Nestled in the Black Crown Forest Preserve, Walnut Glen features large family homes and oversized home sites that back to ponds, trees and open space.
William Ryan Homes offers 11 floor plans at Walnut Glen, including two ranch designs and several two-story homes, one with a first-floor master suite. Houses have three to five bedrooms, 2½ baths, full basements and a two- or three-car garage, said Todd Warshauer, director of sales and marketing.
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Listing sheetPrice range: $249,990 to $339,990
Square footage: 1,941 to 4,652
Schools: Edgebrook Elementary and McHenry Middle schools in McHenry School District 15 and McHenry East High School in McHenry High School District 156
Parks: Island Lake Parks and Recreation Department
"Walnut Glen provides an ideal setting for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, yet it is close to major transportation corridors, shopping and other services," Warshauer said.
Located off Dowell Road north of Route 176 and west of Route 12 in Island Lake, the community features a lot of open space and walking trails and sits near a bounty of recreation, including Moraine Hills State Park and the 35-mile Millennium Trail.
The Jasper, the featured model home, showcases many optional features like the builder's signature four-season morning room, which has been a hit with buyers.
The house, base priced at $294,990, features 2,856 to 3,493 square feet, four bedrooms, 2½ baths, first-floor den and three-car tandem garage.
With the model home's interior done by Leslie Frazier, owner of Frazier Design Group in Chicago, the Jasper showcases a transitional style with a navy, cornflower blue and sunny yellow color scheme.
"We wanted the model to feel like a comfortable family home, and we did some fun stuff in the kids' rooms," Frazier said.
A two-story foyer and living room welcomes you into the home with a pretty textured sofa, striped chair and contemporary artwork. On the opposite side of the foyer, the dining room features a tray ceiling, long rectangular table topped with a candle display, and credenza.
A study, tucked in a rear corner of the home, offers a quiet spot with a window flanked by bookcases.
The gourmet kitchen features oak cabinetry with 42-inch uppers, granite countertops and center island. The sink overlooks the year-round morning room with cathedral ceiling, a cozy spot for morning coffee or just to relax with a book. Doors open to the deck.
Adjacent to the kitchen and breakfast area, the family room offers space for the whole family to gather around the fireplace and watch TV or play games.
Upstairs, a sea of blue reigns in the master suite where a deep tray ceiling impresses. The room is large enough to accommodate a king-size bed, skirted end tables, dresser and chest of drawers. Buyers will appreciate two walk-in closets. The private bath with split Euro-height vanities eases the morning rush while a tub and walk-in shower finish off the room.
One of the secondary bedrooms is decked out for the young boy fascinated with trucks while another shows a hockey theme complete with a hockey stick on the wall, where yellow and blue horizontal stripes add pizazz. Both rooms feature a walk-in closet. A third room with an American doll motif shows a day bed and features a full private bath and walk-in closet.
A second-floor laundry, hall linen closet and full bath complete the upper level.
To visit Walnut Glen, take Route 12 north of Route 176 to West Case Road and turn left. Travel to North Darrell Road and turn right to Dowell Road, and turn left. The community, found on the right, is a short drive on Dowel.
The sales center at 2320 Walnut Glen Blvd. is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, by appointment Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For information, call (815) 322-2596 or visit williamryanhomes.com.