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Fall Housing Market Update for Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Fall is a great time to buy your dream home! Less competition from other home buyers, pleasant weather, and year end tax breaks are just some of the benefits of buying during the season. The strength of the housing market in Champaign County this September reflected strong buyer demand and confidence in our area's economy. The stats for the month show that home sales increased with this buyer demand and inventory of homes was able to keep up, reflecting a robust and healthy market.

 


Champaign County saw a 5.9% increase in the number of homes sold in September 2017 compared to September 2016, with 199 sold this year compared to 188. The communities of Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet all saw more homes sold in September of this year, as compared to last year. While the month of September had a stronger showing throughout the county, the year-to-date number of homes sold is down 1.2% at 2,042 from the same period last year. Median home sale price for single family homes and condominiums is down 1.4% from $154,325 in September 2016 to $152,200 in September 2017. The average number of days on market for all home sales was at 62 days in September 2017, compared to 58 in September 2016.

 

 

Although these stats reflect benefits for buyers in particular, sellers should take advantage of the tight inventory of homes on the market and high buyer interest.

 

Now is the perfect time for Champaign County homebuyers, especially first time buyers, to take the plunge. Interest rates are below 4%, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Champaign County home this fall, give Champaign Rose a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

 

 

Information from Champaign County Association of REALTORS®

 

Trick or Treating Hours for Halloween 2017!

by Rose Price

Halloween is here! Time to don your best costume, grab your goodie bag, and stock up on all the candy! Each of the communities in our area are having special trick or treating hours on Halloween night. Worried that won’t be enough candy?! Be sure to check out the other fun trick or treating opportunities on the days leading up to this festive holiday!

 

Community Trick or Treat Hours

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Special Trick or Treating Events

Friday, October 27th

Sunday, October 29th

Monday, October 30th

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Make sure everyone has a happy and safe Halloween by following these trick or treating safety tips!

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

Frightful Fun in Champaign-Urbana

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy spooks, frights, and more all October long throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for family friendly frights or the ultimate terror filled adventure, check out these great Halloween activities in our area!  Happy Halloween!!

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Baldwin Asylum

Prepare to scream at one of Illinois’s top 10 haunted attractions! Find terror hidden in every corner of the 10,000 square foot space. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.

 

Freak Show

For one weekend only, test your nerves at Freak Show. This truly terrifying haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart. Check it out on Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st. It is open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $10 per person. Skip the line by purchasing a fastpass for $20. Come see all the “freaks” at 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign.

 

Midway of Madness

You won’t find furry farm animals or fun entertainers this October at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana). The fairgrounds have been overtaken by zombies, monster, ghouls, and more! This favorite haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person.

EVENTS

 

All-Nite Horror Marathon

Date: Friday, October 13th

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person

Will you survive an all night movie marathon? Enjoy screenings of all your gore filled favorites, including Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Last House on Dead End Street, Eaten Alive, and Nightmare Sisters.

 

Haunted Hike

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 West Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $3 per person

Explore the River Bend under the crescent moon. Don your best costume and enjoy a spooky hike with creatures of the night! Register by calling (217) 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

 

Halloween FunFest

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Market Place Mall (2000 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This great family friendly event is filled with Halloween fun. Enjoy trick-or-treating, festive games, costume contest, and a haunted house.

 

An Evening with Poe

Dates: Thursday, October 26th, Sunday, October 29th, & Monday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.

 

Fall Festivities ALL Weekend Long in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Celebrate FALL all weekend long throughout the Champaign-Urbana area this weekend! Enjoy seasonal activities, food, and fun at these incredible community events!

 

Flannel Fest

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park

Cost: FREE

Don your favorite flannel and head to Hessel Park for some fall festivities! With live entertainment, art demonstrations, hayrides, games, crafts, contests, food trucks, and more, there is something for everyone at this fun annual event.

