At Cornerstone Development we take real pride in putting our home buyers first. Here are some examples of what they are saying about us:
At Cornerstone Development we take real pride in putting our home buyers first. Here are some examples of what they are saying about us:
At Cornerstone Development, we ask our home buyers to fill out a brief survey to discuss their impressions of their new home and their experience with the Cornerstone staff.
Dayna Smallwood had the following comments about her new home at The Glen at Cedar Creek:
“I have been thoroughly impressed with the entire process. Julie, Rebecca, Irv, Sean and John have been wonderful to work with. I wasn’t certain if I would be able to do this on my own, but they made it doable. I would highly recommend Cornerstone to friends and family.
“I have always loved Cedarburg. I was very interested in Cornerstone Development’s single family home with condo-like amenities. It is unique to the area and is perfect for my needs.”
Meanwhile, Roger & Jacquelyne Beaumont described their Cornerstone experience this way:
“I am very grateful for the quality that Cornerstone provides…the craftmanship from each team that built our condo from the ground up to the staff who answers the phone.
“The key staff team are extraordinary!! Nadine made what could have been an overwhelming experience with so many critical choices so enjoyable! Her knowledge, expertise, and experience supported us in creating a home that we love!!
“It was like having a best friend holding your hand and making your dreams come true…really!! Chris Fowler was and is still the man who will do whatever he can to deliver on the promise of Cornerstone building a beautiful home! He is one in a million!! On the day I had my refrigerator delivered and the cabinet door was a smidge too low he went and cut it down, brought it back and installed it again…it definitely was a save- the-day experience for me!
“We met John Huskisson for the first time by accident early evening when we were first looking at the lot we were considering…first impression… a good man, very professional who loved this project, friendly and available for questions. Did his very best in determining a move in date that helped us acquire a beautiful rental condo in the interim. Helped design a larger deck and patio area that we love! Plenty of sun for my tomato plants!
“Last, but not least, John Wahlen. A true entrepreneur and professional who is committed to quality, excellence, and service! We loved our experience at closing with him…he was truly happy for us; gifting us with wine, our keys presented in a gift box, and a unique cutting board with Woodlands of Greenfield engraved. Definitely going above and beyond!
“We came across the development by accident but to us it was truly a miracle and blessing in this next phase of our life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all!!!”
Lucy Wyka The Glen at Cedar Creek
Lucy Wyka had been looking for the right new home for many months and very much wanted to downsize from her previous home.
“I lived in a very large house with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms on about five acres and I was looking to downsize,” Wyka explains. “I was looking to get on one floor and I looked at a lot of condos but what I wanted was something where it was one story. I didn’t want an apartment-style complex.
“I was getting to the point of settling when a friend saw this ad in the paper and said, ‘Have you looked at this place in Cedarburg?’ I had been living in Grafton and never even knew it was out there. I came and took one walk-around and that was it! I put an offer in the next day so it was wonderful.”
One feature of The Glen at Cedar Creek that caught Lucy’s attention right away was that this neighborhood features single-family homes. She drove around the entire neighborhood and was taken with the beauty of the natural surroundings. Once she went into the clubhouse and was able to see the floor plans that were available, she zeroed in on one particular model – The Carolyn.
Features Lucy Loves
“I just fell in love with the size, I fell in love with the ease of it and the layout. It’s been a great place. What I love is that I can walk in and what you see is what you get. It’s right here. There’s no five bedrooms off to the side or an upstairs. I have put in a downstairs bedroom, a bathroom and a small sitting area which is just enough for me. The rest is unfinished and I have two sons who live out of town. They come and they stay and they have their own little place. I love the covered porches. I love both of them that I can sit out when it’s raining. It’s a lot of light. The windows are wonderful! I love all the light in here and all of the openness. I really love that.”
A Pet and a Piano Room
“I have a dog and I wanted to be able to bring my dog with me,” said Wyka. “She’s not that big but some places have limited sizes and a lot of the condos I looked at also had 55 and older requirements. I love that I own the yard, that I can walk out and it’s my yard and it’s open. I love the amenities of snow plowing and lawn maintenance because I can enjoy the yard and if I want to, I can do something. But if I don’t want to I don’t have to.
“The back sun room sold me also because I have a grand piano that my daughter plays and in most condos there was just no room for it. It became our piano / reading room. I love that there are no stairs. I come home with groceries or anything and it’s all on one level. I don’t have to climb stairs or take elevators. It’s private in the sense that I don’t have somebody right attached to my house. And I have neighbors! I lived in the country. It was a small subdivision with a lot of acreage. There’s neighbors but you have your privacy so I feel like I have the best of both worlds. This was truly a blessing for me and it was exactly what I was looking for.”
Lucy also appreciates being so close to historic downtown Cedarburg.
“I love walking and I can walk into Cedarburg. It’s really been a great place to live. Cedar Creek is very beautiful and there are parks around here, too. I take my dog down to the end of one of the blocks and you can get to the creek from there. There’s been deer and turkey and a lot of birds so it’s beautiful. You’re kind of in the country but you’re close to the City of Cedarburg.”
