Located within Illinois, United States, the village of River Forest is situated in the Chicago metropolitan area.
River Forest is a good village to buy a house in for those who prefer a slower-paced ambience. Public green spaces, like Centennial Park, are very well-spread out and there are about 10 of them nearby for residents to check out, making it easy to access them from the majority of locations within this part of the Chicago metropolitan area. This village is also fairly good for those who enjoy quiet surroundings, as the streets are generally peaceful - although there are still several louder sections, especially around one of the railway lines.
Single detached homes are the most common housing type, representing most of the dwellings in River Forest, and large apartment buildings are also present in the housing stock. A majority of the housing growth in this village occurred before the 1960s. This village offers mainly three bedroom and four or more bedroom homes. About 90% of the units in the village are occupied by home owners and 10% are rented.
It is a short walk to access primary as well as high schools from most homes for sale in this part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Apart from public schools, there are also private schools at both the elementary and secondary school level. Concerning food, property owners in this part of the Chicago metropolitan area will welcome that a grocery store is always only a reasonably short walk away. In addition, River Forest is a good place in which to go out to eat, for example along Madison Street, and a small number of cafes can be found as well.
This village will please home buyers that appreciate different means of transportation. The public transit system in River Forest is practical. In particular, there is the River Forest Station with access to the Union Pacific West Line. There are a few bus lines, and most houses are very close to a bus stop. This village is also very car friendly. It is a reasonably short car ride to the closest highway from any home in River Forest, and it is very easy to find a parking spot. This village is quite conducive to walking; many daily errands can be run on foot.