Best Friends Come Full Circle with Lexington Homes

As little girls, best friends Maxine Covone and Hillarie Smith would walk to each other’s houses to play with Barbies and daydream about dating the Beatles. Years later, the friends will once again live minutes apart when Maxine moves into her new townhome at Willow Place in Wheeling.

As little girls, best friends Maxine Covone and Hillarie Smith would walk to each other’s houses to play with Barbies and daydream about dating the Beatles. Years later, the friends will once again live minutes apart when Maxine moves into her new townhome at Willow Place in Wheeling.

“Our friendship has really come full circle since we first met in kindergarten,” said Covone. “Hillarie and I were best friends growing up, but drifted apart in our teens and twenties. By pure chance, we ran into each other again at a Blackhawks game about 12 years ago. We both freaked out when we recognized each other.”

“It was like we never missed a beat – we went right back to being best friends,” Covone continued. “Now, we schedule our days off so we can spend time together and do things like go to Cubs games or head up to Milwaukee for Summerfest. We also have lunch once a week and family dinners once a month.”

In fact, it was while driving to visit Smith at her home in Avalon, a single-family home community in Wheeling built in the late 1990s by Concord Homes (the company founded and operated by the same team that now owns Lexington Homes), that Covone first discovered Willow Place, also a Lexington Homes community.

“Right now I live in a condominium in West Rogers Park, and I’d been looking for a new place for a while,” said Covone. “I saw the sign for Willow Place when I was on my way to Hillarie’s and decided to stop in at the sales center. It was love at first sight.” Located on the south side of Wheeling, on Willow Road and Foster Avenue, Willow Place includes 58 townhomes. Two floor plans measure 1,789 to 2,012 square feet and come standard with three bedrooms, 2_ baths and attached two-car, rear-loading garages. Base prices range from the $350,000s to the $390,000s.

“Hillarie just loves her home and her community, which made me very comfortable working with Lexington Homes too,” said Covone. “And, Wheeling is a great location for me. Besides being just two minutes from Hillarie’s house, I’ll only be 10 minutes away from my nephews and 15 minutes from my brother’s house.”

Wheeling’s burgeoning restaurant row on Milwaukee Avenue is another highlight for the two friends, who, coincidentally, both work in the restaurant business – Covone as a manager at Leona’s in Rogers Park, and Smith as a waitress at Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse in Wheeling. Besides the Bob Chinn’s where Smith works, other dining options in the area include Benihana, Pete Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Wakaba Sushi and Tuscany.

In addition to the community’s location, Covone also loves the layout of the townhomes at Willow Place. She chose the Chestnut floor plan, a three-level home with a family room on the finished lower level and separate living and dining rooms and an eat-in kitchen on the main floor.

“I’m really looking forward to having more closet and storage space than in my condominium, plus I love the balcony off the kitchen where I can barbecue,” she added. “It will also be a luxury to have my own laundry room right off the kitchen and be able to do laundry whenever I want. In my condominium building, there’s only a shared laundry room.”

Like all homes at Willow Place, Covone’s townhome includes 9-foot first-floor ceilings; 42-inch maple cabinets, 12-inch ceramic tile floors and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen; and volume ceilings in the master suite. Additionally, she is adding a three-sided fireplace between the living and dining rooms.

She will choose other finishes, including tile and countertop colors and flooring selections, later this year, closer to when she moves into her new home next spring. “Of course, what I’m looking forward to most is being so close to Hillarie,” said Covone. “We’ll be running back and forth to each other’s homes again, just like when we were kids.”

“Of course, what I’m looking forward to most is being so close to Hillarie,” said Covone. “We’ll be running back and forth to each other’s homes again, just like when we were kids.”

 

Best Friends Come Full Circle with Lexington Homes