New Lenox is a Great Place to Build Your Home

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Posted: February 15, 2016 - Homebuyer's Blog

Deciding where to build your new home is a big decision. You’ll want to find a community that suits you now — and for years to come. Let’s take a look at why New Lenox has been the top choice to build a home for so many people.

Solid Economic Environment

New Lenox averages about 300 new building permits a year. In 2015, New Lenox ranked number four in housing starts in Will County, and twelfth in the entire Chicago area. The robust housing market is further evidenced by New Lenox’s low foreclosure rate – the lowest in Will County.

The New Lenox Village Board is pro homeownership. According to the Village of New Lenox website, the sales tax revenue from area businesses has allowed the Board to rebate a portion of the residential property tax back to New Lenox homeowners.

Great Location

New Lenox has great access to highways, including both I-80 and I-355. Midway airport is only a 30-minute car ride from the center of New Lenox. O’hare is 45 minutes and Chicago’s Loop is only 47 minutes.

Rail service is also convenient. Two Metra commuter train lines provide New Lenox with more than 25 daily trains to Chicago. The Rock Island Line can take you to Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station, while the Southwest Service Line can take you to Union Station.

Award Winning Schools

For 12 consecutive years, New Lenox School District 122 (preschool through 8th grade) has received the Bright Star Award from SchoolSearch, a Kansas City-based firm that works with major companies to provide relocating families with school information.

The Bright Star Award is given to school districts with the highest student performance at the lowest cost. Only 80 of the state’s 872 school districts received the award this past year.

What’s more, over the past 10 years, a full 85% of District 122 students have met or exceeded the State of Illinois Learning Standards.

High School District 210 in New Lenox has been awarded many Academic Excellence Awards. Based on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, the New Lenox high schools consistently score in the top 10% of all high schools in Illinois.

Abundant Parks and Recreation

The New Lenox Park District oversees 35 parks and an 18-hole championship golf course, The Sanctuary.  In addition, the Park District offers over 300 educational programs, athletics, fitness, special events, sports leagues, travel excursions, and camp programs.

The Will County Forest Preserve District maintains the beautiful Old Plank Trail, a 21-mile path that curves its way through New Lenox. The District also has three preserves in New Lenox: Hickory Creek/Hickory Barrens Preserve, Potawatomi Woods Preserve, and Hadley Valley Preserve.

There is an array of volunteer youth sports options in New Lenox, including football, softball, soccer, and baseball.


State-of-the-Art Health Care

Silver Cross is a new, sophisticated, 289 private-bed hospital that is located at Route 6 and I-355 in New Lenox.

Awesome Selection of Housing

Hartz Construction offers new homes for sale in a dozen communities throughout Chicagoland. And, five of them are located in New Lenox subdivisions: Heather Glen, Hibernia, Leigh Creek, Nantucket Lakes and Sky Harbor. Each of these subdivisions has a unique personality, so you’ll want to take a short drive through each one. The Hartz website, gives detailed information on each subdivision, including location, models, and pricing.