Located five miles west of Randall Road, just off Route 47 and Hughes Road, Blackberry Creek is a 625-acre master-planned community, featuring ponds, walking trails, parks and playgrounds as well as the Blackberry Creek Elementary School. Shodeen Homes offers an impressive collection of ranch and two-story home designs ranging from 2,051 to 2,688 square feet in size with prices starting from the $420s.
“Ranch homes have surged in popularity with first-time, move-up and ‘right-size’ buyers,” said Anna Harmon, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Shodeen Homes. “In addition to the ease of stair-free living, buyers appreciate the open concept designs. With that in mind, we’ve introduced an on-site sales model in our Newberry ranch plan for buyers to tour and see firsthand the quality and craftsmanship that go into each Shodeen home.”
Highlights of the new 2,089-square-foot Newberry ranch model, include three bedrooms, two baths, great room, with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, open to the gourmet island kitchen with 42” upper cabinets, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, upgraded tile and lighting, master bedroom with suite with walk-in closet and private bath, charming covered front porch with masonry column detailing, two-car garage with two-foot extension and a full, unfished 1,900-square-foot basement with rough-in bathroom. Situated on a premium corner homesite, this Newberry model, located at 1400 Melbourne Street, is priced at $499,000.
“The housing market has been robust in the past 14 months with buyers appreciating the value of new home construction,” Harmon said. “Of course, one of the most significant benefits of new construction is that everything is new and just how you want it the day you move in. You’re not tackling renovation projects, or to-do-lists. Today’s savvy home buyers also understand the energy-efficiency benefits and up-to-code safety features in a new versus resale home and the peace-of-mind that comes with having a new home warranty.“
According to Lantz Rakow, President of D&H Energy Management Company, new homes, on average, are 30% more energy efficient than homes that were built just ten years ago.
Rakow explained a projected HERS Index is given to all Shodeen homes: The lower the HERS Index the better the homes energy efficiency.
Features that contribute to a better HERS score include energy efficient windows, insulation, spray foam and energy-efficient furnaces, water heaters and appliances.
“We test all Shodeen houses for air infiltration. Their use of spray foam in rim joists and detailed air sealing of the home’s enclosure has contributed to a home built to operate for less money. An energy-efficient new home costs its owners a lot less to operate, and while buyers may be able to save money on the front end by purchasing an older home, some of the monthly savings is lost in paying higher utility bills.”
In addition to the energy savings of a new home, new home warranties are often more comprehensive than the standard one-year limited warranty that buyers purchase or negotiate when acquiring a used home.
“Shodeen includes a 1, 5 and 10 year warranty on all of our homes,” Harmon said. “The first year is a comprehensive home warranty and we follow up with home owners at 30 days and 11 months after move-in to make sure any warranty issues are addressed. The home is also insured for five years for water penetration in the foundation and for 10 years on major structural elements.”
In addition to the peace-of-mind provided by a new home warranty, new construction offers safety benefits. New homes are built to the most current village codes and standards and undergo an inspection process while being built. Wiring, smoke detectors, plumbing, air quality systems and more must conform to the most recent codes.
“Home shoppers are often under the misconception that building a new home is a lengthy process,” Harmon said. “While it is true that building from the ground up can take six months or more, we also offer homes available for quick move-in at Blackberry Creek. So, if you want the benefits of new home construction without the wait, we can accommodate your needs.”
Blackberry Creek residents are within walking distance of downtown Elburn and the Metra station across the street at Elburn Station. Children attend highly-rated Kaneland District 302 schools, including Blackberry Creek Elementary School, Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School.
The village hosts numerous community events such as a Memorial Day and Veterans Day Parade, the Christmas Stroll hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Elburn Days, a three day festival in late August that features music, carnival games, food and at Lions Park. The 18-hole Hughes Creek Golf Club, which offers lessons as well as an award-winning restaurant, is also nearby.
The model and sales center are located at 1400 Melbourne Street in Elburn. Hours are Monday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment and Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.