Archive for September 2010

Views of downtown Chicago from Wheaton high-rise apartments

On a clear day you can’t quite see forever, but you can have a good view of the Chicago skyline some 20 miles in the distance from the high-rise towers at The Apartments of Wheaton Center. The apartments are a short distance from the Metra stop and a few minutes stroll from downtown Wheaton’s shopping,... Read more »

New townhome models debut at Villas of Cambridge in Streamwood

(The following is a sponsored post for the Chicago Tribune’s Fall 2010 Festival of Homes.) Professionally appointed model homes showcasing all three Arbor Series townhouse plans are now open to the public at the Villas of Cambridge in Streamwood. The Villas of Cambridge will include 120 total townhomes when complete, including 59 Arbor Series homes... Read more »

New Cambridge community in Pingree Grove offers family-oriented, value-enhanced homes

(The following is a sponsored post for the Chicago Tribune’s Fall 2010 Festival of Homes.) Twenty-one professionally appointed model homes are now open for viewing at Cambridge Homes‘ Cambridge Lakes community in Pingree Grove. When completed, Cambridge Lakes will comprise 2,995 single-family homes, townhomes, attached single-family homes and condos in 43 distinct designs. The community... Read more »
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Vacation rentals in Glen Ellyn, Oak Park, Naperville

There has always been a demand for short-term rental of homes and apartments. Traveling businessmen sometimes prefer to stay in a homelike environment. Families and groups returning to a town for a reunion often find it more economical to rent a home than multiple hotel rooms – which may not always be available in some... Read more »

William Ryan building a 'New Schaumburg' with Elgin's Sandy Creek Estates

(The following is a sponsored post for the Chicago Tribune’s Fall 2010 Festival of Homes.) When home buyers want to move to Schaumburg but can’t afford it, many turn to Elgin, particularly the popular new West Elgin Corridor, with its much admired Burlington School District. The corridor features a lot of shopping and restaurants, museums,... Read more »

Oswego looks on the bright side of the downturn

Many a suburban boomtown has become a gloom and doom town in recent years. Not Oswego. According to a recent Tribune article, things in Oswego “have slowed down a bit in the recession, but officials still see bright days ahead.” A June, 2008 Tribune community profile cast Oswego as a community “working to keep small-town... Read more »
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William Ryan celebrates opening of new model home at Elgin's Highland Woods community

(The following is a sponsored post for the Chicago Tribune’s Fall 2010 Festival of Homes.) William Ryan Homes is excited to announce that the model at its newest offering of homes in Meadows Edge of Highland Woods is now open. Highland Woods provides community living in small, distinctive neighborhoods. Set on gently rolling land with... Read more »

Pre-construction sales underway for new Park Series homes at West Point Gardens

(The following is a sponsored post for the Chicago Tribune’s Fall 2010 Festival of Homes.) First-time buyers, empty-nesters, and others who want affordable single-family homes with freedom from exterior maintenance in one of Chicagoland’s most acclaimed communities should make the new Park Series at West Point Gardens a must-see. Part of a community that has... Read more »

A visit to Carol Stream and Carol Stream

Carol Stream‘s founding has a number of wonderful stories associated with it. Developer Jay Stream became frustrated with delays on a Naperville project and, when reportedly told by a clerk to “build your own town,” did just that. He assembled a large parcel of land in an unincorporated area outside Wheaton, envisioning its future as... Read more »
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A fresh look in downtown Downers Grove

It may take some getting used to, but in Chicago’s western suburbs “Downers” refers to a place rather than a type of drug: the Village of Downers Grove. Suburbs around the country, with varying degrees of success, have invested heavily in revitalizing often moribund downtown areas. Downers Grove, as you’ll see in the above video,... Read more »