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Washington IL Real Estate
Washington is a small community of 16,851 but has seen an increase in the population of almost 40% since the year 2000. Located just 10 miles away from Peoria, Washington offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life, while still providing a short commute to plenty of entertainment, shopping, and cultural activities. This community offers the best of both worlds regarding access to amenities and quiet neighborhoods where outdoor activities abound.
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More About Washington Real Estate
78.5 percent of all residents own their own home, and 81.6 percent of all households are single-family dwellings.
The median house price in Washington is $246,420.
- 43.2 percent of all homes in the city range between $116,001 and $234,000.
- 29.7 percent of homes range between $234,001 and $350,000
- 9.8 percent of homes in Chillicothe range between $350,001 and $468,000.
- 9.5 percent range between $58,001 and 116,000
Since 2000, home values have increased about 60.77 percent.
Age of Homes
- 34.3 percent have been built since 2000
- 29.7 percent were built between 1940 and 1969
- 21.8 percent of Chillicothe homes were built between 1970 and 1999
- 14.2 percent of Chillicothe homes were built before 1939
About Washington IL Residents
Washington is home to 16,071 people. The average age is diverse:
- 29.6 percent are 17 or under
- 28.1 percent of residents are 55 or older
- 27 percent of residents are between 35 and 54
- 10.2 percent of residents are between 25 and 34
- 5 percent are between 18 and 24
45.4 percent of the community has earned a college degree or are currently attending college. 97.2 percent graduated from high school.
The median household income in Washington is $78,608. 93.9 percent of the population is Caucasian.
History of Washington
Washington was founded in 1825 by a man named William Holland, Sr. Holland left Peoria to build a home in what is now Washington. He initially came to the area from North Carolina on request of the United States government, who hired him to use his blacksmithing skills to assist the Native Americans. The community was named Holland’s Grove but was renamed in 1837 in honor of George Washington.
Washington’s biggest claim to fame may be Heyl Pony Farm, run operated by George Heyl. Buyers from all over the world came to the farm to purchase Shetland ponies. George also bred and sold poultry. Most of the farm is gone, but there are still remnants of the original barns left over on Main Street.
Notable People from Washington
Some notable people that hail from Washington include Mark Dennis (offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Carolina Panthers), Doug Lee (guard for the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, and Sacramento Kings), Alec Peters (Basketball player - 2nd round selection in the 2017 NBA Draft) and Colton Underwood (ex-NFL football player and recently the Bachelor on ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
Washington Attractions and Traditions
Historical homes: There are a few historical homes and buildings in Washington, Illinois that residents may enjoy checking out. The Dr. Harley Zinser Home, located at 105 Zinser, was built in 1858. The single-family home was built to include an office. The house is now used as the headquarters for the Washington Historical Society. The Hiram Price Home, built in 1867, stands as a single family residence on 109 Burton. The home belonged to former mayor Hiram Price. The Holland Home, at 312 Market Street, is estimated to have been built sometime in the mid-1800s. The house may have belonged to Matthew Holland (son of the city’s founder William Holland).
Cornerstone Inn: This historic hotel offers more than just a bed. The brick and stone building opened in 1874 as dry goods store. It was later converted to a bank. After the bank closed, the building remained vacant for more than a decade. Various businesses (including some bars, a German restaurant, and a barbershop) occupied the space at one time. The building was restored and turned into an Inn in 2004.
Washington Parks and Activities
Looking for something fun to do? Check out these favorite parks and activities.
Zaiser Pumpkin Farm: This seasonal attraction is fun for the whole family. Head down here to grab your pumpkin for Halloween. Visitors can also enjoy hayrides and a bounce house.
You’ll find 11 developed parks, three natural areas, trails, a rec center, and a pool in Washington, Ill. Parks include:
Washington Park: This park is 55 acres. The land used to be part of the Heyl Pony Farm. The park consists of baseball diamonds, a concession stand, disc golf course, a covered picnic shelter (with grills, electric hookups, and a fireplace), three tennis courts, a volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, two playgrounds, and the Washington Veteran’s Memorial.
