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Joe Zekas

20 years on the North Shore without going native.

Sunset Village, Glenview, Illinois

Sunset Village would prefer to be known as "Glenview's finest manufactured home community," but it's more commonly thought of as "Glenview's only trailer park." And, it's actually in an unincorporated area of Cook County with a Glenview mailing address.

Manufactured housing is common throughout the country, especially in the southeast, but a rare sight in Chicago's posh northern suburbs, where people don't expect their home to come with a VIN.

There are currently two homes for sale at Sunset Village. A 3-bedroom, 2-bath double-wide at 437 4th St is listed at $37,900. Lot rent is $887 a month.

The asking price on 514 5th St, also a 3-bedroom, 2-bath double-wide, is $47,700, and the monthly lot rent is $899.

The homes are more spacious and have more interior amenities than many of the raised-ranch homes you'll find in Glenview, Skokie and Wilmette, priced in the $300s.

Sunset Village has an excellent location, but also has some issues. Necessary improvements to the park's water distribution system have been delayed by the park owner's having filed for bankruptcy.

Added: I've been forwarded an e-mail from Tom Robb, who identifies himself as a longtime reporter for the Glenview Journal. Robb states that Sunset Village was incorporated into Glenview years ago but maintains a Northfield address.

Curiously, every listing I've seen in Sunset Village over the past several years identifies the area as unincorporated, and the address as Glenview. Robb is correct, per the US Postal Service site, that the correct mailing address for Sunset Village is Northfield.

If you're interested in buying at Sunset Village you should independently verify whether it's in the Village of Glenview corporate limits, which affects the services you receive as a resident.

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