Successfully Satisfied

In November 2016, Chuan and Tram, then parents of one young daughter with a second child on the way, moved into Gallagher and Henry’s Farmingdale Village community in Woodridge. Gallagher and Henry’s earnest efforts to accommodate customization requests, the quality of the homebuilder’s work, and the spirited growth of the family’s Farmingdale Village neighborhood makes this couple a pair of satisfied buyers.

Chuan and Tram gained familiarity with the Woodridge area and Gallagher and Henry thanks to family friends who lived in a Gallagher and Henry-built home near Farmingdale Village. Knowing Tram desired a move to the western suburbs to be closer to family – “The village,” Chuan calls it. – the couple visited Farmingdale Village on a few occasions to tour the model homes and discuss different possibilities. Those visits spurred a strong rapport with Gallagher and Henry sales manager Sandie Kanakes. “We had a good feeling about Gallagher and Henry,” Tram says.

When those same family friends told Chuan and Tram that Gallagher and Henry had opened a new phase of development at Farmingdale Village, the couple quickly made their way to the sales office. “We were actually excited to be the first home in the new area because it allowed us to pick the exact lot we wanted,” Chuan says. “Plus, we really liked the idea of our kids growing up with the neighborhood.”

Chuan was immediately drawn to the Calysta, then the newest floor plan in Gallagher and Henry’s Lifestyle Series. “I wanted the biggest home I could get,” he says. “Go big or go home, right?”

There was, however, one small problem: Gallagher and Henry did not have a Calysta model for the family to tour. “But they already had some families living in Calystas, so Sandie arranged for us to visit one of those homes,” Tram says. “That sealed it for us.”

Though the family inhabited a brand-new home on Chicago’s Northwest Side, they did not design that residence. Chuan, in particular, craved the opportunity to put his personal stamp on the Calysta. “Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a customization kind of guy. I like to have things my way,” he says.

And Chuan delivered no shortage of ideas. He wanted cabinetry in the kitchen removed to accommodate a full-size refrigerator and full-size freezer. He requested a deeper pour in the basement to allow for 9-foot ceilings. And he asked that the exterior living room wall be pushed out an additional 4 feet to further enlarge the Calysta’s 3,365-square foot plan.

An ambitious Chuan also crafted plans for a completely redesigned second floor that converted the four-bedroom plan into a five-bedroom home without sacrificing the office or the convenience of second-floor laundry. “I mocked it up in Photoshop and the architect took it from there and finalized the plans,” Chuan says.

To achieve peace of mind, Chuan hired a trusted and thorough inspector to examine the home twice: once at framing and again when the home was complete. “I had used this inspector twice before on purchases and he’s thorough,” Chuan says. The inspector’s two separate investigations of the property cemented the family’s confidence in its investment with Gallagher and Henry.

As hoped for, Chuan and Tram’s children, now 5 and 4 years old, have grown up with the neighborhood over the last four years. Newly built homes now surround the family and a wonderful sense of community has blossomed, including a neighborhood block party and annual Halloween festivities. “We’re loving it,” Tram says. “It’s our forever home.”

4 Common Homebuyer Mistakes – and How Gallagher and Henry Helps You Avoid Them

As purchasing a home requires a substantial investment, the homebuying process can spiral into an overwhelming endeavor. Given such high stakes, it is inevitable that homebuyers face uncertainty and doubt, if not anxiety and angst, that leads to missteps or misgivings.

Gallagher and Henry is here to help you navigate this process with ease and confidence.

1. A Common Mistake: Rushing to Buy
Quite often, homebuyers feel pressured to act fast. If they fail to move decisively, after all, a desired property can be scooped up. Making such a hefty decision under intense pressure, however, is no way to make a significant life move and a likely path to buyer’s remorse.

How Gallagher and Henry Helps: At Gallagher and Henry, there are no high-pressured sales pitches, no urgent buy-or-die deadlines. We have been building homes in the Chicago area since 1954 and we are not going anywhere. We are committed to our homeowners and our business. As a family-owned, family-operated homebuilder, we want you to feel confident in your choice. So, we will supply earnest answers to your questions, connect you to helpful resources, and give you the time and space to make an informed, assured decision.

