Lisle, IL Top 3 Things to Do in Lisle, IL

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Lisle, Illinois is a western suburb of Chicago and it’s located in Dupage County, but first I just want to introduce myself again Amy Pearson with @properties I am a realtor in the western suburbs of Chicago and I also serve downtown Chicago as well. All right so i’m gonna give you my top three things to do in Lisle, Illinois. Lisle is one of 
my favorite suburbs, there’s a lot of great things to do but I’m only sharing three of my favorite 
things that you can enjoy or to do in Lisle.

Alright so my first thing that you definitely should check out in Lisle to do would be Green Trails which Green Trails 
is actually a subdivision. Which probably sounds kind of weird at first. It is a residential neighborhood with 477 acres, that includes nine lakes, mature woods, grassy open spaces hills and flatlands. But there’s also a bike paved bike path that runs throughout green trails and it is actually 25 miles long of paths that you can do for hiking, jogging, biking, or whatever you want to do. And it’s a great path to check out. I used to bike ride my bike on Green Trails when I was a kid. There are 17 public parks and tennis courts and basketball carts and ball fields all within Green Trails. So definitely great to check out it’s free. Just get your bikes and head on over to Green Trails and it is a neighborhood where houses 
do live in there so you if you’re interested in living in Lisle, you could just kind of ride the bike and check out the neighborhood taking the green trails path.

Alright so my next one would be something to do in the winter which is the Four Lakes Alpine Snow Sports so if 
you grew up in Dupage County chances are you know someone or yourself have learned to ski on Four Lakes Ski Hill. It is a great place to learn to ski on downhill ski. You can do great afternoon with your family friends and or with just a few friends to learn how to skate. They have a ski school for students as well as Talmark and Nordic Ski lessons are also available upon request. There’s also a Terrrian Park for skiers and snowboarders for all ski ski levels. They have equipment rental, season passes, and group lessons are available. It is closed right now but it will open once the temperatures start dropping. It’s definitely I would say a beginner hill. It’s a great place just get your feet wet and learn
to skate but it is in Lisle, Illinois. All of the ways up the hill is actually a tow rope to get up the hill.

Next would be the Morton Arboretum. The Morton Arboretum’s tagline is the champion of trees and they definitely are it’s a great place to check out i would describe the morning as a museum of trees. There’s nature trails and you can even drive um throughout the roads and check out the scenery. There is a children’s garden that’s great to check out for young children. They have lots of festivals events at the Morton Arboretum as well and they have the fall 5k walk run, concerts in the summer as well as Illumination which is done during the holidays. It’s a how do I describe it a one mile walk of paved path with interactive lights and it’s and highlights the trees and all the beauty of winter. It’s 
a great event to check out. You do have to get tickets in advance for Illumination and I believe tickets go on sale October 1st, So check that out Illumination at the Morton Arboretum.

So those are my top three things to do in Lisle, Illinois. Hope you enjoyed them. They’re kind of some things to do throughout the year and throughout the different seasons. I’m Amy Pearson with @properties and if you know anyone thinking about buying or selling keep me in mind!

Will housing Prices Ever Go Down? Should I wait to buy till 2022?

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Are you thinking should I wait till 2022 to purchase a house? I have been getting that question from my clients, buyers, from friends and they want to know if should they wait till 2022. So that’s why I made this video today. I’ve got some facts and did some research for you guys on two reasons why waiting till 2022 will actually cost you money. If you’re a renter or you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner for the first time, or your home that you’re currently live in just doesn’t fit your needs anymore you need more space. If you’re hoping if we just wait a little bit longer, maybe prices will come down.

There are two questions that we need to ask. You need ask yourself what will home prices be in 2022 and what will mortgage rates be in 2022? To help shed the light on the answers questions the three major housing industries that project home prices appreciation in 2022. Here are their forecasts for 2022. We’ve got Freddie Mac appreciation of 5.3% Fannie Mae 5.1% appreciation and Mortgage Bankers Association 8.4% appreciation. All three are saying house prices are still going to keep appreciating using the average of these three projections it’s a 6.27%. Homes that appreciate and sells today that are valued around $350,000 will be valued next year at $371,000 average by the end of next year. That means if you delay buying your home till 2022, you could pay an additional $21,000 on that house, crazy I know by waiting.