Bowen Lake Park: This park is 13.8 acres and includes a 6-acre lake with a boat ramp and a fishing pier. Guests can fish and boat on the lake, but fisherman must have a license and abide by fishing restrictions.
Washington Recreation Trail: Hikers will enjoy getting into nature at one of three trailheads located throughout the city. The trail system includes 11 miles of walking, running, skating and cycling trails. The trail ways connect to several significant points in the community including schools and parks.
Washington Dining Shopping and Entertainment
Washington may be smaller than its neighbor Peoria, but the city has plenty to see and do regarding shopping, entertainment, and dining. Here are just a few things to check out.
Plaza Lanes Family Entertainment Center: This family-friendly center includes 20 bowling lanes, an arcade, and a full bar. Avid bowlers can join a league, and the business even offers youth leagues.
Five Points Recreation Center: This facility includes an indoor aquatic center (featuring a wet play area for little ones), a fitness center, and a stage for performing arts. They showcase different events including orchestra performances and stage plays. The Washington District Library is also connected to Five Points.
Looking for some fun places to shop? Check out these hot spots.
Washington Specialty Shops
You can take in some town history and enjoy a unique shopping experience at this shopping center located in the downtown square of Washington, Illinois.
Here, you’ll find stores like:
Holland’s Mercantile. Located at 117 Washington Square, this old-time store offers sweets and treats like popcorn, ice cream, and cotton candy. Their Carmel corn is very popular, and you can even order it online.
Step Back in Time. This store sells antiques, collectibles, furniture and home decorations. The store is home to 40 vendors who sell their goods (including refurbished historical pieces). The shop is three stories, so there is plenty to explore!
Sentimental Journey. If you’re looking for collectibles for a special occasion, Sentimental Journeys has a stock of items that may work. In addition to home décor, they offer personalized gift items (like decorative signs).
If you’re after a good meal, check out these popular dining options:
Bernardi’s Restaurant: Bernardi’s is a family owned restaurant with five locations. They have authentic Italian dishes such as tortellini and spaghetti and are also known for their delicious fried chicken. They also have other American favorites such as pizza, ribs, steak and seafood.
Kep’s Sports Bar: Kep’s has been a popular hangouts in Washington over the years. It’s a sports-centric fixture with classic pub grub, plus live music, a pool table & video gaming. The owners of Kep’s also own Blacksmith’s Steakhouse.
There are two school districts and five schools that service Washington. The two districts are Central SD 51 and Washington SD 52 School District.
Central Primary School: Central Primary School is located at 1400 Newcastle Road and has 596 students with 34 classroom teachers covering grades pre-k through 3.
Lincoln Grade School: Located at 303 Jackson Street, Lincoln Grade School has 494 students with 30 classroom teachers. Grades included at this school are kindergarten through fourth.
J. L. Hensey Elementary School: Located at 304 East Almond Drive, the school has 359 students and 26 classroom teachers covering grades pre-k through third.
Central Intermediate School: Located at 1301 Eagle Ave, Central Intermediate School has 675 students with 45 classroom teachers, covering grades four through eight.
Washington Middle School: Washington Middle School is located at 1100 N Main Street and has 429 students with 27 classroom teachers covering grades five through eight.
Beverly Manor School: Located at 1014 School Street, Beverly Manor has 422 students and 28 teachers comprising grades 4 through 8.
Washington Community High School: Located at 115 Bondurant Street, Washington Community High School services several elementary school districts and has 1359 students. Don’t forget to check out the Illinois report card for Washington Community High School.
Washington Job Market
Washington is a mix of blue-collar and white-collar workers. Companies like Illinois Valley Plastics, BTD Manufacturing, American Allied Railway Equipment, Lindy’s Grocery Store and Global Fire Equipment call Washington home. Proximity to Peoria also provides access to a myriad of other work and business opportunities.