2. A Common Mistake: Failing to Survey the Market
Even the most informed homebuyers can fall prey to assumptions. They think their budget limits them to a certain area or to the resale market, for instance, and they fail to consider new home construction as a viable option.

How Gallagher and Henry Helps: Gallagher and Henry’s sales offices and model homes are open Thursday-Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stop in and explore. Ask questions. Gather information on Gallagher and Henry’s points of differentiation. Learn about the specific Gallagher and Henry community you are visiting as well as others across the southwest and western suburbs. Our floor plans are available on our website for your perusal 24/7. We are also transparent with our prices and standard features, while we can also cost out any modifications you might be interested in seeing.

3. A Common Mistake: Waiting for Perfection
You are wise to create a wish list of wants and needs to guide your home search. But searching for the “unicorn,” the home that checks every last box, can produce an extended, frustrating home search.

How Gallagher and Henry Helps: You do not need to wait for perfection. Rather, go out and grab it. Gallagher and Henry currently has homesites available in eight communities while our Lifestyle Series includes six distinct home plans – four two-story options and two ranch plans. And though we build with brick, our home plans are pliable. You want a larger kitchen? A fifth bedroom? Another full bathroom? Extra windows delivering natural light? Specific finishes? Our plans serve as a starting point and our construction know-how enables us to flex the plans and deliver on specific requests from our homebuyers.

4. A Common Mistake: Miscalculating the Costs of Homeownership
Owning a home is more than the monthly mortgage payment, as numerous other costs come into play, including property taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance. These expenses can – and do – add up, and that can put stress on household finances.

How Gallagher and Henry Helps: Gallagher and Henry has established relationships with experienced lenders who can help homebuyers secure competitive rates and gain clarity on monthly principal and interest payments rooted in their personal financial circumstances, not hypotheticals. Even more, moving into a new Gallagher and Henry home minimizes maintenance costs, especially on big-ticket items. There will be no needing a new roof or furnace, windows or appliances anytime soon, as everything in your home comes new and under warranty. On the utilities front, meanwhile, all new Gallagher and Henry homes carry the ENERGY STAR label, which reduces energy use 15-30 percent on an annual basis.

Family Embraces Life in the Calysta

In April 2020, Joe, Julia, and their four daughters moved into Gallagher and Henry’s Farmingdale Village community in Woodridge – the second time the family has inhabited a Gallagher and Henry-built home.

With four girls under age 12, Joe and Julia had outgrown their previous three-bedroom home in Woodridge. “We were at the point where we needed to spread out and find a bigger home,” Joe says.

Focused on staying in the same school district, the family began by exploring the resale market in and around Woodridge. “We were finding homes that either didn’t suit our needs or required a lot of work,” Julia says.

Then, Joe and Julia remembered Farmingdale Village, Gallagher and Henry’s new home community located in the southeast corner of Woodridge. Not only would a home in Farmingdale Village enable the family to remain in Center Cass School District 66, but it would also enable them to build a home that suited their needs. “We could get the space we needed and also have the ability to pick and choose what we wanted,” Julia says. “There wouldn’t be a need for a kitchen remodel because the kitchen was built the way we wanted it.”

The family also stood confident that Gallagher and Henry would deliver a quality-built home. “The home we were living in was built by Gallagher and Henry in the 1980s and we were the second owners,” Joe says. “Everything in the original home was great. The only area that we had a problem with was the addition, which was completed by a different company. When you look at Gallagher and Henry homes, you can tell the quality and durability is high, and we experienced as much.”

Touring different two-story models in Gallagher and Henry’s Lifestyle Series lineup, the family quickly selected the four-bedroom Calysta. “The first time we went through the Calysta, the girls were already claiming their bedrooms,” Julia recalls. The family then selected a cul-de-sac lot that bordered a wooded area.

Gallagher and Henry sales manager Sandie Kanakes guided the family through the construction process, moving from exterior selections to interior selections in an orderly manner over many weeks. “Sandie took us step by step and kept us on pace, which was great because we didn’t know anything about building a new home,” Julia says. “She would tell us what was next and encourage us to think about what we wanted, whether by looking online, sending us photos, or making recommendations. She got to know us and made thoughtful suggestions that simplified the entire process.”

Gallagher and Henry also accommodated the family’s request for custom changes to the Calysta floor plan. Specifically, the homebuilder installed a closet pantry in the kitchen, while a deeper pour in the basement provided higher ceilings. “I loved how we could adjust the floor plan to work for us,” Julia says.

Though unnerving to move amid a pandemic, the family has quickly settled into their new home. They enjoy the Calysta’s open floor plan, the family room’s electric fireplace, and a second-floor laundry room that has added ease and convenience to a necessary household chore. Most of all, the family appreciates having more than 3,300 square feet, which has been especially appreciated in the era of remote learning. “We don’t feel crunched at all,” Joe says. “We all have space we need and then some to spread out.”

And the gourmet kitchen already has Julia excited for the 2021 holidays. A longstanding family tradition brings extended family to her house every other December for multiple days of baking. “One year, we did 17 different varieties of cookies over the weekend, many using my grandmother’s recipes,” Julia says. “I’m on the schedule to host in 2021 and we’re going to enjoy it in this big, open kitchen with a large island.”

Home for the Holidays: 4 Tips to Cozy Up Your Home This Winter

The cold temperatures and gray skies consuming the outdoors this winter need not invade the inside of your home, too. With some thoughtful design and well-placed holiday cheer, you can create a comfortable, festive atmosphere in your home that delivers warmth and joy throughout the season.

Gallagher and Henry sales staff offer these four tips to cozy up your home this winter:

Tip #1: Add Texture
Texture serves a few important purposes in home design. It can add visual weight and contribute to the mood of a room, while the mere presence of different textural elements also prevents a room from feeling sterile. During the winter months, texture gains added importance to balance outside conditions. Use texture to create warmth and coziness by laying a plush rug over the family room’s hardwood floor, adding pillows to couches, or draping a rustic wooden ladder with throws.

Tip #2: Bring the Outdoors In
The holidays can be a stressful time of year and the winter blues are a real annual phenomenon for many among us. While greenery – whether real or faux – serves a design benefit in that it brings color, interest, and texture to any room, various research studies have also linked greenery to reduced stress, sharper focus, and improved mood. While the traditional holiday tree is the simple solution, wreaths, garland, and other seasonal arrangements also fit the bill.

Tip #3: Tickle Your Nose
Scent is often overlooked, but given the sense’s ability to evoke certain emotions or memories, it shouldn’t be. Scientific studies have linked the smell of pine to decreased stress, peppermint to improved energy and concentration, and vanilla, one of the most universally beloved scents, to happiness and relaxation. Baked goods are one simple – and tasty – way to bring pleasant scents into the home, while aromatic candles can do that while also adding soft light to the home. (It is worth noting that more summery scents such as citrus or coconut can help counter winter’s doldrums, especially during the lengthy post-holidays march to spring.)

Tip #4: Light the Night
With limited daylight available, lighting plays a practical role during the winter months. Quite literally, it lights our way through dark hours while it also provides us comfort and warmth. Light also serves an important emotional role, too, as it increases energy. The presence of holiday lights, candles, and other illumination in the home ensures that a safe, snug environment dominates the season.

The Affordable Luxury of G&H

With Gallagher and Henry’s new single-family homes, luxury is baked into the base price.

Of the seven most desirable luxury home features cited in Coldwell Banker’s 2020 Global Luxury Report, four come as standard offerings in Gallagher and Henry Lifestyle Series home plans, while two others can be easily accommodated.

It’s a strong reminder of the value inherent in a Gallagher and Henry home as well as the company’s responsiveness to contemporary buyers.

The Top Luxury Must-Have: Outdoor Space

The Coldwell Banker report identified outdoor living spaces as the top necessity for today’s affluent homebuyers. “The popularity of outdoor living spaces reflects a growing movement toward indoor/outdoor living, as people not only want to be closer to nature but also to maximize their homes’ usable space,” the report said. The novel coronavirus, of course, has only intensified the desire for outdoor spaces, as residents seek safe places to work, relax, or gather with others.

Large suburban lots are a given in every current Gallagher and Henry community, which provides homebuyers ample opportunity to extend living space into the great outdoors. More specific, both the Amberwood and the Fremont, the Gallagher and Henry’s two Lifestyle Series ranch plans, call for dedicated covered patios.

