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Welcome to the Tallgrass Homes Subdivision Website. This centrally located subdivision is one of the most sought after residential communities located in the Bartlett area.  Tallgrass Homes are recognized for incorporating a perfect balance of community & natural surroundings.
Our subdivision is located off of Stearns & County Farm Roads offering a convenient centralized location for all your personal and business needs including shopping, restaurants, schools, county government offices & interstate transportation in the DuPage & Cook County  areas.   You're only minutes away from Stratford Square, Charlestown & Woodfield Malls.   The Elgin-OHare & Eisenhower Expressways provide easy commutes to work & local entertainment. Tallgrass homes are located close to historic downtown Bartlett, its newly developed Town Center, the Bartlett Metra train station, the Bartlett Public Libraries, Hanover Township Senior Center, Bartlett Park District Community Center and grocery and retail stores including  Dominick's, Home Depot, Jewel Food Stores, and Super Target. Enjoy dinner at many of the local restaurants and play golf at one of the many local golf courses in the area .Residents enjoy the convenience of shopping at several nearby indoor and outdoor malls including: Charlestown Mall in St. Charles; Geneva Commons in Geneva; Stratford Square in Bloomingdale; and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg
The surrounding area has a great selection of sports and athletics programs, theaters, restaurants, churches, community programs and regional activities offered in the Northwestern Chicago area.  There is something for everyone!  Our development of 268 homes covers all of Tallgrass Drive & Seacrest Lanes, while part of the development borders with Sundance Drive & Castlewood Lanes. The subdivision was built by Town & Country Homes.  When completed in 1993, it was then turned over to the Tallgrass Homeowners Association.  Located within the subdivision are two nature wetlands.  The Home Owners Association manages & oversees the maintenance of these wetlands and the front entrance area including the signage & lighting fixtures. A small annual fee is paid by every homeowner to maintain these areas.  
This website offers updated information, current resident & local news, community events and more with a single mouse click.  Our interactive bulletin board makes it a snap to find babysitters or someone to mow your lawn. This home members' virtual community offers the convenience of posting items for a garage sale through our classified ad section, selling your home, or chatting with your neighbors online.
Please review our Sponsor and Bartlett links page on this site for more information on what's going on in Bartlett.   We look forward to your participation in all the neighborhood activities throughout the year.
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They wrestle. They race. Tails held high, they welcome newcomers to their play group. Charlie, a Rottweiler, and her Weimaraner buddy, Vincent, are in their glory at Riley's Run dog park. Their masters chat for hours before the pooches collapse, ready for their afternoon naps.

"We come here every Saturday, at least," said Heather Wolf, Charlie's owner. "It's a popular place on weekends and before and after work." Wolf and her husband, Chuck, residents of downtown Bartlett for 33 years, reflect on their west suburban village, which has multiplied to its current population of 41,000 since they arrived.

"The streets were still gravel, and everyone knew everyone," recalled Chuck. Now that the village includes rings of subdivisions that surround its core, that's no longer true, he said.
Beyond its small downtown, Bartlett is a spread-out suburb where residents often identify themselves by subdivision names. To generate community spirit, village and Bartlett Park District officials maintain calendars packed with events.

Thirty miles west of the Loop, Bartlett's core is in Cook County, but annexations spilled it into DuPage and Kane counties. Now, Bartlett's map looks like a Jackson Pollock painting, with some paint splatters, including Bartlett High School, disconnected from the rest of the village.

Residents have plenty of green space, thanks to the adjacent James "Pate" Philip State Park and several forest preserves. Horses graze at the edge of downtown. Children still visit Lollypop and Buster, the bunnies that live outside the Shoppes of Banbury Fair's antiques barn.

Commercial industries range from limestone mining to pasta-making. Brewster Creek Business Park alone employs 1,500 people.Bartlett is predominantly white, but Hispanics and Asians account for one-fourth of its residents. A temple just outside the village serves Bartlett's growing Hindu population.

Bartlett generally stays out of the news other than high school sports and the recent resignation of the former village president amid questions about his failure to pay his property taxes on time. Violent crime stats are low. Teens in search of the haunted railroad tracks from the "Munger Road" movie, filmed partly in Bartlett, find a sleepy rural outpost.

"Scouting, service clubs, travel sports leagues are big here," said village President Michael Airdo. "Other villages have had to cut events in the recession, but we're lucky that many of ours are volunteer-run, so they can continue. A committee still runs the Fourth of July parade, for example, and people still stake out their spots at 5 a.m. to watch it."

