Addison’s Enclave At Mill Creek More The 65% Sold

Less than four months after grand opening decorated models, more than 65 percent of the new homes have been sold at The Enclave at Mill Creek in Addison.

Jay Dulla, managing director for the property’s developer Meritus Homes, attributes the community’s success to its rare combination of new construction ranches and low-maintenance environment.

“Finding new homes in general, and single-level designs in particular, is uncommon in Addison and the surrounding area,” he explained. “Add to that the fact that homeowners at The Enclave at Mill Creek won’t have to rake leaves, cut their lawns or even shovel snow, and you have a winning combination.”

In fact, the community’s homeowners’ association performs all common area landscape maintenance as well as lawn care for each individual homesite so owners never have to spend their time or energy on outdoor chores. Snow removal also is included in the monthly assessment.

In addition to the low-maintenance setting, The Enclave at Mill Creek offers an incredibly convenient location that has attracted homebuyers from Addison as well as surrounding towns such as Lombard, Elmhurst, Itasca and even as far away as Palatine and Naperville.

Positioned at the intersection of Army Trail Boulevard and North Mill Street, the neighborhood is within minutes of Interstates 355 and 290 as well as Ill. Hwy. 83/Kingery Highway for easy access to Chicagoland’s western suburbs. Shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, golf, casual dining, and forest preserves are also nearby.

Although tucked in a mature area, The Enclave at Mill Creek has abundant green space…including Westwood Creek, three ponds and a scenic sitting area…with more than one third of the ranch-style homes backing to natural areas.

To complement these surroundings, the architecture showcases classic elements such as brick and stone accents, and some homes have covered entries or front porches to provide shelter from inclement weather. Exteriors are constructed of low maintenance materials such as vinyl siding for easy upkeep. Front, side and rear yards are fully sodded plus a landscaping package is included with each new home to give it instant curb appeal.

In addition, all homes at The Enclave at Mill Creek are built to the exacting standards that signify a Meritus home. Interiors have nine-foot first-floor ceilings, six-panel doors, decorative touches such as rounded drywall corners and brushed nickel finishes, central air conditioning, and full basements all as standard features.

Kitchens are designed around the chef with a full suite of stainless steel appliances including a range, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator; pantry, per plan; granite countertops; and elegant touches such as ceramic tile or oak flooring and cabinets with crown molding.

Baths have ceramic tile flooring and shower walls along with cultured marble vanity tops while master baths have the added luxury of separate showers; custom-finished, wood, raised vanities; large linen closets; and compartmentalized water closets.

Since these are newly built homes, owners can choose their colors, flooring, fixtures, and more. Plus, Meritus Homes offers a variety of options and upgrades that range from gourmet kitchen enhancements to gas fireplaces and upgraded flooring, among others. The builder also is willing to make semicustom changes for even more ways to tailor a home to someone’s tastes.

“The ability to personalize their space is a main reason home shoppers choose new construction over resale,” said Dulla. “Buyers know they are getting exactly what they want—and they don’t have to live with someone else’s decorating. Plus, all appliances and appointments are brand-new so they won’t have the repairs and upkeep associated with an old house.”

Visitors can see and feel the quality of Meritus Homes’ construction by touring models of the single-level Marigold and two-story Waterleaf at The Enclave at Mill Creek. They represent two of the five designs the builder offers at the low-maintenance community. Ranch plans have 1,379 to 2,154 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, and two full baths for base prices that range from $353,400 to $436,900. Second story options add 866 to 1,090 more square feet of living space, one or two bedrooms or a loft, and another bath on the upper level. These homes have a total of 2,620 to 3,077 square feet of space for prices that range from $449,900 to $471,900. In all, The Enclave at Mill Creek features 44 detached, single-family homes in Phase I.

The two decorated models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sales office is located at 758 Fairway Circle, just north of Army Trail Boulevard and west of North Mill Road. The community’s entrance is on the north side of Army Trail Boulevard at Links Drive. (Enter 601 Army Trail Boulevard into Google Maps or GPS system to find the site.)

For directions to The Enclave at Mill Creek, visit www.MeritusHomebuilders.com. Or call (224) 634-4034.

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Move Into A NEW Home This Fall At The Enclave At Mill Creek

You may not want to admit it but…winter is right around the corner. In Chicagoland, that can mean bitter cold temperatures, howling winds and snow. As a homeowner, do you dread shoveling your driveway?

