Dave Swanson

Real Estate Professional with john greene REALTOR

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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"One of the best streets in Naperville"

Disclaimer... I grew up on Thornwood Drive and my mom still lives there so of course I am slightly biased. That said, this is a beautiful street. Huge trees and larger lot sizes with deep setbacks provide a wonderful streets scape. Thornwood Drive is about a close to Highlands School as one can get so a very short walk for the kiddos. Thornwoood is also very close to the Riverwalk entrance and to the DuPage river trail access point. Downtown Naperville is only about a 10 minute walk. I have sold several homes on Thornwood Drive over the years and I have several friends and clients that live on Thornwood. There is a mix of new homes and existing homes and there are still some long time residents living there. Highlands school is one of the best elementary schools in Chicagoland and both my children have attended Highlands so I know from experience that it is an outstanding school. Thornwood Drive is in the East Highlands subdivision. This was Naperville's first planned unit development. Started in the 1950's the neighborhood was on the outskirts of Naperville then and primarily consisted of 3 bedroom ranches and split level homes. Today this neighborhood is about as close to downtown Naperville as you can live. Edward hospital is less than a mile away making it very attractive to area doctors. The metra train is about 1.5 miles away and both I88 and I355 are conveniently accesses within about 10 minutes from here.
Pros
  • Beautiful street with mature trees and well maintained homes.
  • Super close to Highlands School.
  • Convenient access to downtown Naperville, parks and recreational trails.
Cons
  • Expensive street to live on.
  • No sidewalks... yet. Naperville is adding sidewalks to the east highlands every year.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"You probably know someone who has lived in Naperville..."

Want to know what people think of Naperville... just ask a friend or co worker, chances are they know someone who has lived here or visited. Naperville is one of the largest cities outside of Chicago in Illinois but does not feel or look like a big city because it was a small town until the suburban sprawl of Chicago overran the surrounding farms during the past 50 years. The amazing thing is that because there was a quaint quiet nice town here before it became suburbia it doesn't feel like a suburb. Sure you have some major roads that feature every big box store imaginable but Naperville still has a beautiful downtown with buildings dating to the late 1800's. The downtown commercial and residential districts have been gentrified and now benefit from Naperville's great demographics. When I was a kid it was the 5 & dime, ma & pop stores and a few diners. Today, it is Apple store, national restaurants plus great restaurants from the Chicago. The downtown area is vibrant with great drinking establishments, entertainment venues and loads of cultural offerings. I don't think any other suburb comes close to what Naperville offers. Naperville was blessed to have a concerned and involved citizenry that carefully guided the city's growth over the years and did an outstanding job of planning and allocation of land for green space and parks. Naperville has so many beautiful nature areas and most have been linked with the development of multi use trails that allow us to safely bike, run or walk to access these areas. More to come.
Pros
  • Amazing park district with fabulous offerings for all ages.
  • Great Location
  • Really Nice People
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Fabulous Public School System with strong parental involvement
  • Wide array of dining choices & activities to keep all ages entertained.

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