The Cathedral Area is a great area with your budget. Many of the homes are in the $120,000 to $220,000 range. You just have to look and keep a thumb on the market. Having a detailed search that will send you automated emails with the updates from the MLS will allow you to do that. I can assist and set up such a search for you. Email me or call at 815-791-7467 so we can discuss your other home requirements.... more
We had ours there 11 years ago. It was wonderful. The only downside was it echoed a lot, from the high ceilings and marble. The city of Joliet parking lot is right across the streeet and is well lit. The Joliet police have a substation in the train station and patrol the area very well. We held cocktail hour on the veranda and that was a nice place to sit after dinner.
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