St Charles

Vacant Land in St Charles


About St Charles

Located nearly a one-hour drive from downtown Chicago, St. Charles is a vibrant western suburb straddling Kane and DuPage counties. With the picturesque Fox River winding through the center of its bustling downtown, St. Charles is regarded as an idyllic community and tourist destination.

Incorporated in 1834, the town's early settlers, many European immigrants, moved to the area when the building of the town's first dam spurred the rise of industry. Several "stations" of the Underground Railroad were reportedly in St. Charles homes. An abolitionist group known as the Kane County Anti-Slavery Society was also active during the 1840s.

With more than 30,000 residents, St. Charles offers a varied housing stock, including older estates, in-town homes along the Fox River, and condominiums. The average sales price for a single-family home in St. Charles was $338,362 in 2012, and the average condominium was $209,429 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).

Students attend schools within Community Unit School District 303, which consists of 12 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Three District 303 schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. St. Charles East and St. Charles North were also ranked among the top 4% of all public high schools nationwide in the 2012 U.S. News rankings of America's Best High Schools. The town has also been ranked by Family Circle magazine as one of the “Best Towns and Cities for Families”, in part because of its high-quality schools and recreational offerings.

Starting in the 1920s, many famous hotels and theaters opened in St. Charles, and the town quickly established itself as the tourist destination that it is today. St. Charles is also home to numerous festivals including the Kane County Fair in July, the Kane County Flea Market, the Pride of the Fox, and RiverFest. The Arcada Theatre is a notable attraction within the Fox River valley, where many famous performers have appeared including Martin Short, Joan Rivers and Bill Cosby.