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Adrive through the neat and tree-lined neighborhoods of Midlothian reflects the pride that residents take in their homes and community. Scenes of homes displaying the American flag and holiday decorations are common sightings. The lawns are well-manicured and flowers can be seen in planters and flower beds.

The village sponsors beautification activities such as M.A.R.S. and Clean-Up Days. So many people participate in the Summer Pride yard contests that choosing the winners can be a difficult task. Prizes are awarded to individual residences as well as entire blocks. The Hansen Commons Beautification Project is one example of how the village and its residents work together. Businesses also get involved.

Housing designs and architectural styles vary. Newcomers have a wide selection to choose from. However, only about two percent of housing units are available at any time. Renters occupy a fifth of all housing units while the rest are owner- occupied.

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The first person to subdivide the farmlands in the Midlothian area was Arthur McIntosh. Between 1900 and 1920 he appealed to Chicagoans who wished to escape from the congestion of the city into a rural setting that promised fresh air, less noise, open green spaces, and a leisurely atmosphere.

Midlothian experienced its greatest population boom between 1950 and 1969 and about half of existing homes were built then. These homes, typically bungalows and ranch-style, are solid and charming. Two-stories and tri-levels are also popular. Newer homes are available. However, only about 10 percent of homes have been built since 1980.

The number of housing permits has tripled since 1981 and the value of the permits has increased fivefold. There has been a tremendous growth in home values. Near the Midlothian Country Club, grand homes in the $700,000 plus range look out over the golf course.

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At one point, Posen acquired 1,000 acres of land, platted into 6,000 lots. This property was offered for only $200-$300, and $500 for corner lots. Many people took advantage of settling down in a fine area just outside Chicago city limits.

The average cost of homes in Posen and Midlothian falls within the $200,000 to $250,000 range. People looking to buy or sell a house receive excellent service from area realtors. Harthside Realtors, located in Midlothian, have provided services since 1970 that include newspaper and magazine exposure, the multiple listing service (MLS), Internet exposure and mail-out flyers. Area realtors specialize in both Posen and Midlothian homes.

The Midlothian/Posen area offers true community living through its various clubs. For example, seniors may join The Midlothian Older Buddies Club and The Community Seniors Club. Both clubs host five luncheons a year that are held at the Raday Lodge. The lodge is a unique facility named for Harry Raday, Midlothian mayor who served from 1961-1985. People may rent the lodge, which can accommodate up to 200 for sit-down meals, birthdays, showers, anniversaries, or other occasions.

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