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Old 05-30-2015, 10:21 PM
 
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My family is looking to buy a home at either of these three areas (Tinley Park, Homewood or Midlothian). Just a young couple with 2 kids that are just a year old. Want a nice area with good schools and other social amenities. We are first time home buyers and wouldn't want REGRETS. Both work at downtown Chicago but not sure commute will be so much of an issue. Our major concern is safety and raising good kids. Our budget is 180k. I'll appreciate genuine opinions or advice from anybody with experience on these places. Thank you so much!
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:24 PM
 
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Out of the towns you mentioned I would look at Tinley Park. Homewood is nice too, but Midlothian is just ok.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:12 AM
 
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I lived in Oak Forest for a few years and was about 2 minutes away from Midlothian. Nothing much to speak of. Tinley Park is close to Orland mall and a lot of shopping out that way. My husband and I live in FLossmoor now with our two young children. Homewood has some decent shopping options, obviously no mall though. I'd say all three are probably on par as far as safety and neighboorhoods go. Just your average working class towns.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:30 AM
 
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let me chime in. I grew up in "tinley park" and went to school form kindergarten all the way through high school. I lived in the area of 175th st and 94th ave. The schools in the area are very nice. I attended Mcauliffe, then prairie view , then Andrew Highschool. I do not have much bad to say about the schools. As for the area. Tinley park is the typical suburban life. Everything is going to be a good 10 minute drive. I rode my bike everywhere when I was a kid and never had much problems finding friends. It is very quiet at night and during the day. A lot of the good shopping is in Orland Park and people drive form Midlo and homewood to go there. I don't now what 180k will get you over there now a days though, as I left Illinois now live in austin texas. Before moving out of Orland, i did notice that the neighborhoods in some areas were getting a influx of ghetto people coming in, due to pace buses carting them in form harvey...


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Old 05-31-2015, 07:29 PM
 
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We relocated to Tinley Park from out of state about 1 year ago and we love it! Our primary concern was safety and good schools for our 4 children. We are on the District 230 side and the schools on the middle and high school level have far exceeded our expectations. We often take the Metra into the city and have had no problems. I can't speak to the other areas but we are very glad we chose Tinley Park.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:04 PM
 
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You'll probably regret Midlothian. Average to below average schools, financially struggling, violent crimes are not uncommon, though not frequent either. There are few amenities, even for groceries you just have one small store available. Take a drive down 147th St. through the town, and I'm pretty sure you'll cross it off your list.

Homewood and Tinley Park are both quite nice. They have different characters. Tinley Park does have a quaint downtown area, but is mostly anonymous suburban sprawl. Homewood is much smaller, and arguably more charming overall. By far the most shopping, and the highest end shopping, in the south suburbs is in Orland Park. You'll be a lot closer to that in Tinley. However, Homewood has just about every big box store you'll need along Halsted Ave.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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Midlothian around the country club is historic and charming, and assigned to Oak Forest schools.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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Midlothian around the country club is historic and charming, and assigned to Oak Forest schools.
Seems a bit of stretch, but certainly that would be the most desirable area if you had to be in Midlothian.

However:

https://mymidlothian.wordpress.com/2...tion-location/

https://mymidlothian.wordpress.com/2...nuary-31-2015/

https://mymidlothian.wordpress.com/2...lothian-needs/
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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Seems a bit of stretch, but certainly that would be the most desirable area if you had to be in Midlothian.

However:

https://mymidlothian.wordpress.com/2...tion-location/

https://mymidlothian.wordpress.com/2...nuary-31-2015/

https://mymidlothian.wordpress.com/2...lothian-needs/
Wow, I read through those posts, the village seems to be in serious trouble with questionable management. Reading through the first post, I almost thought it was joke it seemed so dire. That's not good for the citizenry at all. It also seems like there are hidden agendas at play involving the finances which is another sad Illinois predictable move.

I live out of state now, but used to live in my beloved Flossmoor. I do miss Illinois and Chicago for many reasons, but this horrible corruption and mismanagement sends people away and keeps people away.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:16 AM
 
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Tinley Park is the only one that is not in an obvious cycle of decline, though I personally prefer Homewood.
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