About the Downers Grove, Illinois Area
Living in Downers Grove truly does provide "Extraordinary Options", as a both a place to live and to work. Named for its first settler, Pierce Downer, the community's heritage features a unique and interesting blend of people, places and events. This is an ever-growing area in a maturing phase, with some residential development and a flourishing business community.
This is a community of 48,000 persons located in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Village is thirty-five minutes west and slightly south of the Chicago Loop and provides easy access to the entire metropolitan region.
The vista of Downers Grove shows a well planned community with an excellent commercial and retail tax base, diverse and well maintained housing, quality education and health care, and excellent community facilities. The citizens of Downers Grove care about their community as demonstrated by a long tradition of civic service and involvement.
The Tivoli Movie Theater is a cultural hub. It was first opened in 1928 and was the second theater in the United States to accommodate sound films. Two local theater groups regularly perform there. Fishel Park is home to craft shows, concerts and antique car shows. The Downers Grove Park District offers more than six hundred programs, as well as childcare. Downers Grove Golf Club is noted as the site of the first 18-hole course in the United States, built in 1892.
The village is proud that such major employers as Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Wellness Center,Midwestern University, APCO Technical Services, Pepperidge Farm, ServiceMaster, and Swift have their headquarters in Downers Grove. These firms are joined by over two hundred smaller firms who contribute to a vibrant business climate in the village. Retail shopping opportunities abound within the community. The village and surrounding areas have large selection of Restaurant and Entertainment venues.
Many houses coming on the market are less than five years old. Though new construction is slowing, there is still high end housing. Single-family home prices range from $200,000 to $3,000,000+. The average 2012 sale price was $354,000. A blend of old and new construction gives the area a unique attractiveness. The predominant styles are Colonials and bilevels. Since vacant lots are rare, many homeowners choose to remodel or add a room to their homes. Condominiums and townhouses are available and range in price from $75,000 to $750,000.
Elementary children attend District 58 and high school students attend District 99. The teaching staff of all the districts is well trained and excellent. The children participate in "Seniors and Youth Learning Together", a local television program in which seniors and students exchanges skills, such as computing, quilting and ceramics.
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