Living in Wood Dale

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176 MontclareThe City of Wood Dale is a mature residential community with very low vacancy rates. About half of the community was built between 1960 and 1979, with a typical three-bedroom home having a 2011 median value of $274,500. Of the 5,200 housing units within the City limits, 3,100 are detached single-family homes. There are also 850 townhomes and 1,250 apartments and condominiums.

Future homeowners can choose from a wide variety of housing types and price points. In November 2014 detached single-family homes are selling for as low as $95,000 for a small existing home, all the way up to $595,000 for a new, high-end custom residence. The median asking price for a detached single-family home is $279,950 and the median for a townhome or condominium is $189,900.

Rental Housing

Wood Dale has nearly 900 rental units including apartments, townhomes, and single-family homes. Most of these are independently owned or in small buildings; however, there are also two large, professionally-managed apartment communities.

Gross Rent 2012Orchard Lakes is a modern, 228-unit development of one- and two-bedroom apartments with monthly rental rates ranging from $995 to $1,200. The community allows pets and features a swimming pool and fitness center. More information is available at http://austinhighlandrentals.com/apartment.htm or, contact the leasing office at 630-350-7979 or orchardlakes@austinhighland.com.

One Wood Dale Place is a recently-renovated community offering one-bedroom units starting at $700 and two-bedroom units starting at $825. For more information, contact MK Assest Management at 847-634-4772 or leasing@mkasset.com.

In addition to the wealth of rental housing available within Wood Dale, there are thousands of apartments within an easy, five-mile commute ranging from affordable one-bedroom units in next-door Addison (starting at $725) to luxury 2,000-sq. ft. apartments in next-door Itasca ($1,936 to $2,954).

Our Residents 

Wood Dale has a stable population of 13,770 residents, 16% of whom are age 65 and older. The majority of residents are white (83%) and just over 20% of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. There is a sizeable foreign-born population with 26% of residents born outside the United States (15% born in Europe). More than 27% of residents claim Polish ancestry, followed by German (18%) and Italian (15%). The median family income is $70,821. Wood Dale residents work in a wide variety of industries, with the largest number of residents working in manufacturing (17%), education/health care (15%), professional (12%), and retail (11%) sectors. More than 85% of residents have a high school diploma or higher, with nearly 22% having a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Schools

Wood Dale is fortunate to be home to several excellent public schools. The majority of residences are within Wood Dale School District #7 which feeds into the Fenton Community High School district. District #7 has four attendance centers: the Early Childhood Education Center for three-, four-, and five- year-old children; Oakbrook (K-2); Westview (3-5); and Wood Dale Junior High (6-8). Class sizes are relatively small throughout the district and a full range of specialists attend to the needs of children. They include art, music, physical education, bilingual education, student enrichment, special education, and early intervention. With a student enrollment of approximately 1,500 students, Fenton offers an unusual combination of a suburban school education within a personalized, small-school environment.

Recreation

Residents can take advantage of the programs and facilities offered by the Wood Dale Park District and Bensenville Park District, both of which cover portions of the City. Facilities in town include a recreation center with fitness center, gymnasium, and volleyball courts, dog park, outdoor water park, and numerous neighborhood parks.

The Salt Creek Greenway Trail, which runs through the City, is a scenic multi-use trail that winds 25 miles from Elk Grove Village to the Brookfield Zoo. DuPage County has a wealth of information about the many interconnected bikeways and trails throughout the county on their website.

Golfers will enjoy access to three public courses in town: Maple Meadows (18 holes and 9 holes), Oak Meadows (18 holes and range), and Salt Creek Golf Club (18 holes). Wood Dale is also home to the Midwest’s first Top Golf, a fun, semi-enclosed three-tier driving range where golfers (and non-golfers) can enjoy a festive atmosphere with in-bay wait service. Both Salt Creek and Top Golf are also great places to eat or grab a few drinks, offering full menus as well as many seasonal special events.

 

Shopping

Wood Dale has two main shopping centers along Irving Park Road. Georgetown Square is anchored by Super Low Foods and Warnimont’s Hardware and offers a number of restaurants, stores, and services. Wood Dale Center is anchored by Target and Jewel Osco in addition to a number of national retailers.

If you can’t find it in Wood Dale, you need only travel a few minutes to reach some of the region’s finest shopping malls. Woodfield Mall (15 minutes northwest) is an enclosed, three-level mall offering nearly 300 stores and restaurants including Armani Exchange, Crabtree & Evelyn, Foot Locker, Gap, HUGO BOSS Store, LACOSTE, Oakley, P.F. Chang’s, Puma, Rainforest Café, and Texas de Brazil. Fashion Outlets of Chicago (15 minutes east) is a two-level enclosed mall featuring over 130 designer outlets including Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Gucci, Prada, Nike, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet and more. Oakbrook Center (20 minutes south) is anchored by five premier department stores and more than 160 upscale specialty shops such as Nieman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Omega, Crate & Barrel, Kate Spade New York, and Tommy Bahama.

 

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