Bartlett's namesake is Luther Bartlett, who donated some of his land for a railroad station and platted the original town. The village did not incorporate until 1891, but it was a busy hub for farmers before that.

"In its heyday, farmers were shipping 30,000 pounds of milk a day to Chicago by train," said Pam Rohleder, director of the village's two museums. "The old-timers still call the area by Bartlett Park 'the subdivision' because that was the first growth area." Newcomers view that now as part of downtown, said Rohleder.

In 2010, the Park District acquired Villa Olivia, a facility for skiing, golfing and banquets. The area was originally an estate created by attorney Charles Erbstein and named for his daughter. There, he broadcasted the "Willie, Tommy, Annie and Sammy" show from his radio station. His widow turned Villa Olivia into a country club in 1927.
Things to do

Villa Olivia is a winter recreational playground where families come in droves to snow tube, ski and snowboard. The facility is also a destination for golfing and banquets.
Bartlett's recreational venues include additional golf courses, an aquatic center, hiking and biking paths, a disc golf course, skate parks and ball fields. Downtown Bartlett has a handful of restaurants serving Mexican and Italian food, and one that touts a "harmonization of Chinese and Japanese" cuisine. At the Two Toots Train Whistle Grill, children can watch meals delivered by a model train.

The volunteer organization Arts in Bartlett hosts an annual art fair, a theater group and "open mike" on the first Friday of the month for budding performers.
Families gather at annual events that include the Independence Day festival and parade, National Night Out, Heritage Days, a street dance, holiday tree lighting, summer farmers market, summer concerts and the Bartlett Idol show, which the park district bills as "like 'American Idol' but without the criticism."

Bartlett is a study in 19th- and 20th-century residential architecture. The downtown includes four-squares and Italianates, the inner ring has 1940s Cape Cods and the outer ring includes Colonials that were built en masse during the 1980s-90s housing boom. Higher on the price ladder are the semi-custom and custom homes, such as those surrounding a pond in the Far Hills neighborhood.

"It is primarily single family," said Deborah Battersby, a real estate agent with ReMax Associates West in Bartlett. "We have the whole range of prices, so a lot of families stay in town when they can afford to upgrade."
Recent sales range from a 1966 three-bedroom ranch that sold for $85,000 to a 1999 four-bedroom two-story house that sold for $487,500.

A Metra express train ride to Chicago's Union Station takes about 50 minutes. Nearby employment hubs are accessible via major roadways, especially U.S. Highway 20.
Pace suburban bus service does not have a route through Bartlett.

Elgin-based School District U-46 serves Bartlett. The district ranks as the second largest in Illinois, with 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools and six high schools. More than 40,000 students are enrolled in the schools, which also serve 10 other communities.
The only private school, other than preschools, is Bartlett Christian Academy (K-6). St.
Edward Central Catholic High School is in Elgin. Nearby colleges include Elgin Community College and College of
Bartlett fourth safest town in U.S in 2013.
Residents of Bartlett live in the fourth safest town with a population of more than 25,000 in the United States, according to the national real estate research firm NeighborhoodScout.
The firm recently determined through an analysis of 2011 FBI statistics and data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census that the chance of becoming a victim of crime in Bartlett is 1 in 135, compared to the U.S. average of 1 in 30. It ranked Bartlett as the fourth safest municipality based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.
Crimes that were taken into consideration when ranking towns included burglary, theft, vehicle theft, armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape and homicide.
Of those crimes, four — assault, rape, murder and armed robbery — were considered violent crimes by the firm. The chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Bartlett, according to the firm, is one in 2,591.
Bartlett village President Michael Airdo called the ranking a tremendous honor. "We have a really progressive police department that I believe goes into making us a really safe town," he said. Airdo added he believes the work of all the village's residents adds to the safety of Bartlett. "I think we're all vigilant. We all keep careful watch of our neighbors," he said. "We're on alert so we recognize that we all have to help each other."
Eleven other Illinois towns made the top 100 list, including Buffalo Grove in 35th place; Mundelein in 52nd place; Hanover Park in 57th place; Mount Prospect in 58th place; Palatine in 68th place; West Chicago in 74th place; Carol Stream in 75th place; and Hoffman Estates in 97th place. NeighborhoodScout stated in a news release that a frequently asked question about some municipalities that make the top 100 was how a city that is thought to be dangerous could be on the list. The company's response was that "some cities have reputations for being dangerous that are not supported by crime statistics."
For more information on the list, visit neighborhoodscout.com.