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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Crystal Lake, Illinois

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Where to Retire in Crystal Lake and Home Prices

There are several neighborhoods to choose from, as well as active communities in the area. Lakewood is an exclusive private community on the lake that is closely associated with the Turnberry Country Club. Zillow reports the median home value to be $301,757 in early 2022.

What Is Special about Crystal Lake

The former Dole Mansion on Crystal Lake was one of the most famous mansions in Illinois.  Now it is owned by the Lakeside Legacy. There is a festival held on the grounds every year. The Teco pottery produced here is quite famous and museum worthy, some of which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

What Is Not Special about Crystal Lake

Winters are cold, real estate taxes are high. Boating on the lake has been tied up in controversies.

Climate and Physical Environment

About 50 miles from Chicago. Average low is just below 20 degrees F.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The historic downtown has some interesting shops and restaurants. Raue Center for the Performing Arts seats 750 and performs plays and hosts concerts. Raue Center provides an annual Jazz Festival. Nearby Chicago is of course a national arts center.


Crime rate is about  a third of the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals within 10 miles - in Barrington, McHenry, and Woodstock.


Metra Rail Union Pacific offers commuter rail service to Chicago. O'Hare Airport, one of the largest in the world, is 50 miles.

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