Airhart, Focus Release Newest Model Home at Courthouse Square
- Nov 13, 2008
By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorWheaton, Ill.—Airhart Construction has opened its latest rowhome model at Courthouse Square, a community that will be comprised of 50 rowhomes and 182 condominiums at completion.The community, developed through a joint venture between Airhart Construction—which built the rowhomes—and Focus Development—which is working on the condominium portion of the project—is located on the site of the historic DuPage County Courthouse, which more recently served as the campus of National-Louis University. The development’s design focused on the historic nature of the site. “We worked hard to play off the historic nature of the courthouse,” Court Airhart, president, Airhart Construction, tells MHN. In addition, much of the inspiration for the rowhomes comes from Airhart’s visits to Alexandria, Va. and Georgetown. “I really tried, with our townhomes, to create absolutely unique elevations so people could feel that they had their own identity, which is especially important for a suburban environment.”The States Attorney Building, which is situated next to the courthouse, will be reused as the community clubhouse with a fitness center, outdoor pool and meeting space, in addition to housing professional office space.Designed by Chicago-based Antunovich Associates, each rowhome features four levels, with the lower level offering a two-car garage, and each residence including a private elevator. The upper level of each residence offers a roof terrace. Each home can be customized with a number of buyer options.The rowhomes range in size from 2,600 to 4,000 sq. ft. and are priced from $589,000 to $1 million.Airhart and Focus worked to ensure that more than 50 percent of the property would be comprised of green space. To that end, Airhart notes that he is most proud of the green roofs they created above the underground parking.Situated along the railroad track, the site is three blocks from the local train station that provides residents easy access to downtown Chicago, which is just 25 miles east of the site. Financed by RBC, the development is being built in a number of phases, which is subject to change as the state of the economy changes. The condominiums, which are expected to be built in four phases, range from the $220,000s to the $1.4 millions for the six historic courthouse residences.Thugh the rowhomes are expected to be built in five phases, “we are looking to modify how the phases are built and not have so many residences tied together,” explains Airhart, revealing the venture’s strategy for dealing with the economic turndown. Despite this, the first phase of rowhomes is sold out, while 50 percent of the second phase has been sold. Phase III sales are expected to begin soon, and the model home has already been pre-sold.