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September
6

Oktoberfest Belleville

Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture that dates back to the early 19th century. It has since been adopted by communities all over the world, including right here in Belleville. Our real estate agents are eager for the fun to begin again this September. 

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August
1

Midwest Arts Festival

Looking for a fun and exciting way to experience local culture near Fairview Heights homes for sale? With a bustling social calendar, there's always something new to see and do. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop you need to make the most of it.

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July
5

Furniture Tips

Are you feeling dissatisfied with your home? If it's starting to feel a little stale or like it doesn't meet your needs anymore, it could just be that it's time to rearrange your furniture. Changing your room arrangements can breathe new life into your home and remind you why you love it. Or if you're getting it ready to list, rearranging your furniture can help stage the space better for potential buyers. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for a winning room arrangement.

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June
6

Community Gardens

Belleville homes for sale enjoy the combination of natural beauty, a vibrant local economy, and quality amenities anyone would be happy to have close to home. Our real estate agents know the character of a community is also an important factor, and this is one area where Belleville truly stands out.

Belleville's tradition of community gardens makes it easy for residents to get involved in sustainable urban agriculture with a local focus. Community gardens are managed and maintained by volunteers, with plots available for anyone in the community to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and more.

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May
16

Belleville Pets

Some of our real estate agents love taking their dogs with them wherever they go. After all, dogs are part of the family too! Whether we're heading to grab a bite to eat or are looking to give our pets a bit of extra luxury and pampering, we created this guide to the best dog-friendly places near Belleville to help our fellow pup parents.

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April
18

Downtown Belleville Art

If you're not already an art lover, the incredible abundance of creativity around Belleville will quickly make you one. Our real estate agents share their favorite art displays and events that are within minutes of Belleville homes for sale

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March
7

Belleville St Patrick's Day

It's time for the one day of the year when everyone is a little Irish, and as always, Belleville will be hosting some great events for St. Patrick's Day this year. Our real estate agents have all the details on the busy lineup of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Belleville this year.

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January
17

Belleville 2022

The start of the new year brings the perfect opportunity to explore all of your favorite places in Belleville, both new and old. Whether you're looking for family fun, fascinating educational attractions, great shopping, or the chance to spend some quality time in the great outdoors, you'll find it close to home in Belleville. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 6 of the top places for you to visit in Belleville this year.

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January
3

Fairground Events

If you live in or are thinking of moving to the Belleville area, then allow us to draw your attention to one of the best event venues nearby: Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center. Conveniently located off Highway 15 in the historic district, this event center host numerous conventions, performances, and sporting events throughout the year. Take a break from looking at Belleville homes for sale, and consider attending one of these upcoming events.

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December
20

Belleville Gift Ideas

Searching for unique, outside-the-box gift ideas that will bring a smile to anyone on your shopping list? Then this is the perfect time to skip the big box stores and shop locally at the many fantastic small businesses located on Main Street near Belleville homes for sale. In addition to finding some great gifts, you'll be supporting the small businesses that make the community so special and benefiting the local economy. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the many excellent shops where you can find distinctive gifts on Belleville's Main Street.

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November
22

Belleville Events

Looking forward to sharing the holidays with family and friends? Join our real estate agents in celebrating at these festive events, taking place just minutes from Belleville homes for sale.

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October
18

Cozy Fall Home

Fall is the ideal time to make a few cozy upgrades to your home. A cozy, inviting home makes the transition from long summer days to shorter, chillier fall days (and eventually frigid winter days) less daunting. 

When it's time to add your property to the inventory of Belleville homes for sale, potential buyers will appreciate these homey, inviting upgrades. Here are a few projects to add to your to-do list. 

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October
4

Belleville Soup

The changing leaves and the nip in the air are sure signs that fall has arrived. Whether you love cold weather or could do without it, there's something super comforting about enjoying a hot bowl of soup on a chilly day. Our real estate agents love trying specialty soups at local restaurants so we can pass on recommendations to the new residents we work with. 

From a simple broth to a filling chowder, some of our area restaurants are serving up incredible soups that we're sure you'll love. Here are a few you won't want to miss. 

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September
7

Comic Book Day

While Wonder Woman and Spider-Man fill movie screens everywhere, Archie and his friends pop up on the small screen, making comic books more popular than ever. On Saturday, September 25, celebrate National Comic Book Day along with our real estate agents at these wonderful comic book shops around Southern Illinois.

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August
2

Belleville Walking Trails

Going for a walk or a bike ride is one of the most convenient ways to get exercise. It's also a nice way to enjoy some scenery and get to know the local area. While you can always walk down the sidewalk and explore your neighborhood, there are also some awesome trails in the Belleville area. Our real estate agents recommend strolling or cycling along these trails when you get the chance.

