JUL 8, 2011

Three Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors at Lexington Square

City dwellers often sacrifice one or more valued features when it comes to a new home purchase, with outdoor space ranking high on the list. However, all homes at Lexington Square, a community of 39 single-family rowhomes in Bridgeport, include an unusual package of outdoor areas: a rooftop deck, fenced-in front yard and large rear balcony off the kitchen.

Three Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors at Lexington SquareDeveloped by Chicago-based Lexington Homes (www.lexingtonchicago.com), Lexington Square is located at 3704 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 have three bedrooms, 2½ baths and attached two-car garages. Additional bedrooms and baths are available.

“This combination of outdoor spaces in a rowhome is very unusual,” said Jeff Benach, co-principal of Lexington Homes. “Typically, homes in the city only have small balconies. With our homes, there’s an oversized balcony off the kitchen and a fenced-in front yard, which is great for dogs and kids. The crowning glory, however, is all homes have a rooftop deck, which is a stellar space for entertaining with views of U.S. Cellular Field and the downtown skyline. And, every home at Lexington Square provides these views from the rooftop decks. These outdoor spaces truly extend the living space of the homes and are a top selling point for our homebuyers.”

In addition to the outdoor spaces that come with the homes, Lexington Square is located across from Donovan Park, a full-square-block city park with ball fields, basketball courts and a soft-surface playground with spray pool. “This beautiful park is another bonus for buyers looking for coveted green space for their kids, dogs or themselves,” said Benach.

Private rooftop decks come with a 12-foot by 15-foot treated wood deck with wood railings. Homebuyers can upgrade to an expanded deck measuring 15 feet by 30 feet, and they can opt for Trex decking, a high performance wood-alternative.

“Most of our buyers upgrade to the larger deck, as it provides nearly twice the space and opens up their options,” said Benach. “There is plenty of space for a grill and a seating area with multiple chairs and tables, as well as room for container gardening for flowers, herbs and vegetables. Interestingly, some of our residents ask us to install a cable jack so they can have a TV on the rooftop to watch the White Sox games or a midnight movie under the stars. One resident is even adding a hot tub. It’s a perfect spot to wow guests.”

Benach adds that the views are the real show-stealer on the rooftops. “All decks provide a full city skyline view as well as a front-row seat to the post-game or homerun celebratory fireworks at U.S. Cellular Field.”

Fenced-in yards are located at the front entrance to each home. Landscaping is included with the yards, as well as a wrought iron fence with fleur-de-lis post tops.

“The fenced yards provide owners a taste of a single-family home lifestyle with a yard, but without all the maintenance that comes with it,” said Benach. “We have residents who have kiddy pools and gardens in their yards, and many use it as a nice area for their dogs to safely spend some time outdoors.

The private balconies, or terraces, located off the kitchen of each home measure 14 feet by 5 feet. “Most residents have their grills on the terrace off the kitchen for easy access, and some have had us install a gas line so they do not have to use propane tanks,” said Benach. “The location for grilling is so perfect because you don't have to carry food through the house. However, we do have some homeowners that have grills both on the balcony and rooftop deck to keep their entertaining options open.”

One of the floor plans offered at Lexington Square is the Grant Elite. The 2,216-square-foot home has three bedrooms and 2½ baths, and is base-priced at $379,880. The second floor plan is the 2,507-square-foot Buckingham, which is base-priced at $429,800, and includes three bedrooms and 2½ baths.

Homes have 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.

To visit Lexington Square, exit I-90/94 at 35th Street and head west for eight blocks. Turn left at Halsted Street and continue for three blocks to 37th Street. Turn right at 37th Street and the sales center will be located just ahead 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 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Lexington Square, call (773) 523-5900 or visit www.lexingtonchicago.com.

"Sales and project management staff is very responsive and great to work with, home turned out very well."

- Gayle Matthies