The Renaissance at Beverly Ridge, a development of 123 single-family houses and 50 townhouses, broke ground Thursday near the Washington Heights Metra station and I-57, according to Ebonie Taylor, sales manager for the project. MGM Urban Properties and the The Terrell Group are the developers, she said.
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) had long sought to develop the vacant industrial site, Taylor said. It’s perhaps worth noting here that Taylor, who has also identified herself as Ebonie Brookins, appears to be Brookins’ wife – but we’re waiting for her to confirm that for us.
She said the new homes, which will fill the block bounded by 105th Street, 107th Street, Vincennes Avenue and Throop Street in Washington Heights (just to the east of Beverly), are meant to blend with the area’s “suburban-style home environment.”
Relatively large lot sizes — ranging from 25 by 125 to 44 by 149 — add to the project’s sprawling, suburban feel, she added. And the traditional, brick-fronted designs by Phil Johnson Architects and The Shaldis Group, some of which look Tudor-inspired, are meant to mirror the architectural style of the surrounding Washington Heights, Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods.
The two-story single-family homes have two-car garages and full basements. They range from 1,750 to 3,200 square feet, with three to five bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. Prices start in the $280s, going up to the $550s, and features include landscaping, crown molding, tray ceilings in some master bedrooms, granite kitchen counters and either a deck, patio, or back porch. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath townhouses, priced at $279,990, have partial basements with attached two-car garages.
About 20 percent of the single-family houses have sold, and all of the townhouses are available, Taylor said. Deliveries are expected beginning at the end of the year. A second phase of 30 condos, 12 single-family homes and eight townhouses is slated to start in about three years.
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