Thursday, May 23, 2013
"It's a huge deal for us," said John McLinden, SchoolStreet developer.
When Denise Gibson and her husband were looking to downsize from their home in Long Grove, there was one town on their radar: Libertyville. "We knew that we wanted to live in Libertyville," said Gibson. She and her husband liked the idea of living in a close-knit community with a high walkability factor. She admits that at first, she didn't know if the SchoolStreet development would be the perfect fit. She didn't think there would be that sense of family and closeness that she and her husband desired. "Nothing could be farther from the truth," said Gibson. Within 48 hours, the couple had decided that the SchoolStreet development was going to be their new home. They are slated to move in sometime in November. Gibson said she was struck by …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home is under construction on School Street.
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- Sara Eriksen
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The success story of the 26-home development on School Street has been unfolding over the past two years in Libertyville. Developer John McLinden and his team have transformed the street into an urban, walkable community where front porches hug the sidewalks and residents are connected to their neighborhood. Now, SchoolStreet, where energy efficiency has been part of every home’s design, is taking green building to the next level by building a U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home. The Challenge “You’ve got to be an ENERGY STAR 3.0 just to be talking about it,” McLinden says of the energy rating a home needs to have to be considered for the Challenge Home project. “We’re cranking it up in a big way. This is the future of housing.” “In a…
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: