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The Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood in Wilmette is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the village, expecially 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, Iroquios 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 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 added onto 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. It has a friendly vibe and block parties are frequent during the summer. It’s the go-to neighborhood for Halloween trick or treating.
The neighborhood is served by Harper Elementary School (K-4), which is walkable from anywhere in the
neighborhood. Thornwood 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. Come Home North Shore holds a neighborhood egg hunt here in the spring. In the summer there is an annual Thornwood Park concert, where 3-4 bands comprised of local dads play to an enthusiastic crowd of neighbors and friends.
During better markets, the houses in Kenilworth Gardens sell very quickly, but at this writing there are a 12 to choose from. You can see a sampling below. You can also search all the homes for sale in Kenilworth Gardens here. If you’d like to know more about this neighborhood or any of the homes for sale, just leave me a comment or give me a call at 847-687-5957. You can also email me. I’d be happy to help you.