Navistar Employees Adjust to Life in Lisle

By Megan Trent

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM EDT

LISLE, Ill. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne's loss has become Lisle's gain as thousands of Navistar employees adjust to life nearly 200 miles away.

A recent article in the Lisle Patch says relocated Navistar employees have bought more than $50 million in Illinois real estate. But since the average home price in Allen County is more than $50,000 less than the average home price in Kendall County (where Lisle is), people are usually getting less bang for their buck.

Chicago's west suburbs come with some other differences as well. According to Karlie Baker, editor of the Lisle Patch, the former Fort Wayne residents were used to large property lots, big houses, and spacious garages.

Once the Navistar employees moved to Lisle and the surrounding areas, many were willing to put up with a longer commute in order to fulfill their home wish lists. Baker says a 45 minute commute wasn't a deterrent for people who wanted a rural setting.

While some employees might find adjusting to Illinois a challenge, the move has been a big boost for Illinois' real estate market. Of course, that just adds to the sting many are still feeling back in the Summit City.

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