Before Oak Brook, Illinois, existed, the 5,302-acre plot it now sits on had been inhabited by indigenous natives dating as far back as prehistoric times. This has been evidenced by ancient artifacts excavated from campsites dating back nearly 8,000 years ago. The first Europeans to have made contact with tribes such as the Potawatomi were the French in the 1670s. Nevertheless, they were forced out by the British, who later ceded the Illinois territory over to the United States government. After it was officially declared a state in 1818, settlers began trickling in, with many of them staking claims throughout these parts in the 1830s and 1840s. These settlers came from all over the United States, including Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. But the history of Oak Brook wouldn’t be complete without giving credit to Frank Osgood Butler who, by the bequest of his son Paul, purchased a large chunk of land along Salt Creek in 1898. Originally from Hinsdale, Illinois, Butler began to buy up farmland in and around the Oak Brook area. He then resold smaller home sites for people to build houses on. While Mr. Butler was the financial brains behind Oak Brook’s development, Paul is the one primarily credited for establishing Oak Brook as one of the most affluent suburbs in the United States.
Prospective home buyers are enticed by the vast array of amenities and activities specific to the Chicago metropolitan area. One of this area’s most notable attributes are the numbers of natural spaces in DuPage County. Overseeing all of them is the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County which manages thousands of acres of forests, prairies, and wetlands that are open to the public and includes 145 miles of trails, 31 lakes, and 1,450 picnic tables. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy numerous open-aired activities that range from birdwatching, camping, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, and even cross-country skiing during the winter months. Additionally, residents have Morton Arboretum, covering 1,700 acres and featuring 200,000 cataloged plants, 4,100 different plant species, along with hiking trails and roads for vehicles. Other alluring aspects of owning a home in Oak Brook, Illinois, is the abundance of shopping centers, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and many other important business establishments in the overall area. For example, there is The Promenade Bolingbrook, a 750,000-square-foot open-air shopping center located 25 minutes away at 631 East Boughton Road in Bolingbrook. If a fun-filled adventure with the family is what you’re looking for, Six Flags Great America is only 45 minutes away in Gurnee, Illinois.
Homes for sale in the Oak Brook area reflect the diverse selection of residential architecture commonly seen throughout the Midwest. This sort of architecture includes Traditional-style, Tudor-style, Bungalow-style, Colonial-style, Craftsman-style, European-style, and various other styles of home plans. These homes can range in size from two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,500 square feet to eight bedrooms, 10 bath, and 17,000 square feet. Additionally, Oak Brook has a great selection of condominiums and apartments for sale that range in size from one bedroom, one bath, 800 square feet to four bedrooms, two baths, and 2,000 square feet. Oak Brook real estate is varied, offering something for anyone at any stage in life. If you’re interested in learning more about available properties in Oak Brook, Illinois, please contact us today for further information.
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