Hinsdale high-rise apartments - who knew?

Spinning Wheel Apartmets, Hinsdale, Google Maps image

When most people think of Hinsdale the images they conjure are of its tree-canopied streets, gracious older homes - and post-teardown mega-mansions.

I was one of those people, despite my numerous visits to Hinsdale over the years, until I chanced upon the Spinning Wheel Apartments, an 18-story high-rise. I'd manage to miss Spinning Wheel even though I'd made several recent trips to Hinsdale via I-294 and exited at the nearby Ogden Ave interchange.

Spinning Wheel is adjacent to nature and forest preserves. Current availabilities at Spinning Wheel include a 1,155 square foot one bedroom renting for $1,040, a 1,410 square foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath at $1,320, and an 1,875 square foot 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath for $1,690 a month. Indoor heated parking is available. And, from the looks of the property's Web site, northeast-facing apartments offer views of Chicago's skyline.

If the traditional single-family home is more to your liking you can search MLS listings at a real estate broker Web site and find several dozen available at prices ranging from $1,300 to $9,000 per month.

Over 20 years ago, facing the prospect of paying two school tuitions at Chicago's Francis Parker or Latin schools I opted for the North Shore. At current rent levels city parents who opt for Hinsdale Central high school may find themselves living well in Hinsdale for less than the cost of private school tuition alone.

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