Buffalo Grove is located around 35 miles northwest of Chicago and overlaps both Cook and Lake Counties. Named by the Potowatomi tribe for the bison found in the area during the 1830s, this picturesque village is well-known for its charming country vibe amid impressive growth – qualities that make it an ideal community for raising a family.
Buffalo Grove was incorporated in 1958 with a population of only 164 and an area of only around 72 acres. Today, around 41,000 people live in the village and the physical size has expanded to more than 6,000 acres. The village’s Comprehensive Plan targets an eventual total area of 7,202 acres and population of 48,000 residents.
Buffalo Grove has been named one of the best places to live in the United States by Money Magazine. The village has a robust economy, hosting the headquarters or offices of some of the country’s largest corporations. It makes a great bedroom community for Chicago, with quick access to the I94 and a Metra train station providing convenient access to the Windy City’s downtown area.
The community’s amazing growth since its incorporation is not one of rapid urbanization. Surrounded by forests, lakes, creeks, and parkland, Buffalo Grove has retained a distinct small-town appeal where neighbors get together during regular community events. The welcoming, tree-lined streets feature traditional style homes that exude warmth. The village’s amenities include golf courses, swimming pools, and sports courts, all of which encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Buffalo Grove is served by four school districts that include several top-rated schools. It is also home to the private St. Mary Catholic School, founded in 1899.
Homes for sale in Buffalo Grove, IL
The housing stock in Buffalo Grove is a lively mix of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and apartments. While single-family homes are the majority, multi-family homes have recently been catching up in number and popularity.
Most homes in the village were built from the 1970s to the 1990s, but there are a number of recent developments including condos and apartments. The single-family homes here come in a wide range of sizes and prices. Many are charming tract homes with custom features and spacious yards, found in subdivisions that have been excellently designed and maintained.
The condos and townhomes here are just as desirable. With spacious living areas and the latest features and finishes, they offer great alternatives to homebuyers who seek the convenience and security of these property types. If you’re looking for a residence near Arlington Heights real estate or other northwest Chicago suburbs, Buffalo Grove offers plenty of options.
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Attractions and activities in Buffalo Grove, IL
- Golf courses
Buffalo Grove has two outstanding municipal golf courses – Buffalo Grove Golf Club and The Arboretum Golf Course. Both courses feature restaurants that are open to the public, while The Arboretum Golf Course has a 27,000- square-foot clubhouse.
- Community events
The Buffalo Grove community gets together several times a year in fun events and activities, including:
- A weekly farmer’s market at Mike Rylko Community Park, featuring the freshest produce from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan
- Buffalo Grove Days – An annual five-day festival featuring a parade, live entertainment, arts & crafts, food and beverage booths, carnival rides, and many more
- Buffalo Grove Art Festival – A two-day event featuring the works of national and international artists specializing in various disciplines like painting, ceramics, crafts, photography, apparel, and more
The park district maintains 51 park sites, encompassing 417.62 acres. Various facilities include the Raupp Museum, Community Arts Center, an aquatic center, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and more.
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