Looking for a North Shore suburb? Then be sure to check out Wilmette homes, just 14 miles north of Chicago’s downtown Loop. Commuters can use public transit via the village’s Metra station and L stop. This is one of the larger North Shore communities, with a population of 27,000. Wilmette real estate is famous for several fine examples of architecture. The Bahá'í House of Worship has been called one of the wonders of the Illinois Seven Wonders in 2007. Several other houses of worship are famous as exquisite examples of their architectural styles. There are two houses that were designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright--the Frank J. Baker House and the Lewis Burleigh House. While not all Wilmette homes are quite so well known, many are still fine examples of classic architecture, from colonial to mid-century modern. In addition to spacious family homes, there are also many elegant townhouses.
In 2007, Wilmette was named one of the top 10 places to raise a family by Forbes magazine. It’s an extremely safe community, as well as having excellent public schools. The elementary, middle, and junior high schools are all well-regarded and some have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. For high school, students attend New Trier High School, which is one of the country’s best public high schools. Several parochial and private schools give parents additional choices for an excellent education for their children.
No one has to go far to find great shopping in Wilmette. There are several shopping plazas, including Plaza del Lago, one of the area’s oldest. There’s also a great restaurant scene. The annual Taste of Wilmette, which gives residents a great way to get to know the area’s best local businesses.
There’s also a lot to do in nature around Wilmette. It’s right on Lake Michigan, and the village operates two public beaches--Gillson Beach and Langdon Beach. The beaches are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Community parks provide recreational opportunities throughout the year, and the parks department sponsors sports for all ages, as well as cultural enrichment classes.
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