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  • September 18, 2015

    Cottage living – Midwest style – comes to the area

    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. A Refreshing Alternative  When KZF Development looked to create Timber’s Edge, […]
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  • June 2, 2015

    Condos Offer Spacious, One-Level Living

    Clocktower Pointe, a luxury condominium development in Countryside, Ill., offers spacious floor plans and upscale finishes that makes it an easy transition for empty-nesters who still want the space of their former home – but without the stairs. All of the Clocktower Pointe condominiums provide a large, flexible and open living area that leads to […]
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  • April 12, 2015

    Developers walk the walk in promoting healthy communities

    Healthy living was never so easy for Margi Girdzius before she moved to a condo development in Bloomingdale that supports an active lifestyle. At Medinah on the Lake, Girdzius has access to a walking path and a clubhouse with exercise equipment, a sauna and swimming pool. She also benefits from being able to step out […]
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  • March 23, 2015

    Chicago Homes with Sunrooms Spring Forward

    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. […]
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  • High-End Speculative Homes In Strong Demand in Chicago’s North Suburbs

    “If you build it they will come” has never seemed more true than now for a handful of Chicago developers building luxury ‘spec’ homes in top north suburban locations. With luxury home sales in the Chicagoland area continuing to thrive and the North Shore posting some of the lowest inventory for homes over $1.5 million, […]
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  • March 3, 2015

    Historic Home Renovation

    Foxford Communities has announced it will start construction this month on a custom 7,000-square-foot quick-delivery home at the Lansdowne Estate in Lake Bluff, Ill. Foxford is also making renovations to the historic Lansdowne mansion on the property Brooklyn Daily Eagle Gone Baby Gone. A Crown Heights North house was demolished recently in an area that […]
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  • February 17, 2015

    Foxford Begins Construction on Quick-Delivery Home at Lansdowne Estate in Lake Bluff, Renovates Lansdowne Mansion

    Foxford Communities has started construction of a 7,000-square-foot custom-designed home at Lansdowne Estates in Lake Bluff. Foxford Communities has announced it will start construction this month on a custom 7,000-square-foot quick-delivery home at the Lansdowne Estate in Lake Bluff, Ill. Foxford is also making renovations to the historic Lansdowne mansion on the property, which was […]
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  • January 8, 2015

    Foxford Starts Construction on Second Custom Quick-Delivery Home at Tarns of the Moor in Bannockburn, IL

    Hinsdale, Ill.- based Foxford Communities has announced that it has started construction on a second custom quick- delivery home at Tarns of the Moor, a small enclave of elegant homes on 2- to 4-acre lots in Bannockburn, Ill. The first quick-delivery home Foxford built at Tarns of the Moor in the fall of 2014 sold within a month of starting […]
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  • Will a Price Cut Sell this Lake Bluff Mansion?

    More than three years after scoring a bargain on the 21-acre Lansdowne estate, Peter Brennan is doing some price cutting of his own. The developer has slashed the price of the unsold Georgian-style mansion on the lakefront property to $4.0 million, down from its most recent price of nearly $4.5 million. Brennan, who finished the […]
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  • January 1, 2015

    Limited-Time Pricing – Early-bird Buyers Can Save on Condos At Clocktower Pointe

    Hinsdale, Ill.-based Foxford Communities announced the start of sales at Clocktower Pointe, a 108-unit luxury condominium development in Countryside, Ill. Clocktower Pointe is one of the only new-construction condominiums in the area to offer buyers two-bedroom homes with up to 2,267 square feet and luxury finishes such as Bosch appliances. The grand opening for sales […]
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  • December 12, 2014

    Early-Bird Buyers can Save on Clocktower Pointe Condominiums, plus Enjoy Early Rent Opportunity

    Hinsdale, Illinois-based Foxford Communities has announced the last chance for preconstruction pricing at Clocktower Pointe, a luxury condominium development in Countryside, Illinois. Located at the intersection of Joliet and Willow Springs roads, Clocktower Pointe will feature six, six-story buildings with 18 units per building. Homes offer 1,882 to 2,267 square feet with two or three […]
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  • December 11, 2014

