Custom townhome, production price offered at Millbrook Pointe

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Millbrook Pointe, a community of all brick townhomes priced from $289,900, is in its final phase of construction. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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Ellen and David Kay were looking for a new townhome in the northern suburbs and visited Millbrook Pointe in Wheeling.

Impressed with the brick and stone architecture of the community, they purchased a 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2½-bath rowhome for under $300,000.

And they believe they got a lot for their money.

Builder Gary Levitas was extremely accommodating and allowed the Kays to customize their home to their heart’s content.

“We selected different cabinets, hardware, backsplash, light fixtures and ceiling fans and then Gary installed all the products we purchased. Dealing with Gary was like working with a custom builder but at production builder pricing,” said Ellen.

Levitas reconfigured the kitchen by adding an additional row of cabinets over and under the existing counter for extra storage. In the master bath, the couple wanted a larger walk-in shower with a shower seat, so Gary reconfigured the entire bathroom to accommodate their request. In the powder room he substituted a vanity in lieu of the standard pedestal sink so the Kays could have additional counter space.

They are delighted with their high quality products such as Pella wood windows, solid core six-panel wood doors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, site stained wood floors, recessed lighting throughout, 3¼-inch base moldings and casings around the windows and doors, large back deck, finished basement and two car garage.

“They even use Benjamin Moore neutral color paint rather than the chalky white paint most builders use,” said Ellen.

Ellen believes that her rowhome feels like she’s living in a single family home without the work. The spacious family room boasts a floor-to-ceiling bay window that brings in lots of natural light and overlooks a gazebo and fountain. The one-stop shopping experience was an added bonus.

“Gary referred us to a preferred lender who helped us get our mortgage and assisted us with an insurance broker. “Gary and project manager Greg do it all, making the home buying process a very personal experience.”

David said the overall quality of the workmanship was excellent and pricing was very fair. Affirming that assumption, Millbrook Pointe was recently recognized for excellence in construction and design by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago with a coveted Key Award.

David’s favorite room is his man cave located on the lower level with its 9-foot ceiling. Three windows open the room up with natural light, and beautiful carpeting makes this functional den a private retreat for TV watching or visiting with friends.

The Wheeling location provides convenient access to all transportation corridors like Interstates 294 and 90 and Route 53, and the Metra station is close by. And they can walk to their favorite restaurants on Restaurant Row on Milwaukee Avenue.

The couple agrees that Gary’s goal is to make his customers happy and he did just that, according to Ellen.

“Our home building experience was excellent,” she said.

Other buyers echo the Kays sentiments and helped Northfield Group sell more than 15 homes in 2012.

“By merging well-designed townhomes affordably priced from $289,900 in a premier Wheeling location, we have created a desirable community that people want to call ‘home’,” said Levitas.

Construction activity is under way with four more buildings to complete Phase II, providing customers with an abundance of choices in home style and location.

Just like the Kays, customers are taking advantage of total customization within the footprint of their floor plans. Buyers can opt for a charming three-story rowhome design featuring two or three bedrooms and 2½ baths, or you can choose from two upscale townhome plans showcasing three and four bedrooms and up to 3½ baths.

To visit Millbrook Pointe, from I-294 North, exit Lake Cook Road, and go west to 516 N. Milwaukee Ave. The sales office is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (847) 347-2300 or visit