I have many friends who have told me that they almost passed over Clarendon Hills but were very happy they didn’t. They tell me that one of the check marks on their list was a bustling downtown business district along the train line. Clarendon Hills is somewhat smaller than many of the neighboring towns but people find out quickly that it has the important ingredients they were looking for after all: Top schools, ice cream shop, hardware store, bakery, coffee shop (actually, 2 – Starbucks and Quinns), restaurants (three), barber, salon, doctor’s office, banks, gift shop, Hallmark store, pottery making store, and of course, the normal municipal places like town hall, library, police and fire stations. What they also find is that Clarendon Hills is a safe place to live and that it’s comfortable to just let your children be children. Kids walk into the downtown and the shop owners know them and their parents. Isn’t this what a community is all about anyway?
It is believed the man who put his imprint on Clarendon Hills streetscape is none other than Fredrick Law Olmsted. Olmsted is famous for designing Central Park in New York City and many towns like Riverside Illinois. The streets zigzag and curve. As a result of the winding streets and few curbs, drivers can get lost in Clarendon Hills. However, the unique design has led to the one-of-a-kind ambience that Clarendon Hills offers. On Christmas Eve, the entire town is fully lit with luminaria’s lining the streets and it’s truly a sight to see with the beautiful topography and curved streets.
Clarendon Hills is one of the smallest real estate markets for Western Suburban homes. Clarendon Hills’ 9,000 inhabitants reside in Dupage County west of Route 83, east of Cass Avenue and south of Ogden Avenue.
There are only two elementary schools that serve Clarendon Hills homes within Hinsdale Elementary School District 181 area, and two of the four key neighborhoods are named after them. The Prospect Grade School area is situated north of the railroad tracks and south of Ogden Avenue. Prospect Grade School and Clarendon Hills Middle School were recently build after tearing down the old schools. The core portion of the Prospect Grade School is located south of Chicago Avenue while Clarendon Hills Middle School is immediately west and also south of Chicago Avenue. This is highly coveted real estate due to its convenient proximity to downtown Clarendon Hills. The area North of Chicago Avenue hosts the Hinsdale Golf Club and many homes with spacious lot sizes.
The Walker Grade School area is located north of 55th Street and south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks on Walker Avenue. The vicinity boasts the majority of Clarendon Hills real estate. The area around Hosek Park has seen some of the highest values of homes and real estate. This area also has the most distinctive street mapping with long meandering roads crossing one another with several parks in walking distance to the homes.
District 181 Elementary Schools and the District 86 Hinsdale Central High School cater to most Clarendon Hills children.
“Blackhawk Heights” is a unique area located in the northwest of Clarendon Hills, and south of Chicago Avenue. These Clarendon Hills homes are traditional Georgian, Cape Cods, and Ranch style homes. Many have been updated with modern amenities. The Westmont Elementary School and Westmont High School services this area.
Clarendon Hills south of 55th Street is a lovely unincorporated area featuring many newer and existing homes, many on large lots. Most of the area is serviced by the Maercker School District 60