The relatively short commute is just one of Western Springs' many attractions for home buyers. The schools are good, the people are friendly, the housing stock has character, and the small downtown has a sleepy small town charm about it. And, if riding the rails doesn't float your boat, Western Springs has easy access to Chicago's expressway grid.
Western Springs is similar in many ways to neighboring Hinsdale, but at a more accessible price range. Some think of it as Hinsdale-lite. The Village Web site notes that CNN Money ranked it among the "Best Places to Live" and Business Week ranked it #2 on the list of "Great Places to Raise Kids." Rankings of that kind matter to communities that live in the shadow of tonier neighbors.
A home that won the 2009 Preservation award from the Western Springs Historical Society has been on the market for 2 months. The 1885-vintage home, at 4558 Grand Ave, has 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and sits on a triple lot just a block from the Metra station. It's listed at $1,039,000, after two price reductions.