Cottage living – Midwest style – comes to the area

September 18, 2015

From charming front porches to enchanting surroundings, there is so much to love about cottage-style homes. And, whether looking for a single-family home, townhome or vacation home, here are three different ways Chicagoans can experience the quaint and cozy attributes of cottage-style living year-round.

The Cape Cod-style, three-story townhomes reflect traditional beachside architecture and range in size from 1,986 to 2,242 square feet. Each home comes standard with three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths, an eat-in kitchen, dining room, family room and attached two-car garage. Homes are base-priced from $299,000 to $399,900.

“All homes include quaint front porches centered on a courtyard complete with mature landscaping, a small pond, waterfall and seating area providing a coastal charm,” said Peter Brennan, president of Foxford Communities. “Even better, most homes include views of the sparkling blue waters of Lake Zurich. You can’t beat the fact that Somerset offers affordable lakeside cottage living in a convenient walkable location.”

For more information on Somerset, contact Jeff Ohm at 847-821-9090

A Vacation Lifestyle

Cottage-style homes also have special appeal to those in the market for a vacation residence according to Tammy Barry, director of sales and marketing for Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community along the Illinois River in Starved Rock Country. “Buyers purchasing a second home typically want something that’s low-maintenance and ‘just right’ in terms of space, so the smaller footprint and efficient layout of a cottage is perfect for them,” said Barry. “Our homes at Heritage Harbor are very much a modern take on cottage design, and we dedicate the most space to the features we know are most important to vacation home owners – namely, open living space where friends and family can gather, and large bedrooms that can easily accommodate guests.”

Barry added that homes at Heritage Harbor also feature aesthetics inspired by traditional cottage design, including welcoming front porches, exterior siding in soft hues contrasted with white trim, and interior details such as oversized white baseboards and window trim, white kitchen cabinetry, bead board accents and beautiful hardwood floors. “These homes take inspiration from coastal cottages, and buyers love how that look and feel perfectly complements the waterfront lifestyle here at Heritage Harbor,” she said.

The latest cottage offerings at Heritage Harbor are the Cottages at River Row, a new pocket neighborhood that includes three cottage-style single-family homes priced from $249,000 to $299,000 and ranging from 800 to 1,250 square feet, and four 1,300-square-foot duplex residences priced from $259,000. Two of the cottage-style single-family homes feature floor plans by nationally-renowned architects Peter Brachvogel and Stella Carosso of Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based Perfect Little House Company, which is known for smaller, cottage-style home designs infused with quality and character. These homes also feature large back porches and decks overlooking a neighborhood pool.

For more information on Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort,

Timber’s Edge, a low-maintenance community of 21 cottage-style, single-family homes in Northbrook, provides a refreshing alternative to the typical sprawling subdivisions found in the popular Chicago suburb.

At Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, buyers can choose from cottage-style single-family homes and duplexes in the development’s newest pocket neighborhood, the Cottages at River Row

Cottage Living Midwest Style

For those who dream of living in a cottage-style home within walking distance to town and a beach, Somerset Townhomes in Lake Zurich offers the best of both worlds.