Next on the List: Multipurpose Space

After outdoor spaces, flex rooms or home offices ranked second in demand among luxury homebuyers, according to the Coldwell Banker report. “I think we’re seeing more of these multifunctional spaces because people want ease of living. With everyone working on laptops and being so mobile, I’ve found that many of my luxury listings must have a component that is multipurpose and multifunctional,” one agent said in the report.

All four two-story plans in Gallagher and Henry’s Lifestyle Series feature a dedicated office/study or flex room on the first floor. In some plans, such as the Calysta and Eden, a formal living room or dining room can be turned into a second multifunctional space as well. That added versatility and customization is something more and more buyers are beginning to prioritize.

Luxury Buyers’ Other Must-Haves

Vehicle storage, home gyms, and eco-friendly features were three additional must-have features identified in the Coldwell Banker report. Here again, Lifestyle Series homes answer the bell.

A three-car garage is standard in every Lifestyle Series home plan as is a basement, which can easily accommodate an assortment of workout and fitness equipment. In addition, all new Gallagher and Henry construction carries the ENERGY STAR label. Designed, built, and independently tested to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR-certified homes use upwards of 30 percent less energy per year, which decreases utility costs and environmental impact.

Even an au pair suite, another one of the seven most desirable amenities among luxury homebuyers, can exist in a Lifestyle Series home. The second floor of the Calysta, for example, features three full bathrooms – one for the master suite, a Jack-and-Jill bath shared by two bedrooms, and a third full bathroom that, rather than opening to the hallway, can become an en suite for the home’s fourth bedroom.

Luxury Buyers Favoring New Construction

Luxury buyers are showing heightened interest in “turnkey properties where they can envision the luxurious lifestyle they are seeking,” said one Coldwell Banker agent. That’s ignited interest in new construction, as more than two-thirds of luxury buyers report heightened interest in a new build over a resale property.

In addition, nearly four out of five luxury buyers prefer open-concept floor plans, which remain a staple of every Lifestyle Series home plan. “Informal, casual, and luxurious are the key words describing the home they are looking for,” one agent said of today’s luxury buyers.

By offering quality-built new construction featuring open-concept floor plans and today’s most desirable home amenities as standard features, Gallagher and Henry ensures luxury living is attainable for more homebuyers and maximizes value for its homeowners

Why Homebuyers are Hustling to Move

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled new behaviors from social distancing to fewer trips to the grocery store. For many homebuyers, the pandemic has compelled something else: an intensified home search.

According to a recent survey by real estate brokerage firm Redfin, 25 percent of homebuyers say the pandemic has caused them to move and/or speed up their moving timeline.

“Somewhat counterintuitively, the coronavirus-driven recession is propping up the housing market,” Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather says. “Homebuyer demand is surging… largely because Americans value the home more than ever and are willing to prioritize housing.”

Fueling the Acceleration

According to industry analysts, the urgent motivation to buy is being driven by two significant factors: record-low interest rates and a swelling desire for more space.

As the Fed has adopted low interest rates to stimulate the economy, prospective homebuyers have gained added purchasing power. Current interest rates on a 30-year mortgage continue hovering near 3 percent, a historically low floor which translates into substantial monthly savings for buyers and altering their budget. Of those Redfin survey respondents accelerating their moving timeline, 55 percent said low mortgage rates were influencing their plans.

The pandemic has also forced many to re-evaluate their current living situation, a process that has led many to seek more space, both inside and out. This includes defined areas for work, such as a study or office, as well as added room for recreation, including home fitness or children’s play.

New construction, in particular, is generating heightened interest from buyers. Dwindling resale inventory, enhanced purchasing power thanks to lower rates, and the appeal of a never-before-lived-in home are bringing buyers to Gallagher and Henry, which offers large suburban lots, an assortment of distinctive home plans, and the ability for buyers to customize home plans to their needs. With new construction, buyers can also avoid bidding wars for resale properties and enjoy a thoughtful, guided experience that includes coordinating interior and exterior selections.

What Buyers Want

While the pandemic has accelerated homebuyers’ timelines, it has also changed their wish lists as well. In fact, 75 percent of respondents to the Redfin survey said the impact had altered their homebuying plans and preferences.

