Driving down many of Hobart's streets is like going back in time. Shops are tucked away in old-fashioned buildings, and wide, fenced sidewalks make it a highly walkable area. If you choose to buy a home there you'll be living in an area that many people pay to come vacation in: it's seated on the south shore of Lake Michigan.
You'll find a decent array of shopping and dining opportunities, though many of them are in Southlake Mall. And if you like fresh farm produce, you won't want to miss the County Line Orchard. There are plenty of events, including concerts in the park, an annual duck race, a Brews & Blues festival, and a model boat race.
Chicago is about an hour away, depending on traffic, which means you can take advantage of anything the big city has to offer, too.
What are the schools like in Hobart?
Schools in Hobart are a bit of a mixed bag. Two elementary schools, Liberty Elementary and Joan Martin Elementary, have above-average Greatschool ratings. Ridge View Elementary is considered average. John I. Muster and River Forest are considered below average, so you might want to factor that in when buying a home here.
Hobart Middle School is considered average. River Forest Jr. is well below average, perhaps because it shares a building with River Forest Sr., which is also well below average.
Hobart High is considered an average school.
If none of these appeal, there are a handful of private schools to choose from.
Is Hobart a safe place to live?
Hobart has a small population of around 26,000. It deals with about 1,100 non-violent crimes on an annual basis, and less than 100 violent ones. Most of those are assaults, not rapes or murders.
So while it's wise to get a monitored burglar alarm if you're going to live there, the community is nevertheless pleasant, and safe enough that you can let your children play outside without fear.
What kinds of recreational opportunities are available in Hobart?
Deep River Country Park is a 1200 acre "don't-miss." You can go back in time here, too: the Deep River Grinders play baseball like it's 1858, wearing vintage uniforms and adhering to 19th century rules.
You'll find 17 smaller options, including the iconic Lakefront Park, with its paved walking paths and signature gazebo. It also offers a boat and canoe launch. If you're looking for something with a bit less tourist draw, sneak off to Robinson Lake instead. It's a great place to go fishing, or just to enjoy a walk by the lakeside.
The Hobart Community Garden and the Hobart Community Pool both offer opportunities for recreation and enjoyment that make it easy to meet other people. The Community Center is available for rent.
The parks department also runs a number of fun programs, like yoga, an adult softball league, and free art classes for kids.
What is Hobart's real estate market like?
Homes are highly affordable, with an average list price of $149,300. Home values trend upward in this location. There are usually roughly 100 homes on the market, offering the average home buyer a wide variety of options to choose from.
Hobart is outside the USDA rural home loan area, but you will still be able to take advantage of all other financing programs if you choose to live here.
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