This is a good article about how mirrors can make a smaller home feel larger. We’ve used many of these ideas in our cottage homes atNewport Cove, our waterfront community on Bluff Lake in unincorporated Antioch, IL.
The colors of sand, sunshine, water and flower gardens – these are cottage colors. At Newport Cove, the award-winning waterfront community on the Chain O’ Lakes in suburban Antioch, builder New American Homes has some favorite paint colors for its coastal-style homes:
Behr’s “Clambake,” “Cottage White” and “Laurel Mist.” Benjamin Moore’s “Nantucket Breeze.” Restoration Hardware’s “Sand Dollar” (top), “Silver Sage” (middle) and “Seafoam” (bottom). Teamed with bright white trim, these colors say summer, lazy days and serenity. Psychologists have proved that color affects mood. Who could feel unhappy surrounded by these hues?
Living year-round in a newly built, energy-efficient lakeside home is a practical choice wise home investors are pursuing now.
1. Lowest mortgage rates
The average rate for a 30-year fixed loan sank to 4.58 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac. That is the lowest rate since the mortgage company began keeping records in 1971. At this rate, the interest one would pay on a $400,000 mortgage would be $18,320 per year, a little more than $1,500 per month, and that $1,500 is tax deductible!
2. At-cost price tag
The award-winning builder of Newport Cove, New American Homes, will build a custom home AT COST on Newport Cove’s estate or lakefront home sites as long as the buyer pays full price for the lot and begins building before October 1, 2010. This is a tremendous savings, particularly when one considers that it includes a beautifully designed and appointed coastal-style home offering the latest in energy-saving technology PLUS access to a fresh water lake, walking paths and open “green” spaces on land served by a state-of-the-art sewer system.
3. Recreation & quality lifestyle
A lakeside home in a planned waterfront community near Chicago offers multiple advantages including recreation and quality time with family. Fish, swim, take out the boat moored in Newport Cove’s private marina on Bluff Lake. Simplify your life with a beautiful new home in a serene setting. There’s never been a better time to capture that dream.
To learn more call: 847-726-2727 and visit www.newport-cove.com
The clock is ticking down on the federal government’s home buyer tax credit: $8,000 for first-time buyers and $6,500 for eligible existing home owners. To take advantage of this “gift” from Uncle Sam, you must sign your sales contract by April 30 and close on your home by June 30.
Newport Cove, the award-winning waterfront community on the Chain O’ Lakes, has four homes available for immediate occupancy: three of its maintenance-free Cottage models (the Highmeadow, the Moonriver and, pictured at left, the Stillwater) and the 6,200-square-foot waterfront Boardwalk custom home. Prices for the upgraded Cottage homes start in the high $300,000s. The Boardwalk is $1.1 million. The homes – and our sales center - are open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The government defines a first-time buyer as someone who has not owned a home for three years. Existing home owners can claim the $6,500 credit if they have been residing in their principal residence for five consecutive years out of the last eight.
To claim the full credit amounts, the buyer’s annual income must be under $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for married couples.
All residents of Newport Cove have access to the property’s private marina and manicured 1,800 feet of Bluff Lake waterfront.
Interested in learning more about this buyer incentive program and Newport Cove? Call 847.726.2727.
We now have the results of Newport Cove’s latest poll: Would You Like to Live By Water? 73 percent of the respondents gave an unequivocal yes; four percent said maybe; and four percent said they already do.
Newport Cove is a waterfront community on 42 acres on the Chain O’ Lakes. Sixty-seven new homes with lakefront views or lake access will be built in this planned community, which has 1,800 feet of shoreline on Bluff Lake, one of the deepest lakes on the Chain. A private marina with ample boatslips for all Newport Cove residents has been built at the property.
For the third February running, the swans are back at Bluff Lake, swimming in the open waters around the piers at .Newport Cove’s marina. (They seem to “hang” at the marina – they must like the fishing!) A dozen or so of these elegant birds, reportedly of the “tundra” swan species, stay for a couple weeks in the late winter and again in the fall, a short respite in their travels north to southeast, from the central Arctic region in northern Canada to the Chesapeake Bay area. The flyways for many migrating waterfowl follow the Fox River
On cold gray winter days, it’s good to remember that ice will thaw andsummer will reappear. The photo, right, was shot one morning last June from the Newport Cove marina. Here the sun rises over Bluff Lake.
Another snapshot, taken another morning some six months later (just a few weeks ago), shows our youngest resident, puppy in tow, sledding on the Newport Cove “bluff.”
Interesting factoid: On a per-acre basis, the Chain O’Lakes – home to our Newport Cove water front community – is the busiest inland recreational waterway in the entire United States. With some 7,100 acres of water, 15 lakes and 45 miles of river, this “Key West of the Midwest” accommodates activities for every water-lover: boating, swimming, tubing, waterskiing, fishing, even hunting. Chicagoland’s playground for more than a century (it is about an hour’s drive from the big city), the Chain boasts two State Parks as well as many great boat-in (or drive-to) restaurants and “hot spots”. Newport Cove’s marina is a stone’s “skip” from several.Newport Cove sits on the western shore of Bluff Lake, one of the lesser-known lakes in the Chain and just south of the larger (and more familiar) Lake Marie. But, despite the Chain’s lively reputation, it has its quiet times, too. In the spring and fall, or on summer weekdays, fishing boats idle near the shorelines and waterfowl serenely float on tranquil waters.
Newport Cove may well be the best
new home address on the Chain O’ Lakes. This 42-acre waterfront property stretches along the bluffs overlooking aptly-named Bluff Lake, near the charming town of Antioch in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.Years ago Al Capone had his summer home on this property; legend says he ran bootlegged booze up and down the Fox River and through the lakes of the Chain. Next came a marina called Oldport, then a camper trailer park with a marina named Newport Cove. For a time there was a restaurant called Nolan’s, and a bar with Paradise in its title and flamingos on its sign.The property is still called Newport Cove, but it has been transformed into a planned community with sites for 67 upscale single-family homes. It boasts a private marina with more than 100 slips, a private eight-acre waterfront park anchored by a gazebo with cooking and restroom facilities, walking paths and wildflowers, coastal-style homes and happy fishermen, ski boats and pontoon boats, toddlers and senior citizens, Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers.Those living at Newport Cove have chosen not just a house. They’ve bought a lifestyle, too, a lifestyle centered on the water.