From snow-melting sidewalk to room for nanny
Home buyers with tons of money who seek to move in between now and spring may reserve one of three elegant one-of-a-kind single-family residences at Geneva Terrace Estates, an upscale 22-home enclave in the heart of Lincoln Park. Geneva Terrace Estates is located just east of Orchard St. and is bound by Schubert to the north and Drummond on the south.
"This new single-family estate home development by developer Stuart Rose is well on its way to becoming the next 'Millionaires' Row' in Lincoln Park," noted Danny Glick, sales associate for Rubloff Residential Properties, the exclusive marketing and sales agent.
The four-level estate homes feature 5,200 to 7,800 square feet of living space. They range in price from $1.995 million to about $4 million. One home is sold, another is built and two more are under construction.
The completed 3-story estate home at 646 West Drummond Place has a limestone and red brick façade. The 6-bedroom residence features 4 and ½ baths, 5,400 square feet of living area and a 2-car garage. Listed for sale at $2.3 million, it is available for immediate occupancy, Glick said.
The 16-by-14-foot living room has Brazilian cherry wood floors, a fireplace with Mediterranean marble mantle, recessed lighting, and built-in bookcases. The living area extends to a spacious 16-by-14-foot dining area with built-in buffet cabinetry.
The 15-by-12-foot gourmet kitchen features radiant heated limestone floors, 15 feet of built-in Brazilian cherry cabinets, bronze hardware and fixtures, and customized faux-tile outlets. Countertops are covered in Santa Cecilia granite, while appliances are top-of-the line brands including a Subzero, ASKO and Wolff. A sprawling 20-by-18-foot family room adjoins the kitchen.
The second floor master bedroom (18 by 15 feet) offers streetscape views and overlooks one of three family terraces. The remaining five bedrooms range in size from 11 by 11 feet to 14 by 11 feet, respectively.
The top level of the home includes a handsome built-in wet bar and sliding doors leading to a terrace. On the opposite end of the upper level is another bedroom with access to a third terrace overlooking Drummond Street.
The highlight of the home's lower level is a media center wired with 400-ampere service for the latest Internet connections and home entertainment. This level also includes more ample closet space and 3 bedrooms or multi-purpose rooms.
Here are details on two other homes now nearing completion:
* A 7-bedroom estate home at 2664 N. Geneva Terrace has 5 and ½ baths, 7,400 square feet of living area and a 3-car garage. Scheduled for delivery in March, it is listed for sale at $3.5 million.
"This 17-room estate home features a wine cellar, a built-in home theater, a 600-square-foot deck and a private yard," Glick said.
* A 7-bedroom estate home at 2668 N. Geneva Terrace has 4 and ½ baths, 5,400 square feet of living area and a 2-car garage. Scheduled for delivery in May, it is listed for sale at $1.995 million.
"A rare Lincoln Park estate homes built east of Halsted Street and priced under $2 million, this residence has three decks and a private backyard," Glick said.
The homes Geneva Terrace Estates boast exquisite floors (predominantly Brazilian cherry or oak), intricately laid mosaic and limestone tile in bathrooms, custom millwork, gourmet kitchens, multiple decks, towering 7-foot to 8-foot-tall doors, radiant heat under all stone surfaces, private back yards, and 2- or 3-car garages.
The casework and custom trim are the finest grades of American cherry, oak and mahogany available. All of the millwork is custom designed and fitted to each home.
Door casings, window casings, windowsills, crown molding, baseboards, and plinths are solid wood and are specially designed and milled for Geneva Terrace Estates. Floors, stair treads, railings, newels, and all cabinets are also custom-sized and designed.
Finally, all kitchen cabinetry, built-ins, and closets are personally designed and hand-drawn by Stuart Rose himself.
All of the homes' interiors are also outfitted with the finest stones available. Stones are sourced and hand-selected from Mexico, China, Italy, Turkey, India, Israel, Spain, Brazil — literally all over the world.
Rose's homes typically use a combination of marble, limestone, granite and slate and, again, are matched with custom grout colors lending continuity and style to every room. Since they also hand cut tiles, Rose's team can often create sizes and shapes that are not available in the market.
A unique feature of the development is the site plan, which includes a garden courtyard lined with mature trees and a winding brick sidewalk. The courtyard is nearly 300 feet long and about 60 feet wide, Rose said.
The homes feature "Snow Melt" heated sidewalks and front steps. This system — composed of tubes containing hot anti-freeze running beneath the surface — keeps all entryways warm and ice-free in the winter.
Home sites vary in size from 25 by 120 feet to 38 by 146 feet. Two lots are nearly square, measuring 67 by 66 feet. There are practically no "standard" home sites because the site widens to the south following the angle of Clark Street.
"Because of this most homes will have a unique floor plan. And while the homes will have the same tone and manner, each façade is a one-of-a-kind design," Rose said.
"The floor plans are very well thought out," Glick explains. "Stuart Rose thinks about traffic flow, furniture layout, views, lighting, workspace, orientation and function long before a hammer is put to nail."
"Depending on the family's needs and tastes, some of the bedrooms can serve multiple purposes," Rose noted. "For instance, they may serve as a media room, a home office, a den or library, an exercise room or nanny quarters."
Custom builder Stuart Rose has built and sold more than 50 luxury single-family homes and scores of upscale condominium residences over his 23-year career. The SR Builders, Inc. team is comprised of 22 tradespeople and technicians representing rough and finished carpentry, tile setting, stone fabrication, and radiant heat.
"Many of his tradespeople have been with Rose for more than 20 years, and their combined experiences and lessons learned translate into near perfection with Geneva Terrace Estates," Glick said.