Reston Ponds Community

Quaint Location and Affordable Prices Bring Long-Time Renter to Reston Ponds

SYCAMORE, IL – December 21, 2022– For nearly 30 years Robert Brooks, a truck driver by profession, drove through Sycamore and the surrounding on his way to-and-from work. Impressed with its quiet, country charm, Sycamore was top-of-mind when Robert and his girlfriend, Barbara Bringle, decided to make a move.

“We’ve been longtime Elgin renters but skyrocketing rental prices made buying a home more affordable than renting,” Robert said.  “I always liked Sycamore and our daughter is a senior at nearby Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, so we focused our home search to the area and found Reston Ponds.”

Located just north of I-88 and east of Peace Road, Reston Ponds is a Shodeen Homes’ community featuring 15-cres of parks, six ponds and Southeast Elementary School- part of Sycamore School District 427.

“Buying a home with Shodeen was very affordable,” Robert said. “They included a lot of things, like a full basement, as standard that other builders charged extra. We took advantage of their half-off-options promotion at time and added a three-car garage.”

Robert and Barbara built the 1,766-square-foot two-story Lincoln design with three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, island kitchen open to the dining area and family room, flex room, master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and private bath, two secondary bedrooms served by a hall bath and full basement.

“I love that everything is new,” Barbara said.  “We selected grey cabinets, flooring, countertops and more to make it ours – to create our ideal home.  We added a shower to the first-floor powder room too. Everything is new and fresh. I wish we should have done this years ago.”

The rural charm of Sycamore and affordable home prices brought long-time renter Robert Brooks, his girlfriend, Barbara Bringle, and their daughter, Melinda, to Reston Ponds.

Buyers interested in building a home at Reston Ponds choose from a collection or ranch and two-story plans ranging from 1,613 to 2,601 square feet in size with 3 or 4 bedrooms, two or 2 ½ baths, full basements and two-car garages priced from the $330s. Homes are also available for immediate delivery and, for a limited time, buyers can save on their monthly mortgage payment when using Shodeen’s preferred lender, Old National, through locked interest rates with $10,000 toward a mortgage rate buy down.

“We’ve had a very positive experience building a home with Shodeen,” Robert said.  “They’ve been easy to work with and very responsive.”

Reston Ponds is within walking distance of downtown Sycamore, which offers a variety of shops and restaurants, and is minutes from the I-88 employment corridor, Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine.

Reston Ponds is five miles north of I-88 and just east of Peace Road.  The model and sales center is located at 437 E Becker Place. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment and Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (331) 442-2897.

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