    Polishing the Crystal Ball: Chicago Real Estate in 2015

    This is the time of year when everyone seems to look back at the year that was and look forward to make predictions about the new year. Suburban public relations agency Taylor Johnson talked to a bunch of its Chicago real estate and development clients about what they expect from 2015 and put together a […]
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  • December 9, 2014

    Recovery Could Finally Boost Condo Market

    CHICAGO—As reported in GlobeSt.com, last year around this time, experts from across the Midwest were predicting that the nation’s modest recovery would gain momentum in 2014 and increasingly drive growth in secondary markets. Those predictions were mostly accurate, and in 2014 the Chicago-area saw a strengthening for-sale market with home prices up as well as […]
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  • November 9, 2014

    Long days contribute to business success

    CRYSTAL LAKE — After rising early each morning, Charlie Murphy prepares for another 12-hour day. He could stay busy by driving to multiple construction projects east and southeast of his home in Crystal Lake. The founder, president and chief executive officer of Icon Building Group has 65 new houses under construction this year in various […]
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  • November 7, 2014

    Foxford Communities Acquires Suburban Chicago Property

    Chicago—Foxford Communities has acquired Century Station, a mixed-use property in the near west Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Ill. Hindsale, Ill.-based Foxford will undertake exterior improvements and update the common areas of the 52-unit Central Station over the coming months. Century Station is well located in Berwyn’s “Depot District,” a downtown, transit-oriented area of the suburb […]
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  • Foxford Communities Acquires Suburban Chicago Property

    Chicago—Foxford Communities has acquired Century Station, a mixed-use property in the near west Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Ill. Hindsale, Ill.-based Foxford will undertake exterior improvements and update the common areas of the 52-unit Central Station over the coming months. Century Station is well located in Berwyn’s “Depot District,” a downtown, transit-oriented area of the suburb […]
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  • October 16, 2014

    Peter Brennan: A Real Estate Revivalist

    Peter Brennan used to work for a builder that stamped out several hundred homes a year during the real estate boom. He’s since built a business bringing failed boom-era projects back from the dead. Mr. Brennan, 53, is principal of Hinsdale-based Foxford Communities, which since 2010 has scooped up 515 Chicago-area home lots and nearly […]
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  • September 18, 2014

    New plan at Medinah on the Lake offers flexible space

    Foxford Communities now offers buyers even more choices at Medinah on the Lake, its luxury condominium conversion in Bloomingdale, Illinois, with the addition of a new two-bedroom -plus bonus-space- corner unit floor plan. The new 1,662-squarefoot plan features a bonus room adjacent to the open living room and kitchen that can be used as a dining […]
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  • August 28, 2014

    Foxford’s Hawthorne Trails Community Makes the Grade with Buyers

    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 […]
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  • August 16, 2014

    Stableford in Willowbrook sets Aug. 21 grand opening

    M/I Homes is celebrating the slart of sales at Stableford, an enclave of 22 single-family homes in Willowbrook. The homebuilder will conduct a grand opening event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. During the event, potential buyers can tour the community’s newly opened and professionally decorated model home, and also enjoy wine, gourmet […]
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  • August 15, 2014

    Medinah on the Lake Condos see strong sales

    BLOOMINGDALE – The Medinah on the Lake Condominiums in Bloomingdale have sold many units since their grand opening in March, with more than 50 percent of the 72 luxury units sold, according to a company news release. These strong sales have allowed owner Foxford Communities to secure Federal Housing Administration approval for buyers, and it […]
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  • August 14, 2014

    Medinah on the Lake secures FHA approval

    Hinsdale, Illinois-based Foxford Communities has secured Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approval for Medinah on the Lake, its luxury condominium conversion in Bloomingdale, Illinois. More than 50 percent of the 72 luxury units have sold, and Foxford is now offering immediate occupancy for six homes. “Having FHA approval opens up a lot of new doors for […]
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  • August 12, 2014