• 21% want a designated space to work from home
• 23% want more outdoor or recreational space
• 13% want a home with a bigger yard
• 10% want a bigger home
• 9% want a different type of home

One out of seven buyers, meanwhile, have moved their home search to a different area, many focusing in on suburban communities, which are seeing soaring interest compared to their urban counterparts.

With single-family home sites currently available in eight different communities, Gallagher and Henry offers homebuyers added space and the ability to land a home that suits their precise needs and wishes.

In the Spotlight: Radcliffe Place

As one of the largest new home developments in the 128-year history of Tinley Park, the entire Radcliffe Place community consumes 375 acres in the award-winning southwest suburban village.

Since welcoming its first residents in 1995 as part of an opening phase of 83 homes, Radcliffe Place has been one of the Southland’s most in-demand communities, so much so that buyers have even camped out for a shot at selecting their desired lot. Today, Radcliffe Place remains a top-flight community rich in integrity, spirit, and, of course, high-quality Gallagher and Henry-built homes.

Prices for new single-family homes in Radcliffe Place start at $441,500.

Find Radcliffe Place: The Radcliffe Place community is located just west of 84th Avenue and 175th Street.

Suburban comforts: The standard lot at Radcliffe Place is 85 feet wide at the building line and all of Gallagher and Henry’s brick homes include three-car garages and ENERGY STAR certification.

In high demand: As Gallagher and Henry has opened new phase of development in Radcliffe Place over the years, prospective buyers have routinely lined up outside to claim their preferred homesite. In January 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that 25 buyers lined up in advance of the sales office’s opening – some waiting more than 24 hours in wintry conditions – to grab their lot. By the close of the opening day, buyers had captured 29 of the 34 available lots.

A homeowner’s perspective: “Radcliffe Place has been a wonderful place to call home. We have great neighbors, love the walking paths around the community, and enjoy the space we have inside and outside of our home,” Rene K. says.

Radcliffe’s model home: In 2015, Gallagher and Henry debuted the Danbury model home at Radcliffe Place. The fourth new home plan in Gallagher and Henry’s vaunted Lifestyle Series, the Danbury is a two-story, 2,604-square foot home with four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The Danbury’s open-concept floor plan includes a family room-kitchen combo spanning some 600 square feet as well a mud room, study, second-floor laundry, and full basement.

Fast fact: The Radcliffe Place community was initially named Charlestowne. Longtime Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki heralded it as “the last large subdivision in Tinley Park north of Interstate 80.” Original plans called for 1,112 single-family homes, 277 condominiums, and 485 townhomes, though Gallagher and Henry later scaled down the effort to respect density concerns. Still, Radcliffe Place remained “one of the few areas left where people can move to bigger homes but still remain in the Village of Tinley Park,” Gallagher and Henry co-founder Bob Gallagher told the Chicago Tribune.

Super schools: Radcliffe Place’s school-aged residents can attend three of the Southland’s most highly regarded schools in Millennium Elementary School (grades K-5), Prairie View Middle School (grades 6-8), and Victor J. Andrew High School. Millennium and Prairie View are both rated Commendable schools by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with students scoring well above state averages in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Andrew High, meanwhile, earned an Exemplary rating from ISBE for performing in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.

America’s leading family-friendly village: Tinley Park earned a nod from Businessweek as America’s “Best Place to Raise Your Kids.” The publication cited Tinley Park’s high-performing schools as well as the village’s low crime rate, job growth figures, and local amenities, including various parks and a historic downtown. The National Council for Home Safety and Security also recognized Tinley Park as one of America’s 100 Safest Cities.

Interested in learning more about Radcliffe Place? The sales office is open Thursday-Sunday from 9am-5pm. To schedule a visit or to request additional information, please contact the Radcliffe Place sales office at (708) 614-0800.

Behind the Build: Linda Staszak

From sales staff and tradesmen to behind-the-scenes troubleshooters, dozens of personnel bring a Gallagher and Henry home to life. In “Behind the Build,” the Gallagher and Henry blog celebrates spirited members of our team.

