The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Plainfield, Illinois, housing market is the abundance of foreclosed properties available. The town’s rapid growth over the past few decades has contracted a bit, and new roots are taking hold. That makes Plainfield a place with deep history that may be the perfect setting for your fresh start. Take a look at the mix of old and new, landlocked and riverfront properties, and see what suits your taste; it has a lot to offer.
Plainfield is considered the oldest community in Will County, Illinois. While originally land belonging to Potawatomi Indians, it was first called Walker’s Grove, then changed to Plainfield in 1841. Being situated on the DuPage River meant easy trade in lumber and commodities, which helped the community to grow rapidly. Today roughly 40,000 people call the area home. Its location just 35 miles from Chicago offers easy access to a world-class city, but Plainfield takes pride in its local blend of history and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown designed to bring folks together. A young majority-the median age is just 32!-are bringing ecological awareness to town stewardship; many of its new development projects have taken place under the "Green Village" umbrella, which promotes sustainable practices.
While it’s fair to say that Plainfield is continually modernizing, much of its appeal lies in the history on display. Many of the buildings downtown are restored originals from the area’s heyday. In fact, the downtown as a whole, along with three individual sites in it, have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register District contains 53 properties, making for a detailed walking tour! If time in the outdoors inspires you, check out Settlers Park or the riverfront nature preserve and rookery, where five species of birds come to breed each year. All that nature feel too outdoorsy? Fuel up and cruise! Rather than host a single car show as many communities do, Plainfield hosts a season-long series of downtown Cruise Nights, each dedicated to a different make of car. Let your Ford flag (or your Beemer banner-they have an import night) fly while showing it off in the heart of downtown. There are a variety of houses, but also lots ready to build upon here. Plainfield is a town in the midst of a revival; come see if it’s the right spot for your next move.