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July
19

Farmers Markets BellevilleSummer is the harvest season for so much of the fresh, Illinois-grown produce that we all know and love, which is why now is the perfect time to plan a trip to your local farmers market. In addition to stocking the freshest produce, meat, and other ingredients, farmers markets are great places to pick up so many different hand-crafted items from local artisans. Shop local, give back to the community, and find some outstanding deals in the process. Our real estate agents have all of the details you need on 5 of the best farmers markets in the Belleville area.

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June
21

Horseback Riding

Whether you've been around the stables your whole life or you're interested in enjoying the exhilarating experienced of horseback riding for the first time, our real estate agents are happy to report that there are a wide variety of excellent equestrian facilities in the Belleville area. This is the perfect time to visit a local farm for a lesson, some trail riding, or a great place to board your own horse. Start your search for the ideal horseback riding experience with our list of 5 popular equestrian facilities near Belleville.

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June
7

Gutter Maintenance

Homeowners routinely forget about their gutters when it comes to warm weather maintenance chores. However, there are a number of reasons you should check your gutters each year so that they're in good working order and you avoid potential damage to your roof. If you're listing your home among Belleville homes for sale, you should check out your gutters to ensure they are in good repair. Here's the lowdown on gutter maintenance for the summer.

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May
17

Home Office Tips

So many of us are spending more and more time working from home these days, so there has never been a better time to revamp your home office. Whether you want to impress your colleagues during your video conference call or simply want a more comfortable working space, improving your home office will improve your happiness and productivity. Our real estate agents love creating beautiful home offices, and they've been compiled a list of tips for giving your working space a refresh: 

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May
3

Belleville Disc Golf

It's a great time of year to be out enjoying the spring air in the Belleville area. It's not too hot, and not too cold—in other words, it's perfect disc golf weather!

If you're not familiar with disc golf, then you're in for a treat. It's the perfect fusion of Frisbee and golf, and it's a great way to have some outdoor fun with friends. Plus, some of our real estate agents' favorite local parks in the Belleville area have awesome disc golf courses. 

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April
5

Historic Places St Clair CountyAs the oldest county in Illinois, St. Clair County is rich with history. Our real estate agents know that its unique charm is a big part of the reason why people from all over Illinois and across the United States choose the area for a new home.

As you visit Belleville homes for sale, you'll no doubt find the well-kept properties and beautiful variety of architectural styles striking. An abundant assortment of historic places are waiting for you to explore, and some of them may even be right in your own neighborhood.

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February
15

Indoor Garden Tips

Some plants take a lot longer to grow than others, which can be challenging for us gardeners who live in cold weather climates. But there is a secret to getting ahead start on the season: start your garden indoors!

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February
1

Belleville Pizza

February 9th is National Pizza Day. Didn't know that was a holiday? That's okay! Now you know.

And now that you're aware that this momentous occasion is on the horizon, you can celebrate by ordering a pie from one of these fantastic local pizzerias in the Belleville area. You can bet that's what our real estate agents will be doing on February 9th. 

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January
18

Walking Trails in Belleville

Whether you're looking to work on fitness for the start of the new year or simply wish to enjoy some time outdoors close to home, the beautiful walking trails of the Belleville area are sure to have something for you. From well-traveled trails at popular local parks to quiet, out of the way trails located in nature, you're certain to find something that suits your style. Many of these trails are located in outdoor areas that feature other attractions for all ages, so you can turn your walk into a full family outing. Our real estate agents have all the details you need on 5 of the best walking trails that you'll find in the Belleville area.

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November
2

Bakeries in BellevilleNational Homemade Bread Day is Tuesday, November 17th, and our real estate agents are ready to order up a fresh loaf from one of our favorite bakeries. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic bakeries throughout the Belleville area. Join in on the celebrations by visiting one of these Belleville bakeries for homemade bread.

  1. Coffee Mill Café – 115 E. Washington St., Millstadt, IL 62260
    Love is brewing at Coffee Mill Café. Next time you're in the area visiting Millstadt homes for sale, swing by Coffee Mill Café for a cup of joe and a freshly baked pastry. Grab your bread fix with a croissant sandwich, biscuits, and gravy, or a delicious panini. If you're looking for a grab and go meal, order up a delicious donut and hot or cold cup of coffee.


