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The Best Schools in O'Fallon

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Sure it may seem a little early to start talking about going back to school. But if you're thinking about buying a home in O'Fallon, it's never too soon to find the best schools to send your children. GreatSchools.org rates the best schools in every city in America with a score based on parent reviews, test scores, and other criteria.

The good new is that 4 schools in O'Fallon received a score of at least 8 out of 10!  Here's a list of those schools with links to their full reviews:

O Fallon High School
Score: 10/10

J Emmett Hinchcliffe Sr Elementary School
Score: 9/10

Fulton Jr High School
Score: 8/10

Delores Moye Elementary School
Score: 8/10

If you're looking for an amazing luxury home in O'Fallon, then this amazing estate in Crown Point has everything you could want to live the luxury life.  With 7884 sq feet of living space, you'll never run out of room, which includes 6 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 partial baths.  The 4 car garage will give you plenty of space for your cars and toys.

This stately home is beautifully appointed with custom doors, stamped concrete drive, gorgeous stone and oversized brickwork.  And if you love entertaining family and friends, then you won't have any problem doing so with the multiple entertaining spaces, fenced salt water pool complex, covered patio, and gourmet kitchen.

And being located in O'Fallon gives you easy access to great shopping, dining and parks.

Want more details on this amazing home? Visit the property detail page for more details and stunning photos.  

Interest rates are near a historic low of 3.96% for a 30 year loan, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Of course, the lower the interest rates, the lower your monthly costs. But it also affects your purchasing power.

Purchasing power is simply how much home you can afford on your budget. The lower the rate, the more expensive the home.

This chart shows what the impact of rising interest rates would have on your purchasing power if you buy a home in the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments between $1,850-$1,900 a month.

So the moral of the story is to act now so that you get the most for your money.

If you need to find the ideal home close to Scott Air Force base, then Shiloh has a lot of great homes just waiting for you. The Village of Shiloh is an ideal community, with a low crime rate, creating a peaceful community.  And if you want to be close to the base, you couldn't get any closer unless you live on the base itself, with some homes less than a mile from the main gate.

Shiloh is a small, tight-knit community of 13,000 people, but with a nice array of amenities.  You have the convenience of having Target and ​Dierbergs Market close by.  And you'll have great options for dining out in town with restaurants like 54th Street Grill & Bar, Texas Roadhouse, and Noodles & Company.

You can keep the family active as well with the 4 parks in the village that have a great selection of things to keep you in shape or relaxed.

There's more to learn about this great community so make sure you check out our Shiloh Real Estate & Community Information page where you can also search for the ideal home close to the base.

Celebrate Our Freedom!

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The time has come again for us to celebrate our freedom this 4th of July!  

There's no better way to celebrate our independence than at America's biggest birthday party at Fair St. Louis.  This is a free event that features great live music, the fun Festival Zone, and of course, the famous fireworks display that caps off very evening of the fair that runs in Forest Park from July 2-4.

Have a fun and happy 4th of July!

Sell Your Home Faster!

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Ready to sell your home in O'Fallon or the surrounding communities? The time that people will really be the most interested in your home is when it hits the market, so you need to be ready. You need to make sure that your home is as ready to present to the public as you can. Here are some methods are sure to help you sell faster and be better prepared for when your home hits the O'Fallon real estate market.

Get Storage

De-cluttering your home is essential. But you can't just shove everything in the closets or storage room, or the shed or garage for that matter. Get all unneeded items off the property and into storage. This serves tow purposes - making the home look cleaner, and also easier for you to move into your new home since you're already packed. Also make sure to store personal photos and items as these can distract potential buyers from the seeing the home as their own home.

Professional Staging and Photography

The first representation of your home that most people will see is on the internet. That means photos. And of course the photos will need to be of a well-presented home. The comfort and ease of shopping for a home on the internet means that your home needs to stand out.  And if you don;t have money for professional staging, then do your best and have a friend or your agent give you honest insight on how your property looks from a buyer's perspective.

Lighten Up

The darker the home, the more depressing it will seem.  Make it brighter by using artificial and natural lighting.  Buy higher wattage bulbs if needed and replace burned out bulbs. Open the windows.  You can even paint the rooms more neutral colors, like a neutral gray.

There are certainly more things you can do to get your home ready to sell. Please feel to ask us for more advise on how you can sell you home more quickly and get more from the sale.

