There is a housing style in the Illinois Valley to satisfy every taste and desire. Homes range from large new executive - style dwellings to comfortably modern rental apartments. Also found are cozy bungalows on quiet streets, century-old mansions near city centers, and custom-built homes.

Brick, wood-sided, wood-shingled, and sparkling stucco homes are found in the residential areas of the Illinois Valley. In older sections, pebble-dash houses stress the uniqueness of homes in the region and achieve their interesting exterior texture from pebbles dashed against a wet cement surface.

New housing fringes Valley cities and the Illinois River with modern ranch, split-level, and two-story designs reflecting a wide variety of architectural styles.

In addition to the single-family dwellings, attractive apartment and townhouse units meet the needs of young singles, newly married couples, seniors, and those who shun the maintenance responsibilities of home ownership. Three conveniently located high-rise apartment structures provide lower cost housing for senior citizens, satisfying the need for security and peer companionship.

Pride in home ownership is part of the treasured heritage of the families in the Illinois Valley.