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Looking for a house in Plainfield - Anything to watch out for?

Well, my wife and I put our current home on the market yesterday and will be looking for a larger place in the plainfield area soon. We just need more room since, well, I'm gonna be a dad in February. I also will probably be working in Joliet by January, so we wanted to move closer to that area.
Since I know there are a few people that live around Palinfield, are there any areas/subdivisions to avoid? We will be looking at existing homes probably priced around $225-250K. Thanks

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dont move around down county line rd near black, that area is wide open still and will take YEARS to fill in around you.

stay along canton farm rd, there is houses being built pretty much right across from me, if you can have a home built there youll gain some great money over a few years, cause there is houses on both sides of that area.


or move down caton near the highschool area.


for the price your looking to spend i would buy new if i was you.



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Thanks for the advice Ken. Why would you recommend new? And which subdivisions? The area where you are at near caton farm is actually one of the areas we were considering.

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My house is for sale. What price range do you want to be in?

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My house is for sale too. Price range is right. PM me if interested.
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(oh, i'm about 5 blks away from Ken.)
I can totally understand why youre selling then.

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I'm in wesmere, and its very nice, but there's no new construction as we are built out. But there are plenty for as people around here are always moving.




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Congrats on the baby coming!
Thanks man. We're excited, but this is all a bit stressful right about now.

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Thanks man. We're excited, but this is all a bit stressful right about now.
What was the big red thing on the back of your bike this morning?

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What was the big red thing on the back of your bike this morning?
huh? what are you talkin about?

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huh? what are you talkin about?
Saw ya turning right into Cat this am on 31, it looked like there was a big box on the back of your bike. Do you have a storage box with a reflective strip or something?

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If you are considering Plainfield, what about the south end of Shorewood? New homes being built all over and a little cheaper on the tax end of it - not alot, but less.

Congrats on the future arrival!!

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Saw ya turning right into Cat this am on 31, it looked like there was a big box on the back of your bike. Do you have a storage box with a reflective strip or something?
Yep. I've had the case for almost as long as I've had the bike. It is very useful when riding to work. I usually remove it before meeting up for group rides, or on the occasional times I make it to Strats.

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If you are looking for an older home, call my cousin. He's selling his home that's been completely re-done inside and out. I believe it isn't anymore than 20years old so it isn't that old. Half brick 3 br/2bath quad level. Fully finished basement, brandnew everything including a bad ass kitchen. The tv room is huge with a fireplace. New hardwood and carpet. Vaulted celing in the living room. New roof and appliances. Cement driveway with 2 1/2 car garage. Big master, a VERY nice CLEAN home. I don't know Plainfield that well but I believe the location is good, a few miles West of downtown. His name is John and his # is (815) 254-0392. I promise you you will not be disapointed if you take a walk-through and it's in your price range.
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Thanks for the advice Ken. Why would you recommend new? And which subdivisions? The area where you are at near caton farm is actually one of the areas we were considering.


I recommend it as I do any investment, the short term "under a few years" is very nice, in the last 4 years of being here I have earned 60k on my investment and I have done nothing to the house other then landscaping the front. "the initial upgrades I did in the house were mostly additions that yield a higher resale" 9foot ceiling in basement, and 1st floor, cathedral and vaulted ceilings, master bedroom retreat with fire place brick front etc.

Not hard wood floors, although 90% of the 1st floor is hard wood, this doesn’t yield a higher resale price, it yields and higher interest in beneficial upgrades to help close a deal when you sale. Most of all I did what I did in the house for my enjoyment as well as the resale. Finishing a full basement in 9foot ceilings will add another 25k when I am done. But anyway, that’s why I suggest buying new versus buying a marked up home.


Right now it’s a buyers market in Plainfield then a sellers market, there is allot of homes to choose from right now because people made some money and wish to repeat in another home. BUT the fact is Plainfield west side is building still at a fast rate when there is new homes being built 1 mile away that hurts the sellers market unless they need a home NOW! Which there is plenty of those types of people to fill the need


If you have family you can stay with for a bit while a new home is being built, I suggest doing it.


Where to move too?


there is a perfect location opening right now across the street from me "aspin falls and clear water springs community" its right before county line rd on caton farm road.

The kick ass thing about that’s you have neighboring sub divisions on both sides = less waiting time to gain more equity in the home.

From what else I am seeing built is homes down near black and county line rd. I would stay away from there to wide open not enough higher homes or business to have a steady weather environment, its pretty windy back there.


If you go across county line rd into Kane County, they are building some nice sub divisions also but then again, over there it’s WIDE the fuck open.
And you will be waiting a LONG time to get some equity because there is almost nothing out there, and won’t be for YEARS.


now if you go on the other side of me around they are building a 250 acre water park community, the homes are nice and very good looking construction, solid building, ive been looking into buying property there since its virgin land still, they have the water park about done and re did the infrastructure around the community to handle the load.

1 down side of is there is a mildly active train that goes right through it, I hardly ever hear a train from my house to there but I don’t know how it would sound over there. Once again those tracks are barely used; the last 4 years of being here I have only seen a train go through there maybe 4 times.

But also, that area is not for me with even knowing there is a train that near by.



So my real estate common sense is to buy right across from me if building a new home.

If buying used, try getting a recently new home, hopefully bricked if not front bricked.

you need to purchase a good sized family home for now and the future, once the dust settles around here the amount of families and shopping it will be Orland park all over again filled with middle/upper end incomes, and when that does ill move again, like I did from Orland park.


Tax rates are still cheap, not too many more schools to be built in this area, and being part of the Joliet district you get discounts off the water and sewage.

Hope this helps.

Now get a realtor or go shopping for a new construction home.


Congrats on the lil one on the way.




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Ken, we're probably going to look at recently new homes first since we don't want to wait to move and there are tons available. I do understand some of the benefits of a new home, but some of the existing ones look very nice, with already done landscaping, etc. I will probably at least look at new homes as well though.

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yeah, watch out for hail!
My damn house looked a brick of swiss cheese after that storm two years ago. Got me for an entire new roof and two sides of siding.

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yeah, watch out for hail!

hail hits anywhere and anywhere, i got hit by hail and so did others all over the place.

your point?

oh yeah its plainfield, tornado alley



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My damn house looked a brick of swiss cheese after that storm two years ago. Got me for an entire new roof and two sides of siding.

same here i also made 4000.00 out of the deal.

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