Burr Ridge, from farmland to prosperity.The gently rolling hills of Burr Ridge were formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The first home (a log cabin) was erected here in 1834, followed shortly thereafter by a hotel. Burr Ridge hosted one of the very first Democratic conventions in 1835, and later in that century, a small settlement of German farmers settled in this village. The world’s first all-purpose tractor was tested here in 1917, and a dairy farm cropped up in the 1940s. This farming culture helped the population soar to over 2,200 by 1975. Today, much of that farmland has been converted into residential subdivisions.
Affluent lifestyle, large property sizes, and low density.Revered for its gated communities and ample living space, Burr Ridge is known for its luxury. Here, you can expect spacious properties and multi-million dollar homes.
Affectionately dubbed “A Very Special Place,” there is plenty of recreation.Burr Ridge includes ten major parks where residents gather on hiking trails and for other outdoor recreations. Local shoppers flock to the Burr Ridge Village Center, an upscale mixed-use lifestyle center featuring many designer shops, while Brookhaven Marketplace is a popular destination known for its produce, baked goods, deli fare, and seafood. Some of the town’s best restaurants include Capri, a family-owned Italian eatery with a unique take on traditional eats, and Hampton Social, a breezy hangout serving seafood and beach-themed cocktails.
Apartment buildings or value.Apartment complexes (even small ones) are a rarity in this largely suburban area, but some do exist on the outskirts of town. And because of this town’s desirability, real estate is at a premium here. Undeveloped land starts in the $250K range, and homes top out around $2 million.
Plenty of million-dollar detached homes and some townhouses.Ninety percent of property is owned, while only 10 percent is rented in Burr Ridge. Single, stately detached homes and townhouses dominate, and most residences feature three or more bedrooms.
The strong sense of community.Residents here gather regularly for community events. Popular gatherings include the Run the Ridge Turkey Trot, an annual post-Thanksgiving 5K; Concerts on the Green, a weekly summertime music series; Jingle Mingle, a kickoff to the holiday season; and an annual Classic Car Show.