Archive for The Trails of Pheasant Ridge
Residents of McHenry homes have a fantastic way to escape the cold weather and have fun as an entire family by touring local chocolate shops. Both Anderson’s Candy Shop and Riverside Chocolate Factory offer entertaining tours and sweet treats for the entire family Monday through Sunday.
Anderson’s Candy Shop is located at 10301 N. Main St. in Richmond. Anderson’s has been making chocolate for nearly 100 years, and each of their wide variety of chocolates is handmade, from the classic Ghirardelli to the legendary Massachusetts fudge. Read More→
With fall officially in the air and Halloween just a few weeks away, there are plenty of ways for your family to have fun near your McHenry, Poplar Grove, Richmond or Williams Bay new home. Whether you’re looking to celebrate the season of fall at a local festival or you want something a little scarier, there is bound to be an event or two for you to enjoy.
- October 6: Join the McHenry County Historical Society Museum in Union for the 36th Annual Cider Festival (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) featuring harvest demonstrations, a horseshoe tournament, apple goodies bakery, kettle corn, antique clothing and book sale and live entertainment from Charlie B and Friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- October 12-26: The Wonder Lake Ski Show Team will host their annual Haunted Hayride fundraiser at Peterson Park in McHenry. Hayrides will be available to those ages 10 and up for $8 per person from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. on October 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Come prepared for a frighteningly good time complete with refreshments! Read More→
For many, fall is their favorite season simply because they enjoy watching the leaves change from vibrant green to stunning shades of red, orange and yellow. However, fall also brings cooler weather, which means we start to transition our lives from outdoor activities to indoor fun. For residents of Williams Bay, McHenry, Poplar Grove and Richmond new homes, making this shift is easily done from the comfort of your four seasons room.
No matter if you want to escape the heat of summer, a passing spring shower or the snowy cold of winter, or you just want to take in the transformation that occurs during fall from your favorite sofa , our four seasons rooms are the perfect spot in your home to enjoy nature’s beauty year-round. These custom additions end up increasing your home’s square footage by either 168 or 336 (if you have a basement) square feet, the perfect amount of space to arrange your favorite sofa or chairs, a few tables and other accents. Read More→
McHenry residents, it’s time to rev up your engines for Green Street Cruise Nights! The area’s largest and longest running cruise night is going on each Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. now through Monday, September 30.
Each week, area residents are invited to come look at more than 300 cool cars, including the week’s featured cars, as well as visit with vendors, enter into the 50/50 raffle benefitting Fish of McHenry Food Pantry, sample food and drinks, listen to live music and enjoy family fun.
If you’re wondering what’s on tap for the next few weeks, here’s a look at the schedule of events and featured cars:
- September 16: Live Music by a solo guitarist and pony cars (Mustang, Cougar, Camaro, Firebird, Javelin, AMX, Challenger, Barracuda, etc.)
- September 23: Mopar cars (Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram)
- September 30: Impersonators Night featuring Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and street rod, custom and street machines Read More→
When choosing a new home community, many buyers are looking for the total package: a quality home, reputable builder and outstanding local amenities. For those buyers looking at purchase a new home from Gerstad Builders, you get just that. In fact, in addition to making sure all of our communities are near top schools, shops and restaurants, we also look for nearby recreation opportunities. And, this month, having plenty of local and state parks near your new home makes celebrating National Picnic Month easy!
Homeowners at The Trails of Dawson Creek will love making a short day trip to the nearby Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Ill. This recreation area near our Poplar Grove real estate offers more than just picnic shelters, though. You can also spend time hiking, biking and horseback riding on miles and miles of trails, taking your boat out on Pierce Lake, fishing on Olson Lake, going for a swim at Olson Lake beach or sleeping under the stars at one of the many campsites. Read More→
If you’re imaging your toes in the water and the sunshine on your back, you won’t have to travel very far. Several of our communities are ideally situated just minutes from beautiful lakes, making the dream of summertime lake living a realty.
Residents of our Richmond homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge are just 10 minutes or less from Elizabeth Lake and its nature reserve, and are just an hour outside of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
If you’re looking to buy, The Trails of Pheasant Ridge is a 32-home community with seven ranch and eight two-story home designs priced from the $160,000s to mid $200,000s. Floor plans span 1,300 to 3,200 square feet with two to four bedrooms, optional basements and other customizable features and finishes. Read More→
McHenry County’s popular Human Race is back this year and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Scheduled for Sunday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m., this 5K run/walk is a great opportunity for experienced runners or newcomers to get some exercise while supporting local charities.
Walkers and runners from nearby McHenry homes are encouraged to start registering for the race today. Participants can sign up online at www.active.com for $30 through April 17. After that date, individuals may register on the day of the race for $40. Proceeds from race registrations and fundraising will benefit non-profit organizations throughout McHenry County. Participants can designate which organization will receive the proceeds of their race when they register. A wide variety of organizations benefit from the Human Race, including school booster clubs, food pantries, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts and much more. Read More→
The McHenry County housing market had an impressive January to get 2013 started off on the right foot. According to an analysis by RE/MAX, McHenry County saw an increase of 28 percent in new home sales.
As a McHenry County home builder, Gerstad Builders is excited about these signs of improvement. “Continued improvement shows that the housing market is not only rebounding, but it is gaining momentum,” stated Roger Gerstad, President of Gerstad Builders. “We are thrilled by the increase in activity and excited to assist home buyers in their quest to purchase the home of their dreams.” Read More→
While students residing in Richmond new homes may already be back in school for the spring, the Nippersink School District Two board’s decision over a tax abatement to accomplish its goals is still pending. Recently, board member met to discuss the suggested $3 million abatement, but they put off the decision until March in order to wait for a more comprehensive plan outlining the school district’s goals.
However, the abatement isn’t the only item on the board’s agenda. As the economy continues to improve, the board is now considering bringing back programs, such as the foreign language program, that had been cut from the budget during tougher times. In order to gauge the interest level among parents and teachers, the board will send out a survey to these groups asking if the program should be reinstated and if so, at what grade level. Read More→
Football season is officially upon us, which means that now is the perfect time to put on your favorite team’s colors and host a football party in you McHenry new home! No matter which team you cheer for, hosting a football party is a great way to meet new neighbors and catch up with old friends. Here at Gerstad Builders we build spacious homes that are perfect for entertaining.
Food is always an important part of any good party. From appetizers to entrees, our state-of-the-art kitchens featuring GE appliances and Kohler fixtures will help you get game day ready. Also, take advantage of the beautiful weather by grilling hamburgers and hotdogs in the backyard. Read More→