WHY IT WORKED: Naperville, Ill., a popular Chicago suburb, has plenty of housing stock, but not a lot that's within walking distance of commuter trains. NeuDearborn Station offers residents a choice of 60 trains to and from Chicago every weekday, plus easy access to I-88, the main thoroughfare to the big city.

  • Close to half of the released homes sold in the first month, and that was in the usually slow month of December.
  • Three, two-story townhome plans and two, one-level apartment plans offer buyers plenty of choice. The townhomes come with lower levels that can be configured in a number of family-friendly ways.
  • The best-selling, 2,001-square-foot Sawgrass townhome (pictured) measures more than 25 feet in width and features 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, a private deck, and a side-loading, two-car garage.
  • PROJECT CREDITS Project: NeuDearborn Station, Naperville, Ill.; Sales started: December 2005; Sales through January 2006: 26; Units planned: 100; Price: $259,990 to $316,990; Unit size: 1,372 to 2,140 square feet; Builder/Developer/Architect: Neumann Homes, Warrenville, Ill.; Land planner/Landscape architect: Hitchcock Design Group, Naperville; Interior designer: Studio H, Chicagos

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