The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 8, 2008 · Page 356
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 356

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Page 356
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Con do living SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 New Homes SECTION 7 Carillon at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove has the advantage of being part of a larger community where grandchildren can live. 1'IIOTO COURTKSY CAM IIKIIK1K IIOMI S Galling all active adults Adult communities have common perk: maintenance-free living BY DEBORAH DONOVAN DAILY HKUAI.D MOMKS WRITKK ddunovaii&diiilylieraU.cum uyers looking for adult housing will find one thing for sure — there's quite a variety available. There are communities designed specifically for active adults. No youngsters are allowed to live here, and the buyer or at least one member of a couple usually should be at least 55 years old, although some communities can take people a little younger. Other developments can be home to anyone, but the floor plans and housing styles appeal to families without children. Neighborhoods where the housing is restricted to adults but is very close to a community where the residents' grandchildren might live are also popular. The market has switched, and now empty nesters under the age of 55 can't wait till they can buy in adult communities, said Suzanne Hamilton, marketing director for Hartz Homes. These buyers are looking for maintenance- free living where an association takes care of shoveling the snow and mowing the grass, she said. Geographic listings inside Spring Home Show Today: Adult communities March 15: Attached homes with base prices under $250,000 March 22: Attached homes with base prices over $250,000 They also like the clubhouse lifestyle, which offers partying and many other activities. Hartz communities include Bella Vista in Bolingbrook where homes are priced from $283,900 to $295,900, and Lago Vista Homes in Lockport where they start at $200,000. Cambridge Homes, which has built several adult communities called Carillon, is adding one to its huge Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove. Dave Smith, vice president of marketing and product development for Cambridge, agrees that lifestyle is important. This community will have a three-hole golf course and a clubhouse, not to mention walking trails. But for some buyers the draw of a multi- I'llOTO COURTESY TO1.1. UROTIIKRS When it's time to downsize, Regency at Woods of South Barrington offers an upscale choice. generational community like Cambridge Lakes is being close to their children and grandchildren who have already purchased in the community, said Smith. On the other hand, some families purchase in a Cambridge community because their parents have already bought in a nearby adult neighborhood, he said. "Our active adult buyers want to be separate but close to their grandkids," said Smith. "Last I checked they're not living in Chicago for the weather." The energy efficiency also appeals to buyers who are concerned about paying future bills on fixed incomes, he said. Homes range from the $ 170,000s to the $280,OOOs at Carillon at Cambridge Lakes. The Regency Collection at Woods of South See HOME SHOW on PAGE 3 Victoria Park a perfect fit for transferees Scon and Holly Bead Maul enjoy the maintenanQ^free lifestyle they found at Victoria Park in Ubertyville. BY JEAN MURPHY Daily Herald Correspondent Two years ago when Scott and Holly Read Maul heard that they were being transferred to Chicago, they expected to buy a single-family home. But after working with a real estate agent and looking at everything that was available, they found themselves among the first to buy at Victoria Park, a Residential Homes of America, Inc, {RHA) active adult community located jn north suburban ubejtyvttle, And two yf ars liter fliey ajre Buyer profile still pleased with the quality of their home, the convenient location of the community and the relaxed maintenance-free lifestyle. "Victoria Park works well on many levels for us. The location is great for work, shopping and services. The look of the interior of our home is beautiful and there are so many details that we love. We are very satisfied living here," Holly said. A smaller and much, more \ intimate active-adult community than most people are accustomed to, Victoria Park has just 52 townhouses available in both ranch and two-story designs, priced from $349,990. Even though it is a small, enclave-style community, it has most of the amenities of a larger community and is designed for buyers 55 and up who want to lead a socially and recreationally invigorating lifestyle. "Scott and I transferred from Indianapolis, Holly recalled. "When we first visited Victoria Park, I was thrilled with its loca- tion, which couldn't be better for commuting to work. Scott and I were also impressed with the high quality of the homes, the layout of the community with the mature trees and the clubhouse. We were hoping to find a home with about 2,500 square feet of living area and that's exactly what we found at Victoria Park." Scott and Holly chose the Ansel Cook floor plan, named for Libertyville's famous 19th century resident. This layout measures 2,172 square feet and when the full basement See BUYERS on PACE 3

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