5 questions with Robbie Osenga, business development & commercial real estate broker | Local News
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Position: Business development and commercial real estate broker
1. What’s your vision for Bloomington-Normal’s commercial development?
“Building A Brighter Blo/No” has been a visionary phrase of mine over the last several years, and to be honest, commercial development is a part of that, but it goes much deeper for me personally than just real estate and development projects. At my core as an individual is an innate affinity to seeing all things reach their potential. This embodies buildings, real estate and design aesthetic for sure, but more so, my drive is for the people in our community to thrive and experience health across all of their key relationships. In the little projects and ways in which I’ve been granted influence, I work to create spaces and experiences for our community to reach its fullest potential. This is why my work with Catalyst Construction has been such a gift, because their vision to influence positive change with each project, person and community we engage with completely aligns with my vision and passions. At the end of the day I’m so grateful to get to serve my hometown in the ways I do each day, and hope a little slice of this vision is slowly coming into reality!
2. Are there any interesting projects you’re currently working on?
There are a handful of projects we are working on that I’m really excited about. Obviously the redevelopment of the CII East building, along with the Grove + Prairie building have been the primary focus over the past couple of years, and will continue to be for a while. It is these types of projects that I’m finding I’m best suited to help with. In the development world, these projects are called “adaptive reuse,” which in plain speak means, “flipping something on its head.” I am humbled that a handful of organizations here in our community have asked me to help them redeem these properties, and ultimately help them create a space that they couldn’t find elsewhere in our market. Each of these projects starts with a local business or organization inviting me to come and get to know them and their dreams for their future intimately enough, and then they empower me to go and start stewarding their dream and re-imagining these existing spaces repurposed in such a way that ultimately serves them and the community really well. Perhaps the best part of these projects is that I get to partner with brilliant local architects and craftsmen on how to create work and living spaces that attract and retain the next generation to grow here in our community. It is a real gift and I’m grateful for the opportunities!
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3. You gave a TED Talk in Normal in 2016. What was that about?
My TedX talk is based on a turning point moment in my life, that really rattled me at my core. It was from this experience that I gained a tremendous amount self awareness about who I actually am, in comparison to who I thought I was supposed to be. I share some of what I’ve learned (and, for that matter, am still learning) in the hopes that it might provide some encouragement and guidance for others who are looking for direction or clarity in their own personal lives. It is sort of an appetizer to a free online course I created called “Clarity in Calling,” that I hope has been a helpful tool for people looking to take a more meaningful step forward in their lives!
4. What past experiences do you have?
When I think about this question, my mind first goes to experiences I’ve had at places of retreat. I’ve been really fortunate to have had numerous experiences over my life that were intentionally set away. These typically have been at camps and retreat centers, where people have created intentionally designed spaces and experiences for people such as me to connect with others and to connect with God. These times and spaces away in retreat have made such a significant impact on my life and relationships. I am tremendously grateful for the people and organizations that have created these experiences for me, and hope in some meaningful way to help create spaces and experiences like this for others as well!
5. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I’ve been gifted with a beautiful family in my wife Candice and three children Kelsey (12), Reese (10) and Graham (8). Much of my free time is spent traveling, adventuring and learning from and with them! We are actively involved in our faith community and love investing into the lives of college students and young professionals, and whenever possible we love to bring these friends alongside our family for meals, time on the water and in the everyday, ordinary busy-ness of raising three kiddos.
Central Illinois home listings for people who need a lot of living space
5 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $395,000
Wow! This all-brick ranch is truly one of a kind! The wainscot trimmed entryway welcomes you into this home. As you enter the main living area the soaring 14ft. ceilings will take your breath away! The wood planked ceilings are adorned with reclaimed wood beams that came out of an old department store in Colfax. The kitchen was completely remodeled including granite countertops, modern backsplash, and the addition of a massive custom island. The living room has a gas fireplace with beautiful floor to ceiling stonework. A dedicated dining space rounds out the open concept main living area and leads out to enormous deck that runs the full length of the home. A large 4 seasons room just off the dining room has windows galore to allow in the natural light. A large “flex” room with glass panel doors, a beautiful custom built desk, and fiber optic internet with gigabit speeds will make working from home a breeze. The master suite is stunning! The master bath has been completely updated with a tiled walk-in shower and large soaking tub. And the closet…wow! The massive closet has gorgeous custom built-in organization. The deck can also be accessed through the french doors in the master bedroom. A second bedroom, full bath, half bath, and laundry space finish out the main level. The walkout basement boasts a large family room with a second fireplace. There is a stunning wet bar with granite countertops and stone accents. Three large bedrooms (all with egress windows) are also on the lower level along with a full bath that also has a sauna room. Outside you will have your choice of where you want to relax with your morning cup of coffee. There are multiple seating areas on the deck, or you can choose to head out to the new brick paver patio with fire pit. There is a large fully fenced yard with gorgeous blooming mature trees. AND there is a 5 CAR GARAGE! This home offers so much more that I could just go on an on but I think it’s better if you just come by and see it yourself!
