Eye for design brings townhouses to life

Ardmore Academy Rowhomes

In today’s market, it’s the rare developer who can build something truly unique into an established neighborhood. The Byrne Development Group, a builder with roots in Edgewater and Andersonville, is taking the lead with a bold property type.

“Townhomes are hard to do,” says Dave Camp, a broker associate with Sudler Sotheby’s International Realty. “You can’t find parcels to build on.”

Camp is marketing the Ardmore Academy Rowhomes, a five-home development by Byrne at 1403 – 1411 W. Ardmore Ave. in the heart of Edgewater Glen. The neighborhood is just west of Edgewater proper – close enough to enjoy both Lake Michigan during the day and Andersonville’s social scene in the evening.

Ardmore Academy RowhomesCamp says three of the massive homes are still available, priced from the $440s up to the $610s.  Each home features 1,600 to 2,200 square feet of living space on four levels, with three bedrooms (one each on the first three floors), custom-leveled kitchen cabinets, two balconies off the fourth floor, an oversized Jacuzzi and walk-in shower in the master bedroom and full brick construction on the exterior.

Click to enlargePerhaps the most unique aspect of the development is the view. Each unit overlooks the immense green space that fronts Nicholas Senn High School, which is easily among the most attractive public education institutions on the North Side.

Byrne Development Group is no stranger to this neighborhood; the builder is working with Sudler Sotheby’s to sell eight units at 5821 N. Winthrop Ave., and Byrne completed another townhouse project a few blocks away in 2002.

And though the first two units at Ardmore Academy Townhomes sold quickly, Camp is not taking any chances. His model is fully furnished, he says, because customers want to see exactly what they’re buying.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, all new construction,” he says. “And this year, I’ve had to furnish everything.”

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