The Hubbard Woods neighborhood is located in the northern part of Winnetka. The neighborhood is bounded on the east by Green Bay Rd., on the north by Scott Ave., on the south by Pine St. and on the west by the Skokie Lagoons. The elementary school also serves a small part of Winnetka that is east of Green Bay between Tower Rd. and Woodlawn Avenue.
Was There an Old Mother Hubbard?
There was an Old Father Hubbard, an early landowner, Gilbert Hubbard, who moved to Winnetka in 1871 after the Chicago fire, but no knowledge of his wife exists. The neighborhood that later developed on Hubbard's land became known as Hubbard Woods and the elementary school (eventually) took its name from the surrounding neighborhood.
Homes in Hubbard Woods are typically traditional in style: Tudors, Colonials, Georgians, etc. Many were built between 1905 and 1930, though a few date from the late 1800's. During the recent boom a number of smaller, older homes were torn down and replaced by new construction. Current prices for single-family homes range from $585,000 to $4,500,000, with a median list price of $1,498,000. In 2011 the average sales price was $1,392,000. Some of the most desirable streets with the biggest homes are Ardsley, Pelham, Laurel and Private Rd. Lot sizes for homes at the lower end of the price range are typically 50'x160′, while larger homes have lots as big as a half acre or more.
The neighborhood has its own shopping area along Green Bay Rd. with stores and a few restaurants, as well as a Metra station. Hubbard Woods Park, which is on Green Bay next to the Metra Station, has recently been renovated. The gazebo made famous in the movie Home Alone was demolished and a new structure erected. There is a play lot in the park. An art fair is held there every July and in winter part of the park is flooded for an outdoor ice skating pond.
Hubbard Woods School is one of three elementary schools in Winnetka. Constructed in 1915, it was originally called Skokie School. (The name was changed to Hubbard Woods School in 1924, when the new junior high, named Skokie School, was opened.) Modern for its time, Hubbard Woods was designed to be a haven for students and less severe in appearance and environment than other schools of that era. To make each classroom feel like second home for the students, each had a skylight and its own outside entrance. To accommodate a growing population, the school was expanded and remodeled several times between 1918 and 1999. You can get information about Hubbard Woods School ratings and school reports here.
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