McHenry Real Estate News


McHenry, IL (November 14, 2008) – Professional Builder magazine and AVID Ratings announced the winners of the sixth annual AVID Awards™ for best customer experience in the home building industry. Gerstad Builders, with single-family home communities in McHenry, Poplar Grove, Richmond (all in Illinois) and Williams Bay (Wisconsin), received the AVID Diamond & AVID Cup Awards for Best Customer Experience in the United States and North America. The winners of the 2008 awards will be published in the November 2008 issue of Professional Builder.

The Awards honor the best builders in the United States & Canada for homeowner satisfaction. According to survey respondents, 98.6 percent of Gerstad Builders’ homebuyers would recommend the builder to their family and friends. From the extensive survey, Gerstad Builders also discovered that their customers were very pleased with the cleanliness of the construction jobsite, reasonable cost of upgrades, quality of features like cabinetry & trim, and upon closing homes were clean and ready to move in.

Surveying over 400 homebuilding companies throughout the United States and Canada, AVID Ratings maintains the largest homebuyer satisfaction database in the industry. AVID Ratings assesses homebuyers’ experience and then provides focused business solutions and training programs to improve referrals, margins, and long-term customer loyalty.

“We’re extremely proud to have been honored for our continuing efforts to give our customers the best quality and best value for their hard-earned dollar,” said Roger O. Gerstad, president of Gerstad Builders. “This award is also a testament to my father, Donald L. Gerstad who founded the company in the 1960’s and impressed upon us that homebuyer satisfaction is the key to future success. He believed that if you make someone happy today, they will tell other people, and they will be your customers of tomorrow. Today we couldn’t agree more.”

Gerstad Builders currently has four active communities: Liberty Trails in McHenry, The Trails of Dawson Creek in Poplar Grove, The Trails of Pheasant Ridge in Richmond and Bailey Estates in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

The company offers a variety of affordable and mid-priced single-family homes at its four single-family home communities. These ranch and two-story homes offer 1,693 to 3,177 square feet of value-enhanced living space and are priced from $190’s to $330’s.

Gerstad Builders’ Liberty Trails community in McHenry offers 1,693 to 3,177 square foot ranch and two-story homes base priced from $221,990 to $305,990 (with full walk-out or look-out basements). Liberty Trails’ sales center is located on Lincoln Road, about one mile west of Chapel Hill Road and north of Route 120. For more information call (815) 385-4495.

The Trails of Dawson Creek offers a wide selection of semi-custom ranch and two-story homes. The five ranch plans provide 1,693 to 2,170 square feet of living space (base priced from $192,490 to $249,490) and the six two-story homes offer 1,872 to 3,177 square feet of living space (base priced from $205,990 to $273,990). The Trails of Dawson Creek is located on the north side of Orth Road, approximately 1/2 mile east of Route 76. For more information call 815/547-0800.

The Trails of Pheasant Ridge is a semi-custom, single-family home community in Richmond that offers 11 attractive floor plans. Homes with partial basements range in size from 1,693 to 3,177 square feet of living space and are base priced from $238,990 to $310,490 (Prices subject to change). Sales center for the Trails of Pheasant Ridge is located on Route 12, approximately 1 mile north of Route 173. For more information call 815/678-2222.

Tucked along the northern shoreline of tranquil Lake Geneva, Bailey Estates in Williams Bay, Wisconsin has homes that provide 1,800 to 3,177 square feet of living space and are base priced with a basement from $243,990 to $307,990 (prices subject to change). The sales center for Bailey Estates is located at 439 Ashley Drive off Bailey Road, approximately 3/4 mile west of Highway 67. For more information call 262/245-9750.

No matter which community is selected, Gerstad is proud to offer a variety of luxury amenities within its finely crafted homes at no additional cost. For example, homes come with vaulted ceilings (per plan), furniture-quality cabinetry, General Electric appliance package, Kohler bathroom fixtures & faucets, basements (per plan) and a one year warranty program.

Design highlights include two to four bedrooms, 2 or 2 ½ baths, spacious kitchens with islands (per plan), breakfast areas, living rooms, family rooms, formal dining rooms, dens (per plan), master-bedroom suites and attached two-car garages. Gerstad Builders also offers a variety of optional features including: skylights, central air conditioning, three-car garages (per plan), wood-burning or gas fireplaces, additional volume ceilings, custom millwork, imported ceramic tile, Corian or granite counter tops, hardwood flooring, and English or walkout basements.

Decorated models are open daily or by appointment in Gerstad Builders communities. For information call 815-385-4495 or visit