Chicago Real Estate Forum will now offer Friday Features that highlight all you need to know about Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods and suburban communities!
The first neighborhood on our list is Orland Park, which is a booming location for resale homes as well as many of the area’s home builders. Located in Cook County, just 25 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop, Orland Park is known as a “Class A” real estate market. So, how did the village earn its title? Mostly because of its world class shopping and dining, as Orland Park residents never have to worry about what to do for fun.
The current average listing price for a home in Orland Park is $292,498 and the median sales price for a sold home is $195,000. The average sales price for a home sold in Cook County is $155,100, so while real estate costs are slightly higher than average in Orland Park, if being close to plenty of shopping and dining is important to you, the extra money may be worth it.
The number of Chicago new home sales in Orland Park has increased by 35.8 percent since 2011, and there are currently 469 homes for sale. The average rent is approximately $974 per month.
Orland Park has a population of 57,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and more than 60 percent of residents have received a bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income for the area is $80,328.
School districts include: Orland School District #135, Community Consolidated School District #146, Palos School District #118 and Kirby School District #140. Residents also have access to a variety of higher education facilities including St. Xavier University, Moraine Valley Community College and Robert Morris University. High school students attend Orland Park’s Carl Sandburg High School, ranked on Newsweek’s top 1,000 schools list. The community is also home to the private St. Michael’s school, which offers education from kindergarten through sixth grade; the school boasts a world language program that begins at kindergarten as well as a comprehensive technology program.
Orland Park even ranks among the best 100 small cities to live in, according to Money Magazine, and as one of the 20 best towns and neighborhoods in Chicago and the suburbs by Chicago Magazine. While Orland Park is certainly a booming commercial center, it still offers plenty of green space and outdoor recreation activities, which is why it ranks so high on the magazine’s “Best Neighborhoods” list.
Are you new to the area and looking for the best shopping, dining and entertainment? Here’s what Orland Park has to offer.
- Downtown Orland Park. Be sure to stop by the Civic Corridor, which features a farmer’s market in the spring and summer. You’ll also want to check out Antique Row, a haven of ten shops that sell antique furniture, clothes, books, kitchenware and more!
- Orland Square Mall. One of Chicagoland’s top shopping destinations, the mall has more than 150 shops and boasts retailers such as Apple, Coach and A|X Armani Exchange.
- Orland Park Crossing. The number one destination in the southwest suburbs for exclusive fashion and specialty shops. This open-air shopping center features Parmida, a top-rate home décor store, as well as the Eden Aveda Salon & Day Spa and Granite City Brewery.
- Café Miele. No town is complete without that perfect brunch restaurant, and Café Miele hits the spot! Popular menu selections include specialty omelets and oven baked pancakes.
- Hienie’s McCarthy’s. Family owned since 1947, this restaurant specializes in chicken, seafood (including hand-breaded shrimp) and homemade soup and chili.
- Giordano’s. You don’t need to go into the city to get some of Chicago’s best deep dish pizza.
Entertainment and Recreation
- Orland Park Sportsplex. This state of the art fitness center is an impressive 90,000 square feet, and offers activities ranging from yoga and pilates to basketball and rock climbing.
- The Centennial Park Aquatic Center. A family-friendly water park offering a zero-depth pool and a lazy river.
- Orland Park Outdoor Amphitheatre. A great place to catch an outdoor concert in the summer.
- Lake Sedgewick. A 95 acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boardwalk, outdoor amphitheater, gazebo, nature trails and hiking paths.
- Metra: Residents can get downtown using Metra’s Southwest Service (SWS) line. The three local stations are: Orland Park 179th Street, Orland Park 153rd Street and Orland Park 143rd Street.
- Highways: To travel into the city via car, residents can take I-90/I-94 E to I-55 S.
- Airports: Orland Park is 40 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and about 30 minutes from Midway International Airport.
If you’re looking for a suburb that provides easy access to the city, but also offers plenty to do, then Orland Park may be a great choice for you and your family.
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