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  • The Waterford model at the Prairie Park condominiums in Wheeling features a great room with plenty of space for entertaining.

       The Waterford model at the Prairie Park condominiums in Wheeling features a great room with plenty of space for entertaining.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The master bedroom in the Waterford floor plan features a beautifully painted tray ceiling.

       The master bedroom in the Waterford floor plan features a beautifully painted tray ceiling.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cherry wood kitchen cabinets are shown in Prairie Park's Waterford model.

       Cherry wood kitchen cabinets are shown in Prairie Park's Waterford model.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • With a spacious open feel, this condo showcases a neutral color scheme of creams and chocolate with a whisper of teal and red accents.

       With a spacious open feel, this condo showcases a neutral color scheme of creams and chocolate with a whisper of teal and red accents.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Condominiums at the Prairie Park can be built with walk-in showers, which many people prefer in lieu of a tub.

       Condominiums at the Prairie Park can be built with walk-in showers, which many people prefer in lieu of a tub.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Prairie Park takes great care in maintaining its 18 acres of landscaped grounds.

      The Prairie Park takes great care in maintaining its 18 acres of landscaped grounds.
    Courtesy of Smith Family Construction Inc.

 
By Sherry Giewald
Daily Herald correspondent

Prairie Park's Waterford model is all dressed up and ready to impress. The design, which won a gold key award, shows a contemporary, Michigan Avenue interior and is the community's most popular floor plan.

The design shows many great features that appeal to a lot of people, said Jamie Smith, vice president of marketing for Smith Family Construction Inc., developer of the community.

"A nice aspect of the floor plan is that it uses all the functional space -- all the square footage is usable. The den features a beautiful French door that we sometimes open up for a more open look, or do double French doors. And homeowners have access to the balcony from the great room and master suite, which people really like."

A spectacular entrance of granite boulders, cascading waterfalls, evergreens and aquatic plants welcomes you to this luxury condominium community in Wheeling.

Set on 18 acres of lush, landscaped grounds, Prairie Park features five mid-rise buildings surrounding the centerpiece lake with fountains, tree-lined walkway and sitting areas. The community includes a clubhouse with workout facility and indoor swimming pool.

Each building features a luxurious common entrance with stone fireplace, original art pieces and stained glass, plus two high-speed elevators. Buyers can select from 12 different condo designs, all open floor plans with one-, two- or three bedrooms and private outside balconies.

The Waterford, priced from $339,900, features 1,709 square feet, two bedrooms plus den and 2 baths.

With a spacious open feel, this condo showcases a neutral color scheme of creams and chocolate with a whisper of teal and red accents. Cherry wood flooring flows throughout the residence while almost every room features a hand-painted faux finish.

The great room shows a stunning tray ceiling with a faux finish, more formal and nicer than a vaulted ceiling, while a cream leather sectional provides plenty of seating. An entertainment system is housed on a wall of cherry wood built-ins topped with granite, which also holds decorative accessories, while artwork adorns the walls.

Although this space can well accommodate a large dining table, the model shows the den as a cozy four-person dining room with a wood table and woven chairs. Faux finish walls complement the hand-painted, dark ceiling.

The beautiful and functional kitchen showcases cherry cabinets topped with granite, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and decorative tile backsplash.

The luxury master suite also features a tray ceiling with faux finish, luxurious silk draperies, chocolate bed cover and large walk-in closet. The private bath shows raised double vanities, an oversized walk-in shower (which many people prefer in lieu of a tub) and attractive, 9-inch tiles on the floor.

The second bedroom is outfitted as a home office for the model and features a desk, bookcase and putting green.

A second full bath and laundry room complete the plan.

Other community amenities include heated underground and above ground enclosed parking, heated sidewalks at the entrance to each building, and heated ramps going into the parking garage.

Prairie Park sits in a convenient location two miles from I-294 and three miles from Route 53. The Metra station is five minutes west on Dundee Road.

The Milwaukee Avenue corridor offers a variety of shopping and restaurants. The Wheeling Recreation Park and Aquatic Center is only a mile away while the Chevy Chase Golf Club sits five minutes to the north. Both are operated by the Wheeling Park District.

To tour the models, visit the Prairie Park sales center at 700 N. Wolf Road across from the Westin Hotel near Lake-Cook Road and Milwaukee Avenue. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call (847) 229-0100 or email sales@prairieparkatwheeling.com.

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