Sharron and Tom Noe have lived in the Plum Grove Creek subdivision for 31 years. Although at one point they considered moving to a larger home elsewhere, they chose to enlarge their kitchen and add a room to stay in the neighborhood.
"My favorite room is the sunroom," said Sharron Noe. "It's an all-season room we had built, and we use it year round. We also added 12 feet to the kitchen, and everyone loves the kitchen. It's such a great place for entertaining.
Listing sheetPrice range: $340,000 to $540,000
Age of homes: 31 to 37 years
Schools: Hunting Ridge Elementary and Plum Grove Junior High schools in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and Fremd High School in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211.
Parks: Rolling Meadows and Palatine park districts
"We've made a lot of improvements, and we have nice gardens in the backyard."
When the couple purchased their Rolling Meadows home, a lot of young families lived in the neighborhood. Noe recalls that at one time there were 26 kids at the bus stop. Plum Grove Creek keeps regenerating itself and continues to attract families with young children, Noe said.
"We're getting to be the old people in the neighborhood; our kids are grown and we're getting grandchildren. It's a nice mix of people though, and we like that."
Situated near the intersection of Palatine and Quentin roads, Plum Grove Creek was built in 1979 by Kennedy Brothers.
The subdivision features mostly two-story Colonials with the largest at 3,300 square feet. The second largest two-story floor plan has 2,600 square feet is very popular, and there are a few smaller two-stories and large and smaller ranches, said Sally Ide, real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and longtime resident of the neighborhood.
"The neighborhood has such a nice feel to it," Ide said. "It's tucked away and private with a lot of mature trees. It's sided by a wooded area, and there's a park and pond in the subdivision."
"It doesn't feel dated," said Jerry Ide, Sally's husband who's also a real estate broker. "The homes have kept up with the times with people updating their kitchens and baths and replacing flooring or whatever needs to be done."
There are many draws to the neighborhood, Jerry Ide said. "The location is great. We're centrally located and near the expressway, and we're close to Harper, which is really nice for residents. We can get to O'Hare (International Airport) in 20 minutes with no construction. There's great shopping and restaurants everywhere around us -- Palatine, Woodfield and Deer Park -- and the schools are great."
Noe also raves about the schools. "All the schools have been excellent, and that was a huge draw for us and a lot of our neighbors," Noe said. "Fremd (High School) is a big attraction."
Ide loves all the social activities that bring people in the neighborhood together. Neighbors have progressive dinners, baby-sitting groups, wine tastings and much more, including a website, Sally Ide said.
"We feel very comfortable here. It's a close-knit group of people, a nice friendly atmosphere and a great place to live."
Other amenities include the nearby Regency Plaza for daily essentials and the revitalized downtown Palatine with Metra, several restaurants, boutiques, hair and nail salons, coffee shops and more.
Residents can use the Rolling Meadows or Palatine park districts. Rolling Meadows offers the West Meadows Ice Arena and Nelson Sports Complex, while Palatine features its popular water park. Both have a variety of programs and classes for all ages.