Housing: Housing styles complement the community's eclectic, small-town atmosphere. Older frame and brick homes stand side-by-side with newer two-story and split-levels. Prices for single-family housing generally range from the upper $100,000’s to nearly $800,000, with a year 2005 average price of $311,692 on 311 closed sales.
Condominiums and townhouses range from the mid $100,000’s to the low $200,000’s. The average price of attached housing in the year 2005 was $179,261 on 222 closed sales.
Transportation: U.S. 20, north of town, runs into the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). Drivers may expect to reach the Loop, O'Hare and Midway airports in 70, 35 and 90 minutes, respectively. Commuters have a choice between two stops on Milwaukee District west rail lines in Elgin. Rush-hour trains reach the Loop in one hour
Schools: Elgin's district U-46 ( http://www.u46.k12.il.us/ ) and St. Charles' district 303 ( http://www.st-charles.k12.il.us/ ) serve local students. Gifted education begins in the lower grades and continues through high school. Special needs courses are also available.
Parks and Recreation: South Elgin residents are blessed with a wealth of natural recreational resources in and around South Elgin. The Fox River makes its way through the heart of the village inviting all to enjoy its beauty. Anglers throughout the year fish in the knee-deep waters just south of the dam at Panton Mill Park. Spots along the river’s edge such as Pickerel Point on Riverside Drive and Nellie Avenue offer quiet and seclusion for fishing. On the south side of town just off of IL Route 31, the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve and other Kane County forest preserves have miles of paved bikeways and hiking trails that wind beneath a canopy of stately trees. Tucked away along one of these paths is a charming and historic waterfall at Route 31, just north of Silver Glen Road.
Smooth, clean and well marked, the Fox River Trail is a paved path that runs parallel to the Fox River and extends for many miles, as far north as Crystal Lake and south to Aurora. It is a unique, scenic journey through the Fox River Valley for bikers, joggers, hikers and in-line skaters. There are many quiet parks and rest areas along the way that offer a unique opportunity to explore the hidden natural wonders of northern Illinois. Canoeing and boating on the Fox River, where the slow moving waters are deceptively strong, are always favorite summertime activities. County Park on Wills Street is a wooded nature park that boasts picnic areas, ball fields and access to the Fox River Trail. SEBA Park on Spring and Water Street has a picnic area, bike trail access, and a playground. Residents also enjoy 175 acres of fine neighborhood parks located throughout the Village, including East Avenue Park, Ann Street Park, Sugar Ridge Park and Ralph Tredup Memorial Park. Golfers in the area enjoy a multitude of courses, including Spartan Meadows Golf Course at Elgin Community College and dozens more found throughout the region. There are also three local country clubs that offer great membership benefits, five nearby public tennis courts and a host of other recreation outlets to suit everyone.
The South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department encourages involvement in many team athletic programs within the community. The department offers an annual schedule of programs and classes for participants of all ages and interests including aerobics, arts and crafts, and classes for children, teens and adults. The Village is also home to little league and youth football associations which feature programs for children ages five through fourteen. Softball is the largest outdoor participation sport in America and South Elgin has two leagues. There are 18 teams that play each week beginning in May, with the champion of each division qualifying for the State Championship in Rockford at the end of the season. Youth soccer leagues also thrive at South Elgin's Concord Park. In all, the community offers 16 parks totaling over 169 acres for family fun and recreation.
Shopping & Dining: From quaint specialty shops and discount venues to trendy fashion boutiques, South Elgin is right in the heart of a shopping culture that is as diverse as it is accessible. There’s nothing like a good day of shopping at the various shops and restaurants that are the Village’s "Very Own." The Randall Road Corridor, from Batavia in the south to Dundee in the north, is a growing commercial zone that is filling with new retail stores and popular franchises. The recent addition of a major grocery store on the southwest side of town is an exciting indication of South Elgin’s commitment to future growth.
Because the Village is located in the middle of a mall-rich environment, great options such as Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles, Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, and the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg are all within convenient driving distance. Combined, they offer hundreds of shops, department stores, boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants from which to choose. Just a few minutes north of town, the rejuvenated Elgin shopping district has many treasures to discover as well.