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Wheaton: A Top Suburb with Stellar Schools and a Vibrant Downtown

March 01, 2013

WheatonWheaton is one of three Chicago suburbs that had the honor of landing a spot in the top 100 of the CNN Money Magazine “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list. Coming in at number 80 on the list, Wheaton’s wide range of local downtown merchants and restaurants, plus being the home of Wheaton College and the Illinois Institute of Technology certainly gives the town an edge.

For those considering a move to Wheaton, you’ll be pleased to know that CNN Money also ranked the town as one of the top 25 earning suburbs in the U.S. The median income in Wheaton is $113,517, and many residents are employed by Wheaton College and the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Network.

Wheaton boasts top rate schools and is part of the Community Unit School District 200 and Community Consolidated School District 89. Wheaton North High School is ranked as the 32nd best high school in Illinois and Wheaton Warrenville South High School is ranked as the 28th best high school in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Residents interested in higher education opportunities will have plenty of choices, starting with Wheaton College, a private, Christian liberal arts college. Wheaton College boasts a small teacher-student ratio, dozens of study abroad opportunities and is also home to an internationally-recognized Conservatory of Music.

Anyone living in Wheaton can also take advantage of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, which provides technology-focused education for both working professionals and students.

New to the area and considering house hunting in Wheaton? The current median sales price of a home in the suburb is $285,000, according to Trulia, up 20 percent from January of 2012. The price for a Wheaton home is higher than the Chicago metro average price of $187,700, but the top schools and vibrant downtown tend to increase local home prices.

There are currently 290 single-family homes for sale in Wheaton with prices ranging from $212,037 for a four bedroom, two bathroom home to $3,265,000 for a 7,500 square foot five bedroom, seven bathroom home.

Rents for a one bedroom apartment in Wheaton range in price from $850 to $1,200 and rents for a two bedroom apartment range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Whether you’re house hunting for the day or new to the neighborhood, you’ll certainly want to spend plenty of time exploring Wheaton’s vibrant downtown.  Check out these top shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Dining

  • Ivy. This restaurant resonates elegance, both inside and out. Located in historic downtown Wheaton, the exterior of this fine dining establishment features gorgeous stained glass windows and lush green ivy. Menu selections include a variety of steak, seafood and pastas. Start off your night with the almond crusted brie appetizer and enjoy berry honey panna cotta for dessert.
  • Suzette’s Creperie. Who doesn’t love crepes and there are certainly plenty to choose from at Suzette’s.  Try the Spicy Coconut Shrimp Crepe or Hot Fudge Banana Crepe and be sure to make reservations for a Three course English or French Tea.
  • Adelle’s Fine American Fare. Rated one of the best nine restaurants in the Chicago suburbs by Zagat, this restaurant offers quality American fare. Choose from unique selections such as pistachio honey-shallot crusted salmon, hoison glazed duck breast and

prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin.

Shopping

  • Off the Beaten Path. A large consignment store that sells vintage home décor items as well as clothing, collectibles, jewelry, glass and toys. The perfect spot for spending a rainy Sunday afternoon browsing the aisles.
  • Serenade. A charming house in downtown Wheaton that sells one-of-a-kind home décor items, antique jewelry, boutique clothing, candles and more.
  • Prairie Path Outfitters. A store that advocates a healthy and active lifestyle and sells outwear and accessories made of recycled materials as well as healthy snacks and drinks

Entertainment

  • Cantigny Park. Enjoy 29 acres of more than 20 different gardens, two history museums, a golf course and several restaurants at this favorite Wheaton destination.
  • Kids Town. Have little ones that need entertaining? Head on over to Kids Town for more than a dozen themed play areas designed to encourage your child’s imagination. This place is perfect for everyday fun or special occasions!
  • Studio Movie Grill. Enjoy dinner and a movie all in one place at this area movie theater.

Transporation

  • Metra: Access the suburbs or the city via the Union/Pacific West Line. The Wheaton station is located on West Wesley Street.
  • Airports: O’Hare International Airport is about 40 minutes away and Midway International Airport is about 50 minutes away by car.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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