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Geneva IL Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Explore the best culinary delights Geneva has to offer during Geneva Restaurant Week!! On Monday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 29th, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce is proud to present their annual restaurant week. Eighteen of the finest restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining. Enjoy special lunch menus for $19 and special dinner menus for $39 at the participating locations listed below. Many of the deals can only be found during Restaurant Week so do not miss out! No tickets or coupons are required. Just mention that you would like the Restaurant Week offering to your server. Explore the incredible restaurants located in the great community of Geneva and fill your bellies with some incredible deals!

 


Participating Restaurants:

Altiro Latin Fusion | 308 Anderson Boulevard

Atrium Cafe | 404 South Third Street

Atwater's | 15 South River Lane

Buttermilk | 7 West State Street

Chez Moi | 415 West State Street, Unit 105

Chianti's | 201 South Third Street

Deane's Market & Deli | 500 South Third Street, Suite 141

El Molcajete | 227 South Third Street

Geneva Ale House | 319 West State Street

Gia Mia | 13 North Third Street

Graham's 318 Coffeehouse | 318 South Third Street

The Grandstander | 507 South Third Street

Houlihan's | 1322 Commons Drive

Nobel House | 305 West State Street

Preservation Bread & Wine | 513 South Third Street

Sergio's Cantina | 30 West State Street  

Stockholm's | 306 West State Street

Sweet Natalie's Gluten Free Bakery | 228 South Third Street  


For a list of all of the special offers at these participating restaurants, click HERE!


Happy Dining in Geneva!

 

Fox River Valley Schools Rank as the Top in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list of the top public school districts in Illinois! How did the school districts in the beautiful Fox River Valley rank? They came out at the top of the class! Out of the 404 school districts examined, 5 Fox River Valley Districts ranked in the top 30 in Illinois! Check out the report cards for these awesome area school districts!

 


#7 Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Aurora

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Indian Prairie Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 20 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, most diverse districts, and largest districts.

 

#12 Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Geneva

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Geneva Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 25 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, and safest.

 

#14 St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | St. Charles  

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St. Charles Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 30 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, safest, and largest districts.

#24 Batavia Public School District 101 | Batavia

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Batavia Public School District was ranked in the top 25 in the state for best teachers.

 

#27 Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Oswego

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Oswego Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 25 in the state for best district for athletes and largest districts.

 

Congrats to all of these great Fox River Valley School Districts! We appreciate all that you do for our students and for making the Fox River Valley such a great place for families to call home!

 

If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these great school districts, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Happy New Year from The Rullo Team!

by The Rullo Team

Top Resolutions for your Fox River Valley Home in 2017

by The Rullo Team

The New Year is almost here! That means it is time to set your New years resolutions. When thinking about all that you want to achieve in the New Year, do not forget about improvements that you can make to your home. 2017 is the perfect time to make sure that your home is in tip top shape. Here are our top New Year's Resolutions for your Fox River Valley home.


1. Set a Budget.

Before determining any of your other home improvement goals, you should create a budget for yourself. This will ensure that you do not overspend when making improvements and will help you when unexpected maintenance costs pop up! If you are able to make it throughout the year without spending all the money you set aside (Lucky you!), continue to save the money into the following year when you might need it.

 

2. Focus on Decluttering.

We all accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. Start of the New Year right by getting rid of items that you truly do not need. Donate anything that is still in good condition. If there are items that you do not regularly use but have sentimental value, put them away in storage for the future. You will feel less stress throughout the year by only having the things in your home that are necessary. It will save you time on cleaning and tidying up.

 

3. Reduce Water and Energy Usage.

Help conserve our planet's natural resources while saving money yourself by making improvements to your home that cut excess water and energy usage. You can reduce the amount of water your home uses by installing low flow showerheads and high efficiency toilets. To improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, seal and insulate your ductwork.

 

4. Improve Indoor Air Quality.

Keep your family healthy by improving the air quality in your home. Reduce harmful pollutants by using high quality furnace filters and changing them regularly. Invest in air cleaners that can be utilized in individual rooms to remove specific irritants. Make sure that smoke and kitchen fumes are properly ventilated outside of your home from the kitchen. The same goes for the excess humidity in your bathrooms.

