Farmhouse to be auctioned in Illinois

Wundrow Farm is the latest farm profile on the Northeast Illinois FarmLink site. The property is located in Sharon, Wisconsin, just over the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, and goes up for auction on November 2. 

It offers 40 acres zoned A-1, a two-story farmhouse with three beds and one bath, a couple of small outbuildings, and a house well that extends outside to a hydrant. We will note that while the bones of the house are in good shape and the house is livable, it could use work and updating throughout.

This situation is unique because it’s rare for a 40-acre property with a home to become available at a potentially affordable price. Auctions usually go to the highest bidder, but because of his connection to the land, Ken Wundrow has added the following language to the auction terms, “Seller may accept or reject any and all bids.” This could give a sustainable food farmer a legitimate shot.

Ken, who is handling his late father’s estate, would like to see the legacy of the farm he grew up on restored. He remembers the vibrant and diverse life the former dairy farm once held – cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, large gardens, fruit trees and other perennials.

Pig Barn at farm being auctioned in Illinois

orchard and field at 40 acre farm in Illinois

Ken believes new life can be breathed into the house and land. He’d welcome the chance to sell to a farmer who shares that vision and is willing to put in some hard work and sweat equity to write the next chapters of this farm’s story.

The auction is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m. so you will want to act quickly. You can also visit the auction website here, which lists some upcoming open house dates and shares maps and other details.

Ken gave us his phone number and would be happy to answer questions for anyone interested. If you are interested in talking directly with Ken, email Jim at and we will put you in contact.