In this installment of “Behind the Build,” we spotlight Linda Staszak, Gallagher and Henry’s director of operations. Linda joined Gallagher and Henry in June 1972 and has spent much of the last five decades becoming Gallagher and Henry’s resident Swiss Army knife – a dynamic, uber-enthusiastic soul handling any task thrown her way. She adds a touch of whimsy to her emails by using Comic Sans font, devours novels, and enjoys a slice of chocolate cake every now and again.  

What did you know of Gallagher and Henry when you applied for a job with the company as a soon-to-be high school graduate in 1972?

I was raised on the southwest side of Chicago and in 1966 my family moved into the Crestline community located just west of a Gallagher and Henry subdivision known as Bogan Manor. The Gallagher and Henry homes were the most desirable homes in the neighborhood, so I was naturally excited about the opportunity to work with one of the most recognized homebuilders and businesses in the area.

What position did you apply for and what were your earliest responsibilities?

I applied for a secretary/bookkeeper position and Gallagher and Henry co-founders Bob Gallagher and Dan Henry conducted my interview. Mr. Gallagher called me back that same evening and offered me the job. Truth be told, I thanked him for the offer, but told him the commute – I had interviewed at the company’s offices at 79th and Pulaski not far from my home, but was told that the company would soon be moving to a new office in Countryside – would be too far. He must have interpreted that as a negotiation maneuver, so he offered me a higher salary. After deliberating for a bit, I decided to give it a try and accepted the position. I started out typing 40-plus hours a week and taking shorthand during meetings. After a few months, the person who handled the closing document preparation took ill and I transitioned into that role.

Did you find the work and the company interesting?

Every aspect of the construction process was fascinating to me and I couldn’t absorb the information fast enough. I worked much of the time directly with Mr. Gallagher and he was an excellent mentor who shared so many lessons applicable to business and life. I consider myself an “alum” of the University of Bob Gallagher.

Having been with Gallagher and Henry nearly 50 years, does that excitement remain?

Absolutely. There’s never a dull moment and our industry has endured various cycles over the 48 years I have been with Gallagher and Henry. The most enjoyable times are when new construction experiences a surge, whether due to the economy, a new home plan, or the debut of a desirable new community. Watching a family go through the process of their dream home becoming a reality never gets old and to also see this company transition from the founders to a second-generation now putting its mark on the business has been amazing to follow.

Speaking of that longevity, what has been so neat about seeing Gallagher and Henry grow through the decades?

It’s easily been the long term relationships we have cultivated with clients. We have constructed homes for clients who were born in Gallagher and Henry homes and also built second and third homes for the same family. It’s not uncommon that previous homebuyers reconnect with us as they consider downsizing from their more traditional two-story home to one of our more open-concept ranch floor plans.

What is your current role as director of operations like?

It’s a multi-faceted position that touches a little bit of everything related to construction, sales, and marketing. I hold weekly meetings with the construction superintendents for status updates and monthly meetings with the sales staff. I process all new sales contracts, handle all residential processing like the title and closing documentation, and give the green light for construction to start. I will also research new house plans, order advertising media, and update marketing materials. It’s really a potpourri of things that make sure we are an efficient, responsive, and accessible company for our clients and our staff.

What do you think differentiates Gallagher and Henry from other local builders?

Inspired by the offerings they see on HGTV and other home improvement shows, today’s buyers really want to personalize their new home. We take the time to listen to their ideas and turn them into a reality by modifying our home plans to accommodate buyers’ requested changes. As we speak, we are designing a covered patio to accommodate a hot tub and are also working with clients who want to create an additional en suite on the first floor. We work with every client to satisfy their specific needs and wants.

In the Spotlight: Goodings Grove

Gallagher and Henry first proposed the Goodings Grove community in 2000, one year before Homer Glen would complete its historic vote to incorporate as a village. Still the most significant new home development in the history of Homer Glen, Goodings Grove devoted 124 acres of vacant land to residential development, including more than 200 single-family homes and six four-story condominium buildings.

Goodings Grove broke ground in spring 2001 and began welcoming its first residents soon after. The community has been growing and prospering ever since, blending new residents and amenities with the ever-rising appeal of Homer Glen to make Goodings Grove one of the Southland’s most desirable addresses. Prices for new single-family homes in Goodings Grove start at $441,800.

Find Goodings Grove: Goodings Grove community is located east of Bell Road on 143rd Street.

