Possibly relocating to New Lenox

Possibly relocating to New Lenox

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Louise

Mason, MI

#1 Jan 31, 2009
Looking at possibly moving to New Lenox. Are there "bad parts"?
To Louise

Wayne, IL

#2 Jan 31, 2009
No true "bad parts", but some locations are nicer than others. some areas have renters, some areas are close to busy streets and stores,or will be in the near future. Some areas were owner completion homes and the quality of the inside work is all depending on how skilled the owner was.
New Lenox is a nice place to live, but it is growing fast and has lost most of its small town charm.:(
Not bad

Wayne, IL

#3 Jan 31, 2009
no bad parts except the money taken from your wallet from the school district in taxes.
nl mom

United States

#4 Jan 31, 2009
Louise wrote:
Looking at possibly moving to New Lenox. Are there "bad parts"?
this town wants you to think it is wonderful.
yes it has some bad parts.
drugs are a big problem .
and domestic violence.police are not to talk about it. and you will not see it in the papers.
it is not allowed.
Louise

Mason, MI

#5 Jan 31, 2009
nl mom wrote:
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this town wants you to think it is wonderful.
yes it has some bad parts.
drugs are a big problem .
and domestic violence.police are not to talk about it. and you will not see it in the papers.
it is not allowed.
Where are the bad parts? What are the areas to stay away from?
Welcome

Frankfort, IL

#6 Jan 31, 2009
There are no bad parts what so ever. Its a basic community, still small even though it is getting bigger. The schools are great, and yes the taxes are higher, but you get something in return. So if you are thinking nlsd122 and district 210 never close school, except extreme cold, it works out everyway
NL Lifer

Brook, IN

#7 Jan 31, 2009
I think New Lenox is an acceptional community. You may read alot of junk on this particular forum because as all forums the nay sayers speak the loudest.
There are a ton of young families, with good schools, decent parks, and a wonderful new Commons Park Site by the village hall and police station that has outside movies for kids all summer long with concerts on weekends and a huge library in the same area. Rental areas are always a little troubling, but I would not consider any area in town unsafe. There is very little crime or drug activity. Every community has issues, but I personally think New Lenox is one of the nicest communities in southern Will County. I might suggest you move north of the EJ & E railroad tracks though. We will be experiencing more train traffic on them now that CN as bought them out.
Lifetime Resident

Mokena, IL

#8 Feb 1, 2009
Louise wrote:
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Where are the bad parts? What are the areas to stay away from?
Evidently, wherever nlmom lives.
Seriously, Louise, this is a great town. There are areas, as mentioned, that have large apartment complexes, that are not the best. Most of the newer subdivisions are very nice. I have lived in two of them. The larger lot areas in the unincorpoated areas are also very nice. I have had great, helpful neighbors everywhere I have lived. It all depends on your price point.
Louise

Mason, MI

#9 Feb 1, 2009
Lifetime Resident wrote:
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Evidently, wherever nlmom lives.
Seriously, Louise, this is a great town. There are areas, as mentioned, that have large apartment complexes, that are not the best. Most of the newer subdivisions are very nice. I have lived in two of them. The larger lot areas in the unincorpoated areas are also very nice. I have had great, helpful neighbors everywhere I have lived. It all depends on your price point.
We have found a house we like, our first home. We are a young couple. It is south of Route 30, North of Illinois Highway, West of Cedar. There are many very new communities and old communities combined. We are not able to afford new construction at this time, but thought this house was very warm. The only thing that bothered me was that some of the houses around it look somewhat run down.
NL Dad

Roselle, IL

#10 Feb 1, 2009
We've lived here 23 years. It is a fine town in which to raise chilren, maintain property, and live your own life. As a result, our children have grown from little guys to their 20's with zero problems that might affect them in many other towns in America (and the Chicago area) today.

Test scores at local schools are in the upper 5% of the state, crime rates are very low (there are few blacks to plague the town), most folks keep their yards up, and people still have the "good old days" friendliness that many of us love.

Most voters are conservative and, for the most part, governing bodies responsibly use the taxes they collect. The programs provided by the schools, park district, library, and township have almost something for everyone.

