Bowes Creek Country Club presents the Harvard, a luxury model home in its Masters Collection of single-family estate homes with wonderful views of nature and green spaces.
The Masters Collection of 159 homes features designs with four bedrooms, two to 3½ baths, high-end finishes and a three-car side entry or courtyard garage.
Listing sheetPrice range: $376,995 to $439,995
Square footage: 2,703 to 3,650
Schools: Otter Creek Elementary, Abbott Middle and South Elgin High schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 or Prairie View Elementary, Central Middle and Central High schools in Burlington Unit District 301
Parks: Elgin Park District
The Toll Brothers' development features a country club lifestyle without the fees and is Elgin's only new home community on a public golf course. The impressive clubhouse in the center of the community offers a restaurant and pub.
The Harvard is one of our most popular floor plans because of its openness, flow and efficient use of space, said Nicolle Bastian-Gardiner, senior sales manager.
"The two-story family room with a view of the golf course is the most spectacular that I've sold in 20 years. The rolling hills and golf course just wow me every day.
"We have homesites with rolling hills, mature trees, and golf course and water views. I was drooling over some of the views. These are views you won't find anywhere else," she said.
The Harvard model has a starting price tag of $423,995 and features 3,471 square feet, four bedrooms, 3½ baths and three-car, side-entry garage.
A stunning facade with Palladian window and portico and metal-roofed bay window are architectural features of the Federal style.
The interior of the model, decorated by Mary Cook & Associates, shows a sophisticated yet casual look with clean lines and simple furniture pieces, some with mild distressing. There's an eclectic quality to some pieces with gray washed wood, which keeps the look interesting and current.
The color scheme features indigo, grays, charcoal and accents of green with cream -- from pale blue greens to deeper and deeper green in the artwork and accessories.
A stunning two-story foyer opens to the living room and private study.
With 9-foot-tall ceilings and immediate views through rear windows, the feeling is spacious and airy.
Defined by classic columns, the living and dining rooms greet guests with a quiet graciousness. A lot of texture and a geometric-patterned rug create interest while a long rectangular table with runner and candle display seats eight.
An angled hallway leads to the more casual areas of the home to the rear, where the showpiece kitchen shines with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. A large center island allows guests to converse with the cook while the sink overlooks the golf course. A glass tile backsplash adds even more sparkle.
The sunlit breakfast area has access to a large deck outfitted with umbrella table and wicker furnishings.
The two-story family room features a wood-burning fireplace flanked by windows, a rear stairway and a wall of windows with golf course views. An unusual ceiling treatment along with a bold patterned rug adds color to this two-story space.
Tucked away for privacy, the luxurious master suite provides a calm, soothing ambience for rest and relaxation while classic columns define the sleeping space and sitting area. A stunning deep tray ceiling impresses while a walk-in closet features custom organization.
Homeowners can wash away the stresses of the day in the lush private bath with Roman tub, oversized separate shower, split vanities and a second walk-in closet with organizers.
The princess suite is a frilly pink room for today's little girl complete with a ballet bar, walk-in closet and private bath with mustard walls and a walk-in shower.
Another room invites guests with its happy colors while a boy's room features a music theme. A Jack-and-Jill bath serves both secondary bedrooms.
Other collections offered at Bowes Creek Country Club include other executive homes from the upper $200,000s, townhouses from the low $200,000s; active-adult, single-family ranch homes for those 55 and older, from the mid-$200,000s; and active-adult ranch townhouses from the upper $100,000s.
To visit the community from I-90, take Randall Road south five miles to Bowes Road. Proceed west on Bowes Road for two miles. The entrance is on the left.
The model sales office is at 3511 Tournament Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call (847) 468-1852 or visit bowescreekcountryclub.com.