New Homes In Richmond By Gerstad Builders, Model Now Open!

February 22, 2010

A professionally decorated two-story home with 1,995 square feet of living space has been reopened in Gerstad Builder’s Trails of Pheasant Ridge community in northwest Chicagoland offering new homes in Richmond Illinois. In addition to the decorated model, the builder is also introducing four new floor plans that are sized and finished with amenities that the families of 2010 are looking for. In response to the national trend of buyers searching for smaller, more value driven floor plans, Gerstad has completed the design of two new ranch plans and two new two-story plans.

The new ranch and two-story plans, which range from 1,292 to 2,030 square feet, are designed to be attractive to first-time homebuyers and families looking to downsize after the children have left the nest for good. Currently these never before offered homes are base priced from $168,990 to $197,990, a steal for Chicago real estate.

New Homes in Richmond Illinois

The Robin Model in Richmond

“Our new homes represent more than the introduction of a group of new floor plans. They represent Gerstad Builder’s continuing effort to refine homes to meet our customers ever changing desires,” said Roger Gerstad, president of Gerstad Builders. “Based upon buyer feedback, and changing buying habits it became apparent there was sufficient demand for smaller square footage homes with lower purchase prices.”

The most affordably priced home being introduced by Gerstad Builders is the ranch style Biltmore floor plan. This home was designed for people who are looking for a stair-free lifestyle and are more interested in maximizing the amount of usable living space, than creating dramatic vaulted ceilings. As a result, the Biltmore offers 1,292 square feet of living space and a two-car garage for thousands of dollars less than any single-family home in the Richmond area. Efficiently laid out to accommodate a 16’ 6” x 11’ 11” kitchen/breakfast area and a 14’ x 20’ 4” great room, the Biltmore is spacious enough to host family events, yet efficient enough to easily heat or cool through out the year. Space is also set-aside for a private study (or third bedroom) and a perfectly designed laundry room. This home also dedicates a lot of space to the sumptuous master bedroom suite. Its more than generous 13’6” x 14’ 2” master suite provides an abundance of space to arrange bedroom furniture, and its closet can accommodate the largest wardrobes. As expected, the master bedroom has access to a full size bathroom. The remaining bedroom has dimensions of 11’ x 11’ 3’. All of this, plus gas stove, dishwasher and more for $168,990. A basement can be added for approximately $11,000.

The four new homes at Richmond’s Trails of Pheasant Ridge all feature the following luxury amenities: furniture-quality cabinetry, General Electric appliance package (stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and range hood), Kohler bathroom fixtures & faucets, and a one year warranty program.

Besides these standard features, Gerstad Builders is willing to customize its homes as much as the homebuyer requests. The builder will move any walls, interior or exterior. Windows can be added, enlarged or decreased. It doesn’t make any difference what the request is; Gerstad is willing to do it. The company is eager to make these types of alterations because it has years of experience in the custom homebuilding industry.

Gerstad Builders also offers an extensive variety of optional features in all its homes including: skylights, three-car garages (per plan), wood-burning fireplace, additional volume ceilings, custom millwork, imported ceramic tile, Corian or granite counter tops, hardwood flooring, and English or walkout basements.

The professionally decorated, 1,995 square-foot, two-story Robin model is open for review on a daily basis again, and is for sale as well. Gerstad has invested nearly $300,000 in this beautiful home. It has upgrades galore, high end amenities, professional decorating, and landscaping watered by an in-ground sprinkler system. For a limited time, this heavily upgraded home is available for a mere $249,990. This is even thousands of dollars less than the base price of this home of four years ago. This model home has 3 bedrooms, a loft, 2-1/2 bathrooms, basement and a three-car garage.

The ground floor living space features a 12′ x 15′ living room with an assortment of windows that bring in natural light. The living room opens up to the 10’10” x 8’10” formal dining room. A dramatic, two-story vaulted ceiling covers both of these rooms.

At the back of the model is the kitchen and dinette area that includes a built-in food pantry. A wood-burning fireplace and wet bar are options for the 17’3″ x 14.5′ family room. For an additional charge, the back of the family room can be opened up to provide access to the optional 13’ x 12’ den/media room. Additional features of the first floor include a large closet in the entryway, a powder room and a utility room.

The upstairs level of the Robin model includes a 13’2″ x 17′ master bedroom with walk-in closet and private bath. The standard bathroom has a fiberglass tub/shower combination unit, a single vanity with cultured marble top and a toilet. The optional luxury bath includes a whirlpool tub, separate shower with glass door, large vanity with dual bowl cultured marble top and a linen closet. Also on the second level are two bedrooms, a loft and a second full bathroom.

The village of Richmond is within easy access of Chicago and residents can commute easily on fast, efficient Northwestern Trains (METRA) or drive the nearby expressway. Richmond Elementary and Middle Schools and Richmond-Burton High School serve the community.

The Trails of Pheasant Ridge is located on Route 12 (Rand Road), approximately 1 mile north of Route 173. The sales center is open Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. and week days by appointment. For more information call 815/678-2222 or visit Gerstad Builders of McHenry website.

Gerstad Builders is one of the largest homebuilders in McHenry County and was voted the No. 1 builder in McHenry County in 2003, 2004 & 2009. In 2008 the company received from Professional Builder Magazine the AVID Diamond & AVID Cup Awards for Best Customer Experience in the United States and North America. Since it was founded in the 1960s, the company has built and sold more than 9,000 single- and multi-family homes.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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