3 Bedroom Home in El Paso – $435,000
Do you want the perks of being close to town but not in town? Check out this beautiful 4 bedroom ranch right on the edge of El Paso that sits on 2 acres. Sitting deep within the lot, there is a long concrete driveway for plenty of parking and a basketball court. Upon entering the home, you will notice the brick exterior and lovely landscaping. Coming into the foyer, you have an office off to the left that could be a 5th bedroom if needed. To the right is the formal dining room. The large living room has tons of natural light and leads into the kitchen where you will find custom Amish cabinetry, a large island, and a breakfast nook. To sip your morning coffee, come on into the sunroom that looks into the large backyard. With 2 acres, you will need some toys, and what better than a huge 1400sq ft heated garage to store all of them! Off of the garage is the laundry room with a large sink. On the other side of the house, you’ll find the two bedrooms. The master offers large closets. The master bathroom, has his and her sinks, a jacuzzi tub and separate shower. In the basement are two large bedrooms ,one with a walk in closet and the other that has two. There is a Jack and Jill bathroom. in between them. The egress windows offer steps for easier exit. The enormous family room has so many possibilities! If you are needing an extra room for crafts, there is a 11×10 room off of the family room. The utility room has the water heaters for the Geothermal system and the heated floors in the garage. The storage room is so large, you can even use it as a gym! There is a whole house generator as well.
4 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $435,000
Welcome home to this gorgeous, meticulously maintained one owner home in Tipton Trails! With 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths, this Ranch offers plenty of room for everyone. Tons of thought went into the completely remodeled kitchen with new fully custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, tile backsplash and much more. Refinished hardwood floors offer a lighter, more contemporary aesthetic. Large Primary bedroom located behind the kitchen offers privacy from the other bedrooms and provides a comfortable retreat with trey ceiling and fully remodeled bath with walk in tile shower and new deep, jetted tub. 3 additional bedrooms on the main floor offers options for home office, a den, or more. The view out basement provides natural light and a huge space for entertaining and storage. The family room is finished with a durable epoxy floor and provides access to storage and the 3rd full bathroom. Large 5th bedroom and a workshop finish out the lower level. Additional storage room as well. Relax out back on the covered deck or patio and enjoy some privacy with no direct backyard neighbor. HVAC replaced in 2020 with high efficiency variable fan system. Irrigation system. Many more updates as well!
6 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $400,000
Calling all investors and buyers looking for acreage in town! This one of a kind property is a rare find! Tons of potential in this 6 bed 5 and a half bath home on just over 6.6 acres in town! This home features a 52×69 pool room with wet-bar sauna and full bathroom, 6 car garage, large pond and a creek that runs along the back of the property, multiple fireplaces, Multiple living areas, tons of renovations that need wrapped up including flooring throughout and a new kitchen with cabinets in place, a brand new $30,000 tri zoned HVAC system installed by Nordine, soffit and facia work, electrical work and new box, tons of drywall work, fresh paint throughout most of the interior and large portion of the exterior, the plumbing has been inspected and any leaks were taken care of, most bathrooms have been remodeled or in the process of remodel. Truly a one of a kind property with so much potential. Property Sold “As Is”
5 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $2,500,000
One of Bloomington’s most prestigious properties. Secluded on nearly 4 acres fully fenced in the heart of town. This custom-built home represents an extraordinary expression of fine craftsmanship and artistry. Gated entry brings you to your own private sanctuary to enlighten the senses. Masterful architecture is found throughout this nearly 10,000sq ft home. Featuring timber framing from Douglas Salty Firs, stainless steel roof and cedar siding. The foyer entry showcases a custom-built art piece. The floorplan harmonizes informal and formal living spaces to perfection. The living rooms showcases a grand two-story vaulted ceiling with reclaimed chestnut beams, a floor to ceiling wood burning stone fireplace with gas start, and floor to ceiling south facing windows that flood the first floor with natural light. The kitchen is a culinary dream – heated stone floors, professional grade wolf stove, and subzero refrigerator and freezer. A dramatic custom built copper hood vent sits on top of a custom granite backsplash with natural edging. Custom cherry cabinets, center island and granite counters. The breakfast bar with custom walnut countertop seats 7. The butler’s pantry is complete with its own wet bar, additional dishwasher, cherry cabinets and shelving. The family room features reclaimed lumbar ceiling, wet bar with mini fridge, built in cherry wood desks and cabinets. An additional en-suite main floor bedroom offers 2 master bedroom options with walk in closet, large bathroom with spacious walk-in shower. Main floor laundry; with custom cabinets and plenty of storage. The mudroom has custom built in cubbies, plenty of storage, a 1/2 bath, and dog wash station. The second story showcases a true master retreat with wood beams, built ins, huge walk-in in closet with custom closet organizer from California Closets, a luxurious master bath with custom tub, cherry cabinets and cherry beadboard, and a 4’x5′ slate tile walk in shower. An office with custom cherry desks, built in and cherry ceiling is a work from home dream. 