Working with Cornerstone Development
Since Day 1, Lucy has appreciated the Cornerstone experience.
“I met Julie and Julie was so easy to work with and Vicki – they were my sales people. They took me around and gave me plenty of time to look at different lots. I chose the lot I wanted for my own reasons and then sat down after we closed with Rebecca who is the options coordinator. She was amazing! She had everything there and you didn’t have to go shopping if you didn’t want to. She had samples and you could choose from those. They just made it so easy.
“I would recommend Cornerstone and have to several people already because of the staff, because they have been very easy to work with and because of the amenities. You have your snow plowing, you have your lawn maintenance but you also have your own yard and your own privacy. And I loved all of the floor plans. There were six to choose from and I just love it! It has just been a really, really good community to live and Cornerstone has been wonderful to work with.”
Scott & Susie Kuhn The Glen at Cedar Creek
After living in Mequon for 27 years, Scott and Susie Kuhn decided it was time for a change. Time to downsize a bit from their two-story home. Time to put away the lawn mower and snow shovels for good. Time to start doing more of the things they really enjoy.
Thus began their search for a new home.
“So we spent six months looking at condominiums in Mequon, Cedarburg and Grafton,” Jim explained. “We drove by The Glen at Cedar Creek and it didn’t take long after that and we were new home owners. When we started there were only two houses and a clubhouse here. So we walked in, looked at the clubhouse and decided this was where we wanted to live!
“What I liked is that they are all individual homes here rather than a side-by-side which is OK, too, but we like just having our own individual home,” added Susie. “To be honest, it just felt right. I love the open concept. I like having the other bedroom and den on the other side and ours (bedroom) is on the opposite side. And we just love the Cedarburg area!”
“That was one of our favorite things after we got here – downtown Cedarburg,” Scott agreed. “Since we’ve been here we have now been to Cedarburg every couple of weeks. Whether it’s one of their festivals or one of their Friday night outings or a restaurant, we walked there all summer. We go there for coffee in the morning on a Saturday morning.”
Scott and Susie especially appreciate the fact that they now have a ranch-style home.
“We had a two-story house before and my favorite part of the house is the great big deck out the backside of the house which in our models are all enclosed under roof and ours is screened in,” said Scott. “So we really have a whole other living room on the outside in the summer. I guess the thing I like the most is that the living room and the kitchen, the whole space makes it look much bigger than it really is.”
The Cornerstone Difference
Building a new home can be a complicated, frustrating process. Speaking from past experience, the Kuhns were amazed at the Cornerstone Development staff’s attention to every detail.
“We had built a house before this but this was a much easier program to do,” Scott explains. “There are only six homes to pick from. So the thing that we liked the most was dealing with the people that John (Wahlen) had. Rebecca was wonderful to work with and having a model here to look at and get some ideas before you had to make those final decisions just made it so much easier.
“They had everything right there at the model for us. Between the Clubhouse, Rebecca being there and the model being there we could pick something out and walk right next door and look at something that was similar to it. They had all the different stones, cupboards and different bathrooms and amenities all there to pick and choose from.”
“I liked the ease of having everything there to pick from but I also liked that if you wanted to go pick out a few different light fixtures or something else you could still go out, pick it out and then add something else that they (Cornerstone) didn’t have to offer you,” added Susie. “But it was easy to narrow it down when you have everything there.”
The Personal Touch
“They have been so helpful with everything that we’ve asked them to do whether it was Irv when we first started, Rebecca picking things out or the landscaping – they were very helpful from start to finish,” said Scott. “John called us after we moved in to make sure that everything was done the way he promised and the way we liked it and we were very happy with that. We have already recommended this place to two or three people who are building here right now.”
Susie agrees with a big smile
“Everyone is absolutely wonderful! I like John. He seems like a real family man and he was just happy to have us there and he just made you feel so welcome.”
SURVEY RESPONSE FROM MARGARET MATHIAS
At Cornerstone Development we highly value the feedback we get after our buyers move into their new homes. We ask each to honestly fill out a brief survey so we can correct any issues that may occur and continue to build on our successes with customer satisfaction.
Margaret Mathias was kind enough to fill out one such survey after moving into The Glen of Greenfield and we’d like to share it with you!
