Vernon Hills Real Estate & Homes for Sale in Illinois
Vernon Hills is a small but established community that offers a wealth of dining, shopping and recreational opportunities. Situated in the southern end of Lake County along U.S. Route 45, the village is less than an hour?s drive from the center of Chicago. Though Vernon Hills has its roots in agriculture, the community is increasingly making a name for itself as a retail destination. Residential development began in the area in the 1950s, but Vernon Hills remained without any commerce of its own until the 1970s. Today, future homeowners can expect to find a fine selection of homes, condos and townhomes in Vernon Hills.
The establishment of a 1.2-million-square-foot complex, the Hawthorn Center Mall Shopping Center, quickly brought attention to this once-sleepy village. Vernon Hills blossomed in the 1980s and 1990s as more housing, infrastructure, and recreational sites were developed in response to increased buyer demand. Over the last 35 or so years, the population has grown from 1,050 to about 22,000. Today, Vernon Hills enjoys a strong reputation for quality housing, great schools and the shopping, dining and recreational opportunities that residents want.
Recreational activities include golf, biking, tennis, skateboarding and organized sports. Public education is mainly the responsibility of Hawthorn School District, which has six campuses serving pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade. Vernon Hills High School is managed by Community High School District. Additionally, some students living in the outer areas of Vernon Hills attend schools in the neighboring communities of Long Grove or Mundelein.
Vernon Hills City Guide