Burr Ridge

Plenty of million-dollar detached homes and some townhouses.

 

Welcome to Burr Ridge

Considered one of the wealthiest towns in Illinois, Burr Ridge, synonymous with opulent mansions and luxurious lifestyles, is a quiet Chicago suburb with a population of just over 10,000 residents. Life in this seven-square-mile area requires a car since public transit is limited, and its largely suburban makeup is not entirely walkable. But there is also tranquility: ten different parks offer an abundance of outdoor recreation.
 

Key Details

1. What to Expect

Affluent lifestyle, large property sizes, and low density.

2. The Lifestyle


Affectionately dubbed “A Very Special Place,” there is plenty of recreation.

3. What Not to Expect


Apartment buildings or value.

4. The Market


Plenty of million-dollar detached homes and some townhouses.

5. You'll Fall in Love With


The strong sense of community.

Commute Times

  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: 56m by train, 24m by car
  • United Center: 56m by train, 28m by car
  • Logan Square: 67m by train, 33m by car
  • O’Hare International Airport: 97m by train, 21m by car
Nearest Metra: BL

Around the Block

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.

What to Expect

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.

The Lifestyle

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.

What Not to Expect

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.

The Market

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.

You'll Fall in Love With

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.

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  • Willowbrook
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