Baha'i News -- Mom and her four children moving up in the world in their Evanston high-rise
Mom and her four children moving up in the world in their Evanston high-rise
Moni Myers-Jones and her four children are looking forward to
panoramic views at Optima Views, a high-rise condominium building in
"After my divorce, we moved from our single-family home in
Lincoln Park to a high-rise," Myers-Jones said. "We found that we
really enjoyed high-rise living, with its conveniences and beautiful
"When we moved from the city to Evanston, we bought an older
single-family home with plenty of character," she said. "But with
one daughter in college, and another preparing to go, a return to
high-rise living is a practical, and more economical, choice."
On the first weekend Optima Views opened for sales, Myers-Jones
selected two units on the 21st floor. She is planning a 3,000-
square-foot residence for herself, her three daughters (ages 13 to
19) and her 8-year-old son.
"We found it very appealing that we were able to arrange the
space in our condominium exactly as we wanted," Myers-Jones said.
"We combined a 2- and a 3-bedroom unit. A large master suite for
myself, a suite for the girls with a bedroom and a den as well as a
bedroom for my son.
"In addition, we have a large living room, dining room and
kitchen plus a sunny outdoor room," she said. "This room will be set
up to have a backyard feel." The views include the Chicago skyline,
Lake Michigan shoreline and the Ba'hai Temple.
"We'll all enjoy the pool, the sun deck and the workout room,"
she said. "This move promises to take us back to a lifestyle we
More than half of the 205 units have been sold. Base prices range
from $203,534 to $422,509. Units have 1 to 3 bedrooms. The building
will have a garage with 230 parking spaces.
Optima Views, on Maple Street, just north of Church Street,
Evanston. A sales center is a 1741 Maple St. Optima Inc., (847) 570-
PLAINFIELD HOUSES. Sales have topped the 50 percent marker at
Pheasant Ridge, a development of single-family homes in Plainfield.
William Ryan Homes, the builder, plans 220 houses. Base prices
range from $173,000 to $223,000. Eight plans are sized from 1,385 to
2,849 square feet. Houses have 3 to 5 bedrooms, 2 or 21/2 baths and
attached 2-car garages. Three-car garages are optional.
"Buyers who finance their loans through our mortgage company,
Home Loan Express, will receive $3,000, which they can use toward
options, closing costs or to reduce the price of the home," said
Cory Robertson, director of sales and marketing for the south
division of William Ryan Homes.
Three decorated models are open. A fourth model is nearing
A morning room off the kitchen is a popular option. "Seventy-
five percent of our buyers opt for the morning room, which adds
sensational light and space to the hub of the home," Robertson said.
The Fairfield plan features a family room and a formal dining
room. Upstairs, the master bedroom stretches out at 20 by 14 feet.
Pheasant Ridge, Drauden and Caton Farm roads, Plainfield. William
Ryan Homes, (815) 436-9013.
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