Schedule of Events

11:00 am | Live Music

12:00 pm | Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show

12:30 pm | Mustache Contest

1:30 pm | Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show

2:00 pm | Live Music

3:00 pm | Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show

 

Harvest Fest

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 PM

Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

Cost: $3 per person | FREE for children 2 and under

Find all the things you love to do during the fall at this fun event. Pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, spooky storytelling, hayrides, and more await you and your family. Each registered guest receives one pumpkin per family. Register in advance by calling (217) 586-2612 or emailing bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

 

C-U Oktoberfest

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 3:00 pm - Midnight

Location: Downtown Champaign (Corner of Neil & Washington Streets)

Cost: $5 per person

Celebrate fall like the Germans at C-U Oktoberfest. Wear your best dirndl or lederhosen and spend the evening enjoying delicious local beer, traditional food, and live polka music. There are also fun activities for children, such as bounce house, face painting, games, and more. Proceeds benefit the Developmental Service Center.

Schedule of Events

11:00 am | Dirndl Dash | Crystal Lake Park

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Family & Children's Activities                               

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Die Musikmeisters (Live Music)

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm | The Polkaholics (Live Music)

10:30 pm - Midnight | Bolzen Beer Band (Live Music)

 

Fall Festival

Date: Sunday, October 8th  

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

Cost: FREE

Head to the farm on Sunday for some autumnal fun with the whole family. Enjoy delicious apple cider floats while watching cider pressing demonstrations. Take a fun hayride, visit the goats on the farm, and more!

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very happy Fall weekend in Champaign-Urbana!

 

Image Credits: Champaign Park District and Developmental Services Center  


Not sure how to spend this last weekend in August? End the summer celebrating with your family, friends, and neighbors at one of the THREE incredible, community festivals occurring this weekend! There is something for everyone at this fun annual events. Check out all of the details below to make the most of your weekend in Champaign-Urbana!


Krazy Daze Festival & Carnival

Enjoy 3 days of family fun in charming downtown Homer. Throughout the weekend, there will be live music, a carnival, bounce house, food vendors, beer tent, and fun exciting contests, such as tug of war and water balloon tosses. Saturday is filled with extra special events, including a breakfast at the Methodist Church (7:30 am), parade (9:30 am), car show (10:00 am), and bags tournament (4:00 pm).

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, August 24th - Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Thursday) | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 7:30 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Downtown Homer

  • Cost: FREE Admission!

Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th


 

Sangamon River Music Festival

Come to this great 19th annual music festival in downtown Mahomet. The finest live bands from around the area will be performing a variety of music. Check out the awesome street vendors and crafter’s village, parade, carnival rides, cornhole tournament, and so much more.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 25th & Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 11:30 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Main Street, Mahomet

  • Cost: FREE Admission!

Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th

 

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

Check out Urbana’s favorite summer festival since 1975. Help devour delectable, locally grown corn. Although food might be the main attraction at this festival, it is also filled with incredible live music and fun family activities.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 25th & Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Downtown Urbana

  • Cost: FREE admission!

Main Stage Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th

FULL ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

 

Back to School in Champaign County!

by Rose Price

School bells are about to start ringing throughout Champaign County! The first day of school is fast approaching for students throughout our area. It is time to pack those back packs with your new supplies and start the 2017-2018 school year! Here is a list of all the first days of school for our area districts!

 

 

Champaign Unit 4 School District | 703 South New Street, Champaign

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: Grades 1-9

  • Thursday, August 17th: Grades 10-12 and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Friday, August 18th: ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools | 1301 South Bulldog Drive, Mahomet

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Monticello CUSD #25 | 2 Sage Drive, Monticello

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Paxton Buckley Loda CUSD 10 | 700 West Orleans Street, Paxton

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul City Schools District #137 | 400 East Wabash, Rantoul  

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-8

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul Township High School District 193 | 200 South Sheldon, Rantoul

First Day of School

  • Tuesday, August 22nd: All Grades 9-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

