Medley of Homes Opens Today in McHenry County

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Byline: Arlene Arends Daily Herald Staff Writer

McHenry County's only tour of new houses, the Spring Medley of Homes, opens today and continues through March 15.

The home show includes new town houses, single-family houses and custom houses being built across McHenry County. Many are for sale; other developers have models you can view.

The Medley Tour Guide, a Daily Herald special section, will be available in all homes on the tour. The guide, which was in some editions of Friday's Daily Herald, includes maps showing the location of new housing developments in McHenry County.

The guide also includes descriptions and photos or drawings of featured homes, along with background information about the builder.

"We have a number of new builders in this Medley with a wide variety of new homes to showcase," says Denise Freund, administrator for the McHenry County Home Builders Association.

"There is a lot of excitement about housing now in McHenry County, and with interest rates so low, this is the perfect time for people to get out and see what our builders have to offer," Freund says.

Many of the model homes are furnished and landscaped. Where models are not yet completed, visitors will be directed to on-site sales offices. The printed guide notes which developments have sales offices, furnished models and completed houses for sale.

Single-family home prices range from $137,900 to $810,000. Town houses start at $111,295.

The Medley of Homes is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call (815) 459-4240.

Here's a look at the homes on tour:


Arbor Hills on South Oakleaf Road is priced from $210,000 to $350,000. The Cumberland, priced at $293,900, is a 3,342-square-foot unfurnished model with four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a brick facade. Buyers will also find a two-story foyer; first-floor study; kitchen with center island, planning desk and walk-in pantry; a wood-burning fireplace; a 13-by- 16-foot loft area, and master bath with whirlpool soaking tub and separate shower. This home includes a two-car garage. The builder is the Kennedy Group Limited Partnership. Take Randall Road to Route 62 east to Oakleaf Road. Call (847) 854-5319.

Terrace Hill is priced from $240,000 to $330,000. The furnished Vermont model, 410 Fairway View Drive, is $261,500 and has 2,330 square feet. The single-family home offers four bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, partial brick front and a three-car garage. Buyers will also find central air conditioning, masonry fireplace, ceramic floors in the baths, hardwood or ceramic flooring in the entry, six-panel wood doors, full basement and cedar siding. Golf course lots are available. The unfurnished Windsor, at 3610 Lakeview Drive, is for sale at $269,500. The 2,050-square-foot brick-front ranch offers three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Buyers will also find a full English basement, six-panel oak doors and trim, cathedral ceilings, masonry fireplace, whirlpool tub, skylight, air conditioning and a three-car garage. The builder is H.R. Bradley. Exit I-90 at Randall Road, north to Algonquin Road (Route 62), west on Algonquin one mile to Fairway View Drive. Call (847) 658-8608.

Turnbridge Estates, 1495 Stonegate Road, is priced from $234,000 to $275,000. The model known as 2100 A is a single-family, 2,820-square-foot home shown furnished, priced at $279,035 and including four bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a three-car garage. Buyers will also find 9-foot ceilings, central air, basement, stained six-panel doors, fireplace, oak trim and masonry exteriors. The builder is Legacy Custom Homes. Take Randall Road south from Route 62 or north from Huntley Road to County Line Road. Turn east to Stonegate Road. Call (847) 854-8010.

Windridge, 700 Majestic Drive, is priced from $198,900 to $260,900. The Rutherford, priced at $360,000, is a 3,412-square-foot single-family furnished model home featuring four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and a staircase in the foyer. …