The Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood in Wilmette is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the village, especially among young families moving from the city or from out of town.
If you're not from around here, the first thing you need to know is that Kenilworth Gardens is NOT in Kenilworth. It is in Wilmette, but it is right across Ridge Rd. from Kenilworth. No doubt the developers of this neighborhood of starter homes sought to give it some cache by naming it after its grander neighbor to the east.
Kenilworth Gardens was developed during the 50's and 60's from land that once was part of Gross Point Village. The neighborhood is bounded by Ridge Rd. on the east, Iroquois Rd. to the south, and Indian Hill (Winnetka) to the north. The western edge is harder to pinpoint. Some say it is Hunter Rd., but most of the residents would say it stretches a little further west, as far as Harper Elementary School.
The lot size in this area is typically 50' by 122-132' (the lots on Chestnut Ave. are deeper than those on other streets). Most of the houses were originally built with 3 bedrooms, one and a half baths, and a one car garage, but many have been expanded and renovated over the years and now have 4 bedrooms and two and a half baths plus a family room. There are various styles but most of the homes are either Colonials or Tudors. Currently, prices range from $650,000 to $1,400,000. It's a popular neighborhood for young families moving up from the city or relocating from out of town.
Kenilworth Gardens is in a great location if you commute to the city for work. From anywhere in the neighborhood it's about a 10 minute walk to the Kenilworth train station, which is the closest place to catch the Metra train.
It has a friendly vibe and there always seems to be something fun going on here. Every May we have a neighborhood yard sale and at least 40 families or more participate each year. The Come Home North Shore Team does all the advertising and signage for the sale so residents find it to be an easy and efficient way to purge their homes of unwanted stuff.
Block parties are frequent during the summer and seem to get more elaborate each year, with bouncy houses, games, music, food and drink. In the fall nearly everyone gets into Halloween decorating and It's Wilmette's go-to neighborhood for the best trick or treating.
The neighborhood is served by Harper Elementary School (K-4), which is walkable from anywhere in the neighborhood. Highcrest Middle School (grade 5-6) is a short walk or bike ride straight south on Hunter Road. Wilmette Junior High (grades 7-8) is just across the community play fields from Highcrest.
The park, which is catty-corner to the school, has tennis courts, a play lot and a ball field, where the Wilmette baseball teams play all spring and summer. The Come Home North Shore Team holds a neighborhood egg hunt here in the spring, which is popular with both kids and parents. In 2016 the egg hunt will be at 10:00 am sharp on Saturday, March 26. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos and there will be a Guess the Number of Jellybeans contest, as well as a drawing for gift certificates for local restaurants.
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