Bridgeport Village takes top award again

Bridgeport Village, a $75 million residential development in Bridgeport has won the Gold Key award for “Best Overall Urban Community” from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.

This marks the first time in the awards’ history that top honors have gone to the same project three times. In 2003, Bridgeport Village won the Crystal Key award, the highest available at that time for “Best Overall Urban Community.”

In 2002, Bridgeport Village won three gold medals at the Key Awards: Best Land Planning for a development, Best Landscape Architecture and Architectural Home Design. The development also was awarded a Silver Award for Best Architectural Home Design and a bronze medal for Best Land Planning Development for single-family homes in 2002.

Ten new, more spacious brick and stone home designs patterned after the classic architecture of historic city residences are now available at the development, located 10 minutes from Chicago’s Loop, at 3300 S. Racine.

When completed Bridgeport Village will include more than 30 newly developed city blocks – the city’s largest single-family home development in more than 50 years, according to developer Thomas A. Snitzer, president of Snitzer Homes.

“The idea was to create a community that provides a similar look to the way elegant single-family homes were built 70 or 80 years ago on the city’s North and South sides,” Snitzer said. “The homes are with varied classic styles so that each residence looks authentic, not cookie cutter.”

The 116-home first phase at Bridgeport Village is more than 95-percent sold. Only seven homes are still available in Phase I, according to Susan Reich, sales manager for Snitzer Homes.

Real estate sources say the 50-home second phase is scheduled to grand open in 2005 on a seven-acre tract along the river between 30th and 32nd streets, just north of Phase I.

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