1809 Byrnebruk, Champaign, Illinois

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Prestige…Elegance…Golf…Peace and Quiet.

Enjoy views of the 7th green in this formal and  inviting Hallbeck built home located in desirable Lincolnshire Fields. This 3 bed, 2.5 bath home is situated on a generous sized lot w/ large trees & shrubs. Gracious foyer w/ marble floors & curved staircase leads to formal dining, living room, kitchen or family room.

Cook & entertain in the large kitchen with oversized island, ceramic floors, corian counters and built-in desk. Stainless steel appliances include Fisher & Paykel cooktop & Dacor double ovens. The open floor plan is perfect for hosting intimate groups or large open houses.

The family room with wood burning FP whispers “relax” from its oak pegged floors to the soaring vaulted ceilings. Tranquil master bedroom offers a personal retreat with whirlpool tub, separate shower & views of the golf course.

Spacious home has multiple areas for living with home office, hobby room/loft & sunroom. Numerous windows flood this home with natural light year round. Contact Sharon Harkness at 217.621.6308 for a complete list of amenities…and for a chance to see this incredible property!


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.


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

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.


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


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:

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.


An “A-Maize-ing” Taste of Mexico in Champaign

There are several of these small Mexican eateries springing up around Champaign Urbana, The new “Maize” near the University of Illinois campus at 1st and Green looks to be a keeper.

Maize was recently reviewed by Stacey Klouda on The Buzz and she glowed saying this place has “something to satisfy the Mexi-tooth in all of us”. I like that Mexi-tooth term- and I am sure I have an active one!

This place has all the flavor of authentic Mexico. It is small, congenial, and colorful. The food features rice, beans, and guac “all worthy of standing alone”. Beyond this there are delicious tortas, huarachis, and burritos. And even pumpkin blossoms (flor de calabacitas) and huitlacoche– don’t ask, just eat it and enjoy. OK you asked- it is this black pungent stuff that is actually corn smut.

This hole- in – the wall is affordable, cozy and here are some pics from Yelp:

Maize is easy to find at 1st and Green.
This cozy place even has the color of Mexico.
Tacos al Pastor with lots of cilantro.

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.

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!