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Libertyville-based Interlacken Construction Company and Mark Loeb are well-recognized names in Libertyville and surrounding Lake County communities. Mark Loeb’s homes, too, are well-recognized for their spectacular settings among lush, professionally designed landscaping, outstanding architectural styling, and elegant custom accouterments. These grand, $500,000 to $2 million homes range in size from 3,000 to 7,000 sq. ft. - and the exclusive quality of construction is evident throughout every square foot. Mark Loeb’s reputation for attention to detail, individually customized floor plans and personal supervision of every home he builds has brought Interlacken Construction an unparalleled record of success and satisfied home buyers.

Loeb has dedicated himself to enhancing the residential landscape of his hometown Libertyville. Integrally involved in the community, he grew up here and established his business here; he has run the Libertyville Men’s Basketball and Softball leagues for more than a decade and built custom homes for many of the families of the children he coaches.

Loeb began building homes in 1971 when he went to work for his father’s company, Ironwood Construction, after graduating from Northern Michigan University. He learned the building industry “from the ground up” working alongside his father, who had been in the building industry since the ‘50s.

“My dad taught me a lot of things,” he says, “but what stays with me the most is his honesty. He’s the most honest person I ever met.

“I think our individual strengths complemented each other in the business and as it became time for him to start scaling back, it became time for me to start my own company.”

In 1981, Loeb established Interlacken Construction. He chose the company name after visiting Switzerland; the town of Interlacken was nestled between two lakes which reminded Loeb of a community he was developing in Libertyville situated between St. Mary’s and Butler Lakes.

“I founded the company on the philosophy of, ‘A good deal is only a good deal if it’s good for everyone.’ I try to focus most on one-on-one relationships - with customers, subcontractors, suppliers. I really do work with my customers from square one, from the day they come to talk about building a home to the day we close the house.”

Many of those one-on-one relationships with customers have led to close friendships, says Loeb. “I’ve built as many as three homes for some people; it really is the relationship that counts. . . I get a great deal of satisfaction from building homes and building relationships.”

Loeb has kept his company small enough so that he is personally involved in every project. When building such highly customized homes, he says, customers don’t want to get “passed on down the line” during the design or construction processes. “I don’t ever want to get too large, get into a situation where that happens. If you lose touch in the field, you lose touch with the final product.

“Custom home building is very personal,” he adds. “And there are going to be changes or modifications along the way. . . there are just so many variables. How you manage them is what determines the finished product. That’s why people hire my expertise and experience.”

 

The Asters On Almond - Unparalleded Customization In A True Luxury Townhome

The Asters On Almond is Interlacken Construction Company’s latest development - a custom townhome community that’s as much about a lifestyle as it is about a quality home. Developed and built in partnership with Tom Rosenquist, who owns Lake County Grading Company, the townhomes of The Asters On Almond offer all the luxurious features and customization options of Loeb-built, single-family custom homes. It represents the “best of all worlds” for home buyers seeking to downsize their living space without sacrificing custom amenities or custom-tailored floor plans, and who want to maintain residence in the Libertyville area. The Asters received a 1997 Gold Key Award from the HBAGC.

Loeb and Rosenquist have combined their more than four decades of experience and expertise in the Lake County home building marketplace to create a true, lifestyle-centered townhome community to meet the needs of a fast-growing market niche. Loeb employs his more than 25 years expertise in high-end custom home building, as well as the same quality construction and custom amenities, to the townhomes of The Asters On Almond.

“The Asters On Almond,” says Loeb, “was developed for empty-nesters seeking to scale back on space, but not amenities; for young professionals who want the conveniences and low maintenance of townhome living while making a sound real estate investment; for home owners who want to be close to downtown Libertyville (just seven minutes away), shopping, recreational amenities, forest preserves, and the new Libertyville train station.”

It’s been a highly successful venture. Since opening the models this past summer, “sales have been in full swing” says Loeb. The Libertyville-area development is already about 40 percent sold out.

“Sales have been well beyond our best expectations,” Loeb comments. “The market we were targeting, empty-nesters age 55+, has responded overwhelmingly.” In fact, he notes, because of the level of customization available to them, buyers have “jumped” at the opportunity to own an Asters townhome instead of building another full-size, single-family custom home.

“These buyers are leaving big houses; they want to downsize their space but but not the quality of their home nor their lifestyle. What appeals to them most, and what has attracted so many buyers to The Asters on Almond, is being given the latitude to customize a townhome the same way they would if they were building a custom single-family home. . . anything we do for a custom home we can do for the Asters townhomes. Steam showers, wet bars, entertainment centers - all the options are available, and buyers are taking customization to the nth degree.”

At the Asters, says Loeb, customers are buying a lifestyle change as much as convenience. Everything is 100 percent maintained, Loeb points out, which makes their Asters townhome “easier to leave” as he puts it.