If you move into The Enclave at Mill Creek in west suburban Addison, you won’t have to because snow removal is included in the community’s monthly assessment. Even better, move-in-ready homes are available so buyers can be settled in before the weather changes this year.

“The Enclave at Mill Creek offers the superior energy efficiency of new construction, plus we have three completed homes for immediate delivery so owners can move within 30 to 60 days,” said Jay Dulla, managing director for the property’s developer, Meritus Homes. “That way, if someone has already sold their current house and is on a short timeline to relocate, they have the option to purchase a brand-new home.”

In all, The Enclave at Mill Creek features detached, single-family homes in a low-maintenance setting. Already, more than 65 percent of the 44 homes in Phase I have been sold.

Meritus Homes is offering five designs at the Addison community. Ranch plans have 1,379 to 2,154 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, and two full baths for base prices that range from $353,400 to $436,900. Second story options add 866 to 1,090 more square feet of living space, one or two bedrooms or a loft, and another bath on the upper level. These homes have a total of 2,620 to 3,077 square feet of space for prices that range from $449,900 to $471,900.

The move-in ready homes currently for sale are the Hyacinth, Larkspur and Waterleaf—all ranches.

With 1,379 square feet of space, two bedrooms and two baths, the Hyacinth offers easy single-level living that is just right for today’s lifestyles. The kitchen, dining area and family room all open to each other to create a Great Room effect ideal for both relaxing every day and entertaining guests. Food prep is a breeze in the kitchen thanks to a pantry and sink in the center island. The two bedrooms are separated from each other for maximum privacy while the master suite boasts its own bath and walk-in closet. A laundry room with linen closet and two-car garage round out this carefree ranch. The Hyacinth on homesite 41 features hardwood flooring in the foyer, hall, kitchen, dining room, and family room. The kitchen has 36-inch white maple cabinets with crown molding, a center island, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. A full basement and 10-by12-foot deck also are included for $373,306.

Homeowners can relax and live comfortably in the Larkspur. Offering 1,603 feet of space, two bedrooms and two baths, this home is priced at $429,482. The family room is the heart of the Larkspur, offering plenty of space for everyone. The neighboring kitchen and dining room combine for easy meal prep, serving and dining. A large center island unites the rooms and provides ample work space while a pantry offers plenty of storage. The master suite has two closets, including a walk-in, along with a private bath. The second bedroom is ideal as a guest room, office or den. The laundry room if off the kitchen and allows access to the two-car garage. The Larkspur on homesite 20 is under construction and buyers can still add many of their own interior selections.

The Waterleaf on homesite 43 boasts 2,154 square feet, three bedrooms and two baths for $479,242. This plan maximizes versatility. The flex room has been converted into a bedroom while a den accented by double doors has been added. The main living area is flexible, with a kitchen, dining room and family room all open to each other to accommodate day-to-day activities as well as entertaining. Highlights of the kitchen include a center island and big pantry. The master suite is a relaxing place to unwind with a private bath and walk-in closet. Another bedroom, full bath and laundry room complete the living space. Upgrades in this home are hardwood flooring in the foyer, hall, kitchen, dining room, and family room; upgraded kitchen appliances; a deluxe master bath; and tray ceiling in the master bedroom.

The Hyacinth, Larkspur and Waterleaf—like all homes at The Enclave at Mill Creek—showcase energy-efficient construction that includes Tyvek® house wrap, ice and water shield protection for the roof, a damp-proofed foundation, 40-gallon high-efficiency water heater, and R-21 wall and R-49 ceiling insulation.

“Thanks to advances in technology and building systems, homes built today offer greater comfort and energy savings than older houses,” said Dulla. “And since furnaces and air conditioning units are brand-new, they won’t have to be repaired or replaced for years to come.”

He added that all homes at The Enclave at Mill Creek are built to the exacting standards that signify a Meritus home. Interiors have nine-foot first-floor ceilings, six-panel doors, decorative touches such as rounded drywall corners and brushed nickel finishes, central air conditioning, and full basements all as standard features.

Kitchens are designed around the chef with a full suite of stainless steel appliances including a range, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator; pantry, per plan; granite countertops; and elegant touches such as ceramic tile or oak flooring and cabinets with crown molding.

Baths have ceramic tile flooring and shower walls along with cultured marble vanity tops while master baths have the added luxury of separate showers; custom-finished, wood, raised vanities; large linen closets; and compartmentalized water closets.

“Why restrict yourself to resale when an opportunity like The Enclave at Mill Creek exists?” said Dulla. “We offer high quality new homes that are ready for move-in now, all in a carefree setting.”

In addition to the low-maintenance environment—the homeowners’ association performs all common area landscape maintenance as well as lawn care for each individual homesite—The Enclave at Mill Creek benefits from a convenient location. So much so that the community has attracted homebuyers not only from Addison but also from surrounding towns such as Lombard, Elmhurst, Itasca and even as far away as Palatine and Naperville.

Positioned at the intersection of Army Trail Boulevard and North Mill Street, the neighborhood is within minutes of Interstates 355 and 290 as well as Ill. Hwy. 83/Kingery Highway for easy access to Chicagoland’s western suburbs. Shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, golf, casual dining, and forest preserves are also nearby.

Although tucked in a mature area, The Enclave at Mill Creek has abundant green space…including Westwood Creek, three ponds and a scenic sitting area…with more than one third of the ranch-style homes backing to natural areas.

To complement these surroundings, the architecture showcases classic elements such as brick and stone accents, and some homes have covered entries or front porches to provide shelter from inclement weather. Exteriors are constructed of low maintenance materials such as vinyl siding for easy upkeep. Front, side and rear yards are fully sodded plus a landscaping package is included with each new home to give it instant curb appeal.

Visitors can make an appointment to tour the Hyacinth and Waterleaf move-in-ready homes by calling the sales office at (224) 634-4034.

The sales office is located at 758 Fairway Circle, just north of Army Trail Boulevard and west of North Mill Road. The community’s entrance is on the north side of Army Trail Boulevard at Links Drive. (Enter 601 Army Trail Boulevard into Google Maps or GPS system to find the site.)

Two decorated models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For directions to The Enclave at Mill Creek, visit www.MeritusHomebuilders.com.

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Models Open This Weekend at The Enclave at Mill Creek

Two decorated models are GRAND OPENING today at The Enclave at Mill Creek in west suburban Addison, where Meritus Homes offers five ranch designs. The single-level Marigold and two-story Waterleaf are now on display at the low-maintenance community.

To celebrate the GRAND OPENING, Meritus Homes is inviting home shoppers to visit the property, tour the new models, and enjoy pizza and refreshments from Giordano’s in Addison.

With 1,754 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and two full baths, the Marigold ranch is ideal for someone downsizing or just starting out. An open layout is the hallmark of this single-story home with a kitchen, dining room and family room all flowing into each other. A center island makes meal prep a breeze while a pantry offers abundant storage. The master suite is a spacious retreat with a large bedroom, his and her closets, and a private bath. On the other side of the home is the second bedroom, adjacent to a full bath. It’s perfect for use as a guest suite or as a library or hobby nook.

The two-story Waterleaf is the largest plan with 3,077 square feet, four bedrooms and three baths. This home maximizes flexibility with a flex room—perfect as a hobby nook, library or den—plus a kitchen, dining room and family room that all open to each other to accommodate day-to-day activities as well as entertaining. The master suite is a relaxing place to unwind with a private bath and walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms, a full bath and a laundry room complete the first floor. Upstairs the fourth bedroom has a walk-in closet. A full bath and loft, which can be used as a playroom, second family room, or media space, make the second floor ideal for overnight guests or college students home for the summer.

The Marigold and Waterleaf represent two of the five designs Meritus Homes offers at The Enclave at Mill Creek. Ranch plans have 1,379 to 2,154 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, and two full baths for base prices that range from $354,900 to $439,900. Second story options add 866 to 1,090 more square feet of living space, one or two bedrooms or a loft, and another bath on the upper level. These homes have a total of 2,620 to 3,077 square feet of space for prices that range from $454,570 to $483,300. In all, The Enclave at Mill Creek features 44 detached, single-family homes in Phase I.

One of the most appealing aspects of the community is that it offers residents a maintenance-free lifestyle, said Jay Dulla, managing director of Meritus Homes. The homeowners association will perform all common area landscape maintenance as well as lawn care for each individual home so owners never have to spend their time or energy on outdoor chores. Snow removal also is included in the monthly assessment.

Buyers already have been flocking to the community—20 percent of the easy-living homes were sold before the models opened and now are under construction. These new hew homeowners have come from Addison as well as surrounding towns such as Lombard, Elmhurst, Itasca and even as far away as Palatine.

In addition to the low-maintenance setting, The Enclave at Mill Creek offers an incredibly convenient location at the intersection of Army Trail Boulevard and North Mill Street. Shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, golf, casual dining, and forest preserves are all nearby. Plus, Interstates 355 and 290 are only a few miles away, as is Ill. Hwy. 83/Kingery Highway, for easy access to Chicagoland’s western suburbs.

“With The Enclave at Mill Creek, residents can stay close to what they know and love…and reap all the benefits of new construction, like energy efficiency and modern building techniques,” said Dulla.

All homes at The Enclave at Mill Creek are built to the exacting standards that signify a Meritus home. Interiors have nine-foot first-floor ceilings, six-panel doors, decorative touches such as rounded drywall corners and brushed nickel finishes, central air conditioning, and full basements all as standard features.

Kitchens are designed around the chef with a full suite of stainless steel appliances including a range, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator; pantry, per plan; granite countertops; and elegant touches such as ceramic tile or oak flooring and cabinets with crown molding.

All baths have ceramic tile flooring and shower walls along with cultured marble vanity tops while master baths have the added luxury of separate showers; custom-finished, wood, raised vanities; large linen closets; and compartmentalized water closets.

Since these are newly built homes, owners can choose their colors, flooring, fixtures, and more. Plus, Meritus Homes offers a variety of options and upgrades that range from gourmet kitchen enhancements to gas fireplaces and upgraded flooring, among others. The builder also is willing to make semicustom changes for even more ways to tailor a home to someone’s tastes.

Exteriors are designed with classic architecture that features brick accents, optional stone accents, and covered entries to provide shelter from inclement weather. Some plans even include front porches. Exteriors are constructed of low maintenance materials such as vinyl siding for easy upkeep. Front, side and rear yards are fully sodded plus a landscaping package is included with each new home to give it instant curb appeal.

The Enclave at Mill Creek also boasts abundant green space—including Westwood Creek, three ponds and a scenic sitting area. More than one third of the homes back up to natural areas. Plus, the property is tucked in a mature area surrounded by established neighborhoods.

The new sales office at The Enclave at Mill Creek is located at 758 Fairway Circle, just north of Army Trail Boulevard and west of North Mill Road. The community’s entrance is on the north side of Army Trail Boulevard at Links Drive.

The GRAND OPENING celebration with pizza and refreshments from the Giordano’s pizzeria on Lake Street in Addison is happening Friday May 18th from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday May 19th from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors also can tour the new decorated models daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For directions, visit www.MeritusHomebuilders.com. Or call (224) 634-4034.

 

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Model Preview This Weekend – Last Chance For Pre-Grand Opening Prices At The Enclave At Mill Creek In Addison

Home shoppers can take a sneak peek at two new, decorated models at The Enclave at Mill Creek starting May 4th. Meritus Homes is unveiling the Marigold ranch along with the two-story Waterleaf at the low-maintenance community in Addison.

With a grand opening celebration scheduled for May 19th, this is the final opportunity for homebuyers to save with special pre-grand opening prices. Already, 20 percent of the community’s easy-living homes have been sold and are under construction.

The Enclave at Mill Creek features 44 detached, single-family homes in Phase I. Buyers can choose from five ranch floor plans with 1,379 to 2,154 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, and two full baths. Base prices start from $354,900.

Several of the plans at The Enclave at Mill Creek have the option for a second story. This can add 866 to 1,090 more square feet of living space, one or two bedrooms or a loft, and another bath on the upper level. The two-story layouts, according to Dulla, are perfect for households with college children home for summer break or those who need to accommodate extended family or overnight guests.

“The main draw of The Enclave is that it is one of the few neighborhoods within the surrounding communities where buyers can build a brand-new home with limited maintenance,” said Jay Dulla, managing director of Meritus Homes. “That means homeowners can choose their colors, flooring, fixtures, and more. Plus, Meritus Homes offers a variety of options and upgrades and is willing to make semicustom changes for even more ways to tailor a home to someone’s tastes.”

Also appealing—especially for empty nesters—is the maintenance-free lifestyle at The Enclave at Mill Creek. The homeowners association will perform all common area landscape maintenance as well as lawn care for each individual home so owners never have to spend their time or energy on outdoor chores. Snow removal also is included in the monthly assessment.

Located at the intersection of Army Trail Boulevard and North Mill Street, The Enclave at Mill Creek is tucked in a mature area surrounded by established neighborhoods. Plus, the property has abundant green space—including Westwood Creek, three ponds and a scenic sitting area. In fact, more than one third of the homes back up to natural areas.

To complement these surroundings, exteriors are designed with classic architecture that features brick accents, optional stone accents, and covered entries to provide shelter from inclement weather. Some plans even include front porches. Exteriors are constructed of low maintenance materials such as vinyl siding for easy upkeep. Front, side and rear yards are fully sodded plus a landscaping package is included with each new home to give it instant curb appeal.

All homes at The Enclave at Mill Creek are built to the exacting standards that signify a Meritus home. Interiors have nine-foot first-floor ceilings, six-panel doors, decorative touches such as rounded drywall corners and brushed nickel finishes, central air conditioning, and full basements all as standard features.

Kitchens are designed around the chef with a full suite of stainless steel appliances including a range, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator; pantry, per plan; granite countertops; and elegant touches such as ceramic tile or oak flooring and cabinets with crown molding.

All baths have ceramic tile flooring and shower walls along with cultured marble vanity tops while master baths have the added luxury of separate showers; custom-finished, wood, raised vanities; large linen closets; and compartmentalized water closets.

Optional amenities range from gourmet kitchen enhancements to gas fireplaces and upgraded flooring, among others.

“Savvy buyers understand—and appreciate—all the advantages that come with a newly built home,” said Dulla. For example, homeowners have few, if any, repairs that need to be made. Plus, they can typically stay comfortable for less since new homes are more energy efficient.

“Before The Enclave at Mill Creek opened, very few new homes were being built in Addison or surrounding areas in a maintenance-free environment; so if someone wanted to stay in the area, their choices were limited,” he continued. “Now, home shoppers can reap the benefits of new construction yet stay close to what they know and love.”

Buyers have been coming to the community from surrounding towns such as Lombard, Elmhurst and Itasca—and even as far away as Palatine—drawn to the property’s convenient location. Shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, golf, casual dining, and forest preserves are all nearby. Plus, Interstates 355 and 290 are only a few miles away, as is Ill. Hwy. 83/Kingery Highway, for easy access to Chicagoland’s western suburbs.

The Enclave at Mill Creek’s new model and sales office is located at 758 Fairway Circle, just north of Army Trail Boulevard and west of North Mill Road. The community’s entrance is on the north side of Army Trail Boulevard at Links Drive.

Visitors can tour both decorated models from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For directions or to preview floor plans at The Enclave at Mill Creek, visit www.MeritusHomebuilders.com. Or call (224) 634-4034.

Sales Underway For Ranch Homes At The Enclave At Mill Creek In Addison

Sales are underway and construction is progressing at The Enclave at Mill Creek, a low-maintenance community from Meritus Homes in Addison.

The property, conveniently located at the intersection of Army Trail Road and Mill Street, features 44 detached, single-family homes in Phase I. Already, 15 percent of these easy-living ranches have been sold. Buyers can choose from five floor plans with 1,379 to 2,154 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, and two full baths. Special preconstruction pricing—which is only available until the models open—starts from the mid $300,000s.

Tucked in a mature area surrounded by established neighborhoods, The Enclave at Mill Creek will have abundant green space—including Westwood Creek, three ponds and a scenic sitting area—with more than one third of the ranch-style homes backing to natural areas. The homeowners association will perform all common area landscape maintenance as well as lawn care for each individual home.

“Even snow removal is included,” said Jay Dulla, executive vice president of Meritus Homes. “Homeowners at The Enclave at Mill Creek will never have to worry about going out into the cold and shoveling their walkway or driveway.”

This maintenance-free lifestyle is especially appealing to empty nesters who are tired of spending energy on tiring outdoor chores, he explained. They also appreciate the benefits that come with a newly built home. For example, homeowners have few, if any, repairs that need to be made. Plus, they can typically stay comfortable for less since new homes tend to be more energy efficient. The biggest draw, however, is that buyers can personalize their new homes.

“When building from the ground up, new-home buyers can choose their colors, flooring, fixtures, and more,” said Dulla. “Plus, Meritus Homes ‘My Signature’ program offers a variety of options and upgrades for even more ways to tailor a home to someone’s tastes.”

For instance, several of the plans at The Enclave at Mill Creek have the option for a second story. This can add 866 to 1,090 more square feet of living space, one or two bedrooms or a loft, and another bath on the upper level. The two-story layouts, according to Dulla, are perfect for households with college children home for summer break or those who need to accommodate extended family or overnight guests.

Other optional amenities are gourmet kitchen enhancements, gas fireplaces and upgraded flooring, among others.

All homes at The Enclave at Mill Creek will be built to the exacting standards that signify a Meritus home. Interiors will have nine-foot first-floor ceilings, six-panel doors, decorative touches such as rounded drywall corners and brushed nickel finishes, central air conditioning, and full basements.

Kitchens are designed around the chef with a full suite of stainless steel appliances including a range, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator; pantry, per plan; granite countertops; and elegant touches such as ceramic tile or oak flooring and cabinets with crown molding.

All baths have ceramic tile flooring and shower walls along with cultured marble vanity tops while master baths have the added luxury of separate showers; custom-finished, wood, raised vanities; large linen closets; and compartmentalized water closets.

Outside, classic architecture is designed to complement the area with brick accents, optional stone accents, and covered entries to provide shelter from inclement weather. Exteriors will be constructed of low maintenance materials such as vinyl siding for easy upkeep. Front, side and rear yards will be fully sodded plus a landscaping package is included with each new home to give it instant curb appeal.

“Before The Enclave at Mill Creek opened, very few new homes were being built in Addison so if someone wanted to stay in the area, their choices were limited,” said Dulla. “Now, home shoppers can reap all the benefits of new construction yet stay close to what they know and love.”

Buyers also have been coming to the community from surrounding towns such as Lombard, Elmhurst and Itasca—and even as far away as Palatine—drawn to the property’s convenient location. Shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, golf, casual dining, and forest preserves are all nearby. Plus, Interstates 355 and 290 are only a few miles away, as is Ill. Hwy. 83/Kingery Highway, for easy access to Chicagoland’s western suburbs.

Two models—the two-story Waterleaf and Marigold ranch—are under construction at The Enclave at Mill Creek. Until they open, sales are being conduced from a sales center across the street, located at 601 Army Trail Boulevard, Suite C.

Sales hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. To preview floor plans at The Enclave at Mill Creek, visit www.MeritusHomebuilders.com. Or call (224) 634-4034.

Ranch Living Draws Buyers To Meritus Homes

When Denise and Fred Morrone set out to find a new home, they didn’t know it would lead them to builder Meritus Homes—but it did. The couple knew they wanted a ranch. So they researched resale homes on the market and visited new communities. After searching on and off for nearly six months, they found the Marquis.

“We lived in a ranch in Palos Park and keeping that single-level lifestyle was a priority,” said Denise Morrone.    “We’re both in our 50s and don’t want the hassle of steps everyday.”

The Marquis met their demands. With more than 2,600 square feet, 10-foot ceilings and an open-concept layout, it has an expansive feel. The Morrones made some modifications—they added a fireplace in the corner of the family room, removed the tub from the master bath to expand the shower, and eliminated a wall between the kitchen and family room to open the space even more.

They expanded the island to create a 6-foot-by-7-foot center island, which is the focal point of the kitchen—and Denise’s favorite spot.

“We were thrilled that our vision of the kitchen worked so well with the building plans,” said Denise. “Meritus was very accommodating. The team made sure we received everything we wanted and needed in our new home.”

As a semicustom builder, Meritus Homes understands that the personal choices and attention to detail are what make a new home so attractive. The company provides a portfolio of floor plans but allows buyers to add their own inspiration to create homes that are truly right for them.

Capitalizing on the popularity of its ranches, Meritus Homes has
debuted new single-story plans like the Windsor at Lake Vista in Lake Villa.  

This 2,253-square-foot ranch has three bedrooms and two full baths along with fine architectural touches throughout. Options such as a box bay window, fireplace, tray and vaulted ceilings, and French doors allow for personalization possibilities. Plus, walk-out or lookout lower levels are available to bring
the outdoors in and add more
living space.

