Where to raise kids in New Lenox

Where to raise kids in New Lenox

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Peter

United States

#1 Oct 5, 2010
What side of town is a good place to raise your family? The spot in new lenox where you need to be...Any help would be great. Thanks!
Independent

Glendale Heights, IL

#2 Oct 5, 2010
Peter wrote:
What side of town is a good place to raise your family? The spot in new lenox where you need to be...Any help would be great. Thanks!
Most of New Lenox is pretty nice. It really depends on how much you can afford for a house. If you tell me your price range I can steer you in the direction where you need to search. If you are in the $400 range - I may sell you mine!
fascinated1

Frankfort, IL

#3 Oct 5, 2010
Laraway Ridge (south side of town) has a lot of kids, a really nice class of people, is close to the schools and parks, and has reasonably price homes. The yards are pretty large compared to most newer ares and my most important feature when we were looking, NO HOME OWNERS' ASSOCIATION.

I do agree, though...most of New Lenox is nice. Good luck!
Peter

United States

#4 Oct 5, 2010
Independent wrote:
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Most of New Lenox is pretty nice. It really depends on how much you can afford for a house. If you tell me your price range I can steer you in the direction where you need to search. If you are in the $400 range - I may sell you mine!
My price range is about $300K-$325K. I think the southside of town is where its at. Seems to be alot of buildings going up around there. south of laraway. what is your take on the laraway ridge, horizon meadows? and that part of town...is it risky to buy a home by an open field (cornfield) not sure whats being built...
Realist

Chicago, IL

#5 Oct 5, 2010
Doesn't matter, most of the kids in this town grow up to be disrespectful punks! Give them a license and look out!
heap a cheap

Wayne, IL

#6 Oct 5, 2010
is laraway ridge the subdivision behind cvs?
watch out for that subdivision's home quality.
most where cheaply built, all siding, no brick.

and then you have laraway road,loud & fast.
the racetrack traffic, and racetrack noise.
nelson schools seem good,
jr high is liberty,all the way on the other side of town,at least a 20 minute car ride with trains & traffic.
hs is the brand new lw west

I would focus on home quality for your money,
and also focus on the neighborhood & schools.
drive the subdivision am & pm, weekday & weekends to get a feel for the place.

once you buy, break out the checkbook for real estate taxs :/
Independent

Glendale Heights, IL

#7 Oct 5, 2010
heap a cheap wrote:
is laraway ridge the subdivision behind cvs?
watch out for that subdivision's home quality.
most where cheaply built, all siding, no brick.
and then you have laraway road,loud & fast.
the racetrack traffic, and racetrack noise.
nelson schools seem good,
jr high is liberty,all the way on the other side of town,at least a 20 minute car ride with trains & traffic.
hs is the brand new lw west
I would focus on home quality for your money,
and also focus on the neighborhood & schools.
drive the subdivision am & pm, weekday & weekends to get a feel for the place.
once you buy, break out the checkbook for real estate taxs :/
Agreed. Laraway Ridge, Liberty Square and Hibernia are not greatly built.

If I were you - I would look into the Wildwood subdivision. These are somewhat older homes (about 15 years or so), but built pretty well and good reputation. I bet you can get one for $325 in there. The kids will go to the newer grade schools - Spencer and the high school is Lincolnway Central for now. Horizon Meadows may be too pricey. Taylor Glenn, Royal Meadows, and Chadwick were mostly built by Camelot Homes - o.k. builder - not great. Property tazes for a house priced around $325 will be approx.$6500 in yearly taxes. You can call the New Lenox tax accessor's office to get a more realistic number. This is just an educated guess.
Independent

Glendale Heights, IL

#8 Oct 5, 2010
heap a cheap wrote:
is laraway ridge the subdivision behind cvs?
watch out for that subdivision's home quality.
most where cheaply built, all siding, no brick.
and then you have laraway road,loud & fast.
the racetrack traffic, and racetrack noise.
nelson schools seem good,
jr high is liberty,all the way on the other side of town,at least a 20 minute car ride with trains & traffic.
hs is the brand new lw west
I would focus on home quality for your money,
and also focus on the neighborhood & schools.
drive the subdivision am & pm, weekday & weekends to get a feel for the place.
once you buy, break out the checkbook for real estate taxs :/
Yes, Laraway Ridge is behind the CVS. The subdivision directly East of Laraway Ridge are pretty pricey. Taxes will be high.

Also, Manhatten kids do go to Lincolnway schools. However, the property taxes in Manhatten are high. You can get a cheaper priced home, but watch the tax bill.

