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While residents often cite a lack of demographic diversity as Northfield’s biggest downside, the suburb has a lot going for it. Families will find themselves right at home here with municipal government-hosted events almost monthly, spacious housing options and extensive bicycling and jogging trails.
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Bordered by Glenview, Winnetka, and Wilmette, Northfield is known for its distinctly residential character defined by sprawling ranch homes and European-inspired mansions on oversized lots. Spacious yards and meticulously maintained gardens are a highly coveted North Shore amenity. Those seeking maintenance-free living will find condominiums in quiet locales.
Northfield is perfect for horse owners or riders. As one of the few North Shore communities which will issue licenses for keeping horses, Northfield is largely characterized by its horse-friendly amenities, including sprawling ranch homes and park spaces with countless trails for riding. A well-known senior center in the area offers a wealth of programs and services, while a dining district offers good eats at great costs. While the city is close by for those who commute downtown for work or activities, the village itself maintains its own small-town charm.
The Northfield Park District maintains three neighborhood parks within the village: Clarkson Park, Fox Meadow Park, and Willow Park. The village has a pleasant dining district near Happ & Willow Road where you will find a diverse mix of options. While small in size, Northfield offers convenient access to downtown Chicago while maintaining it's small town charm. Real estate in this area attracts a blend of families and nature lovers alike.