11642 WEST GLEN WAY
Shortly After Closing
Saturday November 3rd, 2018 1:01 PM EST
Condominium, New home
1 – 4 Agree – Strongly Agree
1. Construction Quality – I am satisfied with the quality of materials and workmanship. 4
2. Problem Resolution – The staff at Cornerstone Development addresses and resolves problems effectively. 4
3. Punchlist – The punchlist was completed in a timely manner. 4
4. Sales Community Presentation – Michelle gave a thorough presentation of the community. 4
5. Sales Professionalism – Michelle was professional, courteous and responsive during the entire home purchasing process. 4
6. Value Received – I feel I received a fair value for my money. 4
7. Sales Knowledge – Michelle was knowledgeable and helpful regarding my project. 4
8. SP Build Process – Michelle thoroughly explained the build process, including timeframe and expectations. 4
9. PM Knowledge & Skill – Chris Fowler had the skill and knowledge they needed to build my home. 4
10. PM Courteous and Responsive – Chris Fowler was courteous and responsive. 4
11. Options – I was satisfied with the options available for my home. 3
12. Professional & Organized – Cornerstone Development is organized and professional. 4
13. Schedule – Cornerstone Development adhered to our agreed upon schedule. 4
14. Likely To Recommend – I am likely to recommend Cornerstone Development to a friend. 4
15. Easier Than Expected – Overall, my experience with Cornerstone Development has been easier than I expected it would be. YES
16. Recommend Community – I would recommend the community to a friend. YES
17. Explain Future Services – Did Cornerstone Development explain future services and warranty procedures? YES
18. How Did You Find? – How did you find out about the community? (Drove by, Newspaper, Realtor, Friend, Web, Mail, Resident referral, Other – please specify)
Drive by after visiting a Cedarburg location.
19. Important In Purchase – What most significantly influenced your decision to purchase in the community? (Reputation, Amenities, Price, Location, Exterior/Interior design,
Other – please specify)
Design in and out, ease of purchase, community felt right (quiet but close to all necessities)
I felt this was the right community from the moment I first visited. Michelle showed me a couple of units under construction and I was sold. The quality is first rate. Chris makes sure that everything is done right as if he were going to live in it. Nadine made it easy with getting quotes for non-standard options quickly and at a fair price. My condo felt immediately like home.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM JIM & DIANE MCGINNIS
Reviewing feedback from our Cornerstone Development customers is both a source of satisfaction and a challenge – a challenge to continually improve the quality of our product and our customer service. Jim and Diane McGinnis bought their new home at The Woodlands of Greenfield and were kind enough to allow us to share a recent letter with all of you.
Thanks, Jim and Diane!
Mark and Dorothy Zimmer were living in Muskego and were looking for a different place to live. They were also considering condominium life and that’s when Mark’s brother mentioned that Cornerstone Development was building The Glen of Greenfield and suggested that they check out similar models which were already open at The Glen of Oconomowoc.
“We did and we just fell in love with them when we toured the model,” said Zimmer who is extremely pleased with the couple’s new home at The Glen of Greenfield. “I think it starts with John Wahlen’s design of the entire community. I think it lends itself to a real community focus. We love our neighbors and it brings in a real sense of belonging. That’s really how it starts from the external side of the homes. They’re beautiful, well-designed with a lot of interesting shapes and angles and wonderful use of materials from stone to all of the natural materials and the rooflines. It’s just a beautiful home and the amount of glass in the home makes it very open. It’s open to the woodlands by our home and we just love that we see the deer and all types of wildlife.
“The interior design is beautiful as well. The layout lends itself to a nice, comfortable setting for my wife and I. On weekends our favorite room is the sun room. That’s where we sit and listen to music in the mornings. On Saturday and Sunday we enjoy each other’s company and we read the paper, we see the neighbors walking by and we wave to the neighbors. So it’s very inviting and it’s very comfortable. Just the exposure of the home – it’s an east-west exposure so we get the sun in the morning and we get the sun at sunset. So you get the best of both worlds.”
Dorothy Zimmer says she loves the outside of their home as much as the inside.
“I’ve always said I like the outside as much as the inside because on the outside the buildings don’t look like your normal condominiums,” she said. “The rooflines are just interesting and they look almost majestic. I pretty much like everything inside, the openness, the light. A lot of sun, a lot of windows and it turned out beautifully.
“The sun room is definitely one of my favorite spots. It’s airy and bright and it’s just a great place to sit and relax. I also love the kitchen because it’s bright with the white cabinets and counters. I love being in the kitchen! Not necessarily to cook but I love being in the kitchen. The living area and the fireplace are beautiful and the bedroom is big with a big, spacious closet. It’s beautiful!”
Beyond a well-designed, beautiful and comfortable new home, the Zimmers agree that working with Cornerstone Development has been a great experience.
“Cornerstone Development and John Wahlen and his staff have been wonderful to work with,” said Mark. “They’re such a tight-knit team. Everybody works to meet the vision of what we set out to do to purchase our home. They worked with us from start to finish from financing to steering us in that direction to the choice of materials to the home location itself. Their staff are A-1 and they’re wonderful to work with. I would recommend Cornerstone and I have to most people that I run into. There’s been a lot of individuals within our family and our friends that we talk about this. They love the home, they complement us on our choice and, absolutely, this is a great choice for anyone who is interested in a condominium home lifestyle.”
“I think Cornerstone helps you through the process so much, from the beginning picking out the lot and all through the building,” added Dorothy. “They answered questions and they were there when you had questions. Even the closing. The closing was so simple and easy. It was done in the Clubhouse and it was less than 30 minutes. They’re a good team at Cornerstone, a good team to work with.”