St. Joseph CCSD 169 | P.O. Box 409, St. Joseph

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-8  

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Tuscola CUSD #301 | 409 South Prairie, Tuscola  

First Day of School

  • Monday, August 21st: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Unit Seven Schools | P.O. Box 720, Tolono

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Urbana School District #116 | 205 North Race Street, Urbana

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: Grades 1-6, 9, and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Monday, August 21st: All High and Middle School Students and ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar   

Villa Grove CUSD #302 | 400 North Sycamore, Villa Grove

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

 

Champaign Rose wishes all of the students in Champaign County a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

 

Family Fun Easter Events Throughout Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Easter is a few weeks away! You can get into the holiday spirit in the weeks leading up to the big day at fun events throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come enjoy all the Easter festivities in the communities throughout our area.

 

10th Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Elks Lake Pavilion - Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 South Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $5 per child

Come meet the Easter Bunny while you fill your basket with eggs. The child that finds a golden egg will win a special prize! There are 3 separate egg hunts. Children ages 0 to 3 can participate at 9:00 am. Children ages 4 to 6 can hunt at 9:30 am. The hunt for children ages 7 to 10 starts at 10:00 am. All proceeds from this event benefit the Mahomet Parks & Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Register HERE.  

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pells Park (Paxton)

Cost: FREE!

The Paxton Emergency Response Services is hosting an egg hunt at Pells Park. Each child has the opportunity to find 10 eggs. There will be prizes for children children ages 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10.

 

Eggs-ploration!

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Fill your basket with eggs at this old-fashioned hunt. The hunt is open for children 13 and under and will begin right at noon.

 

Hoppin’ Hound Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Champaign Bark District (5001 West Windsor Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE! (residents) | $5 per person (non-resident)

Your furry friend can get in on the Easter fun! Let your dog participate in their own egg hunt. There will be treats for dogs and their owners, family activities, pet photography, and more!

 

Sensory Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Prairie Farm (2202 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This special event is for children with special needs and their siblings. The eggs will be specially designed with lights, sounds, and textures. There will be opportunities for socializing and enjoying treats after the hunt. Register HERE.  

 

Fabergé Egg Decorating Party

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Zahn Learning Center - Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $3 per person

All ages can decorate their own Fabergé eggs! Get creative as you design the papier-mâché eggs with fun embellishments. All materials will be provided.

 

Nite Lite Egg Pursuit

Date: Friday, April 14th

Time: 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park (1400 Valley Road, Champaign)

Cost: $10 per person

Harken back to your childhood as you participate in this adult's only flashlight egg hunt. Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS has filled the eggs with great prizes. Search for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze eggs to win spectacular prize packages.

 

2017 Egg Hunt with a Splash

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center (102 East Michigan,  Urbana)

Enjoy a special egg hunt in the pool! Grab your plastic bag to fill with the eggs you find. Register HERE.  

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Forest Preserve Park (1411 North Market Street, Monticello)

Cost: $1 per child

The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their egg hunt. There are two designated areas for children 4 and under and children 5 to 10 years old.

 

27th Annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Start the morning with hayrack rides between 10:00 and 10:45 am. Then, fill up your basket with all of the eggs that you find throughout the park. There will be a special guest there as well!

 

Bunny at the Ballpark

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Illinois Field (1605 South Wright Street, Champaign)

Come cheer on the Fighting Illini as they take on Northwestern. After the game, stay for an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny!



Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

It is officially the first day of Spring! Warmer weather is ahead and plants and flowers will soon begin to blossom. The Champaign/Urbana area is home to great outdoor recreational spots to enjoy the first couple weeks of spring and throughout the warmer months of the year. Be sure to check out our favorite spots to explore nature and have fun in the sun this spring!

