When searching for communities in which to plant your roots, you don’t have to look much farther than Burr Ridge. Nestled in-between two major expressways (I-55 and the Tri-State Tollway / I-294), its location is super-convenient, no matter if you drive to work or take public transportation via Pace buses or the BNSF Metra train line in neighboring towns. Burr Ridge currently has a diverse business community of more than 400 corporations, retailers and manufacturers. Businesses choose to locate their offices, shops and eateries here due to the proximity to O’Hare Airport (just 21 miles north on I-294) and Midway Airport (only 12 miles to the northeast), in addition to the four spacious Burr Ridge lodging options.
Remodeling in Burr Ridge — Beautiful Homes with Low Taxes
Because of its large commercial tax base, Burr Ridge maintains one of the lowest overall municipal tax rates in the region. If you’re considering new construction in Burr Ridge, prime vacant property is still available.
In 2011, Burr Ridge ranked second on a list of 955 Midwestern communities for quality of life and favorable living conditions as published in The Business Journals’ “On Numbers” feature. Municipal leaders and residents prioritize the natural habitat of the community, doing everything possible to improve, protect and preserve the beautiful trees, landscaping and natural resources that so define the Village.
Large, estate-size properties, lush, ornamental landscapes and quiet subdivisions distinguish the Village of Burr Ridge as “a very special place” for residents. What’s especially appealing about the larger lot sizes is that they do not limit the footprint of a home, which makes it much easier to accommodate such amenities as a first-floor master suite and spacious outdoor living features (swimming pools, pool houses, ponds, outdoor kitchens and anything you can think of that would make your treasured time outdoors with family and friends memorable).
The highly sophisticated, well-appointed housing stock found in Burr Ridge usually requires multiple professionals working together (architect, landscape architect, interior designer and cabinet designer) along with multiple sub-specialties (swimming pool, home automation contractor, etc.). Given this, those seriously considering the new construction option greatly benefit from a well-organized design/build process led by a general contractor that also provides a single source of accountability and budget oversight.
The state-of-the-art Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge offers academic-level care in more than 30 specialties, all under one roof. Also located near Burr Ridge are Hinsdale Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Macneal Hospital.
The Village is served by the Burr Ridge and Pleasantdale Park Districts, which include 11 active and passive parks and a public pool and encompass about 80 acres of land. An abundance of recreation classes and activities cater to children and adults of all ages. The district also offers hundreds of recreation programs, trips and special events.
Burr Ridge residents enjoy access to fine public and private schools and school districts, including the award-winning Gower Middle School, which was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012. In addition, Elm Elementary School, Burr Ridge Middle School and Pleasantdale Middle School are all located in Burr Ridge. The town’s young adults attend one of three terrific high schools: Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South or Lyons Township.
Speaking of the kids, there are plenty of special events for the family throughout the year in Burr Ridge. Among the most popular is the marquis event the town hosts in downtown each year: the “Concerts on the Green” pictured below.
Regular attendees to the Friday night summer concert series refer to it as a “mini-Ravinia without the ticket price” (both the concert and parking are free). Attendance averages 1,400+ guests each week. Burr Ridge also presents the Farmers Market, an annual 5K race, “Classics at the Center” Car Show, and the “Jingle Mingle” holiday tree lighting event.
Shopping & Dining
You’ll recognize many national retailers and boutique shops at the Burr Ridge Village Center, which features nice wide sidewalks and 288 residential parking places. Retail shops include Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Coldwater Creek, Eddie Bauer, Jos. A. Bank, Kohler Waters Spa & Store, New York & Company, Barbara’s Bookstore and Yankee Candle, to name a few. The Burr Ridge Village Center also boasts three restaurants – Coopers Hawk, Topaz and Starbucks. A few steps away is County Line Square with more than 20 tenants, including Brookhaven Market, Tuesday Morning and number of other day-to-day service providers.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that low taxes always sound good to me. As a general contractor, what’s also quite appealing about Burr Ridge is the wonderful mix of older and newer homes, from traditional brick ranches and colonials to contemporary homes and custom-built estates. I also love the town’s wooded areas, private gated communities and spacious lot sizes, all of which foster quiet residential living.