Gurnee is a great area for any family.
Having lived in lake county for over 20 years, first in Buffalo Grove, then Lake Villa, back to Buffalo Grove and finally in Gurnee for the last 10 years, I can say all things considered (financial and family) it is the best. Schools are great, crime rate is low, and there is no end to the resources for shopping and restaurants. Gurnee is just 15 minutes to train stations in Waukegan to Ogilvie, or Libertyville to Union station, in Chicago, and all the communities in between. The best part is because Gurnee is a little further out home prices are a little lower than other communities with all the same amenities. You will get much more for your money. There is also the Gurnee Park District and Hunt Club Aquatic Center for family fun. There is a wide variety of homes, and price ranges, to choose from. The reason there is so many homes on the market is the pent up need to move due to real estate prices being depressed in most places around the country for last few years. Since home prices are on the rise more homes are entering the market. Even so, many are being sold below what they cost in 2007. It is a great time for buyers; not so much for sellers.