DEC 16, 2011
Stork makes multiple landings at Lexington Square
Homebuyers at Lexington Square are part of a baby boom phenomenon all their own. Nearly half of the homeowners have newborns, toddlers or young children at the new development of 39 single-family row homes in Bridgeport by Chicago-based Lexington Homes.
"We have at least 15 families at our community, including nine newborns born since June, plus a few other expecting moms due very soon. We also have six other families with young children," said Jeff Benach, co-principal of Lexington Homes.
"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," he said. "Many of our other homebuyers are newlyweds, so we expect the baby boom to continue for some time."
The family-friendly environment has the added perks of a built-in play group and source of information for new parents to tap into.
"We think it's a great benefit to residents. Many of our buyers have said they were searching for a larger home and family-friendly neighborhood, which they found here," Benach said.
Layouts feature open kitchens, dining and living rooms, three or four bedrooms plus family rooms.
Among the first to live at Lexington Square was the Yeo family, including Dan, Jaci, Alayna, 6, and Naomi, 5. In 2009, they moved into their new row home 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 town homes in the same community," said Jaci Yeo. "We love everything about having a new-construction home and the design of these homes. I do a lot of entertaining and love this home for hosting parties."
The Yeos have a three-bedroom home, with the girls sharing a bedroom. Jaci Yeo uses the third bedroom as her office/guest room, and Dan Yeo uses the lower-level family room as a home office.
"We also have two dogs, so the dogs and kids love the park right across the street," Jaci Yeo said. "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 have two daughters, Josephine, almost 3, and Sophia, 15 months. They moved into a four-bedroom home about one year ago. Their au pair lives in the fourth bedroom on 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 CPS teacher and need to stay in the city and my husband works downtown, so this community was great for us."
The family is enjoying the community spirit at Lexington Square, including recent events like a barbecue in September and Halloween festivities.
"Many of us decorated our homes for Halloween, then we trick-or-treated as one big group. Even the neighbors who weren't home left candy outside. We feel welcomed even by neighbors who don't have kids," Hernandez said.
The Osterhouts are another family in the development, including Michael, Paula and newborn daughter, Midori, who is just over 1 month old.
They lived with family in LaGrange Park, but Paula Osterhout works in Hyde Park, so they wanted to move closer. "We knew we would need the space for a family someday, and we wanted to choose a family neighborhood," she said. "We love that the neighborhood is safe and quiet."
Their three-bedroom home, like all row homes at the development, 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," Osterhout said.
Lexington Square overview
Lexington Square is at 3630 S. Sangamon St., eight blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field. The community offers two floor plans ranging from 2,216 to 2,507 square feet. Base-priced from the $370,000s, the three-story homes come standard with three bedrooms, 21/2 baths, rooftop decks and attached two-car garages. Additional bedrooms and baths are available.
All homes include a private rooftop deck with skyline views, a fenced-in front yard and oversize balconies off the kitchens. They also include brushed nickel lighting fixtures, 42-inch maple cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring throughout the main level and raised-height vanities with granite or marble countertops in baths.
The sales center is at 37th and Sangamon streets in Chicago. For more information, call 773-523-5900 or visit lexingtonchicago.com.
"I was a first time home buyer and I had been looking for a few months and was having a hard time finding my dream home."
- Megan Lockwald