Say Thanks to Dad!

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It's time to say thanks this Sunday to the man who made all the difference in our lives as children and to all the fathers still making a difference.

If you're still looking for a great way to say thanks to dear old dad this week, there's some great Father's Day events coming up in St. Louis.  There's The Great Rivers Festival on Saturday, Father's Day Brunch at Cedar Lake Cellars, and Father's Day Car Show, Bluesy Beer Garden to name a few.

Have a fun and happy Father Day!

 

Enjoy the Fun and Beauty of Belleville Parks

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If you buy a home in Belleville, one great perc is the fact that Belleville Parks and Recreation has so many outstanding places to enjoy yourself. You’ll find places to walk, bike, fish, play with your kids, have a picnic, play a variety of sports, and just enjoy the beauty of the city.

The largest park in Belleville is Citizens Park that features two large lighted softball diamonds, along with a main baseball field that is the home field for the American Legion and Althoff High School baseball teams. Daredevils will enjoy the BMX bicycle ramps.  And the kids can romp around on the playground while you enjoy a nice picnic.

For a more scenic outing, Bellevue Park is a tranquil setting where you can fish, play tennis, get in a good walk, or just relax and enjoy the view.  It’s also a great site for small weddings, and there’s also a music facility for occasional live music.

Looking for the perfect park to spend time with your canine friends? The Dog Park at Rotary Park is a great place to play with Fido.  There’s all sorts of amenities to keep everyone happy, even including agility equipment and convenient waste disposal.

Check out the Belleville Parks and Recreation site for a full list of parks in Belleville.

Find the Perfect Home in O'Fallon

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If you’re looking for an ideal community to call home, especially if you need to be near Scott Air Force Base, then O’Fallon is the place to find the perfect home.  It’s a fast growing community with a lot to offer. 

O’Fallon is close right next to Scott Air Force Base, which is why so many civilian employees at the base live here.  And if you want to go to downtown St. Louis, you’re only minutes away from all it has to offer. But you don’t have to leave O’Fallon to find great shopping with O'Fallon Plaza, and nearby St. Clair Square.  Or you can go to Oldtown O’Fallon and enjoy Fezziwig’s Marketplace.

And the food here in O’Fallon will keep you from leaving town with selections like Bella Milano, The Egg & I,  The Mansion, and Syberg's.

The parks in O’Fallon have everything you need to relax or get in some exercise. You can get together with your friends for a cookout at Community Park, which has an outdoor kitchen and several pavilions, along with a host of amenities. And if you’re kids love to skate, there’s a great skate park on N Seven Hills Rd. 

If O’Fallon sounds inviting, then visit our O’Fallon Real Estate and Community Information page to find out more about what makes this community so great, as well as search for your dream home.

Memorial Day in O'Fallon!

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O'Fallon pays homage and tribute to the many sacrifices made by the men and women of our nation's armed forces with several remembrance ceremonies throughout the community. 

Starting at 9 a.m., the first ceremony takes place at the City of O’Fallon Cemetery, located on North Oak Street.

This program includes a flag presentation, a speech by Phil Goodwin, and a three-volley rifle salute. Following the morning ceremonies, the Sergeant Charles A. Fricke memorial service will be held at Mount Carmel Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. For further information, please contact VFW Post 805 at 618.624.6575.

The second program will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the City of O’Fallon Veterans Monument (737 East Wesley Drive). 

The guest speaker for the event will be Brigadier General Stacey T. Hawkins, USAF, Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, HQ AMC. 

Participants include the O’Fallon District 90 Fifth Grade Music Program, St. Clare School and First Baptist Academy Choruses, OTHS AFJ ROTC, VFW Post 805, USAF Honor Guard Rifle Team, and more. 

The ceremony will also feature introducing 16 newly-inscribed veterans memorials. 

Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the events. Residents who plan to attend the programs are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and water bottles.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the First Baptist Academy Church of O’Fallon (1111 East Highway 50). 

For more information, please visit the Monument website at www.ofallonveteransmonument.org/.

WE WISH ALL OUR VETERANS & ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY A HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

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The Ellerbrake Group
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1668 Windham Way
O'Fallon IL 62269
Office: (618) 632-0001
Direct: (618) 791-8773
Fax: (984) 222-6820