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Down by Beaver Creek

Condo townhouses being built near water's edge

Sept. 20, 2007

Joe Klucarich has been a man about town in Brown Deer for 50 years. He plans to keep it that way.

Klucarich and his wife, Rose, are the first to sign a contract to buy a new townhouse in the Beaver Creek Condominiums, now under construction on North 60th Street.

Klucarich was principal of Granville (later Brown Deer) High School, and a School Board member, and currently serves as president of both the Brown Deer Foundation and the Senior Citizens Club.

The couple, who own a house on Pelican Lane, began to look for a condominium two years ago.

"We looked at 15 to 20 different condos," Klucarich said, noting their search took them to Grafton, Mequon and Menomonee Falls. "For one reason or another, price or location or something else, none of them were right for us."

When they learned that General Capital had plans to develop condos in the village, Joe began to consider them. Michael and David Weiss, the principal partners in the company, grew up a few houses down the street from him, as luck would have it.

"I like the plans," Klucarich said. "We have a first-floor master bedroom (in the condo) and if there is company, we will send them upstairs."

Townhouse sales begin

JoAnn Vetter, who is selling the condos for Coldwell Banker, said sales for the 24 townhouses have just started.

The townhouses have first-floor laundry rooms, nine-foot ceilings on the first floor, 2.5 baths and 2.5-car garages. Sizes range from 1,500 to 1,700 square feet.

Steve Sirkis of General Capital said 10 townhouses are being built in the first phase, with prices ranging from $199,900 too $229,900.

"Construction costs are going up, so prices might go up on future buildings," he said.

One four-unit and four five-unit buildings, for a total of 24 units, will be built.

Vetter said townhouses under construction do not have basements, but the next phase will likely include a building with partially exposed basements looking over Beaver Creek.

"That building will also have raised balconies," Sirkis said. "The timing on this was good. The village believes it will start work to naturalize Beaver Creek in the spring."

Naturalizing the creek

Plans call for the removal of the concrete channel in the creek and the planting of aquatic grasses and native plants.

The development will also include smaller units in a three-story building with an elevator and underground parking. Called garden homes, the units will range in size from 850 to 1,350 square feet, with prices starting at $150,000 for the one-bedroom unit.

Klucarich said being able to buy a new condominium in the village enables him and his wife to stay put, something they find very appealing.

"I am glad Joe picked Brown Deer," Rose Klucarich said. "We are so familiar with this area and our doctors and friends are right here."

Mary Buckley can be reached at (262) 446-6615 or mbuckley@cninow.com.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: open house

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

WHERE: Beaver Creek Condominiums, 60th Street at Brown Deer Road

WHY: JoAnn Vetter of Coldwell Banker will have pumpkins for the first 100 people who come to learn more about the condo project.

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