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Real Estate, Realty, Realtor, Real Estate Agent, Homes, Homes for sale, Properties, Properties for sale, Condos, Condominiums, New Construction, Development, Condo Conversions, Vacant Land, Luxury Homes, Executives Homes, High End Homes, Estates, Relocation, MLS, Multiple Listing Service, Investment Property, Investment Real Estate, Income Property, Residential Real Estate, First Time Buyers, Buyers Agent, Buyer Agency, Sellers Agent, Moving to, Foreclosures, REO, Vintage Condos, Spec Homes, Schools, School District, Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau and More Riverside, Illinois is a village in Cook County. The population of Riverside was 8,895 at the 2000 census. It is a suburb of Chicago, located roughly 9 miles west of downtown Chicago and 2 miles outside city limits.

Riverside is arguably one of the first planned communities in the United States. In 1863 the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was built heading southwest from downtown Chicago to Quincy, Illinois, passing through what is now the Near West Suburban area of Chicago in a western-southwestern direction. This new access to transportation and commerce brought about a significant housing and construction boom in what was once farmland far from the bustle of the city of Chicago.

Several years later, in 1868, an eastern businessman named Emery E. Childs brought together a group of associates to form the Riverside Improvement Company with the intent of purchasing and investing in land in the form of residential development. They turned to the economically booming Chicago area where they purchased a 1600-acre tract of property along the Des Plaines River and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad line. The site was highly desirable due to its natural oak-hickory forest and its mere 11 mile distance from the Chicago Loop. Further, its position along the winding Des Plaines River cooled the area, and due to good drainage, the land was mosquito free.

In 1869, the Riverside Improvement Company commissioned well-known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux, to design a "rural" bedroom community. Olmsted and Vaux had already received widespread acclaim and fame for their design of New York City's Central Park. The Improvement Company wanted Riverside to combine the pleasures of suburban living with urban conveniences such as community-provided gas, water services, and maintained streets. Olmsted and Vaux went one step further in that regard. Instead of planning the community's streets in a grid fashion as Chicago and most of its suburbs at the time were, they planned the streets to follow the area's natural contours. Streets follow the Des Plaines River, and continue from there to wind all through the Village. The town's plan also allowed for a Grand Park system that uses several large parks as a foundation, with 41 smaller triangular parks and plazas located at intersections throughout town to provide for additional green spaces.

Olmsted's reputation, plus the lovely curvilinear streets, open spaces, and attractive village center, attracted Chicago's elite to Riverside. By the fall of 1871 a number of large, expensive houses were occupied or under construction and an elegant hotel had opened. By 1893, and despite several natural and fiscal disasters in the intervening decades, several wealthy local residents opened the Riverside Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in the Chicago area. Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, William Le Baron Jenney, and several other prominent local architects drew the plans for houses that still stand in the village. A striking Chateauesque village hall was built in 1895, and in 1901 the Burlington line constructed a charming brick railroad station, prompting a major period of residential development in the 1920s and late 1930s.

Today Riverside, much like Chicago, has become an architectural museum. Architects flocked to build their masterpieces in Chicago and Riverside following the Great Fire of 1871. Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, William Le Baron Jenney all left their mark on the village, which is recognized by the village's National Historic Landmark designation.

As we begin the new milleniums, the village housing stock varies from well-maintained 1920s bungalows and huge Victorian and early-twentieth-century mansions that attract architectural tours. The charming village center houses several reasonable restaurants as well as coffee shops, and hosts stores selling antiques and Victorian house fixtures, reflective of the village's older affluent population. Riverside is among the most acclaimed architectural treasures of suburban Chicago.

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Riverside Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate

Because of these special qualities, you would expect Riverside, Illinois real estate to move quickly. Charming first-time or senior homes, executive estates, recreational properties for active lives and special view properties of all styles and sizes can be found within or near this community.

Riverside, Illinois real estate includes a wide variety of homes for sale, condos for sale, water access properties (waterfront or scenic view), active adult communities, hobby farms and executive properties. Sellers who have been in the area for a while know my reputation for knowledgeable advice, enthusiastic service, creative marketing and professional networking. My associates and I will mine every source for suitable properties so you can feel at ease that your search will produce the right kind of solution for you.

For buyers new to the area, you can rest assured that I will provide the specialized services you deserve: a strong work ethic, personal real estate expertise to help define your needs, help with selecting and securing standard financing for your purchase, special technology, constant communication throughout the transaction, and more. I?ve gained a proud reputation for providing superior benefits to my home-buying clients as I help them complete their search - from existing homes for sale, properties for sale, lots, vacant land, new construction, 55-plus and retirement communities, investment properties, waterfront, golf and recreational properties, golf course lots - all the way to luxury villas, estates and executive homes.

So when you're ready to buy or sell real estate in or around Riverside, Illinois, please let Harry C. Walsh help you find the home or property of your dreams. Contact Harry C. Walsh today!

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Harry C. Walsh services the real estate needs of home buyers and home sellers in search of real estate, homes for sale, condos, investment properties, commercial real estate, new construction, new homes, land, lots, waterfront properties, scenic view homes, farms and recreational property in these nearby communities and more!

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