New Life for Prairie Pointe Change in Name, Models Rejuvenate Community

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Byline: Gwen H. Jader Daily Herald Correspondent

Price range: $178,990 to $212,990

Square footage: 1,572 to 2,475 square feet

Schools: Big Hollow Elementary and Tavierne Middle schools in Big Hollow Elementary District 38 and Grant High School in Grant High School District 124

Cambridge at Prairie Pointe in unincorporated Ingleside is a neighborhood with a new look.

When the original builder ran into financial difficulty, Cambridge Homes stepped in, breathing new life into a community that already had a good plan, says Richard J. Brown, chief executive officer of Cambridge Homes.

"We gave the community a new name and created new models. It's real exciting to take something dormant and to make it a winner," Brown says.

Models at the community in Grant Township opened about a month ago. Buyers have been mostly families from throughout Lake County and Chicago. Of the planned 181 homes, 24 have sold.

Cambridge also reworked plans for the 5 1/2-acre park site. It will include a tot lot, a small basketball court, a sand volleyball court, soccer field and picnic area.

Besides the park site, the wooded community has natural conservation areas and will include walking paths.

The development has eight plans, priced from $184,990 to $218,990, which provide from 1,572 to 2,475 square feet of space.

As modeled, the $211,990 Meadowlark looks like a country garden in spring highlighted by flower arrangements and bunny figurines. Painted furniture and stencils add to the country feel. Colors used are royal blue and yellow.

The foyer opens onto a living/dining room that flows into the eat-in kitchen. A family room and laundry room with plenty of space for folding clothes complete the main level of this 2,230-square- foot plan.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and two baths. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, a plant shelf and a bath with a whirlpool tub. Another bedroom is shown as a sewing room, while the others are decorated for a child and a seafarer.

The $196,990 Easton also is modeled. …