McKenzie Square is the neighborhood adjacent to McKenzie Elementary School. I don't think it's the official name of the neighborhood. I think it was the invention of some real estate agent somewhere along the line. Anyway, the boundaries of McKenzie Square are Lake Ave. to the north, Wilmette Ave. to the south, Ridge Rd. to the west and 15th St. to the east. This is not the entire McKenzie School footprint. That extends north of Lake, south of Wilmette and as far as Green Bay to the east.
For anyone reluctantly moving to the 'burbs and fearing withdrawal from city conveniences, McKenzie Square is a popular destination. it's walkable to town, train and Starbucks, as well as to McKenzie Elementary School.
There are two parks in the neighborhood: Howard Park, the larger of the two at 8.7 acres, is located at 17th St. It has lots of open space plus ball fields and is marked by the cupola from the Howard School building. Howard School was the original junior high in Wilmette, which was closed in 1979 and later demolished.
The second park is Vaatmann Park is 4.1 acres running along Lake Ave. It has tennis courts and a great play lot.
The neighborhood is full of traditional homes shaded by large trees. Highland Avenue and 16th Street are two of Wilmette's many brick streets, which adds to the charm. Lot sizes are typically 50 x 160 ft. and most houses have 4-5 bedrooms. Architectural styles include Georgian, Four Square and farmhouse (many with front porches), as well as a few bungalows and cape cods sprinkled throughout. Most homes date from the first half of the 20th century, though some smaller old homes have been torn down and replaced with new construction. Unlike nearby Kenilworth Gardens, most houses in McKenzie Square have garages off the alley rather than driveways in front.
Home prices typically range from the $600,000s to $1,400,000, but they can go as high as $1,900,000 for larger new homes. The median price is right around $895,000 for a single family home.
Currently there are 23 homes for sale in McKenzie Square. The smallest has only three bedrooms and is $489,000. The largest is new construction and is listed at $1,899,000.
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