Are there a few low-lifes here? Of course, but just a few. In a populaton of just under 25,000 you're not going to have all Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls. The little group of knuckle-draggers and open-mouth breathers we have are basically spoiled kids of lousy parents. Gangs are not to be found here.

I'll make this statement, however, that is always my yardstick: you can walk down any street in any area of New Lenox at ANY time of the day and have ZERO fear for your safety. I've been a runner and now just walk, but I've never had a single problem in any neighborhood in New Lenox.

If you are responsible and move here, welcome!
NL Dad

Roselle, IL

#11 Feb 1, 2009
Louise wrote:
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We have found a house we like, our first home. We are a young couple. It is south of Route 30, North of Illinois Highway, West of Cedar. There are many very new communities and old communities combined. We are not able to afford new construction at this time, but thought this house was very warm. The only thing that bothered me was that some of the houses around it look somewhat run down.
Louise, that area is undergoing a notable change to the west as some of the older, smaller houses are being bulldozed and larger houses are replacing them. Many of the older homes there are owned by retired people who are pleasant but just can't get around to maintain them the way they once did.

I was a census-taker there last year and found the good burghers to be nice folks.

One thing you might want to check into: some of the houses there are incorporated NL and some aren't. If you live on the unincorproated lots you won't have the services (police, water/sewer, etc.) you would if you are in the village.

Better to check first!

Good luck!
Lifetime Resident

Mokena, IL

#12 Feb 1, 2009
Louise wrote:
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We have found a house we like, our first home. We are a young couple. It is south of Route 30, North of Illinois Highway, West of Cedar. There are many very new communities and old communities combined. We are not able to afford new construction at this time, but thought this house was very warm. The only thing that bothered me was that some of the houses around it look somewhat run down.
This is the old McIntosh area. It is fine and may good families live and have raised their children there. Some look run down beacuse they are older, but many have been bought and remodeled. Also, new subdivisions are just a couple blocks to your west, and people have been comfortable enough to build $500,000+ homes there. Your only issue is if the home is on a septic system as many in that area are. If they fail, you are looking at some cost for a mechanical sytem. Find out if that is the case. I'm not saying don't move there. I'm just saying to know what you are looking at.
The area is fine and I wouldnt give that another thought.
Louise

Mason, MI

#13 Feb 1, 2009
It is Lake Michigan water and a public sewer. Phew!
NL Dad

Roselle, IL

#14 Feb 1, 2009
Louise wrote:
It is Lake Michigan water and a public sewer. Phew!
If you locate within the village limits you'll have Lake Michigan water. Otherwise you'll have to make sure your well is functioning. Yuck.
Louise

Mason, MI

#15 Feb 1, 2009
Yes, I don't think I would by a house that didn't have public water and sewer. Not interested in that responsibility at this time...
Louise

Mason, MI

#16 Feb 1, 2009
*buy* :)
NL_Resident

Streator, IL

#17 Feb 1, 2009
Louise wrote:
Looking at possibly moving to New Lenox. Are there "bad parts"?
I have been here nearly 7 years. I previously lived in Bolingbrook,Darien and Clarendon Hills. By far, New Lenox is the friendliess community. Compared to Bolingbrook (for example) it's by far a better place to raise kids. While everyone hates tax's, I was paying $8,200 in Bolingbrook and here my tax's are half that. New Lenox still has the charm of a smaller comunity. You won't be dissapointed...
To Louise

Downers Grove, IL

#18 Feb 1, 2009
Make sure you stop by Country Charm Restaurant for breakfast. The food is good and the people in there are a riot.

In the area you are talking about moving, some of the unincorporated areas have village water and sewer. The only downside to these homes is you have to have county police respond if needed. Stop by the police department and ask some of the officers what they think of the area.
Lifetime Resident

Mokena, IL

#19 Feb 1, 2009
Louise wrote:
It is Lake Michigan water and a public sewer. Phew!
Then you are in the Village. If you like it, buy and welcome to town.
Louise

Mason, MI

#20 Feb 1, 2009
What areas are unincorporated? Do you have an idea of streets that have the village water and sewer? I'm assuming since the house we are looking at has public sewer and LM water, then the houses around there do too, right?

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