Sister Communities: Goodings Grove is one of two Gallagher and Henry communities in Homer Glen. Its sibling community, Kingston Hills, sits approximately one mile to the south.

What’s in a Name: The name Goodings Grove derives from the area’s long-held status as a census-designated place (CDP) in northeastern Will County. CDPs are settled concentrations of population that are identifiable by name, but are not legally incorporated under the laws of a state. With the incorporation of the Village of Homer Glen in 2001, Goodings Grove shed its CDP status. In adopting the name “Goodings Grove” for its residential community, Gallagher and Henry paid homage to the area’s historic moniker.

Fast Fact: At the time it was approved for development, the entire Goodings Grove community consumed nearly 200 acres. While Gallagher and Henry dedicated 124 acres to residential development, the remaining 73 acres was earmarked for commercial space. The Goodings Grove commercial development at 143rd Street and Bell Road currently hosts a Meijer store, The Home Depot, and numerous other retail and dining establishments.

The Great Outdoors: Honoring Homer Glen’s motto of “Community and Nature … in Harmony,” the Goodings Grove community features more than 40 acres of green space, including the 3.5-acre Goodings Grove Park that opened in 2017. The nearly $500,000 project features a walking path, two playgrounds, a full basketball court, and a picnic shelter.

Super Schools: Goodings Grove families and school-aged residents have access to accomplished public schools. Both Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C, which serves some 3,800 preK-8 students, and the 3,800-student Lockport Township High School District 205 outpace state averages in English Language Arts, Math, and Science proficiency.

Happy in Homer Glen: In its most recent National Citizen Survey, more than 90 percent of Homer Glen residents rated the village as a “good” or “excellent” place to live and raise a family. Residents also gave the village stellar marks for safety, ease of travel, K-12 education, and the natural environment. Nine out of 10 residents, meanwhile, reported they would recommend living in Homer Glen to others.

A homeowner’s perspective: “Strangers have become friends and we feel like we’re on vacation. We love it here – the shopping that’s nearby, less traffic, and a peaceful feel,” Maureen G. says.

Interested in learning more about Goodings Grove? The sales office is open Thursday-Sunday from 9am-5pm. To schedule a visit or to request additional information, please contact the Goodings Grove sales office at (708) 301-9790 or here.

Here to Stay: These Home Trends Aren’t Going Anywhere

Once upon a time, homeowners covered up hardwood floors with carpeting, scoffed at the notion of a three-car garage, and paid little attention to a home’s energy-efficient attributes. As the years passed, however, hardwood flooring gained favor, homeowners clamored for extra garage space, and energy efficiency became engrained in the American consciousness.

While home trends regularly come and go, some elements have firmly established themselves as mainstays. Award-winning homebuilder Gallagher and Henry, meanwhile, has responded by incorporating such elements into its homes as standard features, confident that these one-time trends hold lasting power.

Here to Stay: Energy Efficiency
These days, energy efficiency is table stakes. Surrounded by energy-efficient, environmentally friendly messaging across the consumer landscape, from automobiles to appliances to hospitality, homebuyers expect energy-efficient characteristics in their home. In fact, 89 percent of buyers want an energy-efficient home, according to a survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). That includes features such as ENERGY STAR-rated windows and appliances, efficient lighting, high R-value insulation, and tight construction practices.

All newly built Gallagher and Henry homes carry the ENERGY STAR label. Independently tested by a third-party Home Energy Rater, ENERGY STAR-qualified homes meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent guidelines for energy efficiency, which reduces a home’s utility costs, ensures a more comfortable home, and contributes to a healthier environment.

Here to Stay: Hardwood Floors
A generation ago, carpet was the norm in many Chicago area homes. While hardwood flooring gained traction in the early 2000s, it is now the prevailing underfoot choice with 83 percent of homebuyers wanting hardwood flooring, according to NAR data. Though certain colors, plank sizes, or species of wood flow in and out of style, hardwood is expected to maintain its popularity for the long haul. In addition to being more durable than carpeting and better for those with allergies, hardwood offers a cleaner, more textured look and can rather easily exist within any decorating style, from modern to farmhouse chic.