Where will market rates be in 2022? Well today 30-year mortgage rates fixed are hovering at historic low rates which is great however experts believe that with the economy recovering and doing better that it will continue to tick up. So the forecast for the fourth quarter in 2022 by three major entities. They believe interest rates will be going up. Freddie Mac believes it will go up at 3.8%, Fannie Mae thinks 3.2% and Mortgage Bankers Association thinks 4.2% could be interest rates in 2022. So all think that there’s gonna be a tick up in interest rates so average, that averages out to 3.7% percent with the three together. That really could end up costing you more money in 2022.

What does that mean for you ? If you were to purchase a home in 2021 purchase amount $350,000 and average mortgage mortgage rate you got 2.86% your monthly payment is $1,899 a month, this is in 2021. If you wait till 2022, that same house will be $371,000 average mortgage rate interest rate will be 3.7% it’s gone up and your monthly payment will be $2,166. That’s an average of $267 increase a month and it’s about $3,000 dollars a year that you’ll have to pay more because you waited a year. T

hat’s just some research I did on what it’ll cost you by waiting until 2022. Fall time, winter as we’re going into fall winter it’s a great time to make purchases! Please keep me in mind, I’m Amy Pearson realtor with @properties.

Wheaton, IL – Top 5 Things to Do in Wheaton

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Today i’m going to give you my top five things to do in Wheaton, Illinois. Wheaton is a suburb of Chicago it’s western suburb located in Dupage County. But first I’m Amy Pearson the local realtor with @properties and I give community information videos as well as real estate update videos weekly. All right let’s get started with my top five things to do in Wheaton, Illinois. All right here is my list of things to check out.

Cosely Zoo

My first one is the Cosley Zoo. The Cosley Zoo in Wheaton offers a really educational entertaining experience for you and your family. It is perfect I would say for toddler aged children. It’s a small scaled zoo on five acres and it has a farm as well as native Illinois animals and in their zoo there’s also an area where you can feed some animals. It’s a really great experience for young children. The zoo is seven dollars for non-residents and six dollars for seniors and they do sell family memberships as well.

Cantigny Park

My next one on my list would be Cantigny Park. Cantigny park which is a must-see destination for everyone and has every interest you could possibly think of. If you’re just want to spend 30 minutes or several hours this is a great place it’s large enough so you can just pick a spot or pursue the whole park. There’s gardens for luxury strolls enjoying the nature as well as those who want to try to stay active. If you want to learn more about it you can also check out the Robert R Mccormick Museum or the First Division Museum which my nephew is a big fan of the first division museum. He’s a World War II fan so check that place out if you’re a World War II enthusiast.

Blackwell Forest Preserve

Next one is Blackwell Forest Preserve since there’s always so much nature in Wheaton, Blackwell is certainly a unique offering in Wheaton area you can do lots of outdoors things like hiking, picnicking, camping and there’s also a lake for water recreation fishing and boating.And it also offers something kind of unique from the area it has an archery range, targets are sold for six dollars and 50 cents and the range is open every day. There’s also an off the leash area for your dog so it’s a great park to check out. It’s free open daily one hour before sunrise and one after after sunset it closes.

Illinois Prairie Path

Next on my list would be the Illinois Prairie Path. The Illinois Prairie Path is great for bikers. It is a network of 61 miles of bicycle trails mostly in Dupage County and portions of the trail extend into Kane County. Most of the trail consists of what they would call a rails to trail meaning it used to be a old railroad track in the area that they converted into bicycle trails. The Illinois Prairie Path consists of three distinct districts originating in a point just west of downtown Wheaton the northwest branch is called the Elgin branch which and it runs approximately 16 miles to Elgin where it intersects with the Fox River Trail.

