SYCAMORE, IL –February 10, 2022– If you’re in the market for a new ranch or two-story home and want to escape more crowded urban areas for a slice of small-town Americana, you’ll want to visit Reston Ponds and Heron Creek in Sycamore, where Shodeen Homes offers homes for spring move-in.
According to Realtor.com, home searches in suburban zip codes, such as Sycamore, jumped 13% with more than half of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas reporting a surge in buyers leaving cities for suburban locations. Even prior to the pandemic cities, such as Chicago, were reporting an outflux of 100 residents daily while cities like New York lost 376 residents per day.
“There’s no doubt that our need to work and learn from home triggered a considerable uptick in suburban migration,” said Craig Shodeen, President of Shodeen Homes, a family-owned-and-operated company celebrating over 60 years in home building. “However, prior to the pandemic we were seeing a steady influx of buyers, from Chicago and other densely populated cities, coming to our Sycamore, Maple Park and Elburn communities who wanted to get away from the hustle-and-bustle and get more for their home buying dollar.”
Located just five miles north of I-88 and east of Peace Road in Sycamore, Reston Ponds and Heron Creek are master-planned communities featuring ponds, walking trails and parks. Both communities are served by Sycamore School District 427, which was rated in the top 10% among more than 500 school districts in the state of Illinois. Reston Ponds features a new 12-acre Sycamore Park District community park, South East Elementary School and is walking distance to charming downtown Sycamore. Both communities are minutes from the I-88 employment corridor, Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine.
“Buyers want more room inside and out as well as access to community parks and great schools, while maintaining easy access to transportation and urban amenities,” Shodeen said. “Reston Ponds and Heron Creek give buyers an affordable, quality of life they can’t find in or near the city.”
Two ranch plans are offered for spring delivery at Heron Creek. Priced at $374,600, the Sundance at 242 Alden Drive features 1,860 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, two baths, full basement and two-car garage. The open-concept plan also includes an island kitchen with 42” white cabinets and granite countertops that is open to the great room with fireplace, dining area, master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and private bath and concrete patio.
The Newberry II ranch, priced at $424,900, is move-in ready at 312 Alden Drive and includes 2,093 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, two baths, full basement, 2 1/2-car garage, wide plank low maintenance Inhaus wood laminate flooring, island kitchen with 42” white cabinets and granite countertops, great room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling, master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet and private bath and over-sized concrete patio.
Buyers can also choose to build new and select from a collection of ranch and two-story designs ranging from 1,613 to 2,595 square feet with prices starting in the $300s.
Sycamore is known for its October Pumpkin Fest and Thrillist recently named the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival as one of the best small-town Halloween festivals in America. Annually, over 1,000 pumpkins are entered and displayed on the courthouse grounds. The day’s events consist of carnival rides, craft shows, a 10K Road Race and one-mile family fun run and parade. Pumpkin farms, including Goebberts in Pingree Grove and Kuipers in Maple Park offer endless family fun.
The Sycamore Park District, which offers classes for children of all ages, operates the public golf course, community pool and splash park as well as a community center and fitness facility.