3 more bedrooms each with walk in closets and custom organizers, white oak floors, and alder trim, spacious hall bath and additional 2nd floor laundry complete the 2nd level. A highlight of the home is the dramatic staircase. Custom cherrywood stairway, with walnut treads and hidden fasteners sit on top of a steel frame – not a peep coming from this staircase. The basement is a retreat of its own. 11ft ceilings, and radiant heated floors – this is an entertainer’s dream. 31x25ft theater room with wet bar with fire slate tile countertop, minifridge and true Rumford woodburning fireplace. A true highlight is the temperature-controlled wine cellar, and 32×16′ workout room – with its own exterior entrance. Additional expansive 6th bedroom with custom walk-in closet complete the space. The 39×16′ bonus room above the attached 3 garage is the perfect guest space, teen hangout – or work from home – complete with its own heat/ac. Professionally landscaped outdoor space is a true paradise equipped with irrigation – the 4 acres offers a Japanese Maple Garden with water feature, professional sand volleyball court with its own firepit. The outdoor picnic gazebo with powered speakers and built-in grill. The outdoor fireplace is the perfect spot for entertainment with stone pavers, gorgeous fireplace and plenty of room for gathering. A timber frame gazebo with sonos speakers welcomes you to the built-in stone hot tub – complete with water features is the epitome of relaxation. Need room for all your toys? The 1700sq ft 150yr reclaimed barn was moved and rebuilt complete with galvanized steel roof, floor drain, pot bellied stove, power and insulated half bath. No detail was spared to give this home the unparalleled atmosphere of luxury, truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
6 Bedroom Home in Arrowsmith – $1,724,900
Breathtaking 40-Acre Country Estate includes a Gorgeous Custom Home, Horse Facilities, and a Fully Finished Outbuilding. Secluded retreat property with ~35 acres of trees that offers a multitude of recreational & outdoor activities. Beautiful details galore in the 9000+ square foot brick & stone home with 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and finished lower level with walkout. High ceilings and open plan. Enjoy the views of nature & wildlife from the porch that spans across the entire front of the house into a built-in gazebo that wraps around to a deck along the entire back – or through the more than 60 Anderson windows & doors (all with custom shades) – or from the 2 upstairs balconies! Entryway has a unique chandelier and an Amish-built circle staircase leading up to a bridge/balcony that overlooks the family room, great room, and kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace (gas or woodburning) in the great room. Kitchen with Cambria counters, dining table with matching Cambria top, Amish-built hickory cabinets with soft close doors & slider drawers, durable hardwood flooring through to dining room and into a large walk-in pantry. Huge master bedroom with private balcony. Master bath has a Jacuzzi, custom shower, also a walk-in closet, 2 sink areas separated by a sitting area, cabinets, and heated toilet seat! All upstairs bedrooms have walk-in closets! Custom paintings by local artist in foyer, dining room, great room, and a bedroom! Lower level is finished with a complete 2nd kitchen area, a 2nd floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace (gas or woodburning), and a 2nd potential laundry area with extra storage, cabinets, counter, and sink. Lower level also has private finished walkout and private stairway exit to garage. Giant bonus room above garage with 4 large dormers – ideal for recreation room, workout facilities, or additional storage. Amish-built 6-panel oak doors & trim throughout. Attached insulated 4-car garage, each bay with an 8×10 overhead door. In-ground fiberglass 10,000-gallon pool with 250,000 btu natural gas heater, sand filter, & salt chlorine generator. Professionally landscaped around house, with brick pavers on pool deck, walkways, and in front of garage. An Entertainer’s Delight for sure! Horse Lovers – this is your Dream Property! Horse Barn (40×64) with 6 horse stalls – each with a drain and 5 with exit doors. Horse Barn also includes a lounge, tack room, insulated main floor, and upstairs haymow with a chute and loading elevator. Riding Arena building (60×120) attaches to the horse barn through an indoor, enclosed insulated hallway/horse wash bay. PVC fencing for pasture is included but not installed. Small Business Owners, Hobbyists, or Do-It-Yourselfers: Fully finished huge Outbuilding (60×120) includes Shop/Storage building with cement floors and a 14′ overhead door. Front half is an insulated 60×60 Shop with heat & A/C, built-in car/truck hoist, drain, loft for more storage, and an enclosed office area. Back half is 60×60 cold storage (also with a loft) that separates from the shop area with both an entry door and a 14′ internal overhead door. The complex has 400-amp service and a commercial-size propane generator so that the house, shop, horse barn, and arena are always running. Geothermal heating & cooling – 2 separate units with 6 zones total. Commercial-grade 3 hp constant pressure well pump. Variable pressure water volume, capable of 28 gpm that services entire complex (house/horse barn/shop/2 outside water hydrants). 2×6 frame construction. ADT security system on all doors & windows and motion sensors throughout. Close to Moraine View State Park, less than 30 minutes from Blm/Normal, and 34 minutes to Rivian. LeRoy school district. Income opportunities include boarding horses, potential for converting ~15 acres to farmland, renting the shop, or renting storage for vehicles/boats/equipment in cold storage shed. Please call the listing broker with any questions regarding showings.
