In late April, the City of O’Fallon began an initiative to recruit census enumerators for a Special Census to take place sometime in August.
For a reasonable wage, residents with the free time and desire to help the city in obtaining state and federal funds could apply to visit new subdivisions and tally up the latest additions to the expanding city.
Though a census had taken place only three years prior in 2005, growth in O’Fallon continued so strongly that a Special Census could greatly impact the funds O’Fallon receives.
Of course, with such an expanding town and a focus on new subdivisions, O’Fallon clearly boasts a wealth of housing opportunities.
Ideally situated between St. Louis’ evident metropolitan area and the open rural areas of southwestern Illinois, O’Fallon is positioned to cater to a wide range of needs. Some residents have lived here all their lives, while others trickle into the community as a way of getting out of the metropolitan area. Nearby Scott Air Force Base also draws in Department of Defense employees in addition to active and retired military members. Clearly, the over 25,000-person population includes a diverse panorama, and O’Fallon homes accommodate accordingly.
Quite a few new homes continue to be built in O’Fallon, hence the Special Census. “A majority of the homes that are being built in O’Fallon are anywhere from $170,000 on up to about $500,000-600,000,” says Mike Gross, realtor with Realty Executives of Metro East, “and we do have some of the homes in the O’Fallon area for a million-plus.”
Homes in the area cover a wide breadth, indicative of the way that O’Fallon has changed over the years. Having the economic climate change helped to stimulate newer opportunities for development in O’Fallon.
“There are a couple of new subdivisions in O’Fallon,” says Sue Fizer of the Sue Fizer and the Fizer Team realty group, “and in my opinion, I see a lot of the people that are moving into this area are looking into Villas and into a price range not to exceed $250,000-$300,000.”
Fulford Homes, one of the largest and oldest homebuilders in the Greater Southwest Illinois area, fits right into this price range, with gorgeous three- to five-bedroom homes starting in the $190,000s. O’Fallon is home to two modern Fulford Homes communities, which include Illini Trails (starting in the $190,000s) and The Manors at Thornbury Hill (starting in the $270,000s).
Nonetheless, a number of pre-owned homes still exist in the market, and while a nationwide housing crunch has had its effects in O’Fallon, too, the new and previously owned homes continue to provide ample and affordable housing for residents new and old.
Aside from traditional houses, condominiums, apartments and rental houses all present viable home options for O’Fallon residents. For example, Pine Tree Estates in southwest O’Fallon offers one- and two-bedroom condo units, some in townhouse style and others set up more in a loft style. Condominium amenities can include enclosed courtyard patios or even garages, making the condo experience feel more comfortably independent.
Apartments and rental homes follow their condominium and house counterparts in style variation and price range.
New residents have and will pour into the new technological corridor developing in O’Fallon for the foreseeable future. With its convenient access to Interstate 64, strong school system, vibrant religous community represented by a variety of denominations and simple balance between urban and country life, O’Fallon already had many of the ingredients to grow into a successful town.