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Verseman Development Recognized by Cary for Making Village an Inviting Place to Live


Verseman Development Company is renowned for crafting completely custom homes that are prized by its owners for their uncompromising quality and luxury. Now, the acclaimed builder is taking home a prize of its own.

The Village of Cary recently awarded Verseman Development its prestigious Community Economic Impact Award for the builder’s efforts at making the suburb an inviting place to live and do business. The award was given in recognition of Verseman Development’s commitment to quality development and its ongoing participation in community events.

“Our base of operation has been in Cary since we started,” said Greg Wallis, partner with Cary-based Verseman Development, which has built an average of 20 custom homes a year within many single-family home communities in and around Cary over the last 15 years. “It’s wonderful to be recognized for the role we’ve played in the development of this town and for our contribution to its economy.”

By focusing on the creation of one-of-a-kind residences built from scratch, “we’re bettering the landscape and strengthening the village,” Wallis added. “We’re extremely proud of the fact that we’ve helped put Cary on the map as a talked-about, preferred destination for home shoppers seeking a great place to raise a family and enjoy a quiet, scenic, friendly community.”

Verseman’s latest neighborhood is at Lyons Ridge, located on Three Oaks Road in Cary. Lyons Ridge is a subdivision of 28 upscale custom homes on one-half acre lots. First deliveries are now underway in this neighborhood, where more than 25 percent of the homes have already been sold.

“Shoppers seeking a totally personalized home will fall in love with Lyons Ridge,” he said. “It’s a neighborhood that appeals to all types of buyers in the market for a completely custom residence—including growing families, professional couples and move-up buyers.”

Lyons Ridge’s newest phase offers homesites with city sewer and water service, an eye-catching land plan boasting scenic cul-de-sacs, sidewalks, a tot lot, and extensive neighborhood landscaping.

Lyons Ridge homes start in the low $500,000s and include all the luxury appointments and extras Verseman Development is known for—such as granite countertops, expertly installed interior millwork with six-inch crown molding, a five-and-a-half-inch baseboard and a three-and-a-half-inch casing, six-panel doors, oak and ceramic tiled floors, Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, Pella windows, and generous landscape packages.

At Lyons Ridge and every neighborhood they build in, Verseman Development prides itself on crafting 100 percent unique homes. It’s a concept that Wallis said has been diluted by many builders claiming they are custom when in fact, they simply offer a variety of floorplans to choose from that can be somewhat modified.

Verseman Development starts the process with an initial consultation, where they discuss the building process and pricing for their homes.

“At this meeting, we provide background information on Lyons Ridge, the surrounding area, standard features, and most importantly our pricing,” Wallis said. “At the conclusion of the initial consultation, our customer will have an approximate idea as to how much their home will cost. If they decide we can delivery enough home for their budget, we proceed. We then ask the buyer to put down a small deposit to reserve a preferred homesite.”

Next, a formal design meeting is held. Verseman Development starts with a short outline to determine the design in overall terms.

“At this stage, we are looking for insight on how the customer lives, not just which rooms should go where and how many bedrooms and baths there should be,” said Wallis. “We want a feel for what the buyer is truly looking to achieve with their custom home. We establish room locations and discuss how their rooms will relate to the site they’ve chosen.”

After the formal design meeting, Verseman Development takes the information to the drawing board and designs the customer’s home. The preliminary design drawings and a detailed cost proposal are given to the customer for their review. They then provide Verseman Development with feedback on any modifications they’d like, and subsequent design drawings and cost proposals are submitted to the buyer until a final design and price is settled on.

“Ultimately, the home we’ve designed and will build for them is precisely what they are looking for,” Wallis added. “After all, in this buyer’s market, why shouldn’t anyone who is thinking about purchasing a new home settle for anything other than exactly what they want?”

Once the formal building contract is signed, Verseman Development asks for an additional earnest money deposit. Next, the construction phase of the project commences. During this time, the customer chooses exterior and interior selections—everything from siding and trim colors to bathroom towel bars.

“Anything goes at this point, from the finish on door hardware to the design of a fireplace face right down to their specific location,” said Wallis. “It’s all there for the customer to decide with our guidance. We’ve done this over 300 times and feel we can give our customer valuable input throughout this process.”

As construction (typically a five- to six-month period) winds down, a closing date is scheduled for delivery. Once the home is delivered, a one-year home warranty period begins, starting with the final walk-through.

“For those shoppers who are in a hurry to move in sooner, we also offer pre-built inventory homes that are available for quick delivery,” said Wallis, who noted that Lyons Ridge now has one residence ready for immediate occupancy. Located at 9 Oakdale Court, the home sits on a three-quarter acre lot and features four bedrooms with three-and-a-half baths, a three-car garage, custom kitchen with granite countertops, stone fireplace, and a full landscape package including paver brick patio along with many other upgrades. The home’s full basement is also equipped with a roughed-in bath. Priced at $699,900, this luxury residence boasts 3,353 square feet.

Lyons Ridge homeowners can take advantage of its proximity to six shopping centers and accessibility to Crystal Lake shopping and Algonquin Commons mall. It is also within walking distance of the Fox River, a Metra station, and an emerging downtown area on Main Street. Lyons Ridge is located within Cary’s top-rated school district, which includes Cary-Grove High School.

Verseman also has a handful of lots remaining at Harvest Glen, a nearby neighborhood of custom homes in Cary. For those seeking to build a custom home from the ground up, three homesites are available, some backing up to picturesque conservation areas and others which are heavily wooded and amenable to walkout or English basements. Home prices (including site) at Harvest Glen start in the low $700,000s.

Sales for Lyons Ridge and Harvest Glen are being conducted at Verseman Development’s brand new, fully furnished model located in Harvest Glen. Take Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Three Oaks Road and head east three miles to the Harvest Glen entrance. The model is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (847) 516-9277, or visit


VERSEMAN DEVELOPMENT   P.O. BOX 780   CARY, IL 60013-0780   (847) 516-9277