In a picturesque country setting, The Ponds of Kildeer offers 89 custom homes on half-acre sites with many residences backing to ponds, woods or wetlands.
Situated at the southeast corner of East Cuba and Quentin roads in Kildeer, the upscale subdivision attracts buyers looking for a large family home, excellent school district and convenient location.
The neighborhood's main street, Meadowlark Drive, connects to courts named Quail, Hummingbird, Goldfinch, Morning Dove, Mockingbird and Swan because residents enjoy a variety of birds, said Marilyn Dopler, broker with RE/MAX Suburban and a resident of the subdivision. "It's common to see cranes, egrets, morning doves and cardinals; and we also see deer and red fox."
Jennifer and Tom Hensley purchased a home in The Ponds 13 years ago when they were transferred to the Chicago area where they had both grown up. "There wasn't much out here at the time except Wal-Mart, Bacchus Nibbles (restaurant) and a gas station," Jennifer Hensley said. "That was about it.
"Now we have Deer Park with lots of shopping and restaurants. And I like that we're halfway between Woodfield and Hawthorn malls. Ravinia is close; we go there a lot in the summer. And we can take Rand Road up to Lake Geneva. It's a convenient area."
The Hensleys bought an all brick home with walkout that goes out to a retention pond with no homes behind them.
"We have a good-sized lot, so we're not on top of our neighbors, and we have a lot of windows with nice views," Hensley said.
Homes feature two-story styles with open floor plans and a minimum of 3,600 square feet. The typical home has at least 4 bedrooms, 3½ baths, gourmet kitchens, luxury master suites, with some first-floor masters, three- or four-car garages and basements, Dopler said.
Basements include many English or walkouts, and some owners have extended their living space into the lower level with rec rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and baths, workout areas, home theaters and in-law arrangements.
Residents are a nice mix of ages with many corporate transferees new to the area, including Dopler and Hensley, who enjoy the friendly neighborhood and meeting new people.
Dopler and her husband both grew up in smaller towns, he in Moline and she in Kansas.
Although the Hensleys grew up in the area, they were transferred back from New York where they lived for several years. Hensley was instrumental in organizing social activities early on.
One of the most popular events is Summer Friday, evening gatherings where a volunteer host provides the patio or deck while neighbors bring an appetizer and beverages, Dopler said.
The neighborhood also has a Desperate Housewives group that meets Sunday nights and is open to the whole neighborhood, Hensley said.
Other activities have included bunco, a Halloween parade, pumpkin carving, golf, tennis, progressive dinners, fundraising for charities and holiday parties. During the holidays, many of the homes are beautifully decorated with exterior lights, Dopler said.
Other local amenities include shopping in Kildeer and Lake Zurich, which offers everything from mom-and-pop stores to large national chains. Lake Zurich offers several ethnic restaurants, bistros and casual dining spots while Regal Cinemas features 12 movie theaters. Also, the neighborhood sits minutes from historical Long Grove with the new Sunset Foods.
For recreation, nearby Lake Zurich offers the Foglia YMCA and pool, and the parks department features recreation, leisure programs and special events for all interests and ages. All the youth sports are popular, and even 5- and 6-year-old kids can sign up for Little Sluggers to learn baseball basics
The village has made many park improvements and added facilities including horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, spray ground, gazebo and expanded parking areas.
Commuters can board a train to the Loop in downtown Barrington or Palatine, with many options on travel times. Residents also have easy access to Route 53 and Rand Road.