Rochester Real Estate Information
Over 3,500 people live on edge of urban Springfield the in the charming village of Rochester. First settled in 1819, the town serves as an important gateway to the southeastern part of Illinois because of its location along the important State Route 29. However, because Rochester is only four miles from the Springfield city center, most residents commute to work Monday through Friday and spend the weekends relaxing in their country oases. Lincoln Green Golf Course is a popular weekend attraction for its relaxing atmosphere, championship courses, and wonderful amenities. It’s pretty rare to find a single weekend when most tee times aren’t booked weeks in advance.
The golf course is located along Lake Springfield. The 4,260-acre lake is fed by Lick Creek and Sugar Creek and was formed with the construction of Spaulding Dam. The lake is known for spectacular fishing due to the abundance of warm-water fish, including bluegill, crappie, and flathead catfish. But besides fishing, other recreational opportunities, like power boating, jet skiing, and sailing, are other popular activities, especially in the warmer summer months.
On the northwestern side of Rochester is the Rochester Community Park that consists of a lighted baseball diamond, multiple soccer fields, and Friendship Fort, a children’s playground. The park hosts a number of the community’s many annual events including the annual Independence Day festival called “Sparks in the Park.” The festival includes entertainment, a carnival, and long parade. The Lost Bridge Trail terminates in Rochester. The five-mile trail sits atop an abandoned railroad and crosses to Rochester over the South Fork of the Sangamon River.
School District 3A serves Rochester’s children through a simple three-campus system that includes an elementary school, middle school, and high school. The Rochester High School is quite good and provides quality educations to most pupils. In fact, the school typically ranks above its other state counterparts in terms of ACT and SAT average scores. The middle school was recently renovated to include a new auditorium and several other physical plant enhancements. Many residents of Rochester enjoy the convenience of having their own school district while many other communities of similar size and location have to send their children into the Springfield city schools.