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Builder Planning More For Wheeling
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Exciting things are happening at Wheeling-based Smith Family Development. The company is hard at work on the fifth, five-story building at its Prairie Park condominium development, located just south of the intersection of Wolf Road and Milwaukee Avenue. In addition,it is actively working on plans for vacant property it owns along Lake-Cook Road and intends to make an announcement about that project soon, said Mark Smith, founder and chief executive officer. Read More..

Developer's Simple Act of Kindness Factors in Couple's Purchase of Home
Saturday, June 6, 2015
A veteran of developing and home building throughout Chicago, Mark Smith, president of SF Developers LLC, knows the ins and outs of a construction site. “When we started to develop the existing piece of land that is now Prairie Park, it needed alot of clean up and work to meet our building specifications before we developed,” said Smith. “When we started the earth moving and developing of the land for what is now our showcase community, we wanted to introduce ourselves, keep the neighbors informed of what we were doing and be good stewards withtheland. Read More..

Prairie Park Starts Work on High-end Building
Friday, February 20, 2015
The recent weather in Chicago makes for comments about moving south. Many conversations are also about getting rid of the big drafty house and moving to an allinclusive lifestyle community where winter chores fall on someoneelse. Read More..

Vivian Smith - Smith Family Development
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Smith Family Development in Wheeling is just what the name implies — a family. “Ours is a mom-and-pop family operation. We all wear many hats and know that we are not too good to do everything that needs to be done,” explains Vivian Smith, president and co-owner of Smith Family Development with her husband,Mark. Read More...

New Luxury High Rise Homes in Wheeling
Friday, February 13, 2015
Now open in Wheeling, the Residences at Prairie Park are about the way you live as much as where you live. The Residences at Prairie Park are the newest luxury high-rise homes offered in the established enclave community in Wheeling, right in the heart of the “newNorthShore.” Read More...

Prairie Park in Wheeling Adds High-End Building
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Prairie Park is all about the way your family really lives and makes the perfect place to entertain family and friends, owners say. Its large private clubhouse, with entertainment rooms and gourmet kitchen facility, was designed for your special lifestyle in mind and gives you plenty of reason to celebrate, said Jamie Smith, vice president of Smith Family Development,the builders of Prairie Park condominium community in Wheeling. Read More...

Larger, Luxury Condominiums in High Demand
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Jamie Smith joined the family business, Smith Family Construction of Wheeling, in 2009. He had just earned a degree in communications from Northwestern University and he was forced to use everything he had ever learned about communicating effectively during the worst housing recession in a generation. Read More...

Smaller Robie Model Offers Same Luxury at Wheeling Condominium community
Friday, April 18, 2014
A new model home — the Robie —steps into the spotlight at Prairie Park, an upscale condominium community where several other models are also on display. “People can have a luxury lifestyle at an affordable price in this multifunctional unit,” said Nick Blackshaw, sales rep at the community. “This is a great condo for young people starting out or for those down sizing to a smaller place with no maintenance.” . Read More...

Vivian Smith Wears Many Hats for Smith Family Development
Monday, February 10, 2014
You won’t see Vivian Smith of Smith Family Development in Wheeling driving a fancy car around the town in which she was raised. You are much more likely to see her pulling weeds in the gardens at her firm’s Prairie Park condominium complex or attending a real estate closing, meeting with bankers or working at a Wheeling High School Boosters event. Read More...

Mid-sized Condos Offer Luxury, Convenience at Attractive Price
Friday, January 31, 2014
Whether retired empty nesters or busy young professionals,people will find Prairie Park of Wheeling offers an attractive,easy lifestyle. The four mid-rise condominium buildings offer buyers a variety of layout and price options.The mid-level units are increasingly attractive to those 55 and older ready to downsize to something a bit more manageable as well as young professionals ready to buy for the first time,butnotyet ready for a single-family home,says Jamie Smith,Vice-President of Operations for Prairie Park Wheeling. Read More...

Choosing the Right Condominium, CCRC or Custom Home
Friday, November 8, 2013
Form any luxury condominium home buyers the floor plan and livable space included in the layout of their home is major selling point. However, the amenities offered in these high-end condominium complexes can make or break the deal. Read More...

Lifestyle Makes Prairie Park a Favorite
Friday, November 23, 2012
Great design and upscale finishes, a walk-to location and a welcoming clubhouse — Prairie Park in Wheeling offers the whole package for down sizing empty nesters and professional singles and couples looking for maintenance free living. And right now the package also includes compelling incentives that make this popular community more attractive than ever. Read More...