While most people aren’t fans of losing an hour of sleep with Spring daylight savings time, Realtors like Christine Lutz, director of residential brokerage for Kinzie Real Estate Group, embrace the change. That’s because the longer days mean more hours of sunlight to showcase some spectacular homes – especially those with abundant windows and sunrooms.
“Homes with an abundance of windows are always in demand, but this time of year people especially appreciate them because they can enjoy the views and extra sunlight for even longer,” she said. “Homes with sunrooms are even more desirable this time of year as after our long winter, buyers want to see green grass and flowers. Sunrooms bring that feeling of Spring indoors.”
Lutz is currently the listing agent for an 8,830-square-foot home in the Nickels and Dimes community in Libertyville that features a four-season sunroom, family room with two-story windows and oversized windows throughout the rest of the home. It is listed at $1.359 million.
“This is a spectacular home in and of itself, but especially this time of year with the view from the sunroom and the sunlight from the windows streaming through the home. It’s stunning,” said Lutz.
The five-bedroom, 4.3-bath home is situated on just over an acre, offering east, west and southern exposure, maximizing the sunlight throughout the day.
For more on this home, visit http://www.kinziegroup.idxco.com/idx/12808/details.php?idxID=403&listingID=08857351
Buyers in the market for a new-construction home with a sunroom also have plenty of options to choose from at The Reserve of St. Charles, a Meritus Homes community of semi-custom single-family homes in St. Charles.
“We recently completed a home in the community where buyers added a sunroom to a 3,300-square-foot floor plan,” said Brian Brunhofer, president of Deerfield, Illinois-based Meritus Homes. “With Reserve’s large home sites, we were able to bump out the back of the home and create a 19-foot by 13-foot sunroom off the family room. The buyers love the extra windows and natural light, as well as the expanded square footage and living space.”
Because The Reserve of St. Charles is a semi-custom home community, buyers can opt to add a sunroom to many of the builder’s home designs, including ranch and two-story plans. Homes range from 2,610 to 3,918 square feet and have three to four bedrooms, 2½ to 3½ baths, full basements and attached two- or three-car garages.
“Our buyers really like being part of the design process and having the freedom to make changes to a plan, so their sunroom isn’t like anyone else’s,” said Brunhofer. “Whether it’s having the sunroom span the whole back of the home, installing radiant floors, or adding vaulted ceilings, we’re here to make sure they get it the way they want it.”
For more information on Meritus Homes communities and available homes, visit www.meritushomebuilders.com.
Of course, sunrooms and plentiful windows do more than bring in the sunshine. They also make the most of impressive views in homes that boast an especially unique or inviting setting.
For example, the historic Lansdowne mansion in Lake Bluff, Ill., designed by famed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall and built in 1911 for the Harry Clow family, boasts breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from two four-season sunrooms. However, the sunrooms are not the only rooms with a view, as the 14,845-square-foot Georgian-style, lakefront home features large windows on every floor providing optimal views of the lake year-round. On the market for $4,000,000, the one-of-a-kind home is situated on 3.9 acres of prime North Shore property.
“When people imagine a stunning North Shore sunroom with gorgeous views of Lake Michigan, this is what they picture,” said Jeff Ohm of Premier Realty Group, which is overseeing the sale of the Lansdowne mansion. “It’s like a movie has come to life. They don’t build sunrooms like this anymore.”
For more information on the Lansdowne mansion visit http://www.premierlistingshowcase.com/orders/2012/02/02/10644/index.php.
Sunrooms are popular among townhome buyers, too, according to Jerry S. James, president of Edward R. James Homes.
The builder is currently developing Brighton Mews, a new community of 29 luxury townhomes in the heart of downtown Park Ridge. Buyers have the choice of four different floor plans, which offer the option of a four-season sunroom or a screened porch, plus an 11’ x 8 ½’ deck. “Homebuyers love the feeling of being connected with the outdoors, even when they’re inside” said James. “And the great thing about these spaces is that they are easily accessible from the main living area, offering lots of natural light into the kitchen/great room area where buyers spend a lot of their time.”
Pricing for the townhomes starts in the upper $400,000s. For more information, please visit www.erjames.com/brighton.