Streamwood, IL Neighborhoods and Homes For Sale
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Streamwood began as an area known as Hoosier Grove when dairy farmers settled the region in the 1830s. It held onto its farming heritage until the decades following WWII as the G.I. Bill gave millions of people access to mortgages and the opportunity to buy new homes. Today it’s known as a quiet, comfortable village conveniently located in the middle of Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Streamwood is slightly higher than the U.S. average. Housing makes up the largest portion of monthly costs although transportation costs are the highest. This is partly due to the fact that Streamwood is located in Cook County which imposes higher-than-average taxes on food and gasoline. Streamwood has little in the way of public transportation which means residents are largely dependent on their cars to get around. Property taxes are reasonable even though Cook County has a reputation for having higher-than-average property taxes. The housing stock consists of mid-century split level ranches, semi-detached homes, townhomes,1970s tract-style houses, and modern infills.
Streamwood is well-served by major highways and routes that run through and around the town. The Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) is just to the north and travels east towards Chicago and west to Rockford. Golf Road (Route 58) ends on the west side of town and travels east where it ends just before it reaches Lake Michigan. Barrington Road runs north to south and offers access to I-90 and U.S. Route 20. The Elgin-O'Hare Expressway (I-390) is a tollway that connects U.S. Route 20 to IL-83. I-390 will eventually reach to O'Hare airport. Pace operates a bus route that has stops at transportation centers, regional malls, and the Irving Park Commercial Corridor.
Students who live in Streamwood attend school in Elgin Area School District U46. It's a unified school district and is the second largest in the state of Illinois and oversees 40 elementary schools, eight middle schools, and five high schools. Its large size gives it the opportunity and resources to offer a variety of programs that include a radio station, alternative school, gifted programs, and early learning programs.
The Irving Park Commercial Corridor is a stretch of large strip malls that are located on Irving Park Road. They play host to restaurants, grocery stores, and retail outlets. The Corridor’s most notable institution is The Original Nana’s Hot Dogs which has been serving up some of the best hot dogs in the suburbs since 1973. The Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserve is located directly to the north of town and offers paved and unpaved multi-use trails. Streamwood could be considered a classic example of a suburban enclave, but it does a good job of covering all the needs of life and offering plenty of extras along the way.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.