As Chicago-area students head back to school in the upcoming weeks, several local homebuilders are already on homebuyers’ honor roll for their new-home communities that provide excellent entry points into some of suburban Chicago’s most-coveted high school districts. Along with access to top schools, many of these new communities also offer buyers a price point significantly lower than surrounding homes in the same district. Here is a rundown of just some of the new-construction options scoring top marks among buyers with high school-age students:
The Reserve of St. Charles – St. Charles North High School:
At The Reserve of St. Charles, a Meritus Homes community of semi-custom single-family homes three miles north of downtown St. Charles, the sales team is seeing tremendous interest from families seeking to step up into a home served by St. Charles North High School, one of the top public high schools in Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report.
“Schools are always a priority for buyers, and as the real estate market improves, those living in areas where the high schools aren’t quite as desirable finally have the ability to sell their home and move up into this district,” said Brian Brunhofer, president of Meritus Homes. “In fact we’ve had a number of buyers come to The Reserve of St. Charles specifically for the high school, which is less than one mile from the community.”
Semi-custom home packages at The Reserve of St. Charles start in the high $400,000s and include oversized home sites measuring 1/3 of an acre or more. “This community is at a great price point for buyers who not only want to move into a terrific school district, but also want the opportunity to customize a home to their personal needs and preferences,” said Brunhofer. “Our semi-custom design approach gives us tremendous flexibility to collaborate with buyers to ensure their home has all the features that are most important to them.”
The Reserve of St. Charles is located on the west side of Route 31 between Red Gate and Silver Glen roads. For more information, call (630) 549-6486 or visit www.MeritusHomeBuilders.com.
Hawthorn Trails – Stevenson High School:
For buyers seeking an outstanding high school in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Foxford Communities offers custom single-family homes at Hawthorn Trails in Hawthorn Woods. Located at the northeast corner of Route 22 and Quentin Road, Hawthorn Trails is within the school district for Adlai E. Stevenson High School, which has received four Blue Ribbon School Awards of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education – the highest award an American school can receive.
“The fact that Hawthorn Trails residents can attend Stevenson High School has been a major draw for families moving to the area,” said Peter Brennan, president of Foxford Communities. “That, combined with the opportunity to build a custom home for $100,000 less than in neighboring suburbs within the same school district, has made the community very popular with buyers.”
Custom home packages at Hawthorn Trails start in the $600,000s and range from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet, offering four bedrooms and two to four baths. “Families can customize their home with whatever design features they need to stay organized during the busy school year, including personalized storage drop zones for book bags and sporting equipment,” said Brennan. For more information, visit http://www.icon-group.com/communities/hawthorn-trails-phase-3/ or call or call (815) 715-2536.
Stableford – Hinsdale South High School:
Since sales began this summer at Stableford, an enclave of 22 single-family homes in Willowbrook by M/I Homes, the community has already attracted interest from those who want to live within the school district for highly regarded Hinsdale South High School.
“Stableford is just inside the district line for Hinsdale South, which has been noted on Newsweek’s annual ranking of ‘America’s Best High Schools,'” said Cheryl Bonk, vice president of sales and marketing for M/I Homes of Chicago. “New-construction in areas that feed into this district is very limited to begin with — much less single-family homes priced under $500,000. So buyers love that homes at Stableford start in the low $400,000s, and include smart, modern designs with family-friendly features such as eat-in kitchens, mud rooms, dens and bonus rooms.”
Priced from $409,990, homes at Stableford measure 2,278 to 3,097 square feet and feature three to four bedrooms. The sales center for Stableford is located at 16W780 Hawthorne Ct. in Willowbrook, near 91st Street and Clarendon Hills Road. For more information, visit www.mihomes.com/StablefordPR or call (630) 605-8271.
Park Ridge Place – Maine South High School:
A little closer to the city, sales are already going strong at Park Ridge Place, Lexington Homes’ gated community of 16 townhomes near Dee Road and Touhy Avenue in the upscale inner suburb of Park Ridge. Construction at the new community will begin in September, with first deliveries available in spring of 2015.
“Park Ridge Place is in a prime location for buyers who want to send their kids to Maine South High School, well known for its academic, athletic and fine arts success, as well as being the alma mater of former first lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,” said Jeff Benach, co-principal of Lexington Homes. “In fact, we’re just a quarter of a mile from the school.”
Priced from the $370,000s, the two townhome plans offered at Park Ridge Place boast 1,758 and 1,913 square feet and offer two to three bedrooms and 2 1⁄2 baths.
According to Benach, the open floor plans, which include great rooms and large kitchens with abundant countertop and seating space, provide an excellent option for families looking for a more affordable price point in Park Ridge than some of the surrounding single- family homes priced well over $1 million.
For more information on Park Ridge Place or to make an appointment visit www.lexingtonchicago.com or call (847) 232-7200.