Prairie Crossing is located in Grayslake, Illinois about 40 miles north of Chicago. This beautiful, nature-focused community has preserved more than 60% of its 677 acres. An impressive measure which clearly points to the good intentions of the "developers", a group of neighbors who bought the land in the 1980’s with the goal of truly responsible development. The community has 359 homes and 36 condos versus the 2400 homes that another developer had plans for. The condos have received the highest energy star rating possible.
Prairie Crossing has a lake which is beautiful for swimming thanks to their storm water filtering system. There are 165 acres of restored prairies, hence the name, and 20 acres of restored wetlands. The community also houses a decade-old organic farm which provides healthy produce and fresh eggs.
Prairie Crossing is even linked by trails to another 3,200 legally protected acres. Just a few minutes walk from the community lies a commuter train station with access to Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. One of the unique pieces of the community is a charter school, where learning is focused on the natural environment and global citizenship.
Homes start at about $330,000. Condos are available, but all the homes have been sold and you’ll have to wait for one to come back on the market. But with all the wonderful things this community has to offer, it doesn’t seem like that will be happening very often!