THE DAILY HERALD – 50 PLUS – SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 – PAGE 5
Airhart Construction recently lifted the curtain on a new, fully furnished, ranch townhome that’s available for immediate occupancy at Mackenzie Place — a community of luxury townhomes in Wheaton.
Specifically created to cater to strong customer demand for an open floorplan, the Forsyth features an airy flow, easy access and unobstructed visibility between its great room, formal dining room, kitchen, and breakfast area.
“We fashioned the Forsyth after our best-selling floor plan at Fisher Farm in Winfield, a community of single family homes,” said Bill Whelan, Airhart Construction’s marketing manager. “Customers rave about the plan’s lofty, voluminous feel, generous array of windows and overall openness, which makes it easier to entertain family and friends. We felt it was a natural to replicate that successful layout at Mackenzie Place.”
The Forsyth includes a tray ceiling, large windows and gas fireplace with a custom mantle in the great room; dining room with a ceiling that spans nearly 12 feet and a dramatic, tall window; two baths, including a master bath with a custom walk-in shower equipped with a tiled bench; a two-car attached garage; and 1,815 square feet. The Forsyth also includes a full basement, which, for all practical purposes, can double the usable square footage.
Additionally, “the Forsyth’s master bedroom and second and third bedrooms are thoughtfully positioned on opposite sides of the home, providing greater privacy,” Whelan said.
Numerous Medalist Series features and upgrades are also built into this home, from granite countertops and custom cabinets in the kitchen to oak floors throughout the main living areas. The Forsyth is priced as built at $499,000 (all prices subject to change without notice).
Essentially, Whelan added, the Forsyth ranch lives like a roomy and well-appointed custom detached home, but without the stairs to climb or the upkeep to worry about.
“New construction ranch townhomes are pretty hard to come by, particularly this close to downtown Wheaton and including deluxe amenities like all-brick exteriors, driveways and patios,” said Whelan. “The Forsyth is ideal for many different types of buyers– such as empty nesters seeking to ‘rightsize’ without sacrificing comfort, or on-the-go professionals looking to have an association manage routine maintenance, such as shoveling snow, mowing the grass and raking the leaves.”
In addition, another fully furnished ranch townhome is also available for immediate occupancy. The McBride, with three bedrooms, two baths, full basement and a scenic pond view, is priced at $429,000 — representing a savings of approximately $120,000 over its original asking price.
Whelan noted that only eight opportunities remain to have a townhome built at Mackenzie Place. Shoppers can select from eight different townhome designs in all — four ranches and four two-story designs (two of which include a first-floor master suite). Every townhome provides two to four bedrooms; two to four baths; a full basement; luxurious kitchen with custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances; nine-foot first and second-floor ceilings; deluxe woodwork and trim; two-car attached garage; walk-in closets; breakfast areas and dens (per plan); and 1,402 to 2,716 square feet. Base prices range from $398,000 to $625,000.
Options depend on the home selected, and can include a private elevator, custom bookcases, screened-in porch, and virtually unlimited customizations to cater to any buyer’s preferences.
What’s more, Mackenzie Place is close to I-355 and I-88 and is just a short walk from the College Avenue Wheaton Metra station, which zips commuters off to downtown Chicago in 40 minutes. Arrowhead and Klein Creek Golf Clubs, Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Wheaton Public Library, Wheaton College, and downtown Wheaton and Glen Ellyn are among the plentiful area attractions.
To reach Mackenzie Place, take I-355 to Roosevelt Road; head west to President Street; and proceed north approximately one mile to the community on the right (located just south of Geneva Road). To make an appointment, or for more information, call 630-293-3000 or visit AirhartConstruction.com.