    New Home Rising At Lake Bluff’s Wimbledon

    Construction has begun on a 5,000-square-foot model home in the Wimbledon Estates development in Lake Bluff. The development is on a cul de sac on the west side of Lake Bluff, just off of Green Bay Road and about a mile from the village’s downtown business district. Buyers may work with their own homebuilder or […]
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  • August 8, 2014

    Condominiums get FHA approval

    Foxford Communities has secured Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approval for buyers and is offering immediate occupancy for six homes in its luxury condominium conversion in Bloomingdale called Medinah on the Lake. “Not every condominium building receives FHA approval, but due to our swift sales, we’ve shown strong financial stability. Having FHA approval opens up a […]
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  • July 24, 2014

    Sales of Foxford Communities’ Suburban Chicago Condos Reach Midway Point

    Bloomingdale, Ill.—Demand for condos isn’t just a city phenomenon: Medinah on the Lake, a condo conversion in the northwest Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale, has sold more than half of its 72 units since sales began in March, according to developer Foxford Communities. The Hinsdale, Ill.-based developer also notes that it’s secured FHA approval for buyers […]
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  • July 6, 2014

    Properties near water offer calming, and costly, views

    In the summer, there’s one natural attraction that makes certain Chicago-area properties a coveted part of the real estate scene: water. A home overlooking a lake, river or pond has special appeal this time of year, offering dreamy views of water rippling in the breeze and reflecting the sun. ”Water people are a breed apart:’ […]
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  • June 29, 2014

    Subdivision bug bites Crystal Lake investor

    CRYSTAL LAKE – lf the recent past is an indication, Charlie Murphy is addicted to subdivisions. A resident of Crystal Lake, Murphy’s office is in a different locale. It is in one of his more recent enterprises, Hawthorn Trails in Hawthorn Woods. In the past six years and not counting the Hawthorn Woods project — […]
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  • June 27, 2014

    Find a home suitable for every phase of life

    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 […]
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  • May 31, 2014

    Clocktower Pointe to open for sales May 31

    Hinsdale, ill.-based Foxford Communities has announced the start of sales at Clocktower Pointe, a 108-unit luxury Condominium development in Countryside, Ill. The new-construction condominiums offer buyers two bedroom homes with up to 2,267 square feet and luxury finishes. A grand opening on May 31 will include a tour of a newly decorated model home. Located […]
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  • May 29, 2014

    Foxford Communities Begins Sale of Ill. Luxury Apartments

    Countryside, Ill.—Foxford Communities have begun sales at Clocktower Pointe, a 108-unit luxury condominium development in Countryside, Ill. The project initially started in 2009 by another developer, but came to a halt due to the recession after the first of six planned buildings was completed. Foxford purchased Clocktower Pointe in the fall of 2013 and began […]
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  • May 22, 2014

    Hope springs eternal for failed subdivisions in area

    HAWTHORN WOODS – Residents of Apple Creek Estates in Woodstock might experience a small miracle soon. A miracle of sorts already has been accomplished at Hawthorn Trails, courtesy of Foxford Communities. The original developers of Apple Creek Estates and Hawthorn Trails went through bankruptcy proceedings, leaving the subdivisions unfinished. Foxford has rescued HawthornTrails and could […]
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  • Foxford starts sales for Clocktower Pointe luxury condominiums in Countryside May 31st

    Hinsdale, Ill.-based Foxford Communities announced the start of sales at Clocktower Pointe, a 108-unit luxury condominium development in Countryside, Ill. Clocktower Pointe is one of the only new-construction condominiums in the area to offer buyers two-bedroom homes with up to 2,267 square feet and luxury finishes such as Bosch appliances. The grand opening for sales […]
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  • May 17, 2014

    Builder in Hawthorn Woods announces the start of sales

    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. Located at the northeast comer of Route 22 and Quentin Road, Hawthorn Trails is part of the highly sought-after Stevenson High School district, one of the top high schools in […]
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  • May 11, 2014