In its six Lifestyle Series home plans, Gallagher and Henry supplies 2-1/4 inch hardwood as a standard feature in the home’s foyer, main hallway, kitchen, dinette, and mudroom. All floors are sanded and varnished on site in the color of the homebuyers’ choice.

Here to Stay: Brick Construction
Despite rampant innovation in exterior materials like vinyl siding, brick continues to be the preferred exterior material for homes – and particularly so in the Chicago area market that birthed the brick bungalow. Brick speaks to sturdiness, quality, and durability as well as authenticity, environmentalism, and aesthetics. In addition, brick is low maintenance and offers cost-saving energy efficiency.

In 1954, Gallagher and Henry used brick to construct its first homes near Chicago’s Midway Airport. Today, the company continues favoring brick construction. All new Gallagher and Henry-built homes feature brick on all four sides of the home’s first-floor exterior.

Here to Stay: Kitchen Islands
Kitchen islands were first introduced into residential construction in the 1970s and gained popularity in subsequent decades. A place for residents or guests to congregate, kitchen islands also provided extra counter space for meal prep and added extra cabinetry to a kitchen as well. In more recent times, islands have become bigger while more daring design choices with cabinets or countertops have elevated the island as a kitchen focal point.

Gallagher and Henry has heeded the call for kitchen islands, as its five most recent Lifestyle Series home plans – the Briarcliffe, Calysta, Danbury, Eden, and Fremont – all host kitchen islands for added work, storage, and congregation space. In fact, Gallagher and Henry doubled down on kitchen islands – quite literally – in its new Fremont ranch plan that features two kitchen islands, including one with a sink and dishwasher.

Here to Stay: Walk-In Pantries
In a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders, buyers identified a walk-in pantry as their most coveted kitchen feature. And for good reason. As the kitchen and its cabinets can quickly become crowded with pots and pans, cereal boxes, kitchen gadgets, food storage containers, glassware, and the like, a walk-in pantry provides extra – and convenient – storage space.

In a number of its Lifestyle Series home plans, including the Amberwood and Fremont ranch plans as well as the Briarcliffe two-story, Gallagher and Henry has dedicated space to walk-in pantries.

Here to Stay: Front Porches
As far back as the Victorian homes that peppered historic American towns, front porches have enjoyed a prominent spot on the nation’s real estate scene. Interest in front porches, however, has accelerated over the last decade. Data from the New Home Source Insights Panel shows a steady uptick in front porches since 2005 and finds that nearly half of new homebuyers are willing to pay extra for the covered outdoor space. The novel coronavirus pandemic, meanwhile, has only intensified homebuyers’ desire for outdoor spaces, particularly in the front of the home where residents can interact with neighbors and cultivate a deeper sense of community.

Noting both the community-driving aspect of front porches as well as their architectural appeal, Gallagher and Henry has introduced home plans that include front porches. Both the Briarcliffe and Calysta, a pair of two-story home plans from Gallagher and Henry’s Lifestyle Series, feature rather spacious front porches for relaxation and gathering.

Here to Stay: Three-Car Garages
Once seen as a luxury, three-car garages have gained heightened importance among homeowners, especially two-car (or more) households. An additional bay provides indoor parking for a third car, while the added space can also be used to create accessible storage for bikes, lawn equipment, patio chairs, holiday decorations, sports equipment, and more.

When Gallagher and Henry surveyed homebuyers in 2010 to inform the development of its Lifestyle Series of home plans, respondents overwhelmingly identified three-car garages as a highly desired feature. Gallagher and Henry then responded by installing three-car garages as standard features in all Lifestyle Series home plans.

Here to Stay: Basements
Basements have long been a part of Chicago area homes, though their reputation as dark, damp, and enclosed spaces was well earned. And yet, basements offered additional and flexible space that could accommodate fitness equipment or children’s toys and be used for entertainment, storage, or hobbies. Homeowners continue expressing interest in basements as comfortable blank-canvas spaces for their specific household’s needs.

Bolstered by construction technology and civic projects, including overhead sewers, the basements of today’s Gallagher and Henry homes are a distant cry from those of yesteryear. With higher ceilings and more natural light, the full basements present in all of Gallagher and Henry’s Lifestyle Series home plans provide homeowners added living space to address any of their needs or wishes.