Herrick Lake

Next on my list would be Herrick Lake. Herrick Lake is a forest preserve in Wheaton that’s one of my favorite places in Wheaton. It has lots of hiking paths you can do biking and horseback riding in the winter you can do cross-country skiing. There’s also seven miles of trails including the Danada Herrick Lake Regional Trail. There’s also within the lake you can rent canoes, kayaks, and row boats through May through September you can rent the boats in the lake area of Herrick Lake.

I hope you enjoyed my top five things to do in Wheaton, Illinois. Maybe you learn something new or a new place you might want to check out this weekend. But those are my top five things hopefully you enjoy it maybe got some information and about the Chicago Western Suburbs. I am Amy Pearson with @properties and I provide a local community information and real estate news on the western suburbs please check out my next video.

Downtown Naperville, IL – Naperville Historic District Driving Tour

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Today we’re gonna do a driving tour of the downtown Naperville Historic District area. I got some feedback that people like driving tours so we’re gonna do another one. I’m Amy Pearson, I’m a local realtor with @Properties and I do community videos on real estate as well as on the Western Suburbs of Chicago.

All right so that’s the Historic Naperville Neighborhood thanks for joining me on my driving tour of the downtown Naperville Historic District. Hope you enjoyed my driving tour and if you are thinking about buying or selling please keep me in mind.

Suburbs (West of Chicago) Vs Chicago – What You Will Have to Get Used To

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Are you thinking about making move to suburbs from Chicago, Illinois and you’re not sure what it is that will be different and what you’re gonna have to get used to living in the suburbs versus Chicago? Well, I’ve got my top five list of things that you will need to get used to being a suburbanite versus living in Chicago. I’m Amy Pearson here with @Properties I provide weekly community and videos on real estate as well as community information. All right here’s my top five list that are kind of fun things that are all unique about living in Chicago versus the suburbs.

#5 Not Paying for Bags!

All right my number five thing that you would get used to living in the suburbs versus Chicago would be not paying for bags. It seems kind of silly and kind of weird at first, if you don’t live in Chicago but living in Chicago you have to pay for every single bag plastic bag or paper bag if you go to the CVS grocery store. There’s a seven cent tax on every bag, so it’s kind of exciting when you move to the suburbs and you go to the grocery store you don’t have to pay for those bags! It’s almost feels like you’re stealing those bags! So that’s something kind of exciting to get used to is not paying for your bags when you go to the store.

#4 Not Second Guessing Your Parking Space

My number four thing that you would need to get used to when you live in to the suburbs versus Chicago would be not having to second guess when you park on the street. When you park on the street in Chicago, you have to think about what neighborhood parking sticker, do I need to have a Cub’s Night zone game area, is it street sweeping day? If you park on the street in any one of those things, you get a ticket or a towed. So in the suburbs, there really isn’t permanent parking so you don’t have to worry about this as much as when you park on the street. You don’t have to second guess where you parked on he street, usually.

#3 Suburbs Not As Walkable

Number three thing that you would need to get used to city versus the suburbs would be that suburbs are not as walkable as the city. So living in Chicago it’s very walkable, to walk to say the coffee shop, walk to retail places through your walkable community. Living in the suburbs one of the biggest things you have to get used to is that you need to drive to most places in the suburbs. It’s a little bit harder if you don’t have a car to get around. There is a Pace bus system in the suburbs in many of the towns but, it’s much easier if you have a car to get around. So that’s one thing you’ll definitely have to get used to being Chicago versus suburban.

#2 Restaurant Scene Not the Same As Chicago

Number two thing that you would need to get used to moving from Chicago to the suburbs would be the restaurant scene. Living in Chicago there’s such an amazing wide variety of culinary restaurants you get to enjoy James Beard Winners,Michelin winners, and restaurant row on Randolph street is an amazing restaurants. So that’s one thing you’ll have to get used to being a little bit further away from those award-winning restaurants but, I will say that in the suburbs you can find almost every type of cuisine out in the suburbs. You can find Indian food, sushi, you can find Italian and every type of food that you can think of, you can find right in the suburbs. It may not be the top chefs and award-winning restaurants that Chicago has, it’s just a little bit different you’ll get used to it once you move to the suburbs.

