In 1833, the first group of settlers from New England traveled the Erie Canal along the Great Lakes and towards the area of modern-day Darien, Illinois. Thomas Andrus of Vermont was one of the first to arrive in Chicago, which was a small town in those days. In the beginning, he worked construction and drove oxen teams. In the late 1830s, Andrus built an inn at the entrance of the present-day Carriage Way subdivision for those traveling on the Ottawa stagecoach line. In those days, 15 stagecoaches would stop at his inn, making it a busy place. Andrus would end up serving as Justice of the Peace, town clerk, town assessor, and as county commissioner. He was also helped a Rev. Stephen Beggs establish the first Methodist church, Cass Methodist Episcopal Church. Another prominent settler was a man named Elisha Smart, who moved to the Darien area in 1838 with his wife, Eliza Smart. Mr. Smart had made a large fortune in the California gold fields. This allowed him to purchase large swaths of land in the area, which he donated and sold for various projects that contributed to Darien’s growth. Up until the mid-20th century, the community was called “Lace,” but was incorporated under the name Darien in December of 1969 for Darien, Connecticut, by a Major Sam Kelly who thought the quaint Connecticut town was charming.
For those shopping around for property in Darien, Illinois, they are automatically attracted to the area due to its small-town energy and near proximity to Chicago. On top of that, DuPage County is home to a number of museums and cultural centers aimed at educating the public. There is the SciTech Museum located 27 minutes away at 18 West Benton Street in Aurora. SciTech is a 30,000-square foot interactive museum for children that touches on subjects like science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Adding to the allure of owning a home in Darien, there are places such as the 500-acre Cantigny Park located less than 29 minutes from Roselle and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. It also features the Cantigny Golf Club which was is owned by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. It’s 300 acres and offers 27 holes on scenic greens. If you’re in the mood to drive to Chicago, a great family-friendly destination for many Chicagoans is the 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo with animals such as monkeys, reptiles, gorillas, penguins, polar bears, big cats, and various other animals.
Available real estate in Darien reflects the sort of residential architecture commonly found throughout the Midwest. The styles of single-family homes for sale in Darien include Colonial, European, Ranch, Prairie, Traditional, Cottage, along with a number of other styles. Most commonly, homes in Darien range in size from two bedrooms, two bath, and 1,200 square feet to five bedrooms, four baths, and 3,900 square feet. If you’re looking for something offering maintenance-free living, there is a limited selection of condos, apartments, and townhomes for sale in Darien ranging in size from two bedroom, two baths, and 1,800 square feet to seven bedrooms, nine baths, and 7,500 square feet. If you would like to know more about real estate in Darien, Illinois, please don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can assist you.
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