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posted: 4/20/2013 4:52 AM

Reserve of St. Charles offers Dunberry model

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  • The Dunberry model can be built in any Meritus Homes community.

    The Dunberry model can be built in any Meritus Homes community.

  • This luxury bath is part of the Dunberry's master suite.

    This luxury bath is part of the Dunberry's master suite.

By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

While this particular home in the Reserve of St. Charles has recently gone under contract, this model, known as The Dunberry, can be built in any Meritus Homes community, including Ravenna of Long Grove, Tamarack South in Naperville and Reserve of St Charles.

Pricing is in the $500,000s in all of the communities, and this floor plan can be customized to each buyer's specific needs, said Brian Brunhofer, president of Meritus Homes of Deerfield.

The 3,716-square-foot Dunberry home offers architectural details inspired by the Tudor style of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Yet, on the inside the open layout is designed for today's modern family, from the large island kitchen to first-floor den/home office to six walk-in closets -- including two in the master suite.

It features 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, a formal living room, dining room, family room, powder room and laundry room. On the second floor there are four bedrooms and three baths, including a large master suite with his-and-her walk-in closets and a luxury bath. This floor can also be modified to add a master bedroom sitting area and a bonus room.

The chef's kitchen comes with a generous maple cabinet layout with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a butler's pantry.

The home also comes equipped with a full basement, three-car garage and many energy conservation features including efficient windows, a digital programmable thermostat and a high-efficiency furnace.

Brunhofer offers further details about the home:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"This home features a dual access stairway that provides great flow and access to the entire home. It is the centerpiece of the floor plan, and allows convenience and keeps disturbance of the formal areas of the home to a minimum."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"A growing family that enjoys entertaining would enjoy living here."

Which movie can you picture taking place in this home?

"The movie 'Cheaper by the Dozen.' Although this home may not be ideal for a family of 12, it is a perfect home that functions well for a busy family. But it also can be a retreat for more relaxing time as a family, hosting intimate gatherings or just getting some work done."

What is one adjective that you would use to describe this home?

"Flexible. This home is flexible in the design, the way it lives, and its customizations. In addition, it allows for flexibility for future enhancements (finishing the full, 9-foot-ceiling basement, converting the den/powder room to a first-floor bedroom and full bathroom)."

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