  2. The Happy Bakery – 102 W. 6th St., O'Fallon, IL 62269
    If you purchase one of our O'Fallon homes for sale, you'll definitely choose The Happy Bakery for your custom cake needs. While their boutique custom creations brighten up any event, you can also enjoy many of their tasty treats any day of the week. On National Homemade Bread Day, head down to The Happy Bakery and order one of their breakfast or lunch items that are completely free of animal products. Whether you choose a burger or "sammich," you'll love your meal topped with their fresh baked bread and buns.


  3. Lizzie Bob's Bakery – 823 Lincoln Hwy Suite 102, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
    Lizzie and Bob combine their talents for bread and pastry baking at Lizzie Bob's Bakery. If you're new to the area looking at Fairview Heights homes for sale, your neighbors will likely remember Belleville's The Pie Pantry run by Lizzie's aunt in the '70s and '80s. Lizzie continues the family tradition with her amazing pies, custom cakes, and giant cinnamon rolls. Bob's fresh-baked breads and rolls are ready to order and pick up every day. You can even let your dog celebrate National Homemade Bread Day by picking up a few dog sugar-free dog biscuits.


  4. Sweet Katie Bee's – 131 First Street, O'Fallon, IL 62269
    Slow, feel-good food lives at Sweet Katie Bee's in O'Fallon. They believe that food is personal and should nourish the soul as much as the body. Take advantage of National Homemade Bread Day to try a half-dozen cinnamon rolls. They make rolls that are allergy-friendly as well as Keto-diet friendly, allowing those with restrictions to enjoy fresh-baked breads made from scratch. You could also opt to have breakfast or dinner ordered to-go, enjoying fresh avocado toast, biscuits, and gravy, a toasted sandwich, or pretzel bun slider on your way to work.


  5. The Abbey – 5801 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62226
    New residents of Belleville will love spending time at The Abbey. This espresso bar and café is one of the most comfortable places in town to grab a drink, a bite to eat and enjoy live jazz. Their full-service bakery features fresh 8-grain and rye breads. However, locals will tell you that no stop is complete without sampling their famous handmade Gelato.

Would you love to live close to one of these tasty bakeries? We'd be happy to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a private showing of our Belleville homes for sale.  

October
19

Belleville Italian Food

Did you know that Sunday, October 25th, is World Pasta Day? If you didn't, then you surely don't know that the World Pasta Congress created World Pasta Day back in 1995 so people all over the globe can celebrate more than 600 different shapes of pasta that have kept families full from as far back as the 4th Century B.C. Our REALTORS® believe that there is no better way to celebrate than to pick up a plate of pasta at one of these Italian restaurants around Belleville.

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September
21

Belleville Food Trucks

These days, it's easy to get sick of takeout and crave a meal that the standard chains just can't deliver. Thankfully, Belleville's favorite food trucks are still serving up delicious grub available for pickup around many of our neighborhoods. Our REALTORS® encourage you to skip the standard takeout and boring box meals, and instead, grab an order to go from one of these food trucks serving the Belleville area.

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September
8

Belleville Dog Parks

Have you been cooped up in the house lately – or maybe spending a lot of time away while you look at Belleville homes for sale? Whatever the case, Fido misses you. And there's no better way to keep a dog healthy (and avoid lots of unwanted barking) than by making sure he gets plenty of exercise.

Many of our real estate agents have dogs, and we know how important it is to spend time with your furry friend in the great outdoors. A dog park is a fine way for you to meet your neighbors while your dogs meet theirs. It's fun and leads to greater well-being for everybody.

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June
15

Golf Courses in Belleville

Summer is right around the corner, and the warm weather is the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the many wonderful golf courses in the Belleville area.

Our REALTORS® suggest perfecting your golf swing at these Belleville area golf courses:

  1. Tamarack Golf Club, 800 Tamarack Lane, Shiloh, IL 62269
    Tamarack Golf Club is an 18-hold public course designed by Pete Dye and offers both a classic and a links golfing experience. It's a family-friendly course just around the corner from Shiloh homes for sale and is well suited and fun for players of all skill levels. You'll be able to work your way down the fairways, avoiding water hazards and sand traps along the way. 

  2. Fair Oaks Golf Club, 419 Old Collinsville Rd., Caseyville, IL 62232
    Fair Oaks Golf Club, located near Caseyville homes for sale, prides itself on being one of the best daily fee outing values in the area. The course's front nine has a Scottish-style links layout where you'll enjoy seeing prairie grasses and wildflowers. The backside is lined with grand oaks, and the course has plenty of large, smooth greens. After you've finished your day on the links, take time for lunch and a drink in a casual atmosphere.

