Located 35 miles west of Chicago is the lovely suburb of Naperville, Illinois. In 2006, Money magazine rated the city the second best place to live in the America. It was also named the wealthiest city in the Midwest with a population over 75,000 in a 2010 study. Housing prices in Naperville are above the national average, but there are still a variety of options including gorgeous single family homes, condos and townhouses.
Originally settled in 1831 by Joseph Naper, Naperville is known for it top-notch schools, low crime rate and well-educated residents, which all combine to make it a great place for families. Some of the most popular neighborhoods are River Road, Naper Blvd/Staunton Road, 75th St. /South Washington St., and Schillinger Drive/103rd St. More expensive areas of the city include Woodbrook Court/Bridlespur Drive, East Chicago Avenue/ South Julian St., Route 53/Royce Road, and Hobson Road/Indiana Avenue. In the older, eastern area of the city sits the Naperville Historic District. It consists of over 600 structures including homes and commercial buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. North Central College, a small liberal arts school, is located in downtown Naperville. It’s Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center attracts locals and visitors alike.
As of 2013, the city’s population was 144,864 which was almost a 13 percent increase from 2000. Naperville was named Best City for Early Retirement by Kiplinger in 2013 and one of the safest cities in America by USA Today. The beautiful Riverwalk, which was constructed in 1981 to commemorate Naperville’s 150th birthday, has been nationally recognized and features covered bridges, foot paths, fountains and outdoor pavilions. Centennial Beach, established in 1931, is a former quarry that has been converted to a community pool. Also nearby is the Naper Settlement, a 12-acre historic village that takes visitors back in time. The property has 30 renovated and reconstructed buildings as well as 19th costumed villagers that help tell the history of Naperville and the surrounding area. Other area attractions include the DuPage Children’s Museum and Fifth Avenue Station, a restored 20th century furniture factory. The Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon are also area landmarks. There are a numerous colleges and universities near Naperville including Northern Illinois University, College of DuPage, DePaul University, DeVry University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The close proximity to all the cultural and dining options of Chicago is another benefit of living in Naperville. If you enjoy suburban living with easy access to big city life, browse our selection of properties to find the perfect home.