FEB 2, 2012

Buyers Create ‘Baby Boom’ at Lexington Square in Bridgeport

The Gazette

Buyers Create ‘Baby Boom’ at Lexington Square in BridgeportHomebuyers at Lexington Square are part of a “baby boom” phenomenon all their own. Nearly half of homebuyers have newborns, toddlers, or young children at the new community of 39 single-family row homes in Bridgeport by Chicago-based Lexington Homes.

Lexington Square is located at 3630 S. Sangamon St., eight blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field. The community offers two floor plans ranging from2,216 to 2,507 square feet. Base-priced from the $390,000s, the three-story homes come standard with three bedrooms, 2½ baths, rooftop decks (with complete views of the Chicago skyline), and attached two-car garages. Additional bedrooms and baths are available.

“We have at least 15 families at our community, including nine newborns born since June, plus a few other expecting moms due very soon,” said Jeff Benach, co principal of Lexington Homes. “We also have six other families with young children. It’s a lot of fun to see all the young faces and the families are already developing close relationships and friendships between the parents and children. Many of our other homebuyers are newlyweds, so we expect the baby boom to continue for some time.”

Benach added that Lexington Square is essentially a built-in playgroup and source of information for new parents to tap into.

“We think it’s a great benefit to residents,” he continued. “Many of our buyers have said they were searching for a larger home and family-friendly neighborhood, which they found here. Our townhomes have great main level layouts with open kitchens and dining and living rooms practical for families. Plus, the homes have three or four bedrooms plus family rooms, providing plenty of space and options.”

One of the first families to live at Lexington Square was the Yeo Family, including Dan; Jaci; Alayna, 6; and Naomi, 5. In 2009, they moved into their new townhome from an apartment in the West Loop.“We found this area and these homes first, then three more of our friends followed us here and own townhomes in the same community,” said Jaci Yeo. “We love everything about having a new construction home and the design of these homes. We had lived in Naperville previously as well, and you can’t get this space and these finishes and new construction there. I do a lot of entertaining and love this home for hosting parties.”

The Yeos have a three-bedroom townhome, with the girls sharing a bedroom. Jaci uses the third bedroom as her office/guest room, and Dan uses the lower level family room as a home office, as he works from home a few days a week.

“We also have two dogs, so the dogs and kids love the park right across the street,” said Jaci. “The girls go to lots of birthday parties and play with the neighbors’ children. My husband and I both went to Chicago Public Schools, and the girls are now going to CPS schools nearby. We love it here and don’t plan to go anywhere else.”

Mario and Melissa Hernandez are another Lexington Square family, with two daughters, Josephine, almost 3, and Sophia, 15 months. They moved into a four-bedroom townhome about one year ago.

Their aupair lives inthe fourth bedroomon the first floor. “We lived in a two-bedroom condo in Hyde Park and found out another baby was on the way, so we needed more space,” said Melissa Hernandez. “We also have two dogs. Plus, we were starting to talk about schools and quality of life and where the girls will grow up. I’m a Chicago Public Schools teacher and need to stay in the city and my husband works downtown, so this community was great for us.”

The family is already enjoying the community spirit at Lexington Square, including events planned by the townhome association such as a barbecue in September and a Halloween event. “Many of us decorated our homes for Halloween, then we trick-or-treated as one big group,” Hernandez said.

The Osterhouts are another Lexington Square family, including Michael, Paula, and newborn daughter, Midori, who is just over one month old. Their three-bedroom townhome, like all homes at Lexington Square, includes a fenced-in front yard, balcony and private rooftop deck, which they look forward to using with their daughter. “These will be great places for her to play,” said Paula.

All homes at Lexington Square include a private rooftop deck with full skyline views, a fenced-in front yard, and oversized private balconies off the kitchens. They also include brushed nickel lighting fixtures; 42-inch maple cabinets, granite countertops and GE stainless steel appliances in the kitchen; hardwood flooring throughout the main level; and raised-height vanities with granite or marble countertops in all baths.

The sales center is located at 37th and Sangamon streets. Sales center hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about Lexington Square, call (773) 523-5900 or visit www.lexingtonchicago.

In the past four decades, Lexington Homes’ real estate development team has built more than 40,000 homes in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

"Lexington was great from start to finish and I think they have done a wonderful thing by bringing affordable upscale homes into an up and coming neighborhood."

- Kevin & Victoria