Why It Worked: The builder/developer, a local firm, is known for putting up quality buildings in great locations. These two mid-rise buildings are a short walk from rail connections and a five-minute drive from the tollway.

  • Seven floor plans offer buyers numerous options, including one-, room units that range in size from 1,048 to 1,834 square feet.
  • Little touches that make a difference include polished brass door levers, wood-cased windows and patio doors, and extra-wide balcony doors.
  • The popular Kensing-ton floor plan features an eat-in kitchen, a 13-by-6-foot balcony, and a laundry/utility room tucked just off the entry.

    Project: The Monte Clare Condominiums, Des Plaines, Ill.; Sales started: December 2003; Sales through July 2004: 59; Units planned: 78; Price: $191,000 to $329,900; Unit size: 1,048 to 1,834 square feet; Builder/Developer: R. Franczak & Associates, Des Plaines; Architect: Andrian-Zemenides, Chicago; Interior designer: Concept Group, Northbrook, Ill.

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