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Old 03-27-2021, 08:33 PM
 
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Hello,
Can anyone tell me about Antioch area in general? Schools, housing and crime rates? Pros and cons?
Thanks in advance
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Old 03-29-2021, 10:57 AM
 
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I now live across the border not far away in Wisconsin, but I have couple of friends that live in Antioch and have visited dozens of times.The housing market in Antioch is insane at present. So if you are looking to buy you had better start camping out on Zillow and be prepared to move quickly if you see something you like.

So most communities up here in the far Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin corridor are pretty similar in disposition overall.
1) They are predominately White.
2) They are a mix of wealthier newcomers in the new subdivisions and old school working class closer to "downtown"
3) You have a significant number of people who have lake property as a Summer getaway who are not around much.
4) The people who inhabit them are laid back almost to a fault.
5)They are normally centered around a lake as a focal point as you can't drive far in any direction without running into one.

Antioch follows this same pattern. It has a quaint downtown with old school shops. There is huge boating and outdoorsman community. If you do not own a boat now you will within a couple of years of moving in. People tend to look out for one another. In someplace like Chicago this would be considered "nosey", but this is totally normal in someplace like Antioch. Lots and lots of school age children. Crime is almost a non-factor.

How much you enjoy living in Antioch has as much to do with you as it does the town.

The last detail I will add is this: if you are searching this far north you do realize you can save several grand a year in property taxes just across the border in Twin Lakes, Trevor, etc. right? That might be worth investigating for you also. Culturally things are nearly identical, just lots more Packers flags.

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Old 03-29-2021, 12:06 PM
 
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Thanks a lot for the detailed information. Yes did think of buying in every area in Wisconsin but no luck. Market is super crazy.
What about Winthrop harbor? Crime and all?
Thanks again
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Old 03-29-2021, 12:46 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I have spent very little time over in the Winthrop Harbor area, other than a couple of hiking trips to Illinois Beach State Park (some of the best landscape photography I have ever taken in my life BTW) Hopefully someone else more familiar with the area can chime in.
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Old 03-29-2021, 01:21 PM
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Thanks a lot for the detailed information. Yes did think of buying in every area in Wisconsin but no luck. Market is super crazy.
What about Winthrop harbor? Crime and all?
Thanks again

The entire strip of towns along the lake from North Chicago to Waukegan, to Zion, to Wnthrop Harbor are not great places to live. Antioch is fine. You might want to look at Johnsburg too if you are going to look that far north. Remoteinwisco hit it pretty much on the head for Illinois town up near the WI border and WI towns just on the other side.
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Old 03-29-2021, 01:41 PM
 
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Thanks. Are you referring to crime rate or quality of life?
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Old 03-29-2021, 02:08 PM
 
Location: LaGrange, Wisconsin
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The entire strip of towns along the lake from North Chicago to Waukegan, to Zion, to Wnthrop Harbor are not great places to live. Antioch is fine. You might want to look at Johnsburg too if you are going to look that far north. Remoteinwisco hit it pretty much on the head for Illinois town up near the WI border and WI towns just on the other side.
Really the only difference in those border towns on the Illinois side near me is Mchenry County vs. Lake County, though from a property tax standpoint neither is going to work out well for the homeowner. Johnsburg is a good suggestion however, as it has that whole quintessential and idyllic Americana vibe going for it that so many people want. Or at least think they want, and still has easy access to the chain. Also with Mchenry being right there, shopping for things is not an issue when needed.

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Old 03-29-2021, 02:39 PM
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Thanks. Are you referring to crime rate or quality of life?

Both
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Old 03-30-2021, 09:28 AM
 
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I will add to be in store for a culture shock if you move to/near the McHenry area. I came here from Chicago seven years ago and knowing what I know now, I never would have done it unfortunately. Scenic wise, it's very nice however.
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Old 03-30-2021, 01:30 PM
 
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I will add to be in store for a culture shock if you move to/near the McHenry area. I came here from Chicago seven years ago and knowing what I know now, I never would have done it unfortunately. Scenic wise, it's very nice however.
Interesting. I have not spent a ton of time in Mchenry, other than fishing over by the dam a few times, but what are some of the specifics of the culture shock you mentioned?

The other thing I have heard about Mchenry from people in casual conversation has to do with McCullom Lake. Supposedly there was some kind of toxic waste spill there or something several years back? Just something I have heard through the grapevine.
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