4 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $390,000
This beautiful 4 bedroom home is situated on nearly an acre close to Rivian. Tons of natural light fills the two-story entry way. Crown molding throughout the main level. The open concept first floor has expansive kitchen with granite counter tops, prep sink in the oversized island, double pantry space, and wine fridge. Office/family room has french doors that lead into the living room with a bay window. There is a formal dining room off the kitchen. You’ll have plenty of space to relax in the oversized master bedroom which has a large master bathroom with jetted tub and walk-in tiled shower, a walk-in closet with built ins and great views of the back yard. 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom complete the 2nd floor. The basement has workout room, another office space/play room, large family room and half bath. You can watch the sunset on the paver patio, while you enjoy the fire pit, expansive green space with no backyard neighbors. First floor laundry. All appliances stay.
5 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $899,000
Take a look at this stunning ranch style home built in 2020 on Sherwood Lake in the Tri-Valley School District! When you walk into this home you are immediately greeted with gorgeous European White Oak hardwood flooring, 10′ coffered ceiling, stunning custom steel stair railing and beautifully detailed custom millwork! Both floors feature 10 ft ceilings and 8 ft solid wood interior doors throughout. The main floor is an open concept with a spacious family room offering a stunning floor to ceiling fireplace, floating built-in shelving and large windows with views overlooking the lake. High end gourmet kitchen with beautiful Amish made cabinets, large quartz countertops island, high-end appliances including a 66″ stainless refrigerator, a wine chiller and a walk-in pantry. Off of the kitchen is the primary bedroom with coffered ceiling, a spa-like master bath with Amish made double vanity, double headed walk-in shower, private bidet, standalone soaking tub with views of the lake and of course a large walk-in closet! Off of the eat-in kitchen area, enjoy a cup of coffee on the covered back deck while watching the sunrise. The main floor also features two more good size bedrooms, a full bath with double sink quartz top vanity, laundry room with a drop zone and a stunning dining room/home office. The finished walkout basement features a large family room, a home gym with rubber flooring, a wet bar with a full-sized refrigerator, two more bedrooms with walk-in closets, a full bath and enough room for a golf simulator and an indoor putting green! Step out the back sliders onto the lower-level patio. This is another great space to relax or entertain your guests. Your gardening space is taken care of with two raised beds conveniently located right out the lower back door. This stunning modern home has so much to offer! This is a unique opportunity to live on Sherwood Lake and be located in the very desirable Tri-Valley School District.
4 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $369,900
Beautiful home on the Golf course and Pond with incredible views Open floor plan and many windows and wood floors. Living Room with french doors to the Family Room with built ins around the gas fireplace. Stately arched entry to the Kitchen with white cabinets, island eating bar, tiled backsplash, newer stainless gas stove. Dining Room with a trey ceiling. Master suite with custom ceiling, walk in closet, 2 sink vanity, shower and whirlpool tub. 3 additional bedrooms with 2 sink vanity full bath. Daylite windows in the basement. Family Room (used as craft room) Recreation room with walk in closet(used as Bedroom),bonus room and full bath. Great storage space. 3 car garage with hot and cold water, pull down stairs to floored attic, Irrigation, Central Vac, HVAC 2017, Roof 2014, Water heater 2010, Exterior 2 coats painted 2018. Gorgeous landscaping and yard.
4 Bedroom Home in Bloomington – $389,900
Welcome to this beautiful home! Over 4000 square feet finished. First floor Master suite with trey ceiling, large his and hers closets, separate vanities, whirlpool tub and shower. Hardwood floors in Living, Dining and Kitchen. 4 Seasons Rooms with windows surround to fenced yard and patio. Bonus room 10 x 25 on the main level, great for office space. Kitchen with Maple cabinets, corian countertops, center island eating bar, buffet area and pantry closet. 3 Bedrooms up and full bath. Basement has full bath, wet bar, family room, rec area, egress window and abundance of storage space. HVAC 2021
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