Athens Real Estate Information

Occupying just 1.5 square miles of land, the tiny community of Athens is located relatively distant from the city of Springfield. The commute to downtown Springfield is not that bad, however, and many residents can make the somewhat tedious fourteen mile commute in less than half an hour. Home to just 1,700 people, the Mernard County city is removed from city life but not too far to feel completely isolated from urban life. A few of Athens’ residents do commute into Springfield for work although the majority work in Athens itself or in a number of other nearby communities.

West of Athens is Lincoln’s New Salem State Park, sometimes referred to as Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. The 700-acre facility includes ten kilometers of hiking trails and two hundred campsites in addition to a number of other paths and viewing sights. The park is free, although a there is a suggested donation. Self- and guided-tours of the historic village and spectacular real estate are offered throughout the year and bring in roughly 450,000 visitors annually. The park is popular with picnickers who can either spread out under a shady tree or rent a shelter house by the Sangamon River. The Pioneer Life Summer Day Camp for local youth is also held each year.

Because of Athens’ unique location, it serves its youth by operating the Athens School District, dedicated entirely to the immediate community. The district has only three campuses: Cantrall Elementary School, Athens Middle School, and Athens High School. Outside of the regular school day, the majority of Athens’ children are involved in extra curricular activities, usually sports. Athens Community Football, Athens Cross Country, Athens Karate & Fitness Center, and the Athens Youth Sports Associations are the most popular organizations that keep Athens’ young ones active and fit. The annual Athens Heritage Days Fun Run and Road Race is held every September to celebrate the community’s rich history as well as bring together all of the local families for a fun-filled day of exercise, cheer, and excellent food and entertainment.