THE DAILY HERALD – New Home Preview – Saturday February 09, 2013

Buyers can opt for spacious rooftop decks at Airhart’s College Station in Wheaton

NEW RESIDENCES GOING FAST AT NEW COMMUNITY

Cubs fans clamoring for a coveted Wrigley Field view aren’t the only ones who appreciate rooftop decks. They’re also an option at College Station in Wheaton, Airhart Construction’s newest community featuring 14 single-family, semi-custom, cottage-style homes with low-maintenance amenities.

Offering a spacious rooftop deck atop a new construction residence is something no other builder in the Wheaton area can boast of, said Christy Whelan, director of sales for Airhart Construction.

“In response to strong customer feedback and the popularity of rooftop decks available at our Courthouse Square townhomes in Wheaton, we decided to feature this upgrade at our single family homes at College Station,” Whelan said. “Having a rooftop deck yields extra living space and a nice sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

Heather Mistele, sales manager for Airhart Construction, noted that College Station’s rooftop decks are approximately 200 square feet, providing ample outdoor living space that’s ideal for entertaining friends, barbecuing, catching a suntan, growing plants and vegetables, and more.

“There’s plenty of room for outdoor furniture, pot gardening, a grill—you name it,” said Mistele. “There’s also a small, enclosed retreat area at the top of the stairs leading to the deck where you can install a kitchenette or wet bar if you’d like. The rooftop affords a lot of flexible possibilities that buyers appreciate.”

Residents also relish College Station’s preferred location. Situated conveniently at the intersection of Blanchard and Avery, the community is set within an established neighborhood that is just one block away from the College Avenue Metra train station, a half mile from both downtown Wheaton and downtown Glen Ellyn, and within close proximity of area shopping hotspots.

Cottage Station’s cottage style homes are rear-loaded, with a two-car attached garage, resulting in a more efficiently spaced floor plan and friendly front exterior. Unlike a condo, where you typically have to walk far from a parking garage to the elevator to get to your unit, you can pull into and park right in the back of your College Station home. Additionally, the unattached cottage-style residences provide the flow, volume and privacy of a single-family home along with the luxury of a low-maintenance attached home.

“From empty nesters and small families to young professionals these stylish homes offer something for every type of shopper,” said Whelan. “Our buyers don’t have to be concerned with yard work, snow removal, landscaping maintenance and lawn care. They can enjoy a carefree lifestyle with plenty of living space at a fantastic address that’s close to everywhere they want to be, yet still have the privacy of an unattached home.”

Shoppers can still choose from three distinctive designs and for a limited time only take advantage of a special preconstruction discount:
• The Bethany, a ranch featuring two bedrooms, two baths, and 1,253 square feet—sale priced from $339,000 (all prices subject to change without notice).
• The Graham, a ranch providing two bedrooms, two baths, an upper level loft (or optional third bedroom), and 1,638 square feet—sale priced from $359,000.
• The McAllister, a two-story offering two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a lower level rec room (or optional third bedroom), and over 2,000 square feet—sale priced from $349,000.

Every College Station home includes a kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry; family room and dining room; nine-foot first-floor ceiling; front porch; two-car attached garage; and full landscaped yard. A modest monthly fee covers routine maintenance for lawn care, landscaping upkeep and leaf/snow removal.

“Each residence can also be personalized to match your tastes and preferences. Whether you want us to move a wall, redesign a room or install a higher level of trim, we can customize your home as you see fit,” said Whelan.

Getting to and from work is a breeze, considering that homeowners are literally steps away from hopping on the Metra. What’s more, walkers, joggers and bicyclists can access the Prairie Path and a local park, both just a block away.

Preconstruction sales for College Station are being conducted at two nearby Airhart sales offices: one at Courthouse Square, located at 309 E. Liberty St., Wheaton, 60187, and the other at Fisher Farm at 1N578 Golf View Ln., Winfield, 60190. For more information or to make an appointment, phone 630-293-3000. Open Every Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Over the last five decades, Airhart Construction has garnered a solid reputation for service and integrity while building homes of unsurpassed excellence and energy efficiency. A family owned-and-operated home building business since 1964, Airhart will build on your site and is also currently offering custom and semi-custom residences at Fisher Farm in Winfield (Wheaton district 200 schools); Radcliff Ridge in Lisle (Naperville district 203 schools); The Reserves of Prince Crossing Farm in West Chicago; and at Courthouse Square (townhomes), Mackenzie Place (townhomes), Woodland Oaks, College Station (cottage homes), and Stoddard Avenue, all in Wheaton.