I wonder how much the homes that are off of Laraway Road near the big horse farm. It has larger homes, but more rural. I would check that out for the heck of it.
LocationLocation Location

Joliet, IL

#9 Oct 5, 2010
Peter wrote:
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My price range is about $300K-$325K. I think the southside of town is where its at. Seems to be alot of buildings going up around there. south of laraway. what is your take on the laraway ridge, horizon meadows? and that part of town...is it risky to buy a home by an open field (cornfield) not sure whats being built...
In that range, you're looking at about 8K in taxes. Also, there are two Kindergarten centers that feed into four 1-6 campuses which feed into two Jr Highs which feed into two High Schools. In the area you are looking, you'll drive past one Jr. High to get to the one your children will attend. Instead of drawing a line through the center of town to establish the school boundaries, this town decided it was more important to keep the kids together for 13 years because apparently kids are incapable of making new friends. So don't expect your kids to go to the school that's nearest to your home. As a previous poster said, expect a long drive, longer if they take the bus. Ask a lot of questions. You may want to look in a more centrally located neighborhood if you're worried about what may become of the open fields, plus, you'd be in the middle of all of the schoo
Independent

Glendale Heights, IL

#10 Oct 5, 2010
Hey, you can try Palmer Ranch, too. I bet you can find something in there. Your kids will have to walk to school, however. Pretty nice subdivision. More upscale homes than Laraway Ridge.
Appalled

Channahon, IL

#11 Oct 5, 2010
Realist wrote:
Doesn't matter, most of the kids in this town grow up to be disrespectful punks!
Like you?

Most of the kids I knew in NL grew up to be accomplished, highly educated, contributing, wonderful adults who continue to make their parents proud.

I guess it matters who you hang with.
Columbo

Wheaton, IL

#12 Oct 5, 2010
Well Hilly & I live in a nice area and homes here run anywhere from $300 up. We paid $425 but our's is a nice doublewide and all the windows still work too. We were pretty lucky. I think the family next to us has their for sale but they need to clean it up a bit before it goes on the market. If you're interested I'd wait for the siding to be washed & waxed. Save yourself that work.
fascinated1

Frankfort, IL

#13 Oct 5, 2010
Being a happy homeowner in Laraway Ridge for four years, now, I will say that in the north part of the subdivision, the oldest part, the homes are all siding. The south part of the subdivision, the newer homes, are now required to have a brick first floor. I had a couple minor callbacks when we first moved in, but they were taken care of quickly and professionally. I feel we really got our money's worth from our home. There are still excellent lots available. Furthermore, you can get much more for your money now with the market being so bad and the builders offering many more incentives to buyers. When we bought, a wood foyer was an upgrade, and I have heard that now you can get it for no additional cost. I would recommend walking through a neighborhoods you like and talking to the neighbors who are out, and really checking out the models where available.
heap a cheap

Wayne, IL

#14 Oct 5, 2010
Independent wrote:
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Agreed. Laraway Ridge, Liberty Square and Hibernia are not greatly built.
If I were you - I would look into the Wildwood subdivision. These are somewhat older homes (about 15 years or so), but built pretty well and good reputation. I bet you can get one for $325 in there. The kids will go to the newer grade schools - Spencer and the high school is Lincolnway Central for now. Horizon Meadows may be too pricey. Taylor Glenn, Royal Meadows, and Chadwick were mostly built by Camelot Homes - o.k. builder - not great. Property tazes for a house priced around $325 will be approx.$6500 in yearly taxes. You can call the New Lenox tax accessor's office to get a more realistic number. This is just an educated guess.
I think wildwood attend tyler/bentley, martino,central.
none of those are one of the new schools, but most are well run.
heap a cheap

Wayne, IL

#15 Oct 5, 2010
you should also check the pre-forclosed or forclosed homes in many, many new lenox subdivisions. You might be able to get a great deal
Independent

Glendale Heights, IL

#16 Oct 5, 2010
heap a cheap wrote:
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I think wildwood attend tyler/bentley, martino,central.
none of those are one of the new schools, but most are well run.
I think you are right. Actually, Martino won a Blue Ribbon award once for being such an outstanding school. Probably the best grade school around.
Independent

Glendale Heights, IL

#17 Oct 5, 2010
I mean junior high - sorry.
Appalled

Channahon, IL

#18 Oct 5, 2010
fascinated1 wrote:
The yards are pretty large compared to most newer ares and my most important feature when we were looking, NO HOME OWNERS' ASSOCIATION.
Interesting. All other things being equal, I would pick the home with the HOA.
Peter

United States

#19 Oct 5, 2010
fascinated1 wrote:
Being a happy homeowner in Laraway Ridge for four years, now, I will say that in the north part of the subdivision, the oldest part, the homes are all siding. The south part of the subdivision, the newer homes, are now required to have a brick first floor. I had a couple minor callbacks when we first moved in, but they were taken care of quickly and professionally. I feel we really got our money's worth from our home. There are still excellent lots available. Furthermore, you can get much more for your money now with the market being so bad and the builders offering many more incentives to buyers. When we bought, a wood foyer was an upgrade, and I have heard that now you can get it for no additional cost. I would recommend walking through a neighborhoods you like and talking to the neighbors who are out, and really checking out the models where available.
How far does laraway ridge go out to...south that is?? i mean past those townhomes...or east of those townhomes. How many new homes are they going to build over there??
good and bad

Woodstock, IL

#20 Oct 5, 2010
Appalled wrote:
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Interesting. All other things being equal, I would pick the home with the HOA.
Most subdivisions have a HOA. Laraway does not, so you get a real mish mash of fences, ugly landscaping, asphalt driveways, trailers/boats/whatever in a driveway all year round, pools without fencing/landscaping. But you can do what you want. Freedom could mean ugly/lower house value...your choice though.

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