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Phillippe Builders introduces boomers to the easy life in two counties

2014-04-27T07:00:00Z Phillippe Builders introduces boomers to the easy life in two counties
April 27, 2014 7:00 am

Choosing to simplify their lives, many baby boomers are less inclined to want to maintain their former homes in retirement. Those who “right size” and move into a new home by Phillippe Builders also reap the rewards of less upkeep indoors and out, lower utility bills and an active lifestyle in the community of their choice.

Starting with one of Porter County’s most pristine natural environments next to the Indiana Dunes, there are many reasons to love the maintenance-free luxury townhomes of Chesterton’s Village Green at Coffee Creek, according to resident Lynne Pixler.

“One of the smartest things we ever did was to move here, and I don’t understand why others like us aren’t standing in line for the opportunity to live here” she wrote in a “love letter to Coffee Creek, Phillippe Builders and the Town Of Chesterton,” which is published in its entirety on

“You can’t appreciate what quality construction and conscience maintenance means until you get older and cannot do all the things that you used to be able to do. Watching the automatic sprinklers go on, and the lawn crew come and manicure the landscaping every week is tonic to this once avid gardener. While sitting on our shaded deck, I (am) struck all over again by the beauty of this Coffee Creek area. During the day, you can see the deer, the turkeys, and watch the hawks and herons fly by. At night with the gentle breezes, you can see the fireflies and hear the frogs calling to each other. All the while enjoying a wide variety of beautiful birds that stop by our feeder.”

Pixler adds that the top two reasons she chose a townhome in Coffee Creek to enjoy retirement include having all the primary living on the main floor with elegant guest accommodations upstairs, “mega” storage and room for expansion in the large dry basement plus the warmth and hospitality of the kind of town we all wish we grew up in.

With an overall architectural theme inspired by nature, the luxury townhomes by Phillippe in Coffee Creek blend seamlessly into the landscape, winding along a beautifully restored prairie that offers uninhibited access to more than five miles of woodland trails for exploring, hiking and biking plus a developed community park space with an outdoor amphitheater area for socializing and enjoying special events.

Recently debuting an all-new tri-plex plan featuring an open concept living area with central kitchen island, Phillippe gives you the option to choose from a variety of flexible floor plans that offer a selection of personal options including bonus rooms, additional bedrooms and/or baths, full basements and more as desired in Coffee Creek.

Plus all Phillippe homeowners benefit from the company’s noteworthy green building standards, which result in significant savings on annual utility bills. By customizing their energy efficiency components, homes built by Phillippe average a HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System) score of 60. Keeping in mind that the lower the HERS Index score, the more efficient the home. A typical existing home scores 130, a typical new home 100 and an ENERGY STAR-rated home 85.

Baby boomers will find even more compelling options in Lake County at The Gates of St. John by Phillippe Builders.

“My previous home was very large with a lot of land so I was looking for a spacious home but didn’t want to necessarily deal with all of the outside work – I needed to balance my time between work and my son,” Kathy Bober, who lives in The Gates of St. John said. “It’s great having my own home, without any shared walls. The size of everything is just perfect for my high school-age son and me. I love the fact that Magnolia Gate is a maintenance-free community. I can still go out and garden every once in a while, but it frees me up a lot to know that everything else will be taken care of.”

Residents of The Gates of St. John appreciate all the reasons why CNN Money Magazine recently named St. John to its annual list of “Best Places to Live: Top 100 in the United States.” Plus, according to the 2013 Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Bloomberg Rankings for “The Best Place to Raise Kids,” St. John received top honors in the state of Indiana for its family-friendly community, highly rated public schools, extensive investment in parks and proximity to Chicago’s endless amenities.

That makes The Gates of St. John an ideal location for baby boomers as well as their children who are now raising families of their own.

“My parents were ready to retire and looking to downsize. They were actually taking a break from a very unsuccessful search for condos in the area when they were introduced to the Cottage homes in Magnolia Gate. They liked the fact that they were Single Family homes, not attached, and still offered the maintenance-free benefits of having the lawn taken care of and snow removal. They visited one time and bought an existing model,” Robert Hill, said.

As it turns out, the fact that Robert Hill’s parents were able to move into their new home right away gave his family the opportunity to live in their existing home until construction was complete on their own new home in Autumn Gate.

“Since we didn’t want to deal with two mortgages, we had to be patient until we could close on our house before buying,” Renee Hill said. “Phillippe was great to work with the whole time.”

To learn more about Village Green at Coffee Creek and The Gates of St. John, visit the sales centers listed below and go to

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