Dreaming of celebrating the holidays in a different home than you did last year?
It isn't too late to make that change, according to area builders. Most have a nice selection of immediate delivery homes that you can move into within weeks or months, if you so desire.
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Buyers have three affordable opportunities at West Point Gardens, the popular, award-winning master-planned community on the west side of Elgin that includes a 13-acre park, which serves as a town square and a gathering place for socializing and sports.
Among the homes for early delivery at West Point Gardens is a Dearborn model detached townhouse offering maintenance-free living. This Dearborn, priced at $193,170, is ready for immediate move-in and includes three bedrooms, 2½ baths, a full basement, hardwood flooring and a charming full front porch.
The Dearborn features a two-story foyer and graceful staircase, living room and formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, master bedroom with private bath and convenient second-floor laundry. The two-car garage is attached in the rear.
A second Dearborn, still under construction, is also available, with three bedrooms, 2½ baths and full basement, priced from $188,170.
For those who want a larger single-family home, a Birchwood model is available for year-end delivery. The Birchwood includes three bedrooms and a loft, 2½ baths, full basement and large front porch, priced at $250,330. Other highlights include a spacious kitchen, breakfast room open to the family room, front room ideal for an office or music room, master bedroom with walk-in closet and private bath, second-floor laundry, two-car garage and large backyard.
"In the current market, inventory is low and many buyers are looking for attractive, affordable homes," said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders, a family-owned business. "These homes are great values, and except for the Dearborn, which is complete, buyers may still make interior selections."
West Point Builders also offers a guaranteed rental program for buyers' existing homes. For more information, call (847) 608-1000 or visit westpointgardens.com.
In Northlake, buyers seeking an immediate-occupancy residence can lock in financing with a 5-percent down payment and receive two free parking spaces -- one indoor and one outdoor -- at Wolf Ridge Condominiums, a new construction, 60-unit residential development there.
Twelve immediate-occupancy luxury condominiums have recently been released for sale in Phase II of the development.
"These spacious homes were designed to provide a high quality of life for their owners," said Terrie Whittaker, director of brokerage services for Catapult Realty LLC. "Each condo features a private balcony with park or city view, a great room and open kitchen, in-unit laundry room, indoor heated garage plus additional private outdoor parking."
Two-bedroom residences with one or two baths and 1,180 to 1,463 square feet of living area are offered at prices ranging from $135,900 to $182,900. Monthly assessments range from $249 to $280.
"A designer upgrades package featuring granite counter tops and a two-sided breakfast bar also is available for $4,500," Whittaker said.
For more information, call (708) 492-1010 or visit www.wolfridgecondos.com.
D.R. Horton has numerous new homes available for fall delivery in its many new-home communities throughout the Chicago suburbs. These homes include townhouses, single-family homes in both ranch and two-story designs, as well as one-level living in 55-and-older, active-adult communities.
"At the present time, there is a shortage of new homes for sale in many areas," said Chris Naatz, vice president of sales for D.R. Horton's Chicago Division. "Interest rates are still very low, and prospective buyers should visit our communities in their preferred areas for some outstanding values."
For instance, Lions Chase in Huntley, (847) 984-4554, is offering a selection of single-family homes for fall delivery. A country setting is accented with homesites exceeding one-quarter acre, and the community is served by Huntley Unit District 158 schools.
Single-family homes available for fall delivery include ranch and two-story plans, ranging in size from 2,454 to 2,973 square feet with three or four bedrooms, two or 2½ baths, basements and two- and three-car garages. Prices range from $319,990 to $356,990, and the homes may include deluxe features such as granite countertops, hardwood flooring and other popular options.
Those interested in living is Oswego who act quickly can choose from a selection of two-story single-family homes in Cambridge at Southbury, a 352-acre, master-planned community with a clubhouse and a variety of recreational facilities, (847) 984-4615. The homes feature four bedrooms, 2½ baths, and two- and three-car garages, and vary from 2,475 to 2,715 square feet. Prices range from $324,990 to $339,990.
Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove, (847) 984-4883, an award-winning pool and clubhouse community, also has single-family homes, townhouses and duplexes available for immediate delivery.
