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If you’re looking for a cozy neighborhood feel with a convenient big city in your backyard, Glencoe is a great option. With a smaller population and plenty of natural beauty and green spaces in the area, this tightknit area affords homeowners privacy along the North Shore.
As an overwhelmingly residential community, Glencoe has a great public-school system, multiple beach and park options for recreation, a family-focused housing stock and a strong small business scene.
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Glencoe is a quiet 3.85 square mile Village with approximately 9,000 residents and abundant parks, superb schools, convenient beach facilities and one of the most attractive business districts along the North Shore.
Many of Glencoe's earliest homes were summer residences for Chicago families. Later, when the train made daily travel to the city possible, more permanent homes were built. These were large, set on even larger lots. The land east of the tracks was laid out in lots that ran along the contours of the lake and the ravines.
The Glencoe train station is featured in scenes from Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, as well as John Hughes' She's Having a Baby.
Victorian Gothic and Italianate homes became popular in the 1870s and '80s. These had wide porches and projecting bays and were painted in exciting colors. A few of these early homes still stand.
The village of Glencoe is overwhelmingly a residential community composed mostly of single-family residences with some townhouses, multi-family buildings, and some mixed-use residential buildings.
Glencoe properties range in size from narrow lots to estate sized lots, which both carry unique sustainable impacts. Narrow lot structure emphasizes the importance of building proximity, stormwater run-off, solar access, visual privacy, and contextual design.
Glencoe has a small business district in central downtown that provides most basic services, including post office, library, Village Hall, Writer’s Theatre, train station (to Chicago), and other shopping needs.
Real Estate in the area is a true gem and a wonderful addition to the North Shore area.