Archive for The Trails of Pheasant Ridge

The holiday season only comes once a year, so take advantage of the excitement and spruce up the house with all the Christmas cheer you can find! Take a look at five quick and easy decorating ideas for holiday fun around your new Gerstad Builders home:

Homemade wreaths: A classic evergreen wreath with a bow is always a winner, but don’t be afraid to use your creativity to make a unique door wreath! Buy ribbon, grape vine, and glass ornaments from a craft store, or gather branches, pine cones and bright berries from the yard for a more natural look.

Antique window: We love the look of an antique window frame hung inside or out and decorated to match the mood of your home décor. For a frosty look, use chalk or paint to add a frosty, white glow to glass panes. After that, hang ornaments with twine, frame with greenery or use clothespins to hang Christmas cards. Here is one example of a holiday antique window. Read More→

Williams Bay homeThe streets are beginning to sparkle as merchants prepare for the arrival of holiday crowds, but shopping isn’t all there is to look forward to in the coming months! Mark your calendars for these exciting holiday events near Gerstad Builders’ communities in McHenry, Poplar Grove, and Richmond, Illinois, as well as the new homes in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and enjoy the spirit of the season without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of traveling far from home!  Read More→

Are you ready to impress your guests on gameday with your beautiful new McHenry County home and delicious cooking? By adding a dash of creativity to the dishes in your gourmet kitchen, you can create tasty snacks that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds and leave your guests buzzing long after the game is over.

Here are a few winning recipes for your football parties this season:

  • Everyone will cheer for delicious baked potato dip that includes bacon crumbles, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, chives and sour cream. Serve with hot, crispy waffle fries for an irresistible appetizer!
  • For younger fans, try baked buffalo chicken strips with a basic dipping sauce like ketchup, ranch or honey mustard. Read More→

New Homes at The Trails of Pheasant RidgeHave you been searching for the perfect home in Richmond, Illinois? With a serene atmosphere and open, modern home designs, buyers are sure to fall in love with a new home at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge. Currently, we have two homes under construction at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge with a third home entering the permitting process.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge showcase a variety of ranch and two-story home designs with a limited number of basement home sites available. With up to 3,200 square feet of living space, homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge boast two to four bedrooms and up to three bathrooms. As with every new home from Gerstad Builders, buyers at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge have the opportunity to personalize their home with custom finishes that include volume ceilings, skylights, custom millwork, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, three-car garages and much more. Read More→

Two of McHenry County residents’ favorite festivals are just around the corner, and lovers of art and wine are going to be excited! Ring in summer by attending the third annual Spring Wine Walk, being held in conjunction with the Fine Arts Festival in downtown Richmond this Saturday, June 28.

Tickets for the Spring Wine Walk are $35 each, and attendees can enjoy sipping and strolling through 10 participating businesses in the downtown area.  There will be three varieties of wine at each station, in addition to delicious snacks for sampling. Participants won’t go home empty handed either, and will receive a souvenir wine glass from the event, as well as a complementary bottle of wine of their choice! Read More→

Richmond New HomesConstruction is underway at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge! We are currently building two new homes, slated for fall move-in dates, at the Richmond community. In addition to these two homes, buyers will need to act fast with just limited opportunities remaining at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge.

Nestled within a serene country setting, homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge are priced from $169,990 to $260,990 and showcase a variety of spacious home designs including seven ranch and eight two-story plans. Interiors offer space for the entire family with two to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms and basements available. Additionally, we offer you the opportunity to design your dream home with our onsite design center offering upscale finishes such as custom millwork, granite countertops, hardwood floors, imported ceramic tile and much more. Read More→

The YAfter the final school bell has rung for the year, it is time for summer camp! Now is the perfect time for busy moms and dads to start checking out great local summer camps that will keep kids active, entertained, and most of all, happy! Just 90 minutes outside of Chicago, McHenry County features beautiful lakes and nature trails that are perfect for summer adventures and exploration.

Sage YMCA:  Located in Crystal Lake, Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago offers a variety of weekly day camps for children ages three to eighth grade. Kids can enjoy taking a dip in the pool for swimming lessons, playing sports, participating in character development  activities (honesty, caring, respect and responsibility), and much more! Other activities include art, disc golf, archery (campers fifth grade and older), special events, outdoor exploration, and field trips. In addition to its weekly summer camp, the Sage YMCA will offer specialty camps such as Cheerleading/Pom Pons Camp/Dance, Mega Sports Camp, Archery Camp, Tennis Camp and What’s Cookin’ Camp. For more information on summer day camps available at Sage YMCA, call 815-459-4455. Read More→

Get ready for a day filled with family fun Saturday, May 3 at the Casting for Cures trout fishing event at Spring Grove Hatchery Park, hosted by Nicole Mendlik and the Cheri Amore Memorial. Proceeds raised will be donated to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund, a non-profit organization that supports research into the effective treatment and cure of childhood cancer and other related blood disorders. The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a variety of exciting activities for all ages, including trout fishing, fly fishing lessons, games, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, raffles, a silent auction, trackless train rides and a princess meet and greet.

Come and celebrate the gift of life and honor the memory of Cheri Amore, an “exceptional and energetic young lady who passed away at the very young age of 17,” after battling leukemia for 14 years, according to the Casting for Cures website. The event will also honor 6-year-old Nicole Mendlik, who was described as “an outgoing, determined young girl who continues her fight to overcome Aplastic Anemia.” Read More→

A warm home in Richmond

Spring is coming. Flowers will be blooming, the sun will shining and baseball will make its return. After months of cold and snow, residents of Richmond are looking forward to the longer days and warmer temperatures that hold the promise of fun and fresh air in the great outdoors.

Richmond is located in the northern part of the state with nearby state parks, lakes and other attractions just minutes away. Residents of Richmond can leave their homes and find fun activities for the whole family, all within driving distance. Read More→

McHenry new homes

Many people make resolutions at the start of the New Year. While many of those resolutions include personal health and wellness, it’s important to remember your McHenry new home also needs a little TLC throughout the year.

Home-based resolutions can take just a few minutes or a few months, but you will be happy you stuck to them, and your house will thank you too. Read More→