When Bob and Becky Wimmers needed a larger home 29 years ago, they toured the models built by Pulte Homes at the new Haddonfield subdivision in Carol Stream. At the time, they lived in a neighboring suburb in a house that backed to a creek, and they didn't expect to find a comparable lot.
But when they viewed a homesite on a cul-de-sac in Haddonfield that backed up to an open area, they knew they had found the perfect place to live. They were used to looking out their window at trees and nature and didn't want to be boxed in by other houses. They also liked having a nice yard for their large dog, Sarge.
Listing sheetPrice range: $300,000 to $400,000
Age of homes: 28 to 30 years
Schools: Heritage Lakes Elementary and Stratford Middle schools in Carol Stream Elementary District 93 and Glenbard North High School in Glenbard High School District 87.
Parks: Carol Stream Park District
The home's floor plan was also very appealing to the couple.
"We loved the two-story foyer and spacious master suite, which was new for us because we lived in a ranch home," Becky Wimmers said.
"When we bought our home, Pulte was the only builder offering air conditioning, basements and fireplaces as included features in their new homes," Wimmers said. "We thought we were getting a lot of house for the money. We never had a new house before, and we liked it so much, we stayed here.
"It turned out that there were a lot of nice people here, and we have great neighbors with some original owners that still live here."
Located north of Lies Road and just west of County Farm Road, Haddonfield features 150 ranch and two-story homes, typically with 1,392 to 2,100 square feet, four bedrooms, 2½ baths and a two-car garage, said Tony Stefancic, broker with RE/MAX Suburban in Wheaton and a 29-year resident of the subdivision.
When developer Jay Stream established Carol Stream in the 1950s, he envisioned a place where residents could live, work and play. Today the village's neighborhoods reflect his dream of a model family community.
Haddonfield offers an excellent quality of life with good schools, convenient location and an abundance of recreation, which are big draws to the neighborhood, Stefancic said.
"Haddonfield has everything that families want," he said.
Excellent schools, of course, are also a big thing for families with children. Kids can walk to Heritage Lakes Elementary School, and they're less than a mile from Glenbard North High School.
The neighborhood offers a nice mix of residents regarding age, lifestyle and culture. Some young families are moving in to replace those leaving for retirement, and some people choose to stay for their retirement, Stefancic said.
If physical fitness is a priority, the neighborhood includes a bike and walking trail south of the development and a lot of outdoor activities around Heritage Lake with a walking path around the lake itself.
Carol Stream is a hub of recreation with two park district community centers. Simkus Recreation Center across County Farm Road is home to the popular Coral Cove Water Park. And on Gary Avenue, the flagship Fountain View Recreation Center, which opened in 2013, includes a gym with three basketball courts, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, indoor walking track and more, along with the Kids Zone child-care services for children of those using the facility. The center offers swimming lessons for children and adults.
A favorite of Carol Stream residents is the Thursday night outdoor concerts in the summer.
For shopping, Haddonfield is within easy reach of anything in town and near Stratford Square Mall in neighboring Bloomingdale.
Haddonfield offers good access to main thoroughfares. Army Trail Road takes drivers to nearby I-355, and traveling north on County Farm Road leads to the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway.