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Wedding plans for spring, 2017? Buy an affordable home at West Point Gardens in Elgin for spring delivery

If wedding bells are in your future during 2017, buy a single-family home at popular West Point Gardens for spring delivery and have your home furnished and ready to move into after the big day.

With four series of single-family homes starting at $177,990, award-winning West Point Gardens has become popular for its Traditional Neighborhood Design that offers small-town living near major highways and other conveniences. The master-planned community features winding streets, and an expansive central park as well as smaller parks and greenways.
Like the small towns of yesteryear, the homes have large front porches and wide sidewalks to foster walkability, and most homes feature garages in the rear and private gardens.

“It is not too early for couples to purchase a home if that is part of their wedding plans,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “Many first-time homebuyers who are just married or about to be married are purchasing homes in the community, and three of the available series are attainable for many first-time buyers while the Park Series homes are very affordable.

An outstanding neighborhood atmosphere centers on 12-acre Meier Park, which includes baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and also join the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools serve the community.

“With its variety of homes, West Point Gardens is a neighborhood where residents can put down roots and move up within the community as their needs evolve,” Curran said. “It is easy to make friends during park activities or while taking an evening walk around the neighborhood and greeting neighbors who are relaxing on their front porches. West Point Gardens has been especially designed to foster a friendly community spirit, and since the community is now well-established it is easy to visit and experience the atmosphere.”

The innovative Park Series, with prices ranging from $174,990 to $205,990, offers the great advantage of mortgage payments (initial principle and interest) that are lower than area rents. These West Point Builders-designed homes have attracted international attention for their combination of single-family space and privacy plus townhome-like freedom from exterior maintenance.

Four two-story floor plans feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Classic Series, with prices ranging from $244,990 to $299,990, is notable for its garages in the front in classic Midwestern style. This enables buyers who want extra-large, activity-oriented back yards to suit their lifestyles. Presently, sites are available overlooking a pond.
A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes.

The Heritage Series, with prices ranging from $249,990 to $284,990, features spacious front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages in the rear. Currently, sites are available overlooking Meier Park.

The Heritage Series homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. The Princeton design features a first-floor master bedroom.

The Kingston Series executive homes, with prices ranging from $281,990 to $329,990, have large front porches, private garden areas and two-car garages attached in the rear. Five floor plans range from three to five bedrooms, with 2 ½ baths and partial basements.

Those buyers who may be seeking quick delivery homes can also find an ideal choice at West Point Gardens. Two Park Series homes featuring the Clark design are offered, priced at $200,375 with a full finished basement and $219,210 with a full basement. A Middlebury plan in the Heritage Series is available, priced at $301,845 and a deluxe Princeton plan is offered at $339,990. The Princeton for quick delivery includes a brick front, first-floor master suite and two other bedrooms plus a loft upstairs and partial basement. The home includes a convenient elevator and overlooks the park.

Phase One is approaching sell-out at popular West Point Gardens in Elgin; take advantage of fall, 2016 deliveries

Phase One of single-family homes in four exciting series is approaching sell-out at popular West Point Gardens. Buyers who want to move into the Traditional Neighborhood Design community during fall, 2016 should act now, because Phase Two deliveries will not begin until 2017.

A selection of homes is available in all four series offered in the master-planned community, and all are on premium sites. The homes include the Park Series, priced from $174,990, the Classic Series, priced from $244,990, the Heritage Series, priced from $249,990; and the Kingston Series, priced from $281,990. Just one Kingston Series homesite remains in Phase One.

“We’ve saved the best for last with premium Phase One homesites that may have views of Meier Park, a pond or attractive open views,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “Many of these premium sites do not have additional costs, so this is the ideal time to obtain the home of your choice at a great value.”

The nostalgic charm of West Point Gardens, with its winding streets, green spaces, wide sidewalks and friendly, large front porches, blends the aura of the past with state-of-the-art community planning and inviting homes. West Point Gardens has won numerous industry awards along with its success as a homebuyer favorite.

Located on the west side of Elgin, West Point Gardens is close to but secluded from the many conveniences of the Randall Road corridor. West Point Gardens centers on 12-acre Meier Park, a community focal point that offers residents a chance to meet and greet neighbors, play or watch baseball and soccer games, and use tennis and basketball courts. Playground equipment is another attraction and a gazebo and covered pavilion provide places to relax or visit. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and these paths connect to the Fox Valley bike path, leading to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools are another important advantage.

Among the choices available for delivery this year are homes within each series.

“West Point Gardens combines a well-planned lavishly landscaped environment that is typically associated with exclusive communities,” Curran said. “Yet, our extensive collection of homes offer a wide range of prices that include affordability as well as outstanding design, construction and features.”

The innovative, affordable Park Series includes four two-story floor plans that blend the privacy of a detached single-family home with freedom from exterior maintenance. Priced from $174,990, these homes can be obtained for monthly mortgage payments that are less than many area rents (initial principle and interest).

The two-story Park Series plans have two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Classic Series homes are distinctive for expansive back yards and garages in the front of the homes. Sites are presently available overlooking a pond, and for a limited time, buyers can take half off the site premium for these especially attractive views.

A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Prices start $244,990.
The Heritage Series is notable for large front porches, with two-car garages in the rear and private garden areas. Sites are available overlooking Meier Park. Base-priced from $249,990, these homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. One design features a first-floor master bedroom.

The Kingston Series executive homes include five floor plans with three to five bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, large front porches, partial basements and two-car garages attached in the rear with private garden areas. Base prices range from $281,990.

West Point Builders is a family-owned and operated business. Based in Hinsdale, West Point Builders was established as a custom home builder in 1957. The company has received numerous awards for its vision in developing innovative residential neighborhoods.

The location of West Point Gardens on Nesler Road just south of Ill. Hwy 20 (Lake Street) ensures easy access to Randall Road, major highways and commuter train service. In addition, an abundance of shopping, restaurants and services keep convenience close to home.

Buy now, move in mid-summer at West Point Gardens in Elgin; two homes are available for immediate delivery

If you would like to plan a move into a new home while the children are on summer vacation, West Point Gardens may have the ideal home and timing to meet your needs.

The popular master-planned community on the west side of Elgin offers a Traditional Neighborhood Design with large front porches, wide sidewalks and four series of single-family homes. Winner of multiple industry awards, West Point Gardens offers a serene setting combined with exceptional convenience to the shopping and services of the Randall Road corridor.

“Buyers who want to move this summer should buy now,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “We can offer mid-summer move-in dates for all series of homes, but it is important to make a timely decision. Also, we presently have two homes for quick delivery.”

West Point Gardens offers an exceptional environment to provide a setting for its charming homes. Winding streets, greenways with abundant greenery and expansive Meier Park create a small-town friendly atmosphere. Meier Park offers baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion for visiting with neighbors. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and these paths connect to the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools are another important advantage.

“We’ve designed West Point Gardens to be a place where families can put down roots and even move within the neighborhood if housing needs change,” Curran said. “We invite interested buyers to visit soon if they would like to move this summer. They will be pleased with the many choices available to them at West Point Gardens.”

The innovative, affordable Park Series includes four two-story floor plans that blend the privacy of a detached single-family home with freedom from exterior maintenance. Base prices range from $174,990 to $202,990, and monthly mortgage payments are less than many area rents (initial principle and interest).

The two-story plans have two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Clark for immediate delivery is a home with two bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths and a free full finished basement. This spacious Clark is priced at $200,375.

The Classic Series homes are distinctive for expansive back yards and garages in the front of the homes. Sites are presently available overlooking a pond. A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Base prices range from $244,990 to $294,990, with homes being available from mid-summer for those who buy now.

The Heritage Series is one of the series notable for large front porches, with two-car garages in the rear and private garden areas. Sites are still available overlooking scenic 12-acre Meier Park. Base-priced from $249,990 to $284,990, these homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. One design features a first-floor master bedroom.

The other home for immediate delivery is a Princeton design, a popular plan with a brick front, first-floor master suite and two other bedrooms plus a loft upstairs and partial basement. Priced at $349,990, this beautiful home includes a convenient elevator and overlooks the park.

A sampling of other features includes a large foyer and covered porch as well as a plantation-style porch on the second floor. The plan also includes a living room, formal dining room defined by columns, kitchen with large dining island, furniture-quality cabinets and granite countertops open to the family room with fireplace. Hardwood floors are featured on the main floor as is a powder room. The first-floor master bedroom includes a large walk-in closet and master bath with a walk-in shower. All handicapped accessible features are included.

The Kingston Series executive homes include five floor plans with three to five bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, large front porches, partial basements and two-car garages attached in the rear with private garden areas. Base prices range from $281,990 to $329,990.

West Point Builders’ Pat Curran Featured in the Daily Herald

West Point Builders’ Pat Curran spoke with the Daily Herald about the completion of Phase 1 of our beautiful community, West Point Gardens, as well as his background, philosophy and industry information. Read the piece by Jean Murphy below or visit the Daily Herald’s website. 

Taking a conservative approach to business pays dividends. That is what Pat Curran, president of Hinsdale-based West Point Builders, learned during the Great Recession.

“Don’t overshoot your skis,” Curran quipped. “That is why we survived even though we had opened West Point Gardens, a 180-acre community in Elgin, about a week before the official start of the recession in 2007.”

Curran didn’t overextend the family company and, as a result, West Point Builders is expecting to close about 30 homes at West Point Gardens this year and it may also build a custom house or two on scattered-site lots owned by individuals. Last year the company built such a home in Downers Grove, he said.

Four different product lines are included in West Point Gardens, which is built on the site of the former Meier farm. Once completed, it will include 470 homes, including single-family houses in two product lines, attached townhouses and detached townhouses. Phase I of the community is now 85 percent built-out. So West Point is hoping to embark upon Phase II soon.

Single-family homes at West Point Gardens range in price from $239,990 to $329,990, while the detached townhouses now available range in price from $174,990 to $202,990, Curran said. All feature full basements and two-car garages.

“Meier Park in the center of the community is the main amenity at West Point Gardens. In addition, there are several small ‘pocket parks’ spread around, as well as a pond and bike paths,” he said.

His background

Curran started working for West Point Builders when he was a child, sweeping out new homes and cleaning crawl spaces. His late father, Thomas, founded the company in 1957, building homes in Tinley Park, Skokie, Naperville, Crestwood, Park Ridge, Chicago and other communities.

After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago with a degree in business and accounting, Curran went to work for Waste Management’s Indiana subsidiary, Republic Waste, because his father did not believe in children going into the family business without working for someone else first.

He finally joined the family business in the mid-1990s. His uncle Desmond, brother Tom and sister Margaret also work for West Point Builders.

His philosophy

“We make sure with each home we build, we pay attention to the details and deliver a home to our customers that is the same quality we would deliver to our own family. We also make every effort to treat people fairly,” Curran said.

“I believe in the personal touch. We purposely keep a small footprint so we can maintain the quality construction levels that my father believed in and that I believe in.

“Quite honestly, the fact that we have this attitude is what has allowed us to only build two or three models instead of a whole row of each product. Because we have delivered a great product and treated people well, we have been able to rely on our homeowners to allow us to show prospective buyers through their homes instead of building additional models.”

What is your favorite part of the business?

“I like creating happy homeowners and providing space for their families to grow and enjoy. We are on-site at West Point Gardens all the time, so our buyers have gotten to know us and they know that they can always find us if they have a question. Besides, we enjoy talking to them.”

What have been the biggest changes in the homebuilding industry?

“The new energy code requirements have had a huge impact. The way homes are built today has made them so energy efficient that it really keeps utility bills low for homeowners. Our HERS ratings today are in the mid to upper 40s and 20 years ago no one’s ratings even approached that.”

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS index, while a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100.

“Another big change I have seen involves ‘smart’ technology. Many homes’ alarm systems are connected to apps on people’s phones and they are so sophisticated that homeowners can even tell on their phone which of their children has gotten home, based on the code used to turn off the alarm. It is amazing.”

Ask a Builder: West Point Builders

West Point Builders’ own Pat Curran was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune’s  “Ask A Builder” profile. See what Pat had to say about building trends and home warranties.

Each week New Homes Marketplace asks questions of area homebuilders. Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders, answers this week’s questions.

Q: How do you keep up with the latest building trends?
— Tamara, Bolingbrook

A: Keeping up with current trends in homebuilding as well as contributing to continuing innovations in home and community design is an important part of my approach to my profession. I attend builder shows, read industry publications and have a network of friends including some of the top professionals in the building and planning industries around the country. We share ideas that help to inspire the new ideas that result in more beautiful, practical and consumer-friendly homes.

Q: What type of warranty do you offer and who do I contact?
— Kendall, Northbrook

A: West Point Builders offers a comprehensive 10-year Builder’s Limited Warranty on every newly built home. This warranty is written, insured and administered by Professional Warranty Service Corporate (PWSC), America’s largest new home warranty company backed by one of the industry’s leading, highly rated insurance providers, Steadfast Insurance, a member of the Zurich North America Group.

The first year of coverage includes workmanship and materials. Also, two years of coverage include major systems “inside the wall,” with coverage starting at closing. During years three to 10, structural elements are covered, warranted as determined by the Construction/Warranty Standards. Buyers like the strong, written document, transferrable when the home is sold. Buyers have no deductibles on claims, with expert customer service. West Point Builders’ buyers will not only have a quality-built home but also strong warranty protection for years to come.

Millennials can become homeowners in 2016 at West Point Gardens in Elgin

The oldest of the Millennials are turning 30 this year, and with historic low interest rates and a recovering economy, many of them want to purchase a home.

According to the National Association of Realtors, “Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends,” 32 percent of home sales during 2015 were Millennials with a median age of 29 years and a yearly income of $76,900. Many took advantage of FHA low down payments, and they purchased homes in the suburbs.

This trend has influenced sales at popular West Point Gardens on the west side of Elgin. The award-winning master-planned community includes a charming neighborhood setting and four series of homes, ranging from those that are ideal for first-time home buyers. Prices for the Park Series range from $174,990 to $202,990 and the homes have been designed especially for those who want a detached single-family home with maintenance-free exteriors.

“The Park Series has received international attention because the homes we’ve designed combine several elements that make them ideal for first-time home buyers who want to start building equity in a well-appointed but affordable home,” said Patrick Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “The four Park Series home designs blend the privacy of a detached single-family homes with freedom from exterior maintenance and all for prices that are less than many area rents (initial principle and interest). For example, the Americana, priced from $174,990 can be purchased for $825 per month, and the Dearborn, priced at $202,990, can be purchased for $950 per month.”

The two-story plans have two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Dearborn, priced from $202,990, includes three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, living room and dining room, light and airy kitchen with island and dining space, graceful turning staircase to the second floor and convenient second-floor laundry room.

“These are ideal homes for those who want single-family living with a more carefree lifestyle,” Curran said. “In addition to the Park Series, we have other series of homes, some of which are also affordable.”

The Classic Series homes are distinctive for their large back yards and garages in the front of the homes. Sites are presently available overlooking a pond. A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Base prices range from $239,990 to $294,990.

The Heritage Series boasts large front porches, with two-car garages in the rear forming private garden areas. Sites are available overlooking scenic 12-acre Meier Park, and the large front porches are especially inviting with park views. Base-prices from $249,990 to $284,990 The home designs have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. One design features a first-floor master bedroom.

The Kingston Series executive homes include five floor plans with three to five bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, large front porches, partial basements and two-car garages attached in the rear with private garden areas. Base prices range from $281,990 to $329,990.

The neighborhood focal point is expansive Meier Park, where baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, playground equipment are located. A gazebo and covered pavilion are quiet places for relaxation or visiting with neighbors. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and these paths connect to the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools are another important advantage.

West Point Builders is a family-owned and operated business. Based in Hinsdale, West Point Builders was established as a custom home builder in 1957. The company has received numerous awards for its vision in developing innovative residential neighborhoods.

3 Storage Solutions for your Kitchen

Once the excitement of researching, locating and  purchasing your dream home has subsided there are still many decisions to be made regarding the decoration, layout, and distinctly “you” factors.

One area that ends up being the most personalized in any new home is the kitchen. Any cook will tell you that there are endless options for new kitchen tools and equipment, pots and pans, juicers, blenders, yet each of these take up valuable storage space. Crafty use of your existing space can make a world of difference and drastically improve the look and functionality of your kitchen area.

Back to School Tips

Burlington 301 School District

It’s time for the kids to head back to school after a long summer, and there’s lots to do to make the transition seamless. West Point Gardens is located in Elgin within the Burlington 301 School District, and classes are in full swing across all schools in the area.

No matter what ages your kids are, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your family starts off the year in the most organized way possible. Take a look at some of our suggested back-to-school tips that will start you off on the right foot.

Local Produce Near West Point Gardens

Fresh Summer Produce

Less than a mile away, West Point Gardens residents have the convenience of picking up locally grown produce at Klein’s Farm and Garden Market. Only open during the spring and summer season, the fruits and vegetables are grown to perfection. Located at 38W718 Plank Road, this market also has potted and fresh cut flowers available for your home. The prices are very reasonable given that who you are buying from knows the entire Klein Farm Garden Market Fresh Local Produce Illinoisagricultural side of what they are selling. The staff is very friendly and is willing to offer advice on the food, the plants, and the area. This family-run, local business is a tasty change to what you would find at any big retailer.

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