Where We Build

Bloomington-Normal, IL

Why build a new home here?
Centrally located between Interstates 39, 55, and 74, Bloomington-Normal is nestled in a lush farming community that has been charming residents since 1831. This growing town is headquarters for State Farm Insurance and COUNTRY Financial. In addition to its thriving commerce, Bloomington-Normal boasts a leading educational and industrial society with Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, and Heartland Community College. Additionally, the area hosts three major hospitals, manufacturing, and agriculture. 

  • Ranked #10 in "Best College Towns" by the American Institute for Economic Research.
  • Ranked #4 in "Top 10 Cities on the Rise" list by nerdwallet.com
  • Rated in the Top 100 Smartest Cities in America by Lumosity.com
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  • Ranked #11 in "America's Fastest Growing Cities" list by nerdwallet.com.
  • Ranked #1 in the State of Illinois and #28 nationally on Forbes list of "The Best Small Places for Business and Careers." 
  • Ranked the 2nd best city for singles by Kiplinger. In their "Best Cities for Singles" rankings, Kiplinger explained, "Bloomington singles hearken back to some charming heartland ideal: Well educated, well paid and exceptionally nice."

Building a new home in Bloomington-Normal will put you in an ideal location less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Transportation services include four railroads, Amtrak, and Central Illinois Regional Airport, one of the fastest growing airports in the nation. Keeping a small town feel while staying connected and well balanced is what makes Bloomington-Normal an ideal option for homebuyers.

Families coming to this area will be greeted by a perfect amalgamate of a safe and welcoming community with diversity, culture and growth.


Peoria, IL

Why build a new home here? Equidistant from Chicago and St. Louis, Peoria, Dunlap, and surrounding towns offer families and individuals an atmosphere that is urban and contemporary while still offering a down-to-earth, hometown feel. Built on the winding Illinois River, this town is home to Bradley University, five first-class regional medical facilities, and a heavy presence of Caterpillar, Inc.

  • Awarded the All-American City Award four times (1953, 1966, 1989, 2013)
  • Located on the scenic Illinois River.
  • Picturesque towns such as Dunlap, Morton, and Washington surround the community.
  • Ranked #5 best mid-sized city to launch a small business by CNN Money and Fortune Small Business
  • Home to Caterpillar, as well as 5 major hospitals including the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
  • Compared to the rest of the country, Peoria Illinois cost of living is 15% lower than the U.S. average according to bestplaces.net

There's a reason Peoria was rated All-American City four times. The agricultural and industrial markets sustain the hardworking culture that's at the foundation of this city's values while modern innovation weaves Peoria into the international marketplace with its thriving tech sector. Peoria has also become the test market for national companies and their products, due to its encapsulation of the true American culture. 

Whether you want to build a new home in Peoria, or a new home in Dunlap, we welcome a conversation about what your ideal home would look like.


Quad Cities

Why build a new home here? Split by the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities consists of Rock Island and Moline on the Illinois side and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side. The community boasts a combination of scenic riverfront, industry-leading innovation, and a healthy balance of rural and urban development. The Quad Cities are home to the Rock Island Arsenal, John Deere, and Genesis Health System. Residents can enjoy the Figge Art Museum or visit the quaint town of LeClaire, IA, home to the "American Pickers" on the History Channel.

  • Home to three of Iowa's safest school districts: North Scott County, Pleasant Valley, and Bettendorf Community schools accoding to Niche.com
  • Davenport was ranked #6 on "Top Ten Most Affordable Small Cities" by CNN Money.
  • Bettendorf was ranked in the "Ten Best Towns for Families" by Circle Magazine.
  • Eldridge, IA ranked #1 in the "20 Safest Cities in Iowa" by Safewise.com
  • Bettendorf residents boast an average commute time of only 16 minutes according to BestPlaces.net

The Quad Cities are a great community for young professionals, families, and retirees alike. With numerous museums, a botanical center, riverboat tours, and shopping, the area has much to offer. Building a new home in the Quad Cities is an excellent choice. Portico Homes will work with you to build a home with fresh designs, affordable pricing, and a building process that's done right.

Whether you want to build a new home in Bettendorf, Eldridge, or LeClaire, we welcome a conversation about what your ideal home would look like.