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June 27, 2014

For the young professional

Prairie Park in Wheeling has become the go-to place for the young professional who seeks a wealth of amenities, stylish de-sign and a maintenance-free lifestyle. Located close to major expressway access and Metra service to the city, Prairie Park in Wheeling by Smith Family Development, places a high importance on the “livability and accessibility of their community.” The buildings offer amenities such as an owner-only health club, an entertainment room, a 1,700 square-foot outdoor patio, walking trails and private 18-acre lake, heated and air-conditioned underground parking. The top selling home, The Winslow, is a 1,490-square-foot home priced at $279,900. It features a split floor plan with two bedrooms and two baths on each side of the home for privacy and a large 14-by-20-foot living room that separates the two. “Every residence has a large expanse of Andersen Wood Windows providing light filled interiors and unsurpassed spacious-ness,” says the developer Vivian Smith. To learn more, contact Smith Family Development at 847-229-0100, or visit the on-site Information Center, located at 700 N. Wolf Road in Wheeling.

Second phase Hinsdale-based developer Foxford Communities has announced the start of sales for the second phase at Hawthorn Trails, a community of custom and semi-custom single-family homes in Hawthorn Woods. An established 90-home community with portions developed by a previous builder, Hawthorn Trails was at a standstill until Foxford bought the development’s remaining 68 lots in 2012 and made significant infrastructure improvements to the community. One of the biggest changes to the community was the addition of ICON Building Group, which introduced a new portfolio of custom home designs. Buyers at Hawthorn Trails have the choice of selecting a highly customizable floor plan from Icon’s portfolio or bringing their own designs to the table.

Measuring from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet, the available floor plans at Hawthorn Trails offer four bedrooms, two to four baths and attached two- or three-car garages, although each plan can be modified to a buyer’s personal preference. Starting prices range from $600,000 to $775,000. For more information or to make an appointment, visit community-hawthorn_trails.html or call 815-715-2536.

Brisk preview sales 

Brisk sales have already started at The Coves in Algonquin, where a model home and on-site sales office are coming soon. Offered by William Ryan Homes, The Coves in Algonquin is part of a scenic master-planned community that includes luxury townhomes and upscale single-family homes in a setting of ponds, parks, walking trails and landscaping. Prices start at $268,990, and sales are taking place at nearby Sandy Creek Estates until the on-site sales office is open. “In these final days of our preview sales period, we are offering some choice home sites distinctive for their scenic views,” says Debbie Beaver, Vice President of Operations for the Chicago Division of William Ryan Homes. The 13 available floor plans include ranch designs and two-story plans including some with first-floor master bedrooms. Some home sites are suitable for lookout basements. The ranch plans range in size from 1,798 to 2,008 square feet, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages, priced from $268,990. The two-story plans vary from 2,052 to 3,785 square feet with three to five bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, partial and full basements and two and three-car garages, priced from $267,990. For more information on The Coves, call Kristine at 815-404-3219 or Liz at 888-357-7186 or visit

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