  3. The Orchards Golf Club, 1499 Golf Course Dr., Belleville, IL 62220
    The 18-hole championship-style golf course at The Orchards Golf Club was designed by former Masters winner and Belleville native Bob Goalby. It has six sets of tees and is well suited for all levels of play. Practice at a driving and practice range or use one of The Orchards' state-of-the-art high-definition golf simulator. The club also has a large banquet facility that can host everything from weddings to company golf parties.

  4. Shiloh Yorktown Golf Course, 300 Goalby Dr., Shiloh, IL 62221
    Shiloh Yorktown Golf Course is owned by the village of Shiloh, and Bob Goalby and Pete Dye designed its course. Many leagues play at the course, so you'll be able to bring your friends and meet new ones. The par 3, 18-hole course is lighted, so you can play at night when the weather is warm enough. Also, you can work on your game at a large putting green and a driving range and then enjoy a drink or sandwich at the clubhouse.

  5. Elmwood Golf Course, 1400 Eiler Rd., Belleville, IL 62223
    Elmwood Golf Course has been a community mainstay since 1959, conveniently located near Belleville homes for sale. It's a somewhat hilly course that's known for its reasonable rates. You can play nine or 18 holes, with the flexibility to play whenever you'd like since there are no tee times. Walk the course or rent a cart and choose your time from dawn to dusk.

  6. St. Clair Country Club, 100 S.78th St., Belleville, IL 622223
    Located in the west end of Belleville, St. Clair Country Club provides a challenging, well-maintained golf course. It's a private club that, in addition to its golf course, offers tennis, swimming, fitness, dining and banquet facilities, and social events. St. Clair's 18-hole golf course was completed in 1927 and is challenging yet appropriate for golfers of all skill and experience levels.

We love our community and are proud to share its wonderful qualities, including the fantastic golf courses! Contact us to learn more about the Belleville area.

June
1

Realtor and Agent

If you're new to buying or selling real estate, the specific roles and titles of professionals who work in the industry can be unclear. Before you make a decision about whether you need a real estate agent or REALTOR®, it's important to understand the distinctions between them, so you're armed with the knowledge you need when selling property or looking at Belleville homes for sale

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April
20

Apps to Stay Connected

Social distancing doesn't mean you have to disconnect with friends and family members. Our real estate agents and many others across America are harnessing the power of modern technology to stay connected with the people closest to them. All you need is a phone and a few of the following apps to bridge the gaps.

  1. Google Hangouts
    Google Hangouts are quick and easy to set-up. All you need to do is download the smartphone app or extension for Google Chrome. Once you install the app, you can send messages and make video or voice calls. If you have an iPhone and the person you want to connect with also has an iPhone, you can use Facetime to enjoy plenty of chats.
  2. Skype
    The tried and trusted favorite of many, Skype was the pioneer that set the bar for everyone else to follow. Free and easy to use, you can conduct video calls, conference calls, or chats with your friends and family all over the world. 
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March
16

Moving Tips

With so much to do after a big move, it's easy to overlook some smaller details. Things you'd never forget normally can slip through the cracks when you're celebrating – and resting up! – after moving into one of the great Belleville homes for sale.

Our REALTORS® strive to make every part of buying a home more comfortable, including the move. Many of our clients have reached out with stories of things they forgot to take care of, so we decided to delve deeper and find out what goes undone the most.

In the chaos of packing and unpacking, important administrative tasks can fall by the wayside. And the further you're moving, the more valuable it is to remember to do those things promptly.

Let's take a closer look at five things people forget to do after they move:

  1. Turn Utilities On (And Off) Before Moving Day
    It may take up to two weeks to have electric and water service turned on at your new home, so contact utilities as soon as moving day is circled on the calendar. At the same time, be sure you notify existing utilities that you will be moving out. Service in your name must cease before new residents can move in and get everything under their own account.

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March
2

Belleville Greenhouses

The first day of spring is Tuesday, March 19 – and our REALTORS® are looking forward to it!

At Strano & Associates, we know people have many motivations for buying a home. Some are starting a family, others want to make space for their dogs, but one thing is for sure: Certain things are just more satisfying in your very own home.

Gardening is one of them!

Luckily, these greenhouses will get you off to a wonderful start on spring with gorgeous flowers, trees, and shrubs.

Here are our five favorites:

  1. Terry's Landscaping and Garden Center – 6200 New Missouri Avenue, Centreville IL, 62207
    Terry's Landscaping and Garden Center allows you to get landscaping advice from experts with more than 20 years of experience. The perfect way to bring color and the personal touch to Centreville homes for sale, its fully-stocked nursery and garden center includes all your favorite trees, shrubs, roses, annuals, and perennials.

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