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Best Places to Raise Kids in Illinois and Northwest Indiana

January 31, 2013

Gates of St. John ImageIf you’ve been considering purchasing an Illinois or Northwest Indiana new home, then you’ll be pleased to know that several metro locales were named “The Best Place to Raise Kids,” according to Businessweek and Bloomberg News.

The Chicago metro locations to make the list were St. John, Ind. and Geneva, Ill.

Rankings for the “Best Place to Raise Kids in 2013”  were based on the following information:

  • public school performance
  • safety
  • housing costs
  • commute time
  • poverty
  • adults’ educational attainment
  • share of households with children
  • diversity

St. John is home to the Lake Central School Corporation, which consistently ranks with a nine out of 10 on Greatschools.com. The town also invests a lot of money in parks and outdoor space, which are great local assets for growing families. Plus, living in St. John means you are only 45 minutes away from the amenities of Chicago.

For families who want to move to family-friendly St. John as soon as possible, Phillippe Builders is offering several quick move-in homes at their Gates of St. John community.

The popular Autumn Gate model features four bedrooms, including a master suite with a private bath and spacious walk-in closet, plus granite countertops and specialty cabinetry with crown molding in the kitchen. Pricing for this Northwest Indiana home starts at $239,900.

Prospective homeowners may also want to consider the Rose Gate model, with a first-floor master suite plus a custom island and granite countertops in the kitchen. Pricing for the Rose Gate starts at $349,900.

For more information, visit the Phillippe Builders website or contact 708-756-0860.

Geneva also features stellar schools and boasts a GreatSchools city score 10 out of 10. The suburb is located along the Fox River, which offers plenty of opportunities for families to bike and exercise along the waterfront.

Prospective Chicago real estate buyers may want to check out the single-family homes at Mill Creek by Shodeen Homes. These Kane County new homes feature three to five bedrooms plus full basements and pricing starts in the mid $300,000s.

For more information, visit the Shodeen Homes website or contact 630-232-8570.

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