Carl and Laura Jette had retired and were looking to move out of their vintage home. They were hoping to find a place that would be easier to maintain yet one that would offer them some great flexibility in their lifestyle. Laura happened to find it one day while looking through the newspaper.
“I was looking through our local newspaper and I saw The Glen at Cedar Creek,” Laura explained. “We were looking for both houses and condominiums. And I said, ‘Hmmm. Both houses, condominiums. Both with the same Condominium Association. Seems like it might be what we’re looking for.’ We have some friends who live at The Glen of Brookfield and I thought that maybe this was the same fellow (Cornerstone Development owner John Wahlen) and sure enough, it was. So we decided to come out and take a look.”
In fact, the very day the Jettes drove out to Cedarburg, Wahlen happened to be at The Glen at Cedar Creek clubhouse.
“We showed up at the clubhouse and he happened to be there that day,” Laura recalled. We got to see a model which happened to be a model of this home. We got to see exactly what we wanted. I liked the high ceilings and the space. We were coming from a 100-year-old home with rooms and we were looking for something that was not necessarily smaller but square footage-wise this was probably about the same. But it was a single floor, not two floors. We had five bedrooms and that’s a lot to clean.”
“When we first came out here it was a field with about six houses here and it was just a wide open expanse,” added Carl. “We were looking for a place that would have privacy and wasn’t too rural and this was just on the outskirts of Cedarburg proper. We looked at the area and we were looking for a place that would meet some of our needs. When John took us through the model at the time I walked into this very home, this model and there was a ‘Wow’ factor to it. I liked it.
Spacious, Open and Airy
“When I describe this home, I say it’s open and airy because the Great Room here where we are sitting, I just love,” said Laura. “I enjoy the openness and the windows because I’m used to having 54 windows in my house! My favorite features are having the laundry on the first floor and I have a sewing room in the back which is something I’ve never had before. We have a designation of spaces. Our sun room over here is my husband’s piano room so we really like those things.”
That piano room is Carl’s pride and joy.
“It had a conservatory for my musical instrument, my piano,” Carl beams. “There was a room designated for that and that was hard to find. We had looked at a lot of places and we couldn’t find anything that would work. I didn’t want a shared wall because I didn’t want people knocking on the wall at 10 o’clock at night telling me to go to bed.
“I also liked the fireplace in the middle of the room. I liked the bathrooms as we have two-and-a-half baths which is very nice. We had ideas about finishing the basement and we thought about having some privacy for our grandchildren when they came to visit. So we did a metal construct as to what we could do here and it seemed to just meet all of our needs.”
As Carl and Laura assess their new home, they find themselves truly enjoying the ways in which this home gives them the flexibility to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. They can still enjoy traveling without worrying about the outdoor maintenance.
“We’re retired but we still love to travel and the nice thing is that even though this is a home, the exterior maintenance is taken care of so we don’t have as much to worry about,” said Laura. “We don’t have to worry about the lawn or the snow or anything like that. It’s all taken care of!”
“The outdoor maintenance is kind of a mixed blessing for me because I’m from Buffalo,” John explained. “When winter comes, my ‘Buffalo mode’ kicks in so I’ll be shoveling snow this winter for my old neighbors. I was born with a snow shovel so I enjoy shoveling snow! I don’t mind doing the yard work and the shoveling but I also realize that I’ getting older and as you get older, it gets more difficult. I don’t miss having to climb up to the gutters and having to clean out the leaves and the pine needles. So I’ve done less with maintenance and I’ve had more time to do other things which I’ve enjoyed. There’s less to think about which I’ve appreciated.”
Recommending Cornerstone Development to Others
Absolutely, I would recommend Cornerstone Development mainly because they just seem to have everything together. It’s all worked out so very, very well. They’ve thought through the process and brought people in to make things work out. If you’re looking for this type of lifestyle with a nice, airy house and open concept with the privacy of a home, that’s very important.
“The thing I like about John – and I’ve said this to his face – is that when I meet John, whether it’s at the pool or in a social setting, he always takes the time to listen and to talk with you,” said Carl. “You don’t get the impression that he’s ‘making time’ because you’re one of his customers. I’ve met and talked with him on busy days when he’s got a lot to do and he just stops and talks to you as an individual and gives you quality minutes from his busy day and there’s no agenda. He’s just genuinely interested in meeting you or your friends or your grandchildren and I’ve appreciated that. There’s no phoniness when he deals with people.
“When we dealt with him in buying the home and sitting down with our realtor through all of the paperwork we were there for four hours going through every line and it didn’t ruffle him. Everything we asked to change or to get clarifications, he was agreeable and it was nice to work with a person like that who was willing to meet you more than halfway. I would recommend Cornerstone Development because of what it can offer to a couple like ourselves, people who have just retired. The grandchildren like it here. Sometimes you have grandparents who move into a place and the grandchildren don’t want to come anymore because it’s not the old house. Our grandchildren enjoy coming here because there’s a lot to do. It’s spacious. They’ve allowed us to do things on our own and they’ve helped us with any problems we’ve had. We make a phone call and they get back to us almost immediately and they solve our problems without giving us a lot of runaround. In terms of response and the materials that they use, I’m happy and I tell other people that it’s been a good experience for us .and we have no regrets about it!”
