Ryland Homes, which has built the Talamore subdivision for all age groups in Huntley, is looking to add an active senior component to its housing stock.
Huntley recently gave the developer the green light to outline a project of 86 ranch homes near Route 47 north of Ackman Road that would be reserved for this segment of the population.
Ryland originally had approval to build 126 townhouses there for all ages, but the housing market crisis, combined with the popularity of nearby Sun City, persuaded the builder to scrap that plan. Of the more than 2,000 homes planned for Talamore, 700 have yet to be sold.
"I guess the economy always has something to do with the decision ... but I think what's really driving the decision is there has been a very strong response to this type of product in Del Webb in Huntley," said John Carroll, president of Ryland Homes' Chicago division. "People say they like this type of a home and having the amenities and programs of active adults, but want more diverse neighborhoods with singles and families and Talamore already has that within it."
In addition to the houses, Ryland would like to add tennis courts and a fitness center to the existing clubhouse that would be open to all residents. Ryland also would connect its bike trail with its walking path.
Although Ryland is looking to dip a toe in the active senior market, it is by no means trying to compete with Sun City.
"They've had a long run there ... so we're not looking to rival them, we're basically looking to take what people like best about Del Webb and what people like best about Talamore and put them together," Carroll said.
Homes will range in price from $150,000 to $250,000. If the village board approves Ryland's plans in July, construction would begin immediately and likely end in September, Carroll said.