The single family homes include ranch and two-story plans, ranging in size from 1,805 to 2,973 square feet, with two to four bedrooms, two or 2½ baths, and two- and three-car garages. Prices range from $197,990 to $320,990.
Two and three-story townhouse plans range from 1,467 to 1,798 square feet with two and three bedrooms, 2½ baths and two-car garages, priced from $144,990 to $197,990.
Located across the road from Cambridge Lakes, is Carillon at Cambridge Lakes, (847) 984-4872, a sister community designed for active adults 55 and older who want one-level living in a recreational community where they can make new friends and pursue new activities. Carillon at Cambridge Lakes has immediately available single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses, too.
The single-family homes now available range from 1,770 to 2,151 square feet, with two bedrooms and a den, two baths and two- and three-car garages, priced from $275,990 to $317,490.
The duplexes and townhouses range in size from 1,161 to 1,819 square feet, with two bedrooms, two baths and two-car garages for the townhouses, priced from $155,490. The duplexes have two bedrooms and a den, two baths and two-car garages, priced from $220,490.
Visit DRHorton.com/Chicago for an expanded list of locations and quick delivery homes.
William Ryan Homes has a variety of spacious, single-family homes available for immediate and fall deliveries. The homes are located in three of the company's most scenic settings: The Preserves at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst, Walnut Glen in Island Lake and Highland Woods in Elgin.
"William Ryan Homes is offering these well-appointed homes at outstanding values to those buyers who are ready to make a timely move," said Todd Warshauer, director of sales and marketing for the Chicago division. "They won't last long. So interested persons are advised to act quickly and have an impressive new home for the holidays in an area that is ideal for winter sports."
The Preserves at McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst offers views of a 16-acre nature preserve in a neighborhood of just 28 homes on oversized sites set along quiet cul-de-sacs.
A two-story design, Jovan II, is available there for fall delivery priced at $383,235. The home includes four bedrooms, 2½ baths, a full basement and a three-car attached garage.
Other highlights are a two-story foyer, formal living room and dining room, graceful angled staircase, kitchen with pantry, breakfast area and great room, first-floor study, master bedroom with walk-in closet and private bath, convenient second-floor laundry and main-floor mud room.
A Savannah model is also available, priced at $380,450. The home includes four bedrooms and a loft or second-floor tech center, 2½ baths, full basement and a 3½-car tandem garage.
There is also a Savannah floor plan home available for immediate move-in at Walnut Glen in Island Lake, priced at $319,000. Walnut Glen is a scenic neighborhood where William Ryan Homes is offering just 44 single-family homes. The homes are set on large sites, most of which have views of the Black Crown Forest Preserve.
At the master-planned, 157-acre Highland Woods community in Elgin, William Ryan Homes is offering the Jordan design for fall delivery. It is a two-story home with 3,574 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, 2½ baths, a first-floor study, full basement and three-car tandem garage, priced at $380,000.
Other highlights include a formal living and dining room, kitchen with breakfast nook and island, walk-in pantry, family room, master bedroom with luxury bath and walk-in closet, three other bedrooms, a second-floor laundry and mud room.
All of the homes include full basements guaranteed dry for 10 years, 9-foot first-floor ceilings, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, breakfast nook and foyer, granite countertops in the kitchen and all bathrooms, 42-inch upper cabinets and stainless-steel appliances.
More information about these homes and communities may be obtained at www.WilliamRyanHomes/Chicago.com or by email Liz at ChicagoOnline@wmryan.com.
Lexington Homes has a single-family home set on a three-quarter acre, wooded lot at The Sanctuary Club in Kildeer available for fall delivery. The brick and stone Woodleaf model is listed for $899,000 and features four bedrooms, 3½ baths, a two-story foyer, formal dining room, living room, study, two-story family room, kitchen with breakfast nook, mud room, laundry room, a three-car garage and a patio.
The home features hardwood floors throughout the first floor, 10-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and vanity tops, a high level of architectural detail and finishes, and lush landscaping.
For information, call Kathy Biben at (847) 525-1865.