 

5. Install Maintenance Free Materials.

Spend the time in 2017 installing maintenance free materials throughout your home. This will reduce recurring stress throughout the year by eliminating upkeep and will make the need for continual improvements a thing of the past. Within your home, use ceramic tiles that are extremely tough and stain and moisture resistant. They will make your floors look fantastic for years without any need for repair. On the outside of your home, use fiber cement siding, which is weather proof and resists insects, fire, dent, and rot. This siding will last you for over 50 years without need for replacement!

 

6. Achieve Other Resolutions While Improving Your Home!

You will have more personal resolutions that you make this New Year. Work to achieve those resolutions while making improvements to your home. It's incredibly easy to do. If focusing on exercising more is one of your goals for 2017, focus on do it yourself projects around the home. You can burn calories by taking on simple tasks, such as caulking, cleaning, painting, and yard work. If your resolution is to spend more time with family, focus on projects around the home that you all can work on together and find fun ways to complete the task as a team.


Officially Winter!

by The Rullo Team

WINTER WONDERLAND?

 

 

 

Now that the temps have become positively frigid, here are a few tips to keep in mind as winter tightens it’s grip:

  1. Protect your pipes: Running a trickle of water will help prevent your pipes from freezing. Also keeping the thermostat at the same temperature day and night but will help keep your pipes becoming frozen and bursting. Your heating bill may be a bit higher, but you will avoid costly plumbing repairs and a huge mess!
  2. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may be holiday tradition, but you can never be too careful with your fireplace! Always maintain your fireplace properly so that you can enjoy it safely and be sure all embers are extinguished before going to bed.
  3. Salting your sidewalks is a great way to keep them free of ice, but if you have pets try to purchase pet friendly ice melters. Salt gets in your pets tender paws causing irritation, so wiping their paws will also help keep them irritation free.

When the temps are truly dangerous, treat yourself to a day indoors (if you can!) watch a movie, do a jigsaw puzzle or maybe count the days till Spring!!

Happy Holidays from The Rullo Team!!

 

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

 

The Rullo Team Wishes You a Happy Holidays!

by The Rullo Team

The Fox River Valley has become a beautiful winter wonderland. With crisp white snow and sparkling Christmas lights, our communities truly look magical this time of year. We love living in the Fox River Valley and helping clients discover why this is such a great area to call home.

 

 

The Rullo Team would like to say THANK YOU to all of the clients that we have had the pleasure of working with this year and in the past!

 

 

We hope that all families in the Fox River Valley have a very happy and healthy holiday season. We wish you lots of fun and warmth as you celebrate Christmas in your Fox River Valley home. 

 

If you are new to the Fox River Valley this holiday season, we would love to take the opportunity to help you learn more about the area and assist you with any of your future real estate needs. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the area, please contact us today so we can help you reach all your real estate goals in the new year.

 

 

Our team wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Gifts for Fox River Valley Families!

by The Rullo Team

Christmas is fast approaching! Have you gotten gifts for everyone on your list? Well, have no fear! There is still time to find the perfect gifts for everyone in your family. The best part....you do not have to travel far to find them. The Fox River Valley is filled with great Christmas gifts that all will love!

Here are our recommendations for gifts for Fox River Valley families.


Give someone a night on the town at the amazing Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street, St. Charles). The theatre is offering a "Night Out Bundle" that includes a gift certificate, concert poster of choice, drink vouchers, arcada pins, popcorn, and more for only $149! Or, buy your loved one tickets to their favorite performer coming to town!


Treat someone to some delicious, locally made beverages. For the craft beer lover on your list, buy tour tickets to the Penrose Brewing Company (509 Stevens Street, Geneva). The $10 ticket includes a weekend brewery tour, tastings, and pint glass! You can also pick up some spirits from Fox River Distilling Company (214 Dearborn Court #110, Geneva).

 

 

It might be winter right now in the Fox River Valley, but there are great golf spots once the snow melts. Have a loved one hit the links in the spring by purchasing golf gifts or lessons from Pottawatomie Golf Course (845 North Second Avenue, St. Charles) or Mill Creek Golf Club (39W525 Herrington Drive, Geneva).



The 40-mile Fox River Trail is one of the treasures of the Fox River Valley. Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles are awesome bike towns! Get a brand new bike, gear, or gift certificate from Mill Race Cyclery (11 East State Street, Geneva) or Bicycle Heaven (124 West State Street, Geneva).



