lot of the children's events, and we're part of the bunco leagues."
Other activities include Fourth of July bicycle parade, Halloween and Christmas parties, talent show, book and bridge clubs, bowling and other activities for children.
For recreation, the Naperville Park District maintains 130 parks, preservation areas and greenways, two golf courses, Centennial Beach aquatic facility, skate park and inline skating rink. The park district offers more than 900 programs for people of all ages.
Area shopping includes Maple Park Place and Two Rivers Plaza while Westfield offers a regional mall.
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.
Naperville sits 28 miles from the Chicago Loop. Farmington residents are 4.5 miles from I-55 and 5 miles from the train station.