Mokena real estate has become very desirable over the last 30 years but before we write about that lets take a walk down memory lane and go over a little history. Like many other communities in the area Mokena, IL started as a small farming community in the early to mid 1800’s. It was incorporated in 1880 with five (5) general stores, two (2) hardware stores, two (2) drug stores, two (2) blacksmith-shops, two (2) wagon shops, two (2) harness shops, three (3) hotels, one (1) furniture store, three (3) millinery stores, two (2) butcher shops and seven (7) bars and saloons all for 657 people. The first settlers built their homes around Hickory Creek because of the plentiful wood, access to the river for water power and because the US government allowed a citizen to claim a plot of land (few acres) if it wasn’t already occupied. In 1950 Mokena still only had 903 residents. However, as the other communities grew along Wolf Road so did Mokena and with it came new businesses and housing developments. As of 2015 Mokena has 18,000+ residents of all races, religions and income levels.
Mokena shares a border with Orland to the North, Tinley Park to the east Frankfort to the south and New Lenox to the southwest and Homer to the west. Most of the older Mokena homes for sale are situated between 191st and Wolf Road to LaPorte and Wolf Road. The great thing about Mokena is that it has a ton of older homes and they come in all shapes and sizes. Although some parts have begun to gentrify it isn’t widespread so prices are still very reasonable on mid sized homes in very quaint neighborhoods. Newer neighborhoods like Old Castle and Old Castle South along Wolf Road and Rt. 30 cater to the discerning buyer with upscale wants and needs. The great thing about homes Mokena Real Estate is the diversity in pricing. You can buy a smaller home that needs a little TLC right next to a home that has been completely gutted and expanded so it’s a great town to nurture your investment.
If you’re looking for places to live the first thing you should look at are the schools. Are they new? Are they up to date? How are the test scores? What high school serves the town? You’ll be happy to know that you can check great schools off of your list of must haves. Mokena Elementary, Mokena Intermediate and Mokena Jr. High are all excellent and the high school that serves the town is the award winning Lincoln-Way Central.
Mokena IL, has a great mix of small town shops on Wolf Rd and around the train station as well as new shopping and dining along Rt. 30 and along LaGrange Rd. and 191st street. Although Mokena’s footprint is relatively small it packs quite a punch in the shopping department. JC Penny’s, Kohl’s Famous Footwear, Meijer are just a few. I know I’ve given this restaurant a shout out before but we have to mention it again. Fox’s Pizza has a location on the corner of Wolf Rd. and Maple right in the heart of Mokena and it is excellent. The great thing about Fox’s is that their consistency is almost perfect from location to location. They have one of the best thin crust pizza’s in the country. Mokena is blessed with a wide variety of restaurants and café’s ranging from affordable to high end.
Q: You mention Mokena has a wide variety of homes for sale are there homes for rent in Mokena IL?
A: For sure. Because of the inventory there are always homes for rent in Mokena in all price ranges. From the starter home the executive McMansion and everything in between.
Q: How about condos for sale in Mokena IL?
A: There are condos for sale in Mokena but the selection of townhomes for sales is much more robust. They have both old and new townhomes for sale and rent so dig in we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the selection.
Q: My faith is very important to me. Does Mokena have many places of worship?
A: Yes Mokena has many churches in a variety of denominations. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Grace Fellowship Non Denominational and Immanuel Lutheran are a few of the biggest. Mokena welcomes people of all faiths and is minutes away from places of worship in all faiths.
Q: I really don’t want to move to Chicago but I work downtown. Is there public transportation nearby?
A: Yep in the last 10 years Mokena built a brand new Metra train station so getting downtown is a breeze.
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