Tucked in a mature setting surrounded by existing homes, Lake Vista is an enclave of 28 single-family homes nestled around a single cul-de-sac for privacy. Everyday conveniences are nearby thanks to a location on the south side of Grand Avenue/Rt. 132, just two blocks east of Rt. 83 and only minutes from Lake Villa Metra Station. The community is within Lakes Community High School District 117 and District 41.

Homes at Lake Vista are priced from the low $300,000s and sales are by appointment. Two ranch homes are under construction that will be
completed in 30 days and are available to view now. For information
or to schedule a property visit,
call (224) 634-4333

ay Dulla has been involved in all aspects of the homebuilding industry, from financing to construction and marketing.

Location remains prime factor for Meritus Homes

By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

Throughout his career, Jay Dulla, executive vice president of Meritus Homes, has followed the progression of baby boomers and Generation Xers — building the types of homes they needed and wanted as they went through life.

He got his first taste of the homebuilding industry when he worked for a financial lender that specialized in loans to real estate developers. Then he took a position with a small custom builder of high-end houses on the North Shore called The Baxter Group. It was there he truly learned the business, getting his feet wet in the entire development process, from zoning to marketing.

rom there Dulla went on to run the real estate operations of Plote Excavating, where his most notable project was Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills. In 1992 when D.R. Horton came to Chicago (before they purchased Cambridge Homes), he took the reins and built it into one of the area’s leading homebuilders in less than five years.

Around the millennium, Dulla started his own firm, Remington Homes. Then, during the long recession, he worked on a variety of small projects before, most recently, he took over running day-to-day operations of Meritus Homes based in Deerfield.

Meritus was founded in 2009 during the depths of the Great Recession. It was formed by two former Pulte executives and their investment partner, Gary Janko of the Janko Group.

Meritus purchased parcels from other builders at bargain prices. But it only chose properties that were in great locations where land was in short supply and high demand, Dulla said. Meritus has been building single-family homes on those parcels ever since.

What is your company’s philosophy?

“Overall, Meritus works to deliver quality homes that include the latest trends, which feature unique architectural details and offer the flexibility for owners to use rooms in a variety of ways.

“Meritus is a semi-custom builder, which means we will work to make the customizing changes to our existing plans that our customers want.

“Although the baby boomers have always been a big target, we continue to build communities for mixed ages because there will always be active adults who want to continue to live with other age groups. But we are building more ranch homes in those mixed-age group subdivisions because empty-nesters want them, but so do an increasing number of younger families.”

The details:

Meritus Homes is building subdivisions in St. Charles, Lake Villa and Addison. Another small community in Lake Forest is expected to open this summer.

In addition, Meritus is purchasing older homes in select communities like Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe and Northbrook, tearing them down and building new, state-of-the-art homes for those who want to live in those enviable communities, but also want a new house.

Meritus’ current subdivisions are The Reserves of St. Charles, which has 60 lots remaining; Lake Vista in Lake Villa, where 21 lots remain; and an age-targeted, maintenance-free 87-lot community at the intersection of Army Trail and Mill Roads in Addison.

What is the best part about being a builder?

“It gives me such a sense of pride when I know that I have had a part in creating a community that 150 to 200 people call home, and where they spend their holidays with family and friends. I really enjoy driving back through those neighborhoods and seeing how they have developed.”

What are the biggest changes you have seen?

“From the standpoint of a new-home builder, the biggest changes I have seen are that, because home values have not risen as much as they have in the past, builders are making much smaller margins. So we are decreasing the sizes of the homes we are offering and we are eliminating many of the volume spaces we used to offer. We have to stay within the price constraints of any given market.

“But we are always getting the latest designs from our national architects. For instance, in some designs we are building the laundry room directly next to the master closet with just a pocket door in between, for added convenience. So we are staying on the cutting edge, despite the fact that we are building smaller.”

In addition, Dulla said, builders have to be more cautious now about picking their locations and not become overloaded on land positions.

“We generally choose infill properties that are close to expressways and shopping and in municipalities where existing residents want to stay.”

What do you expect in the future?

“During 2017, I expect Meritus Homes will build between 30 and 40 homes and then in 2018 that number will be up to between 60 and 70 homes.

 

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