Archive for May 2018

Water parks near Huntley, Gilberts, and Pingree Grove where you can beat the summer heat

After a long winter, spring has finally arrived in McHenry and Kane Counties, and pretty soon, the scorching heat of summer will be upon us. Luckily, residents of Huntley, Gilberts, and Pingree Grove can head to nearby water parks where the entire family can cool off and beat the summer heat.

Here are a few of these fun places to visit:

  1. Otter Cave Aquatic Park
    3615 Campton Hills Road
    St. Charles

    A facility of the St. Charles Park District, Otter Cave Aquatic Park is typically open from May to September. It features several exciting attractions, including:

    • Splash Park – Open to kids of all ages, Splash Park has a safety surface and several interactive play features, such as bubblers, geysers, spray loops, spray cannons, and water wheels.
    • Dragonfly Den – This toddler pool has a depth of zero to 24 inches to give younger tots a comfortable and safe aquatic area to play in. It includes a large interactive water feature.
    • Salamander Slides – This new attraction features three winding slides that older kids and adults can enjoy.
    • Crayfish Canal – Designed for adrenaline and fitness junkies, Crayfish Canal features diving boards, a drop slide, and several lap lanes.
  2. Bartlett Aquatic Center
    620 W. Stearns Road
    Bartlett

    Bartlett Aquatic Center is run by the Bartlett Park District, and has two seasons – the regular summer season from May to mid-August and the late summer season from mid-August to September. This water park features several facilities including:

    • 8-lane lap pool
    • Drop and tube slides
    • Lazy river
    • Zip line over water
    • Kids’ waterslide
    • Spray playground
    • Sand play area
  3. The Water Works
    505 N. Springinsguth Road
    Schaumburg

    This indoor water park is located inside the Schaumburg Park District’s Community Recreation Center, making it a great place to visit all year round. It has a gradual-entry pool with an interactive play structure and three slides where little tots can safely have fun. Other facilities include a diving pool, a whirlpool, and a lap pool. Private pool rentals are available for parties and events.

  4. Mystic Waters
    2025 Miner Street
    Des Plaines

    A facility of Des Plaines Park District, Mystic Waters typically opens from June to August every year. Considered one of the most beautiful water parks in Northern Illinois, Mystic Waters features two 37-foot slides and other attractions that include:

    • Otter’s Run – Features a series of big slides
    • Sea Lion Falls – Features drop slides and cliff dives
    • Crocodile Cove lazy river
    • Dolphin Bay – A zero-depth splash area and leisure pool with jet sprays, fountains, and a dolphin slide for kids
  5. Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center
    12219 Lois Lane
    Huntley

    A facility of the Huntley Park District, Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center offers several attractions for the entire family, including:

    • Two 138-feet water slides
    • Two kiddie slides
    • Six-lane competitive pool
    • Zero-depth simulated beach area
    • Diving boards
    • Sand play area
  6. Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center
    10450 Algonquin Road
    Huntley

    Owned and managed by Centegra Health System, this facility features several medically-based fitness and wellness centers, including an aquatics center. The aquatics area includes an outdoor pool with kid-friendly water slides and other play features, and is the venue for swim lessons and weekly fitness classes. The pool is typically open from May to September.

    The center also has several indoor water facilities, including:

    • Warm water therapy pools
    • Zero-depth and kid-friendly pools with play features
    • Lap pools
    • Whirlpools and spas
  7. Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee
    1700 Nations Drive
    Gurnee

    Opening in July, 2018, this kid-friendly resort’s main feature is an expansive water park with several attractions that include:

    • Otter Run – A classic water slide for the entire family
    • River Canyon Run – A family raft ride on a curving slide
    • Whooping Hollow – Gently-sloping slides for kids under 52 inches tall
    • Coyote Canyon – Features a forty-foot drop slide onto a spinning vortex

Huntley, Gilberts, and Pingree Grove are highly-desirable family-friendly communities that you’ll be glad to call home. Learn about your real estate options in these neighborhoods. Call Huntley Realty at 847-669-4010 or contact them here.

Neighborhood spotlight: Cider Grove – Huntley, Illinois

A quick look around the subdivision of Cider Grove will tell you why it’s one of the most sought-after communities in Huntley, IL. Cider Grove features beautiful, expansive homes, gorgeous landscaping, and topnotch amenities. The neighborhood offers a high quality of life and outstanding features that make it the perfect community for families.

Homes in Cider Grove

Cider Grove was constructed from 2005 to 2010 by Town and Country Homes (aka KHovnanian Homes). It has an ideal location that puts residents less than 15 minutes away from Dundee Road and Route 47, making commuting to and from the area easy and convenient.

