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History of Sunset Hills in Schaumburg

Sunset Hills, formally referred to as Medinah Sunset Hills, is the unincorporated piece of land that lies north of Nerge Road between Roselle Road and Plum Grove Road. This area was originally owned by the Piskes, Mrs. John Homeyer and Walt Nerge prior to 1956.  Afterwards, the Branigar Organization purchased it and divided the land into individual lots that were sold off.  The houses were either prefab kit homes or custom built by contractors that were commissioned by the homeowners in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The Branigar Organization was owned by Harvey W. Branigar who became chairman of the firm after serving in World War II.  This company was originally formed by his father and uncles around World War I.  It purchased and developed some parcels of land around the Chicagoland area as well as other states.  Some of their more well-known developments include Indian Lakes in Bloomingdale and the Galena Territory at Apple Canyon Lake near Galena.  

Throughout the development period, the Sunset Hills subdivision, which ended up consisting of about 270 homeowners by the 1970s, was a lively community.  They had neighborhood get-togethers often and eventually created a homeowner’s association. The residents had frequent parties and there was even a group of 8 young married women called “The Sunnies” that gathered in the evenings to play cards and socialize.

The Sunset Hills neighborhood debated on annexation and had a difficult time deciding who could serve the area’s best sewer and water needs at a price they could afford. After going back and forth they resisted the impulse to join Schaumburg or Roselle and eventually dropped it until they started annexing certain territories to Schaumburg.  Today this area is an unincorporated neighborhood of Schaumburg.

Sunset Hills is now a highly sought-after place to live.  It is currently known to have an almost country like feel with its larger lots, abundance of mature trees, and a variety of home sizes and styles with equally diverse landscaping.  Each street in this beautiful neighborhood offers a unique glimpse into the customized ideas that flourished in this community development.  This area is conveniently located with quick access to nearby parks, expressways, neighboring towns, shopping, restaurants, and the Metra train station.  Although surrounded by the growing Villages of Schaumburg, Roselle and Elk Grove, Sunset Hills still provides a bit of an escape from it all.  It continues to be reminiscent of days past with its quiet living, nature filled sounds and smells of burning wood from fireplaces and firepits.

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Sunset Hills Schools

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Frederick Nerge Elementary

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Conant High School

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