When you imagine the absolute safest communities in the greater Chicago area, you likely won’t picture gorgeous, custom-built homes nestled among the mature open spaces of rural acres. But that’s exactly what you’ll find in the Hawthorn Trails Phase III Community of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.

Nestled among mature open spaces, the Hawthorn Trails community was developed to create a backdrop for a distinctive, relaxed lifestyle. Located in a top-ranked high school district, Hawthorn Trails was recently rated the safest place to live in Illinois, and features reasonably priced custom single family homes. For anyone looking to build a new home, this unique community just north of Lake Zurich and west of Vernon Hills is a dream come true.

Raising a Family in One of the Safest Communities in the Greater Chicago Area

For two years in a row, ValuePenguin, an aggregator of social trends and community quality, has crowned Hawthorn Woods as the safest place in Illinois. This rating, which balances population numbers with FBI crime statistics, ranks Hawthorn Trails at fifth safest in the entire country!

Hawthorn Woods model homeBut the nearly 8,000 residents who live in the village (distinctly not called a ‘suburb’) have known of the low-to-no-crime rating for a while now. In fact, there hasn’t been anything resembling a violent crime in Hawthorn Woods for several years. From little free libraries, reflecting ponds, monthly community meetings,and a proactive policing system, community involvement is the embodiment of those who call Hawthorn Trails home.

The safety and village engagement are great benefits, but add award-winning schools nearby and Hawthorn Woods, Illinois becomes an idyllic community for families. The community is served by the highly-rated Prairie Elementary, Twin Grove Middle and Stevenson High schools. Niche, a school rankings website, recently named Stevenson High School as the best public high school in the country. The site bases ratings on data from the US Department of Education along with test scores and college data. A total of 18,793 high schools were assessed on many factors, including the quality of school facilities and extracurricular activities.

Hawthorn Woods, Illinois: a Place You Can Call Home

Hawthorn Woods was originally defined as a village in 1958 by 71 original residents. The village’s neighborhoods bloomed from 1,600 to 4,400 residents between 1980 and 1990. In 2012, Foxford Communities took over development of the Hawthorn Trails community and partnered with Icon Building Group. Now, you too can call this wonderful community your home.

Single family homes in Hawthorn Trails start at $499k, nearly $275k less than the next closest price alternative in the area. Our Phase III portfolio for Hawthorn Trails features creative designs based on an interpretation of the surrounding area’s home market. The market is shifting to smaller, less expensive (but high quality) homes that have access to excellent schools, and provide the opportunity to walk to conveniences. With the award-winning safety and schools of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois as a backdrop, affordable custom homes by Icon fit perfectly.

Hawthorn Woods siteplanThe available home designs come with standard luxury features that most builders consider “upgrades”. Features include hardwood floors, ceramic tile and designer carpet throughout, 9′ ceilings, granite kitchen countertops, custom designed cabinetry, and more. And if none of the available floor plans satisfy what you have in mind, we’ll work with you to design and build a tailored home in Chicago that both captures your vision and stays within your budget – guaranteed.

Safety, Custom Design, & Affordability 

In addition to safety, excellent schools, and award-winning homes, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois also boasts of a state-of-the-art aquatics center and minutes away from great shopping and dining options. Easy access to major highways puts Hawthorn Woods only a short drive from downtown Chicago, too. The combination of beautiful natural surroundings, affordability, and unique community makes Hawthorn Trails Phase III a prime location for anyone looking to build a new home. If you are interested in raising a family in one of the safest communities in the greater Chicago area, check out the floorplans, read the recent press release, or visit the village’s website for more information.