When Brad and Jane Bratz discovered the condominium home communities of Cornerstone Development, their timing couldn’t have been better. Living in a two-story home in New Berlin, they were getting tired of all the back-and-forth on the staircase. They were ready for a more simplified life.
That’s when a newspaper ad caught their eye.
“I found Cornerstone when we saw an ad in the paper and we went out to their Mukwonago community (The Glen of Mukwonago),” Brad Bratz recalled. “We enjoyed everything they had out there and it was ranch-style which was what we were looking for. We liked it and we met (Cornerstone sales representative) Vicki (McCormick) and she was fantastic!
“We really didn’t want to move out to Mukwonago as we lived in New Berlin less than a mile from where we are now. She (Vicki) had mentioned that they were doing a development near our neighborhood and my wife and I decided to come down and see what they have.”
When Brad and Jane made their first visit to The Woodlands of Greenfield they were easily able to see what their future home would have to offer
“My first impression of The Woodlands of Greenfield was a blank space and that changed rather rapidly after we made the decision to go for it based on what we saw in the Mukwonago model, which was fantastic,” said Jane Bratz. “When the model opened, we saw what our home (which is identical) was going to look like and we couldn’t have been more thrilled. There are so many amenities in here as far as selection of flooring, carpeting and those types of things that you couldn’t ask for a better place to live and you couldn’t ask for better people to work with.
“The way they have this structured as far as putting this property together is organized, stress-free, no-hassle. You make appointments, you go in and you have everything there in their offices. You put it together and you have the highest level of professional help as far as the decorating. Everything was just addressed completely.
Maintenance / Hassle-free
Ideal location. A vast array of the most desirable amenities. Complete, professional and courteous help. For Brad and Jane, it has amounted to hassle-free living!
“We like the high ceilings and we like the lower floor with its complete basement,” said Brad. “Condominiums don’t have basements and we just liked everything about it. We sold most of our shovels, rakes and things from the old house. As far as I can tell it will be done so nice we won’t have to worry about anything. I used to worry about cutting the grass, blowing the snow, shoveling, weeding. I don’t have to do that anymore. At our age, it’s fantastic!”
When Jane is asked what features she likes best in her new home, she really has to stop and think about it.
“It’s hard to say ‘the most’ because I like the whole house the most! I absolutely love our windows with the leaded look design. I love the fact that the fireplace is staged right in the middle, I love that it’s open but yet if you’re sitting here (table) you have a little quiet area compared to where the TV is. The bedroom is quiet and the bathroom is lovely. The closet is huge and for our needs the kitchen is the perfect size. Our counter is wonderful. We did not have to go anywhere else except for our appliances. Everything else was right there. It was just perfect.”
And how about when family and friends stop in for a visit? What do they think?
“Everyone loves it. They say, ‘Oh, I can’t believe this place! Oh, are you ever fortunate. Oh, this is just beautiful!’ I can’t imagine having found a better place than this. As far as the exterior look, the quality of the place, the materials, the options and the upgrades that were offered. And again, no landscaping. Yay!! It’s hard to pick one single thing but I would say what I love the most is my kitchen just because everything is right there and all I have to do is spin around!
“Dealing with the folks at Cornerstone Development has been totally pleasant. I’m totally satisfied. We recommend Cornerstone to friends and family, people we know, and recommend that they look at the model here. It’s just been an uplifting, taking the pressure off experience for us because we came home right away. We moved in and we were home!”
When Gloria Hoss lost her husband, she found herself with a daunting task: going through the process of building a new home alone. She needed to find a smaller, easier to manage place to live. One day, she heard that Cornerstone Development was holding an Open House event at the Greenfield YMCA.
“I knew that I wanted to move and I had been researching builders for over a year,” Gloria explains. “I went to the Cornerstone Open House at the YMCA and from the very beginning I was impressed not only with what I saw but with the caliber of the sales staff.”
That Open House was the beginning of a very fruitful building journey which culminated at The Woodlands of Greenfield.
“Well, I talked with Vicki McCormick,” Hoss recalled. “I know at the time there were so many people milling around the models and asking questions. I remember talking to Vicki and she was genuinely sincere with all of the information she gave me. I also talked with John Wahlen and I was very impressed.
Gloria likes to point out that she truly had been doing her homework to find a new place to call home. Turns out, she only had a very short distance to move.
“I actually lived a mile east of where I am right now and the condo I lived in was a stand-alone and it was over 4,000 square feet. So I decided this was way too much for me to handle and I wanted to downsize. When I saw the model of this particular condo I just fell in love with it and the workmanship is impeccable.”
And there’s plenty to love in the home she moved into on November 6, 2017.