Two popular Orleans Homes communities, Prairie Trail in Lake Villa and The Villas at Southbury in Oswego, have selections of single-family homes available for November deliveries.
"These homes represent outstanding values for buyers who are ready to make a move, and several are hard-to-find ranch plans that offer one-level living," said Bob Meyn, director of sales and marketing for the builder's Midwest division. "They have numerous upgraded features and architecturally exciting designs."
Buyers who are seeking an upscale new home in a beautiful natural setting will want to visit Prairie Trail, (888) 710-6422. The community is surrounded by ponds, mature trees and natural conservation areas in the heart of the regional waterways that give Lake County its name.
Both a ranch and a two-story plan are available at Prairie Trail, and each home boasts a full basement, granite fireplace, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and upgraded hardwood flooring.
The Lexington ranch includes 2,607 square feet of space, two bedrooms, 2½ baths and a two-car garage, and is priced at $338,381. Highlights include a family room with a fireplace, kitchen with curved peninsula, breakfast room with windows on three sides, a formal dining room or flex room, a powder room, and a master suite with walk-in closet and private bath.
The Fairfield is a two-story home with 2,794 square feet of space, four bedrooms, 2½ baths and a three-car attached garage, priced at $329,894. The home features a two-story foyer and staircase with landing, expansive informal living area with kitchen, dining room and family room, additional flex room, large master suite with two walk-in closets and private bath, and a second-floor laundry room.
The Villas at Southbury in Oswego, (630) 551-8021, is a neighborhood of maintenance-free homes designed for those who desire one-level, carefree living, which is part of a master-planned pool and clubhouse community.
Two homes are available there for immediate delivery. Priced at $278,178, the Woodbridge includes 1,876 square feet of space with two bedrooms, two full baths, a basement and a two-car attached garage. Other features are a formal living room and dining room as well as an informal living space with kitchen, breakfast area and family room. Extra features include a 4-foot garage extension, coffered ceiling in the dining room, hardwood flooring and kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, upgraded cabinets and granite countertops.
The other model is a Palm Springs ranch, priced at $244,242. The 1,477-square-foot home includes two bedrooms, two full baths and a two-car garage. Other highlights include a living room, dining room, an island kitchen with pantry and breakfast area and a master bedroom with two walk-in closets and a private bath. This home also includes a full basement, hardwood flooring and a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, upgraded cabinets and granite countertops.
For more information about both communities, visit www.concierge@orleanshomes.
If you would rather purchase a clean, totally reconditioned resale home in an established neighborhood, Right Residential has several to offer throughout the Chicago area for immediate move-in.
Right Residential is a company that seeks reduced-price homes with good potential, located in strong markets with attractive neighborhood settings, stable property values, good schools and good resale potential.
Presently, the firm has an attractive array of newly renovated and upgraded homes that buyers can purchase this fall, and move into in time to celebrate the holiday season.
For instance, in the Long Grove area, with its quaint shops and naturally beautiful estate character, the builder offers a partial brick ranch home. Situated on a wooded site of more than an acre, the home has four bedrooms, three full baths, a finished basement and a two-car attached garage.
The inviting living room features a stone wood-burning fireplace and hardwood floors. The large eat-in kitchen sparkles with white cabinets and new stainless steel appliances. The large basement features a recreation room, home office, fifth bedroom and a full bath. The property has a new septic system, is served by a community well and is priced at $319,900.
Another home available is located in Barrington. A classic ranch plan with three bedrooms, two full baths, a two-car attached garage and a finished basement, this home has numerous charming features that give it instant appeal.
Hardwood flooring can be found in all of the main floor rooms, and the living room features a wood-burning fireplace. The light, airy gourmet kitchen boasts new 42-inch cabinets, new granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar, pantry and doors opening to a private brick paver patio. The family room is a few steps down and has built-in shelving. The spacious master suite features walk-in closets and a private bath with whirlpool tub.
Both baths have been updated and new lighting fixtures have been installed throughout the home, which has a new roof and is priced at $365,000.
Digital tours of both homes are available at www.myrightresidential.com, and the website shows a continually changing inventory of homes for sale. For more information, call Robin at (630) 602-7066.