 

 

Meadowbrook Park  (2808 South Race Street, Urbana)

Come discover all that Meadowbrook Park has to offer. There are great natural spaces to explore along the walking and bicycling trails. The park is dedicated to restoring habitats that are native to central Illinois. These areas include the Timpone Ornamental Tree Grove, McCullough and Douglas creek corridors, and 80 acre prairie. Spend time in the park’s plant and herb gardens, as well as the amazing Wandell Sculpture Garden. The highlight of the park is PrairiePlay, a 13,000 square foot play structure!

 

University of Illinois Arboretum (1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

A favorite outdoor spot in the Champaign/Urbana area, the Arboretum covers 160 acres of the University of Illinois’s south campus. While it serves as a spot for university students to learn, it is open to the public to explore. Visitors love spending time in the arboretum’s numerous Gardens, which boast a wide variety of plant life. Be sure to swing by the Idea Garden and nearby Japan House. The arboretum is truly one of our area’s most peaceful and beautiful spaces to spend time outside.

 

Crystal Lake Park (206 West Park Street, Urbana)

Crystal Lake is a community park filled with spectacular amenities. Everyone in your family will find something they love in this park. Residents that enjoy spending time exploring natural landscapes should visit the Anita Purves Nature Center and wander through Busey Woods. If you prefer spending time in or on the water, be sure to check out the Family Aquatic Center for swimming or the park’s lake for boating and fishing.  This park also offers a playground and picnic areas for a family fun afternoon.

 

River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Spend time in the great outdoors in this beautiful forest preserve. Covering over 280 acres, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife and marvel at the natural landscape. There are several miles of trails to enjoy throughout the forest. Visitors can also spend time on crystal clear waters on one of the preserve’s two lakes. Boating and fishing are available on both.

 

Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Allerton Park is considered one of Illinois’s Seven Wonders. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city within the 1,500+ acres included in this spectacular park. With 14 miles of hiking trails, 500 acres of contiguous forest, opportunities for bird watching, 30 acres of prairie land, and part of the Sangamon River, there is much to explore this spring. Be sure to also stop by the Formal Gardens, which houses some of the most beautiful flowers and sculptures you have ever seen.

 

Champaign County Restaurant Week!

by Rose Price

Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer during Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! On Sunday, January 29th, through Sunday, February 5th, Visit Champaign County will be hosting the first ever restaurant week throughout all of the greater Champaign County area. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special lunch menus starting at $8 and special dinner menus for $15, $25, or $35. All you need to do is ask your server for the special restaurant week menu! During the week, share your mouthwatering pictures with #CCRestaurantWeek to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. Check out the list of participating restaurants below! More will likely be added before the start of Restaurant Week. Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants!

 

 

Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

Big Grove Tavern | 1 East Main Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Minneci's Ristorante | 2501 Village Green Place, Champaign

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Piato Cafe | 201 Lincoln Square Village, Urbana

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Siam Terrace | 212 West Main Street, Urbana

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

Yoder's Kitchen | 1195 East Columbia Street, Arthur


There are many reasons why the Champaign/Urbana area is filled with amazing communities for families to live. One of these reasons is the excellent school districts. Top notch school districts ensure that children are receiving the highest quality education and helps improve home values!

 

 

Educational review website Niche recently ranked 404 school districts within Illinois to find out which were the best of the best in 2017. The website looked at several key factors from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from millions of Niche users. The factors looked at included academics, athletics, teacher quality, diversity, resources and facilities, administration, and more.

 

Once the results came in, 4 area school districts came in the top 85! 

 

#30 Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 | Mahomet

 

This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and college readiness. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, administration, health and safety, sports, and food. Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 was ranked as the 24th best district for athletes in Illinois!

 

#33 Monticello Community Unit School District 25 | Monticello

This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and health and safety. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, college readiness, and sports. Monticello Community Unit School District 25 was recognized for being the 20th Illinois school district with the best teachers!

 

Other area school districts that ranked high in our area include (#78) Urbana School District 116 | Urbana and (#85) Champaign Community Unit School District 4 | Champaign.

 


If you are interested in Buying a home in one of these great local public school districts, give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

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