“I like the openness of it and the easy flow of the design and I’m just so happy to have gotten so many compliments on the home,” Hoss says with more than a hint of pride. “It’s just so easy and so cozy. The kitchen, the dining area in the kitchen is absolutely beautiful. It’s got the three windows that are very light and bright. In fact, this home the way it’s situated here has the morning and afternoon sun and it is absolutely beautiful. The house was absolutely beautiful when I walked in here for the very last walk-through and the quality couldn’t be beat.”
Gloria is also quick to point out that her experience in working with Cornerstone Development has been top-notch.
“Talk about hassle-free! I had never realized that a home build would be this easy,” Hoss explained. “It’s easy to see that the entire staff is proud of the quality and workmanship of these homes and very open to suggestions as well. I have discovered that for a company such as Cornerstone I couldn’t have picked a better one. I have found that John Wahlen is not only easy to work with but very easily accessible when I need him and I honestly believe that he is dedicated to making sure that I had the best new home build experience of my life.”
And what would Gloria advise others looking for their new home?
“I would recommend Cornerstone Development and the staff to anyone and I have to everyone that I’ve talked to.”
Rick and Mary Lee Calvelli have both been retired for several years. They wanted to downsize from their four-bedroom, two-story Cedarburg home but did not want to leave the area. They found the perfect lifestyle solution at the new home in The Glen at Cedar Creek!
“We just love it!” said Mary Lee. “It’s just wonderful. Everything is new and we picked it all out so it’s our style. The view from our backyard is wonderful, too. We see wild turkeys and deer come up to our covered patio. We have a beautiful view with lots of windows. The first thing I do each morning is open up all of the shades and sit inside or out and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and enjoy the views of the prairie and the quiet.
“Working with Cornerstone Development has been just wonderful. They’ve made everything easy and have met all of our expectations. Building this home was easy and a lot of fun and exciting. I am just so excited the minute I walk in the door. Our family comes in and they are so happy for us and they just love our home.”
“We saw this model and it met every specification that we were looking for,” added Rick Calvelli. “You can see the specs beforehand and you can never be sure how it will be once it’s completed but this home is beyond what we thought it would be. It’s just exactly what we wanted.
“One of the reasons that we picked the Aberdeen model is that it has a front porch. Our old home had a porch with a railing and we really enjoyed that. We were able to have that feature similar to what we had before and we loved that aspect of it. We were extremely happy with the whole open aspect of the home and how all of the features in the house came together such as the kitchen, the island and the living room with the fireplace. Since we are both retired, we very much enjoy the fact that we have a clubhouse with a pool and I specifically enjoy not having to do anything with regard to lawn work or snow removal.
“It’s got a country feel but it’s actually within the City of Cedarburg. We enjoy the view and we enjoy the wildlife. We’ll sit on our back porch and we’ll see deer, wild turkeys and it’s very enjoyable. Plus, you have easy access to the historic downtown area. We are very pleased working with Cornerstone Development. They’re great people to work with from John Wahlen on down to everyone else that’s involved!”
Rich and Bernice Riedeman selected the Caroline home at The Glen at Cedar Creek. They have lived in Cedarburg for more than 30 years and just didn’t want to leave the many friends they have in the area. Their new home here has fulfilled their dreams in every way.
“Living in this new home is like being on vacation,” Rich says. “We’ve stayed in many resorts before and The Glen at Cedar Creek has pretty much the same amenities with a swimming pool. I use the clubhouse a lot including the weight room. I love walking around the neighborhood circle and it’s just a nice neighborhood.
“This is a beautiful piece of property and there is a lot of action going on. It’s wide open and we have some very nice scenery. There’s a lot of building going on and we’re going to meet a lot of new neighbors and that’s an important part of living here for me. I like to socialize and use the clubhouse for Packer games and parties. I go there to shoot pool once in awhile, too.”
“I love every aspect of this house and this is just such a nice little community to move into,” added Bernice. “It is close to anywhere we want to go with the highway one way and downtown Cedarburg is the other. The kitchen is so handy and we love the high ceilings. We also love the sun room. It’s beautiful and very comfortable.
“Cornerstone was just so easy to work with and the quality of the features in our home is just superb. It’s very homey and open. I love the fact that access to every room is easy. The process of building this home couldn’t have been any smoother. We have built seven homes so we know a lot about building. They have been very helpful in every way possible and there were no problems.”
“Cornerstone Development to me is very professional and what I like about them is that their crews have been with them a long time,” said Rich. “They’re very friendly and honest and I recommend them to everybody I meet. They’re quality workers and they take pride in what they do. If you have a question or a problem, don’t hesitate to ask. They’ll help you.”
Marty & Sue King moved into their new home at The Glen of Greenfield in April 2017.
“It’s all on one level and we like the ease of getting to different places with the central living area, the living room and the sun room,” said Marty. “We love the clubhouse and we also like the neighbors. The Glen of Greenfield offers us a real feeling of community. Looking around the house, we love all of the windows and how nice and bright it is in here.
“We love the flow from the sun room and the living room to the outside patio works so well and it’s the right size for us. We have four kids all grown now and the extra bedroom is enough. The den, which we have created into an office, is the perfect setting for me to do some part-time work.”
“I’ve loved our new home from the first day we moved in. I agree about the feeling of community and how important it is to the other neighbors, too,” said Sue. “Marty’s started coordinating get-togethers at the clubhouse once a month for things like Packer games and it’s a good feeling all the way around.”
“We had the first of two neighborhood meetings and everybody showed up, even people that will be moving in later,” said Marty. “We sat around and talked and people then went to other people’s houses to see the kinds of things they have put into their places as opposed to what we may have put in ours. So we’re excited about what the clubhouse is as a meeting place.”
Location, location, location
“We only lived a half-mile from here and we found out that they were building in Greenfield, we felt that was perfect,” said Marty. “Our location is close to everything and that we have access to the river parkway with all of the wildlife and nature that is here. We know were Target and Pick N’ Save are and even for folks who aren’t from around here, the stores and conveniences are easy enough to find.
Working with Cornerstone Development
“From the beginning, when we first met Vicki the sales manager, because everything was all brand new they were trying to give us a picture of what it would look like. We had looked at The Glen of Brookfield two years ago and we liked how it was constructed and its feeling of community. Then, working with John Wahlen, he’s always gotten back to us to answer our questions and concerns. Everything about him was great and we really connected with him. Honesty. Integrity. Whenever anything was questioned, he was right on it.”
“Nadine, our interior designer, was just fantastic to work with!” said Sue. “People compliment us on our decorating choices and she gave us options and we went with whatever she did because she is so talented.”
“Finally, during construction, working with Chris, the construction manager, and John was fantastic because they were very, very helpful each step of the way and told us when to come out to the property to see the progress,” added Marty. “I would recommend Cornerstone Development to others. When we saw their product two years ago and now seeing our new home, if anything it’s better now than it was then.”
Ron & Kathleen Samolinski moved into their new home at The Glen of Greenfield in April of 2017.
“Everything has gone very smoothly,” Ron says. “Chris, our expeditor, has been outstanding and this home has so many features that we really love. I really like high quality of the woodwork and the flooring.
“We lived in a two-story home for 36 years and now everything in this home is on the first floor,” said Kathleen. “There are no stairs and we really like that, especially at our age. The house has an open concept, airy with lots of windows allowing us to see the trees. We both wanted the open concept kitchen, too, but Ron’s the cook. He wanted lots of counter space.”
“The kitchen is excellent with high quality granite countertops,” added Ron. “Everything is very much an upgrade from what I had in our old home so I’m happy.
“The sun room is basically a beautiful place to sit or work because we’re right in the woods surrounded by beautiful trees,” Kathleen beams. “We put our computer in there because it’s a good place to think or relax. Some people use this area as a dining room but we chose to use it as an office.
“We actually visited Cornerstone’s neighborhoods in Mukwonago and Oconomowoc and look at those models before this neighborhood was even being developed,” said Kathleen. “So we knew what Cornerstone’s workmanship was like and we were happy with those layouts. All of the features they had in those neighborhoods were what we wanted with high quality and at the right price. Plus, John Wahlen has a good reputation. My mother also bought a condo here and told us we had to check it out!”
“Working with Cornerstone was above and beyond what I was expecting. A floor plan is just a picture but at the end the home turned out to be better than I expected. Bottom line? We have no complaints and we would highly recommend Cornerstone Development to others who are looking for a new home,” said Ron. “If you have any problems, they come in and take care of it right away. Anytime we’ve had any concerns, we can call Chris. He’s here early in the morning and late at night and he’s always on top of everything. Honestly, we haven’t had any major problems.”
When people pay a visit to Jane Haefner at her new home in The Glen of Mukwonago they can easily see why she is so happy she decided to work with Cornerstone Development.
“I certainly am delighted with my beautiful new home,” says Jane. “It’s very spacious and there’s a lot of storage as well as our great views and plenty of natural sunlight. I enjoy my kitchen which has beautiful cabinetry and counter tops. It looks off to the great room as well as my back porch. I just love the Brazilian cherry floors throughout the kitchen, great room and hallway. This was an upgrade representative of the many options future condo owners have with Cornerstone.
Gorgeous Nature Views
“People just go wild when they see the views I have off my back porch. You look out and there’s a beautiful pond with lots of trees. There are some Savannah Oaks that were planted a few years ago that we’ve adopted. It’s just so quiet and peaceful and we get a lot of chirping songbirds. It’s private and just enjoyable.
Working with Cornerstone Development – “I’d Do It Again!”
“My building experience with Cornerstone Development was very enjoyable. I come with that background because I work for a builder, a general contractor that does commercial and industrial. My expectations were met or exceeded and I’m proud of the craftsmanship. They give you a lot of choices in countertops, cabinets and flooring so you can really make it your own. Although the homes in this neighborhood look similar on the outside there are no two alike on the inside.