Still need great gift ideas for other people on your list? There are so many incredible restaurants and stores offering the perfect presents for anyone in the Fox River Valley. For a list of the best spots around to find gifts, check out Batavia MainStreet, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown St. Charles.


Shop local this holiday season!

Decorating your Fox River Home for the Holidays when trying to SELL!

by The Rullo Team

Staging is an important step anytime you list your home on the market. It helps potential buyers see the functionality of the home and visualize themselves in the space. During the holiday season, you can use festive decor to make your home more attractive to buyers. Follow these decorating tips for selling your Fox River Valley home this holiday season!

 

 

When decorating your home this holiday to sell, start with a good cleaning throughout your house. Next, stage your home as you normally would, regardless of the time of year. Go through your home and only keep the items and furniture that you need and that helps accentuate the space and your home’s features. You should store the clutter away and put personal items away during showings so buyers can picture themselves in the home.

 

Your home is already decorated so make sure your holiday decor complements your house. Look at the paint colors on the walls and use decor that accents it. Reds are perfect in rooms with neutral colors and silvers are good in rooms with soothing colors. Avoid over decorating! You shouldn’t put all of your decorations out this year. Only use those items that can draw attention to interesting features in your home. When you pick your tree, make sure that the one you pick is well suited for the size of the room. Decorate it using a cohesive color scheme or theme. Remember that people celebrate all different holidays this time of year. Try to avoid putting off some buyers by not displaying large religious decor during showings. Make your home warm and cozy when prospective buyers are over. Add some seasonal scents. You can also have a fire going in your fireplace if there is someone there to monitor it.

 

Now that the inside of your home is beautifully decorated, it’s time to focus on your home’s curb appeal. As with the interior, keep it simple outside. Keep large and overly colorful decorations away until you are in your new home next year. Focus on using simple string lights to accentuate the architecture of your home or landscaping. You can add attractive decor, such as evergreen garlands or wreaths, to your front porch to welcome people in.

 

 

If you are interested in Selling your home this December, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

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Holiday Fun

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

And there is no shortage of exciting events to attend in the Fox Valley area! Our earlier post told you about the Holiday Homecoming event in St. Charles, but Batavia AND Geneva have some holiday fun planned as well.

Celebration of Lights Festival takes place on Sunday, November 27th from 4-7 at the Batavia Riverwalk located at 151 Island Avenue, Batavia and the admission is free!

Free hayrides (with food or $1 cash donation directly benefitting the Batavia Food Pantry), Holiday Craft Market, free roasted chestnuts, community sing-a-long and the arrival of SANTA! Mayor Schielke will light the ceremonial Christmas tree and much, much more!

For more information please go to http://www.bataviaparks.org

 

Geneva Christmas Walk

The festivities begin at the courthouse square on Friday, December 2nd at 6 pm with the arrival of Santa Lucia, Santa lighting the great tree and so much more! Don’t miss the Christmas Walk House Tour and a full weekend of events with something for everyone. This is Geneva at its finest!! You can also visit Santa on Friday evening and on Saturdays and Sundays visit Santa and take a complimentary carriage ride throughout the Christmas season.

For more complete schedule of events and House tour ticket information please go to

http://www.genevachamber.com

 

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

St. Charles Holiday Homecoming!

by The Rullo Team

Fill your spirits with holiday cheer at our favorite St. Charles winter event…..the Holiday Homecoming. Head to downtown St. Charles Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th for the ultimate holiday celebration. The weekend is filled with tons of family-friendly activities. The best part…..it is all FREE! Enjoy carols, seasonal treats, and quality time with family and friends just in time for the holidays.


At 5:00 pm on Friday, November 25th watch the 1st Street Plaza become illuminated during the Lighting of Lights. Mayor Ray Rogina will flip the switch to make the plaza glow with festive spirit. Enjoy carols and a visit from Santa on this fun-filled evening.

 


The festivities continue all day on Saturday, November 26th. The Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) is showing the holiday film favorite Elf at 10:00 am, with doors opening at 9:00 am. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, swing by Santa’s House on 1st Street Plaza. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides downtown St. Charles between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The day ends with the Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm. Watch this year’s Grand Marshals, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg, lead the beautiful electric floats down Main Street during this unique holiday parade.

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Friday, November 25th, 2016 - Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE Admission to ALL Events!


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