Fall color is in peak season here in Illinois! A recent trip through Huntley, Illinois to my grandson’s football game resulted in an impromptu photo shoot of charming old homes lining the streets.
Huntley is a fast-growing town of about 25,000 people at the far northwestern edge of the Chicago suburbs. Like my town, it wasn’t considered a suburb until urban sprawl forced its growth. There are plenty of new houses in new subdivisions, but there are charming old homes to capture your heart.
Many of the older homes have been resided with vinyl or aluminum, which I find unfortunate because I love the quaint appeal of original clapboard siding. Nevertheless, the updated houses still have an air of charm about them.
Some houses were decorated for fall, and others were decorated for Halloween.
Huntley enjoys a mix of both large and small older homes. This little brown bungalow had a fun Halloween porch.
I have a feeling this beautiful bungalow was a Sears catalog home. The second story balcony would be one of my favorite places if I lived here. Did you notice the little oval window at the peak?
In addition to houses with siding, you’ll see brick homes along the tree-lined streets too. Most of these charming old homes in Huntley are pretty typical of what you’ll see throughout the Chicagoland area.
We also have our fair share of tri-levels and split levels that were built in the 50s and 60s. The house I grew up in was a tri-level built in 1960 and is somewhat reminiscent of the Brady Bunch house. While I loved that house, my heart belongs to historic homes.
I mean seriously – how could anyone resist the unique beauty of this Victorian home with its double-decker porch and fish scale trim at the peak of the roof?
Here’s a close-up view of the trim work on the front porch.
I hope you enjoyed this collection of charming old homes in Huntley, Illinois, because next week I’m sharing a few more!
On a side note, I’m headed to Michigan with my two daughters and their families. We’re visiting a large corn maze at my sister’s farm so it should be fun – I just hope the weather cooperates!
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