In 1997 after Denise and Kelly Keegan had started a family, they looked to move from their townhouse in Hinsdale to a newer and more spacious home within a good school district.
That criteria led them to Seven Bridges in Woodridge where the second phase of homebuilding was in process. A lot of young people with kids were moving into the subdivision -- just the environment the Keegans wanted.
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Listing sheetPrice range: $400,000 to $650,000
Age of homes: 22 years
Schools: Meadow Glens Elementary, Kennedy Junior High and Naperville North High schools in Naperville Unit District 203
Parks: Woodridge Park District
Homes were selling quickly, and the couple had a choice of only three homes at the time, Denise Keegan said. "We still love our home. We have a nicely landscaped backyard, and, like most families, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
"We have sidewalks in front and a path in back that goes around the neighborhood and golf course. I love the path and walk there all the time. Plus we can walk to Starbucks, the health club right there and the movie theater.
"Our home also has a walkout basement, which is nice. Our children are older now, and when our son comes home from college, he's got his own deal down there -- a bedroom, bath and his own family room," she said.
Situated on Hobson Road west of Route 53, the Seven Bridges development began in 1989 with the rebuilding of a historical old golf course and is now a premier development of upscale homes, townhouses, condominiums and new commercial development.
"Properties are well-kept," Keegan said. "And this has always been a nice place to live."
Seven Bridges features 305 single-family homes with 2,500 to 4,000 square feet that sit on one-quarter to one-third of an acre. Winding streets add interest while homes have great curb appeal, said David Dornbos, broker associate with RE/MAX Action.
A fun fact is that the street names are golf-related, some after big names in the sport such as Charles E. "Chick" Evans Jr., Bobby Jones and Arnold Palmer.
"The biggest benefit is that it's a great place to raise a family. We have two parks, friendly neighbors and a self-managed homeowners association that plans many activities for residents, including a Halloween party and Easter egg hunt," Dornbos said.
When Dornbos moved to the subdivision, he worked near O'Hare International Airport, and he wanted to be east with easy access to the airport and downtown. He also valued the world-class schools.
"This is the best location in Woodridge, which is kind of a secret," Dornbos said. "A lot of people who want Naperville schools often overlook living in Woodridge because they may not know that this is the farthest east you can go and still be in (Naperville Unit) District 203."
Community amenities include the Seven Bridges Golf Club, Seven Bridges Ice Arena and Edwards Health and Fitness Center, which are on the west side of Route 53.
Golf is a popular activity in the area, and those who participate in the sport enjoy three nearby golf courses.
Bicyclists have a series of paths built by the park district that allow them to ride through the town on paved, dedicated paths. The park district also operates the Cypress Cove Water Park.
Other area attractions are the Green Valley Forest Preserve and the renowned Morton Arboretum in Lisle, where people can connect with nature.
Woodridge continues its community development with the opening of new businesses, restaurants and retail stores in town.