Thursday, May 3, 2012
Sixteen-acre mixed-use development would transform northern end of ‘Main Street.’
After designing and executing SchoolStreet Homes, StreetScape Developers is eyeing another portion of downtown Libertyville. The group has proposed a mixed-use development called Liberty Station, consisting of various housing types, retail, restaurants and public spaces on a 16-acre tract of land surrounding the Metra station. John McLinden of StreetScape explains that the goal of the development is to add to downtown Libertyville in an organic way, so that buildings look as though they always have been there. He and his team want to design the development so that it attracts residents and visitors to walk through Liberty Station streets. Drawings show an outdoor fireplace, pavilions, inviting walkways, unique lighting and functional …
Monday, November 21, 2011
More than 500 people attended the opening of Sarah Susanka’s show house.
Last November, SchoolStreet Development announced that Sarah Susanka, renowned architect and author of the Not So Big House series, would design a showhouse for its 26-home project in Libertyville. On Saturday, the home opened to the public, drawing 515 attendees. “When I lived in the city, I lived in a little coach house, and I received her book as a gift,” said opening guest Ellen Coury of Libertyville. “I have been reading about her in the paper since the project started, and I was so excited to see the culmination of all of her ideas.” Coury, like many others, was eager to see Susanka’s concepts come to life in the 2,450-square-foot home on one of the development’s long, narrow lots. “I know people get some of it from the books,” …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Nepomuceno family takes us on a tour of their new home.
Construction on the SchoolStreet development is nearing completion and the first families of the new neighborhood have moved into their new homes. Although most of us seen the houses from the outside, only a few of us have gotten an inside glimpse. Joe and Stephanie Nepomuceno were kind enough to share their experiences, and give us a tour of thier new home. More related articles:
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sarah Susanka offers a tour of how her ideas are incorporated into the Libertyville house.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Libertyville’s SchoolStreet Development reaches a new milestone with the Central School building lofts now for sale.
The historic Central School building’s halls and rooms are no longer vacant — crews recently started renovating the building into residential lofts that are now on the market. “There’s great one bedrooms, really cool two bedrooms, and duplexes with three bedrooms,” John McLinden, School Street developer said of the building’s plans. “And the show stopper is the 3,000-square-foot penthouse unit. It’s an awesome space up there with 15-foot high ceilings, a great room, and an outdoor terrace with a fireplace.” The SchoolStreet’s experienced team is renovating the old school into 15 loft units. Six of them, opened first to Libertyville residents, have been priced under $230,000 in an effort to make owning a piece of the SchoolStreet property …
Friday, February 11, 2011
The renowned architect revealed her plans for the Not So Big Showhouse.
Sarah Susanka, an acclaimed architect and author of the Not So Big House books recently unveiled her design for the Not So Big Showhouse for the SchoolStreet development project. On Feb. 9, Susanka unveiled her design of the 2,450-square-foot house — which showcases her emphasis on scale, visual interest, efficiency, and personality — to a standing-room-only crowd at the Libertyville Civic Center. “You’re going to learn a lot as to why I picked this particular project,” Susanka said to the audience at the beginning of her presentation. “It gave me the opportunity to actually build an example of all of the things that I’ve been writing about for the last 12 years.” Susanka said that designing for the long, narrow lots for the SchoolStreet …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Patch gets an inside look at the School Street Development.
Construction of the School Street project is in full swing! The 26 homes will include a show home designed by Sarah Susanka, writer of The Not So Big House. The homes are going fast—20 of the single family dwellings have already been sold. Developer John McLinden credits this to the many offerings of the development. School Street sits within walking distance of the train station, as well as Libertyville Main Street. The project will also include a renovation of the historic Central Street School. "We want to keep the history of the school," said McLinden. The exterior will primarily look the same, except with new windows, and some dormers, but the interior of the old school will be converted into 15 condominiums with units ranging from …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Libertyville resident works with author to design homes that are a throwback to days gone by.
A drawing of the plans for the School Street homes looks like a row of arts and crafts bungalows built in an era decades ago, when houses were smaller, neighbors spoke daily, and residents walked to school, the corner store, and into town. John McLinden, the School Street developer, had this concept in mind, and now together with Sarah Susanka, renowned architect and author of the Not So Big House, they will turn this idea into reality. "These houses look like home," Susanka said. "Everyone has their archetypal home. They want a house that has a face. So many new suburban homes don't have a grace or charm that comes from good design." In 1998, Susanka wrote the Not So Big House after hearing clients, time and again, complain that their …