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Saddlebrook Farms offers custom homes in retirement community

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Chuck Fanaro, president of DWG Corporation, the owner, developer, builder and manager of Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake, went against conventional wisdom at the time when he started offering factory-built homes. He overcame concerns about quality by building his own factory to build the homes.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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Mary Ann Andersen and Larry Waco Sr. walk along the many trails at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Jeri Schmidt, left, Helen Stumpf, and Sheila Buckman play Scrabble in the community center at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Homes at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake Saddlebrook Farms are built-to-suit in a factory in Indiana and most range from 1,000 square feet to 2,000-plus square feet, feature one bedroom and one bath, two bedrooms and two baths or two bedrooms, a den and two baths.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Pat Morelli, left, and Ron Barthuly look at the garden in front of the community center managed by the garden club at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Resident Victory Garden at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake has more than 200 plots for residents to tend.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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Many people who want to live an active life during retirement do not have a limitless supply of funds. In fact, more retired adults probably fall into this category than into the group that can invest in a large home in a southern climate.
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    • Chuck Fanaro, president of DWG Corporation, the owner, developer, builder and manager of Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake, went against conventional wisdom at the time when he started offering factory-built homes. He overcame concerns about quality by building his own factory to build the homes.
    • Mary Ann Andersen and Larry Waco Sr. walk along the many trails at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake.
    • Jeri Schmidt, left, Helen Stumpf, and Sheila Buckman play Scrabble in the community center at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake.
    • Homes at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake Saddlebrook Farms are built-to-suit in a factory in Indiana and most range from 1,000 square feet to 2,000-plus square feet, feature one bedroom and one bath, two bedrooms and two baths or two bedrooms, a den and two baths.
    • Pat Morelli, left, and Ron Barthuly look at the garden in front of the community center managed by the garden club at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake.
    • Resident Victory Garden at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake has more than 200 plots for residents to tend.
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