#1 Suburbs Are More Friendly

All right my number one thing that you would have to get used to as a Chicago person moving to the suburbs would be that people talk to you when you go places or you walk down the street. It’s a little weird to get used to but you’ll be going to the Jewel grocery store and people will still start talking to you in line about what it is you’re buying and how your day is going. They actually want to know about what it is you’re buying. If you’re in the city and someone talks to you you just look down, you’ve got your blinders on and you just you don’t talk to people in the city. It’s a big difference, so you will have to get used to the friendlier community and people want to talk and chat about the day the weather and what’s going on in your day.

So that’s my top five things as a Chicago person moving to the suburbs that you would need to get used to some of them are kind of moderate and not that big a deal and some of them it will take a little while to get used to. That’s my top five. I’m Amy Pearson a realtor with @Properties and please check out my next video!

Chicago Western Suburbs – Top 5 Suburbs in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

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Have you been thinking about what suburb in Chicago Western area is the perfect place for you and your family to move to? Well I've got you covered today because I've got my top five western suburbs to check out. I'm Amy Pearson, I'm a local realtor with @Properties and if you like my top five suburbs video, please hit the like button! 


Lisle


All right my number five would be Lisle, Illinois. Lisle is a suburb of Chicago with 
population around 23,000. It is in DuPage County and it's rated one of the best places to live in 
Illinois. living in Lisle offers residents urban and suburban mixed feel most residents own their 
own home and while there's lots of restaurants coffee shops and parks many young professionals 
live in Lisle and residents tend to lean more moderate political views and Lisle the public 
schools in the area are also highly rated. Lisle is known for the Morton Arboretum, which is I kind 
of call it an outdoor tree museum, you can drive through it, hike through it and there's also a 
children's garden area, It's great to check out the Morton Arboretum. There's Four Lake Ski Hill 
and Lisle as well as Benedictine University are some of the key things that Lisle is known for. 


Wheaton

Number four would be Wheaton, Illinois. Wheaton is also a suburb of Chicago population around 
53,000 it is also located in DuPage County. It is one of the best places in Illinois to live 
living in. Wheaton offers a dense suburban feel and most residents own their own home in 
Wheaton. Residents can enjoy lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and 
young professionals in Wheaton and residents tend to lean conservatively politically. The 
public schools in Wheaton are also highly rated and Wheaton is known for it's home to the DuPage 
County Fairgrounds. The DuPage County Fairground Association hosts the annual DuPage County 
Fair in late July. There's also the Coosley Zoo is located in Wheaton, it's a great smaller 
scale zoo probably perfect for a toddler size, it's really pretty great for toddlers and 
there's Wheaton College located in downtown Wheaton sometimes referred to as the Harvard of 
Eventual schools. 

Glen Ellyn

All right number three would be Glenn Ellyn, a suburb of Chicago they have 
the population around 27,000. It's a little bit smaller town Glen Ellyn is in DuPage County also 
rated one of the best places in Illinois to live. Living in Glen Ellyn offers residents an 
urban suburban mix, most residents do own their own home and in Glen Ellyn there's lots 
of restaurants coffee shops and parks to enjoy many families in Glen Ellyn tend to lean 
conservatively politically. The schools in Glen Ellyn are highly rated. Some things that Glenn 
Ellyn is known for is for actually the setting of a local resident O. T. Nelson's 1975 novel 
The Girl Who Owned A City, it's actually a young adult book, I highly recommend it, I've read it. 
And Glenbard West High School were also used in the setting of the movie Lucas which was filmed in 
1986, great movie. 

