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This northwest suburb of Chicago, located near O'Hare International Airport, was incorporated in 1884. Bensenville's first Village Hall was constructed in 1908 and the simple cement block building served as many of the town's main institutions. For instance, the second level housed the high school and Sunday mass was also held at the hall. Even the Bensenville fire brigade stored their equipment at the site. The old Village Hall was razed in 1972 to make room for a new structure, which was also demolished and replaced with a CVS Pharmacy in 2003. The current Bensenville Village Hall is situated a block from the former hall location and is a beautiful brick building the town is very proud of.
Railroad tracks through Bensenville made the area an active transit town. In 1930, there were nearly 80 trains (both passenger and freight) routed through the village each day. A small pocket of commercial business sprouted up but by 1935 90 percent of the local workforce was employed by the Milwaukee Road Railroad. As the population of Bensenville rose (approximately 1,875 residents in 1940) the necessity for public schools also increased. Several new schools were built in the '40s and '50s, and a Park District and Community Public Library District were established in 1960. Bensenville continued to develop with residential subdivisions and a shopping center adding to the economic stability of the village, which is inhabited by over 20,000 people today.
Bensenville's 88-acre Redmond Recreation Complex is the hot spot for leisure time fun and organized activities. The grounds offer residents every type of sporting option, including soccer, volleyball, baseball, and basketball. There are three indoor ice rinks that invite Bensenville locals to throw on the skates or suit up for hockey year round. The Edge Ice Arena is a state-of-the-art training arena where Chicago's professional hockey team, the Blackhawks, and World Olympian ice skaters practice.
The Redmond Complex's unique Outer Edge section offers visitors exciting adventure challenges at the climbing walls and ropes courses. Folks who favor a more relaxing pastime can lace up the walking shoes for a 1.2-mile trek along the footpath or grab an oar and paddle around on the pond in a kayak or canoe. The whole family can enjoy a night of live music on the cheap at the Redmond Bandshell, which hosts summer concerts.
The residential real estate is Bensenville varies in both price and style. The diversity in housing options allows homeowners with a variety of preferences and budgets to find affordable residences that suit their needs in this lovely northwest side Chicago suburb. For the most part, Bensenville neighborhoods are tree-lined streets with good-size lots and either back alley garage access or side drives. Older one-story frame homes and brick ranches generally start in the mid $100,000s, however prices jump into the high $100,000s and low $200,000s for houses near schools or with moderate upgrades.
The average price point for Bensenville real estate is around $300,000. House hunters will generally find three- to four-bedroom residences at that price range which can be anything from vintage wood frame houses with renovated interiors to mid-century split-levels with updated kitchens and baths. Although older architecture is more common in Bensenville, the village has its share of upscale new construction homes as well that are decked out with wall-to-wall upgrades and contemporary finishes. These houses typically start in the low $400,000s but can easily reach into the $500,000s and $600,000s. There are even some luxury properties in Bensenville with sprawling five-bedroom layouts, vaulted ceilings, sweeping grand staircases, over-sized lots, and attached three-car garages.
The attached housing market in Bensenville is accommodating but not extensive. There are some modern townhomes built within the last five years that offer homeowners comfortable living space and less upkeep than a private residence. The higher end properties are valued in the low to mid $300,000s, while older condos with a single bedroom are available for between $100,000 and $150,000.
Bensenville Residential Real Estate Info for Single-Family Detached Homes
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Source: Multiple Listings Service of Northern Illinois
- Blackhawk Middle School - 250 South Church Road - (630) 766-2601
- Chippewa School - 322 South York Road - (630)-766-7611
- Mohawk School - 917 West Hillside (630) - 766-2604
- Tioga School - 212 West Memorial (630) - 766-260
- W. A. Johnson School - 252 South Ridgewood (630)-766-2605