Free screened haven offered at Enclave homes
Select a free screened porch addition, valued at $25,000, through October at The Enclave in Libertyville. | SUPPLIED PHOTO
Imagine relaxing on a screened porch and discovering the magnificent natural landscape all around at The Enclave at The Reserve at the Merit Club in Libertyville.
Touted as the “most beautiful community in Lake County,” picturesque rock gardens, ponds and colorful wildflowers spread a blanket of beauty and serenity throughout the community.
“Since most of our homeowners have opted for a screened porch addition to their semi-custom home, we are now offering a free screened porch valued at $25,000 to anyone who purchases a home through October,” said Jeri Szatko, Merit Homes director of sales and marketing.
Empty-nester homebuyers who want to downsize into a ranch home and enhance their outdoor living space have made The Enclave their choice. Since lowering home prices to the upper $400,000s, renewed interest has resulted in seven sales over the last seven months.
“Potential buyers are impressed with our quality construction, innovative design and flurry of activity when they come to tour our model,” said Szatko.
The Enclave is the last section in an established neighborhood, so buyers don’t have to deal with the dust and debris so prevalent when a new neighborhood is under construction. They can also see how the community looks and not encounter any surprises.
Homeowners also enjoy the majestic, resort-like setting featuring rolling hills, mature trees and scenic protected views. Some of the new homes overlook the pristine fairways of the Merit Club, an 18-hole private golf course that is ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the world.
The 17-home Enclave is the last part of a gated community called the Reserve at the Merit Club, which is comprised of 102 semi-custom homes and 26 one-acre custom homes on 100 acres of rolling land. Honored with the “Best Overall Community” award from the Home Builders Association, the community was recognized for excellence in design and construction.
Buyers can choose from five luxurious ranch plans or two two-story designs with first-floor master bedrooms. Innovative homes feature 1,800 to 3,000 square feet with two to four bedrooms and up to 3½ baths and are priced from $494,900 to $625,900.
Ranch plans cater to mostly empty-nesters and young professionals who want the convenience of single-level living, mainly because it eliminates having to walk up and down stairs. Even though comfort and relaxed living is their first priority, these homebuyers also want spare bedrooms for when their kids are home from college. Grandparents are interested in a home large enough to accommodate their grandkids’ frequent visits.
In addition to the benefits of one-level living, buyers are attracted to the architectural design of the ranch plans. High ceilings throughout the homes and open floor plans establish a feeling of spaciousness. Kitchens, family rooms and living rooms flow into each other, making entertaining convenient, while separate bedroom areas provide privacy and personal space.
Large basements are perfect for creating a spacious recreational room for teenagers, or they can be transformed into in-law quarters with a full bath.
“When out-of-town guests remain for an extended stay, you can still maintain your privacy,” said Szatko. “Ranches are also more suitable homes when in-laws need a temporary or permanent residence.”
Upgraded luxury features come standard at The Enclave. Homes include oak flooring, Kohler fixtures, maple cabinets, granite countertops, full masonry fireplace, extensive trim details, wood windows, cedar shake roofs, zoned temperature control, fire suppression systems, and patios.
To visit the community, take Interstate 94 to Route 137, go west to Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue), then north 1½ miles to the entrance. Follow signs to the sales center, open Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 847 680-0090 or visit merithomes.net.