If you are new to the North Shore, there are many elements of the area that you should consider when deciding where you want to live. Determine what you are willing to compromise on, and what you can’t live without. Start the buying process with as many specifics in mind as possible, and your search will run smoothly from the beginning. Some things that I often tell my clients to consider, in terms of location, include the following:
Proximity to work. Getting to and from work every day is part of your lifestyle that can be very influential in the home buying process. Highland Park is roughly 40 minutes from Chicago. If you are moving away from the city, but still work downtown, you might want to consider public transportation options. Highland Park is located on the Union Pacific North train line and a preferred method of transportation for many commuters. If you are anticipating driving for your commute, a North Shore community closer to the city might be a better option. Glenview, Evanston, Wilmette and Winnetka are all closer to a 25-30 minute drive.
Community Location. The proximity your potential home sits in relation to the downtown area of any North Shore community might be a consideration during your search. If you are moving from the city, or a smaller town where you were able to walk around easily, selecting a home with no shorter than a 10-minute drive to the downtown area might influence your decision. Proximity to parks, pools, the lake, and other recreational areas are other location factors you should consider.
When searching for a home with me, I will gladly show you around each community, and walk from the property location to the downtown area. Highland Park has a wonderful central area with great shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
School District. Highland Park is part of North Shore School District 112. Including over 12 elementary and middle schools, every option is a good one for your children to learn and grow, earning an excellent education. Highland Park is also part of Township High School District 113. Highland Park High School holds the current national rank #234 and 7th in Illinois. With a 15:1 student to teacher ratio and a 61% advanced placement participation rate, Highland Park High School is a learning environment where you children can excel.
I am a parent whose children attended schools in Highland Park, and I experienced first hand the benefit of these phenomenal institutions. I will happily share anecdotes from my experience and answer any questions you might have in regards to the school districts of Highland Park.