If you're dreaming of small town living, then Griffith is a great place to start looking for your next home. With a population just under 17,000, this small community is a place where you can expect to get to know your neighbors.
Commuters are just 48 minutes away from downtown Chicago, giving Griffith residents the best of both worlds: small town living with plenty of amenities close by. And if you love breweries you'll be in luck: the South Shore Brewery Trail passes right through town, and there are three incredible options within easy reach.
Railroad buffs will love this town. It once served as the interchange for five railroads. Two still run through the area. For rail lovers, the Griffith Historical Park and Railroad Museum is a must-see.
How are the schools in Griffith, Indiana?
Parents with elementary aged kids will want to be careful what neighborhood they move to. Beiriger and Elsie Wadsworth are both above-average schools, but Eldon Ready scores below average. As does Griffith Middle, the only one in town. Griffith High has average scores.
There are a handful of private academies in town that parents can look into if the public options prove unsuitable.
College students are a hop, skip, and a jump away from Indiana State Northwest; it's just five miles away. So is Purdue University at Calumet. Chicago State is just 16 miles away, and there are a plethora of other options all within 20 miles of town.
Is Griffith a safe community to live in?
Like most small towns, Griffith is a low-crime community. There are only a few hundred every year, and most of those are property crimes, not violent ones. The neighborhood kids can get together and play outside without fear.
What kinds of recreational opportunities are available in Griffith?
Nature lovers will want to check out the Griffith Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve. Here, you'll find 526 acres of grasslands that feature over 300 native plant species that can't be found anywhere else. The Preserve gives you a chance to see the midwestern Prairie as our settler ancestors saw it.
There are 6 smaller parks in town. Central Park is a favorite picnic spot, and not just for its pavilions. The park has outlets and WiFi, which means it's a nice place to work if you're not required to be in a formal office. You'll also find a large playground and baseball diamond on-site.
Want to play tennis? Head to Cheever Park. And if you're just looking for a place where the kids can play, then the appropriately-named Tot Park has several diverse pieces of playground equipment.
What's the real estate market like in Griffith?
A median home value of $160,000 makes Griffith one of the most affordable communities in the Chicago metro area. Home values are consistently on the rise, and there's usually a solid inventory of homes for sale.
Griffith homes are not USDA home loan eligible, but homes in this city are eligible for all other common home loan programs.
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