This neighborhood takes its name from Hawarden Drive, which appeared on the Arlington Heights tract map in 1890. The English colony, which invested in and occupied Arlington Heights, brought those names familiar to the British Isles. Hawarden is actually a name from Flintshire, North Wales, where Hawarden castle, town and civil parish are located. The neighborhood takes its name from the prominent and rugged hills which traverse the area and was part of the original 53 square miles of Riverside. The rolling terrain, and sometimes steep hillsides create a unique residential character. Neighborhood growth occurred primarily between 1970 and 1990 and the home ownership rate is one of the highest in the city.
Hawarden Hills has no commercial properties and only a few apartment developments. The single-family residential development is split roughly evenly between mid-sized and estate lots and the connecting streets follow the terrain to produce winding roadways. Hawarden Hills has the second highest average property values and income levels in the City. Hawarden Hills is also one of only five neighborhoods in the City to have no parks, schools, police or fire stations or other public facilities.
Much of the eastern portion of this region is high, hilly terrain. Many of the City’s efforts to retain the natural beauty of its ridgelines and hillside terrain stem from early development efforts in this visually prominent and sensitive area.
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