WHY IT WORKED: A great location on the west side of Elgin, one of Chicago's rapidly growing suburbs, is a plus, as is the master planned community's nautical concept, which the builder calls “a taste of New England in the Midwest.”

  • Advance sales for a preregistered interest list netted 75 sales in one day, a record opening for Town & Country Homes.
  • More than two dozen single-family floor plans complement Providence's coastal theme with period-style elevations. Natural exterior materials include cedar siding and masonry.
  • Future amenities include a 3-acre lake, a boathouse-style community center, a 25-acre regional park, and an on-site school.

    Project: Providence, Elgin, Ill.; Sales started: May 2004; Sales through April 2005: 221; Units planned: 507; Price: $290,000 to $350,000; Unit size: 2,266 to 3,544 square feet; Builder: Town & Country Homes and True North Communities, Lombard, Ill.; Developer: K. Hovnanian T&C Management, Lombard; Architects: Balsamo, Olson and Lewis, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects and Planners, Palatine, Ill.; Land planner: Land Vision, St. Charles, Ill.; Landscape architect: Hitchcock Design Group, Naperville, Ill.; Interior designer: Creative Design Consultants, Costa Mesa, Calif.

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