The subdivision features 290 home sites, a few of which have not been built out to date. Homebuyers can choose from more than a dozen 2-story floor plans, mostly with 4 bedrooms and sizes ranging from around 2,406 square feet to 3,962 square feet. With a typical lot size of about 1/3 acre, that leaves plenty of room for a large yard, giving residents ample privacy and outdoor living space.

Community amenities and nearby attractions

Cider Grove provides a number of excellent community amenities, including several walking paths, a community center, and a park.

Cider House is the community’s multi-purpose clubhouse located north of the neighborhood. It can be rented by residents for private events, and includes a kitchen, a great room, and a playroom for kids, as well as covered decks and an exercise room.

At the heart of Cider Grove is Tures Park. A facility of the Huntley Park District, Tures Park features a baseball field, a covered patio with picnic benches, a basketball court, and a playground.

In addition to the amenities found within the neighborhood, Cider Grove residents also enjoy Huntley’s top attractions, including:

  • Huntley Area Public Library
  • Deicke Park
  • Stingray Bay Aquatic Center
  • Jim Dhamer Square
  • Pinecrest Golf Club
  • Marvin A. Weiss Club
  • Tomaso Sports Park
  • Whisper Creek Golf Course

Nearby schools

Cider Grove students attend Cons School District 158, which serves most of Huntley. A few of the top-rated schools in the area include:

  • Leggee Elementary School
  • Chesak Elementary School
  • Heineman Middle School
  • Huntley High School

Residents who wish to pursue higher or continuing education can take advantage of the opportunities provided by the two nearby community colleges, Elgin Community College and McHenry County College.

Community events and activities

One of the best things about living in Cider Grove is the strong community spirit that helps foster long-lasting ties among neighbors. The neighborhood has an active homeowners association that looks after the maintenance of the community’s beauty, security, and amenities.

As part of the Huntley community, Cider Grove residents enjoy various village events that bring residents together all year round. These events include:

  • Huntley Indoor Farmers Market every 1st Saturday of each month from November to May
  • Free summer concert series
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Independence Day Firework
  • Community picnics
  • Movies in the park

If you want to know more about Cider Grove and explore your real estate options in this highly desirable neighborhood, Huntley Realty is the team to call. Contact them here or call them at 847-669-4010.

Tips for choosing the best Realtor

Are you selling or buying a home in McHenry or Kane County? One of the first and most important things to do is find the right Realtor to work with. We’ve listed the following tips on how to find the real estate professional that’s the best match for you.

Do your homework

You can search for a Realtor from various sources, including referrals, the internet, or local associations. Referrals are an ideal source, as you’ll be able to get firsthand accounts on what to expect from working with a particular Realtor. Referrals can come from friends or other professionals in the real estate industry, such as a lawyer or a banker, who have previously worked with an agent. If you find a prospective agent from any other source, try to talk to the Realtor’s clients to get an idea on how they work and conduct business.

Check prospective Realtors’ websites and listings

More than 90% of home searches today start on the internet so it’s important for your Realtor to have a strong web presence. A well-designed and updated website is a good indicator of a Realtor’s online capabilities and their commitment to providing quality and efficient service.

Look at a Realtor’s experience, track record, and network

This does not necessarily mean the Realtor should have been in business for a long time, although this is certainly an advantage. What’s more important is how well the Realtor knows the area and the particular market segment where you want to buy or sell. Look into the agent’s past and present listings to see if the properties they’ve worked or are working on are similar to what you want to buy or sell.

Additionally, check the Realtor’s affiliations and networks. These are very important in buying or selling real estate, particularly for properties that are off market.

Ask the right questions

It’s fine to interview a few Realtors to find the one you’re most comfortable with. Some questions to ask are:

  • How many clients are they working with? You’d want to work with someone whose services are in demand but at the same time is not too busy to give you the attention you need.
  • What kind of experience do they have on the type of property and the area you’re interested in?
  • How is the market doing? How does the agent interpret market stats and what do they think about your prospects in buying or selling? A reliable Realtor is one who can back their advice with data and who can be versatile in working with different market conditions.
  • Does the agent work on their own or has a staff that can help them with day-to-day things? Are they working for a brokerage or do they have their own firm? How would the flow of communication between you and the Realtor go?
  • How will the Realtor be compensated? How much commission fee do they charge? Keep in mind that a Realtor with the lowest commission fee is not necessarily the best choice. Find out what kind of assistance and services you can expect and weigh these against their fees. If a Realtor can help in various processes, such as prepping your home for sale or finding the right financing, they could be right choice even with a relatively higher commission fee.

Huntley Realty will be very happy to hear from you and answer any questions you might have about their services. Contact them here or call them at 847-669-4010.