Oak Park

Number two western suburb of my top of my top five western suburbs would be 
Oak Park, Illinois. Oak Park is the first western suburb outside of Chicago and many 
houses in Oak Park are over 100 years old. And it's where Frank Lloyd Wright style homes 
are also there because he had a studio there. There's also the historical Gunderson style 
homes in Oak Park which is a suburb of Chicago population 52,000. It's located in Cook County and 
it's one of the best places to live in Illinois rated. Living Oak Park offers residents an 
urban suburban mixed feel. Most residents own their own home in Oak Park and there are a lot of 
restaurants, coffee shops, and parks .In Oak Park the public schools in Oak Park are highly rated 
and the residents also tend to lean liberal. In Oak Park also has two CTA lines that run through 
Oak Park ,there is the Blue line as well as the Green line and the Metra, all great for 
commuting. And according to Niche.com, Oak Park is the number three best suburbs 
for young professionals in Illinois. In Oak Park here are some of the things that 
is known for it is known for Frank Lloyd Wright architect and he lived and designed several houses 
and buildings in Oak Park area. It was also the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. 

Naperville

All right number one on my list would be Naperville, Illinois. Naperville is a city in Illinois population 
147,000. Naperville is located in DuPage County and it's rated one of the best places in Illinois 
to live living in. Naperville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents do 
own their own home in Naperville there's plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks to enjoy. The residents in Naperville tend to have moderate political views and the public schools in neighborhood are highly rated. Some of the things that Naperville is known for would be the downtown Naperville Riverwalk which has lots of parks and sidewalks and bridges for people to enjoy, the top-rated schools, the Naperville Settlement which
is a area of historical buildings that people can pay to go into and check out. It's really great around the holidays and they decorate the buildings up and the DuPage Children's Museum is also located in Naperville and it is home to North Central College. 


Now that I've shared with you my top five Chicago Western Suburbs, it's easy to see 
why people are making a move to these communities. I'm Amy Pearson, realtor with @Properties, 
I provide local community and real estate information on the western suburbs

District 203 & District 204 – Are Naperville Schools Good?

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Today I am going to give you information on why people move out to Naperville.  One of the reasons people like to move out here is because of the public schools.  And you might be wondering? Are the public schools good?

Well, today I am going to give you some stats and information about the public schools here in Naperville.  There are two districts in Naperville. District 203 and District 204 that I am going to talk about today.  Alright so these numbers are according to Niche.com 2021 numbers.

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District 203 is the number 7 district in the state of Illinois out of 413 districts.  District 204 is number 12 in Illinois, so both are top rated school districts.  District 203 is ranked number 24 for the best teachers in Illinois out of 634 districts, that’s great!  District 203 also ranked number 2 in Illinois for best athletics out of 436.  District 204 is number 13 for school districts for best athletics in Illinois.  Both districts are top districts for athletics!

There is a school district in Naperville that is also US ranked! That’s right!  For the US best ranked school districts in America, District 203 is number 39 out of 10,760 districts across the US.  So that’s great that district 203 is ranked across the US.  Also for best schools districts in America for Athletics district 203 is ranked 39 out of 10,760 school districts. It is a nationally ranked district! Both districts are great.

I just wanted to give you some stats on why some people are interested in the public schools out here in Naperville. I am Amy Pearson, I am a local realtor with @properites, if you have any questions in the western suburbs, I’d love to help you out. Alright take care.

Chicago Western Suburbs

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Chicago the windy city and the city of big shoulders it’s an amazing city that i love for its dining scene and culture. Many of my clients who have young families or they’re relocating to Chicago, have reached out to me because they’re looking for more space and they’re looking for top-rated schools.

The Chicago western suburbs have top-rated public schools, transportation to downtown Chicago and plenty of green space. Subscribe to my channel to learn more about the Chicago western suburbs, about the community, real estate and happenings in the western suburbs. My name is Amy Pearson I’m a realtor with @Properties and I’m a Mom. I grew up in Naperville and would love to be your relocation guy to the western suburbs subscribe today to get notified weekly when I drop a new video.

