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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
18

St. Clair County Dining

Summer in Saint Clair County means outdoor dining, and our real estate agents like it even better when they're not doing the cooking. Join family and friends for a meal on the patio at one of these wonderful local restaurants.

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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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February
7

Belleville Parks

If you're selling your home in the Belleville area, then you know how important it is to give prospective buyers a chance to see your house in person. A great home showing can be a game-changer. The question is, where are you and your kids going to go while your home is being shown? 

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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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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
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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March
15

Belleville Breakfast

International Waffle Day, a holiday that began in Scandinavia and has made its way worldwide, is coming right up on March 25th. What better way to celebrate than by experiencing some of our real estate agents' favorite Belleville, IL breakfast spots?

If you're looking for a hot, fresh, homestyle breakfast in Belleville or its surrounding communities, you don't have to look very hard. Here are a few of our favorites! 

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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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December
7

The holiday season is just over the horizon, and our real estate agents want to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We know you're busy, so we've brought together a list of local shops in Belleville where you can find unique gifts. Best of all, they're all located on Main Street, making it effortless to shop them all in a single trip.

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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.  

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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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.

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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