Here are a few words about some of my favorite neighborhoods in the area:
Barrington / Barrington Hills / North Barrington
With its rolling hills, acres and acres of old-growth trees, ponds, lakes and large home sites, Barrington Hills offers not only a beautiful place to call home, but is also conveniently located near great restaurants, plenty of shopping venues, and, via the Barrington Metra station, is just a train ride from downtown Chicago. Nearly every style of home can be found in Barrington Hills: Modern gems, farm houses, French-style Chateaus, sprawling ranches, and many unique, custom homes all share residence in Barrington Hills. Modern architecture enthusiasts will find homes in Barrington Hills by such noted architects as E Fay Jones, Don Erickson, Edward Dart, Dennis Blair, Milton Schwartz and of course Frank Lloyd Wright.
Home to the historic Long Grove Village, Long Grove also boasts beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities to find that perfect home. Just minutes from both Route 53 and Deer Park shopping & restaurants, Long Grove also features award-winning, nationally-ranked schools and a variety of custom homes. If you're looking for a modern home, you'll find quite a few mid-century and modern ranches by architects such as Dennis Blair and Richard J. Stromberg.
If you like modern architecture - especially Mid-Century Modern - you'll want to take a look at Riverwoods. Although encompassing a fairly small area, Riverwoods boasts one of the highest concentrations of modern homes in the whole Chicagoland region. Most homes in Riverwoods are on lots that have many old, mature trees and a fair amount of land, making it an ideal location for homeowners who want to be at one with nature yet still be near to many amenities. Factor in sought-after high schools like Stevenson and Deerfield, and Riverwoods reveals itself to hold many advantages. Some of the architects who designed homes in Riverwoods include Edward Humrich, Burton Frank, Dennis Stevens, Milton Schwartz, Keck & Keck and Robert Hausner.
One of my favorite subdivisions in the entire Northwest Suburbs is in Palatine: Plum Grove Estates. This beautiful community is minutes from Woodfield Mall and highways 53, 290, 355 and 90, yet offers residents a secluded, serene enclave with gorgeous old trees, winding streets and a great number of ranch homes. Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts are sure to find a number of homes in Plum Grove Estates that will make them smile. Architects whose homes you'll find on display in the area include James Dresser, Ron Petralito, Dennis Blair, Roy Paleta and others.
If you're new to the Chicago area and aren't sure if you want to live in the city or the suburbs, Park Ridge may be the answer. Just beyond the Chicago city limits, Park Ridge boast some of the "best of both worlds", with plenty of green space and old trees, as well as a very neighborhood-y feeling, while still being convenient to downtown Chicago, the Northwest suburbs, and O'Hare airport. The town features lots of diversity in terms of housing styles, sizes and density, offering something for everybody. And of course as with all of my featured neighborhoods, Park Ridge features some stunning modern homes by architects such as Don Erickson, Louis Huebner, Frank Louis Glick, Sal Balsamo and Bruce Goff to name just a few.