The area stretching south from Madison to Butterfield and west from Spring Road to Salt Creek is known as the Elmhurst Parkside subdivision.
Developed by Oliver Builders in the late 1950s, this development includes one of the largest parks in Elmhurst, Eldridge Park. Built on a landfill, the park district has added Eldridge Lagoon, an outdoor ice skating rink and a lighted sled hill. In addition, there is a soccer field, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, basketball courts, a roller hockey court, a butterfly garden and Eldridge Park Recreation Building. An ADA-accessible canoe launch is also included for those who want adventure on the water.
The brand new homes of the Elmhurst Parkside development included custom decorated interiors, finished landscaping, forced-air heating systems, inlaid linoleum floors, birch kitchen cabinets with mahogany doors and the finest oak floors. “No extras – ever! Everything you want in a home is included,” was the advertising pitch.
Schools in the area included an elementary school, parochial grammar and high schools, a new jr. high school within walking distance, the famous York Community High School and Elmhurst College. Also touted were Elmhurst’s near-by business districts, a new Elmhurst shopping plaza and a short five-minute drive to Hillside Shopping Center and Oakbrook Shopping Center, which was nearing completion.
The homes in the Elmhurst Parkside neighborhood averaged 1228 square feet of “superbly gracious living” with three bedrooms, one and a half baths, a full basement, a separate dining area in the kitchen, as well as, a formal dining room. Advertisements described this development as “a fashionable, smart suburban community of better homes.” They cost between $24,500 and $26,800, depending upon the floor plan chosen.
The houses in this area currently range from very affordable to the larger house pictured on Hillside Avenue. If you are interested in looking at homes in the Parkside development or in any of Elmhurst’s unique neighborhoods, call a knowledgeable realtor at LW Reedy.
Residents of the Elmhurst Parkside neighborhood are in the award winning Elmhurst School District 205 and would attend Jackson Grade School, Bryan Middle School and York High School. Click here for more information on those schools, links to school reports and more.
We gratefully acknowledge all of the time and assistance Nancy Wilson at the Elmhurst Historical Museum provides in researching these blogs. She continues to be an invaluable resource for this series.