“Many of our buyers’ lifestyles are changing in that the kids are gone and they have more leisure time to travel. And when they do, now they don’t have to worry about making all the arrangements they would if they lived in a house.” Some retired homeowners, he adds, purchased their townhome at the Asters on Almond as a secondary residence and may own another home in Florida or out west. “They split the year between here and their other home,” he says, “and again, because of the maintenance-free amenities, they can easily leave for five or six months at a time.”

Priced from the $220s, the 62 fully landscaped homes of The Asters On Almond are nestled among 75 acres of conservancy land to provide spectacular open vistas from every residence. Townhomes range in size from approximately 2,400 sq.ft. to 3,200 sq.ft. with use of the lower level. Each of the four spacious, well-planned models feature all of the fine architectural details and extraordinary appointments buyers expect to find in a high-end custom home.

All four models and floor plans have three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and can be modified to buyers’ living space requirements and lifestyle needs:

• The Mallard- 2,546 sq.ft. with oversize great room adjoining dining room; kitchen with dining nook (and optional snack bar); wood deck off first floor; 14x19 master bedroom with vaulted ceiling.

• The Ashcroft- 2,359 sq.ft. with first-floor master bedroom and study; two bedrooms plus sprawling loft on second level; corner kitchen; adjoining great room and dining room.

• The Sandpiper - 2,383 sq.ft. with loft, first-floor master bedroom and two second-floor bedrooms; separate dining area; generous 20x15 great room.

• The Juniper - 2,271 sq.ft., master plus two bedrooms on second level, kitchen with breakfast nook, plus separate dining room; great room and adjoining den/study.

All Asters townhomes feature brick exteriors; 30-year dimensional architectural shingle roofs; full patios with all walk-out lower levels; spacious balconies on upper level homes; Marvin clad windows; 2-car garages; state-of-the-art fire prevention system; ceramic tiled foyers with volume ceilings; six-panel Colonial doors with custom interior trim; furniture-finish Yorktowne kitchen cabinets; wood burning fireplaces with gas log lighters; professionally appointed kitchens with Jenn-Air appliances; breakfast bars; master baths with soaking tubs and glass shower enclosures; 80% efficiency gas furnace and more.

Loeb says buyers can customize even further with such options as skylights; open stairs to lower levels; sound and security systems; central vacuum; “Smart House” options; marble and/or wood floors; crown moldings and coved ceilings; finished lower levels with full-height English or walk-out basements - “Just about anything the homeowner might have in a single-family home, they can have here. Whether modifying floor plans or adding amenities and design features, it’s all available to them, only on a smaller scale.

“The Asters was created, developed and built on the premise that smaller does not have to be less, for homeowners who have been looking for an upscale lifestyle without the unneeded space or time-consuming maintenance of a full-size single-family custom home.” What’s more, he adds, most of the people who have bought an Asters townhome have been those who have lived in Libertyville and other nearby Lake County communities for a number of years and who wanted to stay near to their hometown community, family and long-time friends .

A Profitable And Prudent Partnership: Interlacken Construction & Lake County Grading To Form Vintage Homes Of Lake Forest

Mark Loeb teamed up with Tom Rosenquist of Lake County Grading Company to develop the Asters on Almond to ensure the preservation of the bountiful acreage surrounding the community. Their two companies have the same goal: to provide the highest quality homes to buyers who appreciate the unique quality of life offered at the Asters.

Rosenquist took over Lake County Grading in 1980. His expertise, aided by a staff of over 200 highly trained and educated site development professionals and one of the largest fleets of earth-moving equipment in Northern Illinois, has helped make the firm an integral part of Lake County’s explosive growth in recent years.

A small sampling of the its numerous projects include Lake Forest Beach, Midlane Country Club and Golf Course (in Wadsworth), Grand Tri-State Business Park (in Gurnee), Dundee Park District Family Aquatic Center, and preeminent residential communities such as Spring Lake Farms in Lake in the Hills, Park Claridge Condominiums in Highland Park, and Winchester Estates in Buffalo Grove.

Interlacken Construction is a member of the Lake County Home Builders Association (LCHBA). One of the greatest advantages Loeb sees in membership is the opportunity to be associated with building industry professionals who share a common bond.

“It connects you to others in your industry to create a teamwork environment,” says Loeb. “Everyone brings something to the organization.

“Whether your putting together a custom home or townhome development, a general contractor depends on the subcontractors he or she employs to get the job done up and down the line. A builder is only as good as his or her subs. . .When you’re associated with them through the builders association, you establish relationships, get to know people on a personal level so that when you’re working with them on the job, you’re working more as a team.”

Such established relationships also help keep projects organized on site, adds Loeb. The GC and subcontractors know how to work together and know one another’s expectations, which results in everyone involved in the project striving to the same goal: delivering the finished product to the customer’s satisfaction.

“Membership and involvement in the LCHBA not only benefit me as a builder, and my business, but other members as well as the industry as a whole,” says Loeb. “I think we all get something from the association that enhances the product and ultimately the building marketplace.”

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