    There’s No Place Like an Almost-New Condo

    Special to the Tribune Talk about bad timing. Hundreds of Chicago-area condominiums hit the market just as the real estate bubble burst. But after languishing for years, it appears these developments are rising in demand. While many interiors have been lavishly updated with high end, sleek finishes, some retain their original style, including wall-to-wall carpeting […]
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  • April 10, 2014

    Luxury Condo Sales Launch at Medinah on the Lake

    Foxford Communities has launched condominium sales at Medinah on the Lake in Bloomingdale, Ill. The community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units with new construction, luxury finishes, access to quality schools and extensive open space. In the fall of 20 12, Foxford bought 72 of the 118 Medinah on the Lake condominiums, located at 125 Lakeview […]
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  • March 20, 2014

    When Inventory Is Tight, Think New Construction

    Most likely, the majority of your clients looking for a home focus on resale homes. But in today’s real estate landscape, where there’s a real shortage of inventory, it’s a good time to discuss new construction as an option with your clients. No Compromising on Must-Haves With fewer market listings, it can be difficult to […]
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  • February 4, 2014

    Bloomingdale condo-turned-rental project goes condo again

    A local developer who took over a failed Bloomingdale condominium project is restarting sales there, hoping to capitalize on the dearth of new condos on the market in the suburbs. A venture led by Peter Brennan of Foxford LLC this week plans to start marketing 72 unsold units at Medinah on the Lake, a 118-unit […]
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  • January 14, 2014

    Developer to start spec home next to Lake Bluff estate

    A Hinsdale developer who acquired a historic lakefront estate and seven adjacent home lots in north suburban Lake Bluff is preparing to build a new home there without a buyer in advance. Peter Brennan of Foxford LLC said he has sold two of the Lansdowne Estates lots to individual buyers and will ask nearly $3 […]
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  • December 22, 2013

    Lansdowne Estate on the Market for $5.5 Million

    New pricing and plans, including a private beach and six residential lots, have been announced for the historic Lansdowne lakefront mansion in Lake Bluff. The 10-bedroom, 14,845-square-foot home, which sits on 3.9 acres and overlooks Lake Michigan, now includes its own private beach in its listing price of $5.49 million. The private beach includes more than 160 feet of Lake […]
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  • December 19, 2013

    Buy This Lake Bluff Mansion and Now They’ll Throw in the Beach for Free

    Asking Price: $5.499 million The Property: Lansdowne, a grand Lake Bluff mansion that has been through a lot in the past several years, just got a sizable addition: 140 feet of Lake Michigan beach. The really amazing news is that in the “But Wait, There’s More!” tradition, the seller, Foxford LLC, is now throwing in […]
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  • Foxford Group Announces New Pricing and Plans for Historic Lansdowne Estate in Lake Bluff, IL

    Hinsdale, Ill.-based Foxford Communities has announced new pricing and plans for the historic Lansdowne lakefront mansion in Lake Bluff, Ill., designed by famed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall and built in 1911 for the Harry Clow family. The 10-bedroom, 14,845-square-foot home, which sits on 3.9 acres and overlooks Lake Michigan, now includes its own private beach […]
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  • December 12, 2013

    10 Things to do this weekend

    1.)  Five North Shore homes are on the Lake Bluff History Museum’s Historic Christmas Home Tour this year. One of the highlights is Lansdowne, a 1911 cottage built by architect Benjamin Marshall. Tours begin at the Lake Bluff History Museum. If you are so moved, you can bring new, unwrapped toys to the Lansdowne mansion. […]
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  • December 11, 2013

    Lake Bluff History Museum’s Historic Christmas Home Tour

    There’s still time to buy tickets for The Lake Bluff History Museum’s Historic Christmas Home Tour on December 14—snap to it! The Lake Bluff History Museum’s Historic Christmas Home Tour provides the perfect opportunity to see numerous historic homes, including the Lansdowne lakefront mansion that was designed by architect Benjamin Marshall and built in 1911 […]
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