306 Pond Ridge Ln, Urbana, Illinois

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Let the sunshine in!

Sunshine flows into this 4 bed, 2.5 bath soft contemporary built by Sunbilt Homes. The soaring foyer with hardwood floors leads your guests to sophisticated living areas.

Great Hall!

The over sized great hall will be the center of entertaining with its wall of glass windows and warm  fireplace. The front room, previously used for concerts, features cathedral ceilings & paladian windows overlooking the garden.

Kitchen with a Mexican flair!

Large kitchen features Mexican tile and endless storage. Candlelight & wine dinners can be yours in the formal dining room which opens to screened “porch” for summertime enjoyment.


The sumptuous master suite is as inviting during the day as it is after dark. The perfect spot to read, catch up on correspondence or simply relax.

A huge bonus!

The 4th bedroom can be a second master- it has an attached office & full bath.

University of Illinois close by!

And, check out the location of this home for sale in Urbana…just off south Race Street in Yankee Ridge subdivision. This is so close to the University of Illinois as well as the Stonecreek Golf Course.


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Green Homes in CU

Experience the Different shades of Green in Champaign County! New home construction is constantly evolving to meet the demands and expectations of the consumer. Over the years the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois would host the Showcase of Homes to introduce new trends and designs that were available when building a new home. This year The Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois has joined forces to build a single home for The Green Build Showcase. The members of the homebuilders association have been collaborating for the last several months to bring Champaign County this unique property along with several seminars throughout the showcase to help educate the community. Take advantange of this great opportunity to preview a truly “green” built home and to see first hand all of the options available to build a more energy efficient and eco friendly home.

The model home is located in Urbana’s South Ridge Subdivision, at 1711 Horizon Lane, in southeast Urbana. It will be open on Friday, September 16, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the Green Build Showcase, a second home will be open to the public. Chad Vliet of Vliet Builder’s LLC will be available to answer questions on how his homes are standing out front when it comes to affordable, energy conscious homes. Chad’s home is located in South Ridge Subdivision as well and the address is 3407 Deer Ridge. Make it a point to stop by and view this affordable, energy efficient home.

If you prefer a rural subdivision with city amenities, Chad Vliet has another energy efficient home in Landis Farm Subdivision that has a lot of the same energy conscious features as the property in South Ridge. The property is located at 2501 Fairfield Drive and can be viewed by appointment.

Finally, in Northeast Urbana near the intersection of Highcross Road and Airport Road a unique subdivision has been developed in the Historic Big Grove of Urbana. Brickhouses Road Subdivision features 7 one acre lots (approximate in size). This subdivision was developed with the vision that all homes follow the “zero net energy” plans. To learn more about this beautiful subdivision visit www.brickhousesroad.com

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3313 Cherry Hills Drive, Champaign

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Home for sale in Champaign

Cherry Hills is right along Windsor Avenue, an easy jaunt from the University of Illinois. Cherry Hills subdivision is popular for many reasons- one is homes like this one.

This one is move in ready!

Welcome to this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Kenny built home located on Cherry Hills Drive as it meanders through this lovely subdivision. The spacious family room has a large fireplace. The cathedral ceilings make it perfect for informal gatherings. There are sliding doors to the deck and a large fenced backyard.

Four spacious bedrooms including the master suite are located upstairs. Freshly painted interior & new carpeting throughout make it ready…so MOVE RIGHT IN!

Call Sharon Harkness today to have a look. 217.621.6308.


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Briar Hill Condos For Sale

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0vrZa0St9E]There is a condo for sale in Briar Hill right now and you should see this one!

Briar Hill is a cool little area on west Windsor in Champaign. It was built years ago and has been so well maintained- it is like a little community.

Nearby Briar Hill is the new Champaign County YMCA– like you can walk to it!

Check out this condo for sale in Champaign listed now by Sharon Harkness.

The address is 14 Briar Hill, Champaign

14 Briar Hill, Champaign


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803 Fairway, Champaign, Illinois- amazing!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4Y991vuo4c]This home at 803 Fairway, Champaign is for sale and you should see it. Especially if your criteria is a home for sale near the University of Illinois, you will want to check this one out- the location is so convenient for all of Champaign Urbana.

Here you can take a look inside this lovely home for sale in Champaign.

And here are some pics:

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Homes in Ironwood

Welcome to Ironwood!

One of the truly quality subdivisions with homes for sale in Champaign right now is Ironwood.

This area is so convenient for the University of Illinois, is right next door to the new Champaign County YMCA, and is a very easy distance form Parkland College.

Cal Sharon Harkness today to have a look at any of the home for sale in Ironwood.


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The Champaign Urbana Real Estate Market- Active!

Today’s News Gazette carried some good news stats for the Champaign Urbana real estate market.

Sharon Harkness confirmed this this morning:

“It’s barely Feb 1st and already buyers are out looking and sellers are putting their homes on the market.  The mild winter has helped as well as some stabilizing of prices.  We are fortunate to live in this market where jobs are more stable and we have businesses to help keep the market more stable than other areas in the state.”

Sharon Harkness is an expert on the CU real estate scene. 217.621.6308.
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Interest rates for Champaign Urbana

Interest rates for Champaign Urbana get lower and lower and have not risen since January 1st as some predicted.

Now home prices are perhaps beginning to move a bit…but only slightly.

What this means for Champaign Urbana real estate is that this is the ideal time to buy.

You may be coming the University of Illinois next fall – or perhaps for some other employment. Be assured that there is an excellent choice in homes for sale in Champaign Urbana.

Let us help you!



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Champaign Urbana Real Estate Stabilizing

An article in this morning’s News Gazette brings good news for people looking for Champaign Urbana Real Estate– and actually for sellers as well. The market is beginning to improve locally. Especially for homes for sale in Champaign and Savoy, the selling climate is much better.

One stat that stands out for the local real estate market is that median home prices are only down .36% while the statewide figure is down 9.2%. Beyond this Champaign and Savoy median prices were up 4.4%.

Here is what this means if you are looking at the Champaign Urbana real estate market:

Sellers: Inventory is clearing out and spring is a good time to get your home on the market. Call Sharon Harkness today and she will be glad to give you some help on getting your home ready to sell.

Buyers: Prices are still low, mortgage rates are a give away- mortgage rates for Champaign Urbana can be as low as 3% for a 15 year fixed! Beyond this there are many home on the market and buyers are usually able to negotiate a very good deal.

803 Fairway, Champaign.












Ont example of what this means is that homes for sale in Champaign like this one can be purchased at a bargain price right now. This one is on a lovely shaded street and is very close to the University of Illinois.

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Here come the Chinese…to the U of I!











Just out this morning Tom Kacich writes in the News Gazette that the University of Illinois ranks #2 in international student enrollment- actually #1 among public universities. Ten years ago we were at #11 and few schools have increased as much as the U of I. The total is up to 8,009 from 3,798 in 2001.

There are three big pluses from this increase. First is the diversity it brings to the Champaign Urbana area. Then there is also the additional tuition since these students pay more. Beyond this they bring money directly into the economy- something like $28,000 per head per year. The impact on the Champaign Urbana real estate market is particularly important.

One of the aspects of this that is also personally a plus is that it is quite common now to interact with internationals at restaurants, concerts, etc. Most are from Asia (China leads the way with 22%) .

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