Downtown Naperville, IL Driving Tour

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Are you thinking about making a move out to the suburbs and you're not sure what there is to do once you get out there? Well come along with me today on a driving tour of downtown Naperville. I am going to show you there's plenty of restaurants and retail. I'm Amy Pearson realtor with that @Properties and I'm going to do a brief driving tour of downtown Naperville come along. Please click on the youtube view to watch the driving tour.

Hope you enjoy my driving tour video, I am just showing you a small section of downtown Naperville but, it shows you there's plenty to do with lots of restaurants, bars and nightlife as well as retail. You won't be bored in Naperville! All right I'm Amy Pearson with @properties.

Living in Naperville, IL – 5 Fun Facts About Naperville, Illinois

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I am Amy Pearson, I’m a local realtor with @Properties and I am on the team Lux Home Chicago. We serve downtown Chicago as well as the western suburbs, specifically Naperville, IL. Today I am going to give you my 5 fun facts about Naperville, IL. You may or may not know if you are thinking about moving to Naperville, you may find these facts kinda fun and interesting.

Commute and Avoid Traffic?

Alright, so if you are gonna live in Naperville and work downtown you may be thinking how do I get downtown and avoid the traffic on the highway? Well, we have two Metra train stations in Naperville. There is the Mainstreet train station in downtown Naperville as well as the Route 59 station. Two options, I believe both stations have the option to take express trains that skip some of the stops along the route, and they do still stop at some stops along the way. There also is the Amtrak that stops 4 times a day at the mainstreet station.

How Far from Chicago?

If you are thinking about Naperville for your move you may be wondering, well how far away is Naperville from Chicago specifically? Well we are about 28 miles outside of Chicago.

Who is Naperville Named After?

Another interesting fact about Naperville, you might want to know is who it is named after. Naperville is actually named after a person. It was named after Joe Naper who was the founder of Naperville. He founded it along the DuPage River in 1831. He drew the first plat in 1842 and was elected the president of the board when the village of Naperville was incorporated in 1857.

What festivals are in Naperville in the summer?       

I would say the biggest festivals would be The Naperville Jaycee’s Last Fling!  which is Labor Day weekend, it is kinda the celebration of end of summer, It has concerts, carnival rides, carnival games that everyone can enjoy. Free to enter but tickets to buy for the rides. The other festival is the Naperville RibFest, or Also known as the Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest held over the 4th of July holiday.

FREE Parking!

Another fact about Naperville you may or may not know is that the parking is free in downtown Naperville! You may not think that is is a big deal but it is kinda a good deal to not have to pay for parking if you are going out to eat or going to buy something quickly downtown in Naperville.  In Chicago you have to pay for parking and it can be expensive. Other suburbs you do have to pay for parking in their downtown area such as Oak Park you do have to pay for their downtown parking facilities.

But there actually is a reason why there is free parking in downtown Naperville. I am going to tell you the history behind it. Back in the day when Fox Valley Mall was being built, The Naperville Business Alliance made the decision that they wanted to make sure that the local businesses in downtown Naperville were still getting the support and customers coming because they were worried about the free parking at the mall and that people would go there instead of to the local businesses in Naperville. The business Alliance decided to get together and a very key decision that affected the life of downtown Naperville and that was to get rid of all the parking meters in downtown Naperville and make it free parking so they could compete with the Mall, Fox Valley Mall. And it’s been free parking in Naperville ever since. I think it has really helped the businesses grow, the retail and the  restaurant scene. Another thing about the parking, the parking garages actually have the number of parking spaces displayed that are available and it really stays up to count every time a spot gets parked, it ticks down. I will say at lunch time it does get a little full. Also the parking garages get fuller around dinner time and around 8pm. But still free parking is pretty awesome! 

Alright those are my five fun facts about Naperville. If you or anyone you know if thinking about moving to Naperville, Illinois. Please keep me in mind as a realtor. I’d love to help you out!