“John Wahlen is very friendly and very helpful and all the way down through his staff. I’ve worked with his superintendent, Chris, and if anything isn’t right you just call him and he will correct it immediately. The sales people were very, very helpful. Mine was Karen Bassi and if she didn’t know the answer she found out the answer and got back to me immediately. (When it comes to Cornerstone Development) I would do it again. That says it all if you’d go back!”
Rick and Jane Steinke actually discovered The Glen of Oconomowoc by way of Sussex.
“We were introduced to Cornerstone Development at their Glen at Seven Stones development in Sussex,” Rick explains. “We were immediately interested in this type of development. I’m still working, not retired yet and I decided to work in Oconomowoc. When we saw they were building The Glen of Oconomowoc it became a natural fit for us.”
“I thought it was so beautiful and I was just so excited to be in a condo,” added Jane. “No more outside yard work! It was so beautiful and we had a lot more free time to enjoy it. I so love the deck and it’s so nice to be out there and watch the sunsets. We used to live in the Holy Hill area in Richfield and I really love the sun room. Every morning I have to sit in there with my coffee with all of the windows the brightness of the layout.”
Rick and Jane are both fun lovers and moving to The Glen of Oconomowoc truly fits the lifestyle they were seeking at this stage in life.
“At Holy Hill, we had a couple of acres and with that came all of the grass cutting and a big, long driveway with snow shoveling,” Rick continued. “I said, ‘You know what? Let’s spend our weekends having fun instead of maintaining our property. This allows us to do that with a lot of freedom that we didn’t have before.
“The clubhouse is really great and we love the pool. The size of our home is just right and when we guests over there is a second bedroom. We have a daughter so they can come and go whenever they want. Our home is very open and airy. It’s really nice that way because the kitchen leads into the living room which leads into the sun room. It creates a great open concept throughout the entire house.”
Working with Cornerstone Development – “Two Thumbs Up!”
“Dealing with Cornerstone Development has been very easy,” said Jane. “The people are great to work with. The design center is excellent and you can pick everything from cabinet finishes to counter tops, flooring, and carpeting. Everybody knew the next steps that we should take and they were very well organized.”
“I give Cornerstone Development two thumbs up and without a doubt I would recommend them to others,” added Rick. “And you can tell that everybody who lives out here is very happy. They are great people and there is a real feeling of community. The architecture is appealing and it stands the test of time.”
Barb and Phil Heinle were actually way ahead of the game before they decided to buy their new home at The Glen of Oconomowoc.
“We actually knew John Wahlen and when we found this community we didn’t know he was the developer,” Phil explains. “We liked the area and the space and when we found out John was the developer we thought, ‘Woo! This is a good match.’”
Barb and Phil had been thinking about downsizing for quite some time before they zeroed in on The Glen of Oconomowoc.
Importance of “Community”
“We had been in a larger home for the last 20 years and it was time for us to downsize,” said Phil. “We were looking for condos and the different condos we saw in the Oconomowoc area were more sprawled out. The Glen of Oconomowoc was a nice what we call community. There are 48 families that live here and the houses are all filled. As we get to know neighbors we’re feeling very comfortable in this community.”
The community and its people were a very important reason Barb and Phil decided to buy their new Cornerstone home. As a matter of fact, the Heinles got a big head start on getting to know their new neighbors.
“We worked with John and purchased our home before it was even started with construction,” said Phil. “One of the nice things about this community was that as soon as we signed on the dotted line we started getting invited to the social events in the clubhouse. So we were meeting people for at least 6 months before we moved in during March (2017).”
Getting to know their neighbors has been an ongoing pleasant process for the Heinles.
“We have an active social committee here and they’re always kind enough to give us at least one activity each month so it gives us a chance to continue to meet some of the other people that are living here,” Barb explained. “The other idea of having a smaller neighborhood where it’s more compact, you tend to see people on a more regular basis instead of being all sprawled out or on multiple floors where you’re only really engaging with a small number of the people that are residing in that particular place.”
New Home a Perfect Fit
As to their new home itself, Barb and Phil couldn’t be more pleased.
“We love the fact that the two bedroom areas are separate,” said Barb. “There’s the kitchen in the middle and that gives distinct differences in those two areas. From a construction standpoint, because my dad was in construction, we had the pleasure of walking through the hole in the wall, if you will, between our home and another home and found out that there are two separate walls with insulation between those walls. It just makes for really good soundproofing effects for us as we’re living there.
“The nice thing was the variety of selections we could make in our condo,” added Phil. “Even though there are four basic homes in this development, we could select all our different woodwork, colors, floors, kitchen counters, cabinets and those different things. It was a nice variety of selection and obviously our relationship with John continues. He did a really good job and we’re very happy with our home.”
And then there’s one of their very favorite amenities: the clubhouse!
“It’s interesting because when I talked about downsizing the thing that we really like about the clubhouse is when we have a family event we can have the event here in the clubhouse,” said Phil. “We can use all of the space, the kitchen space, pool table and exercise room and yet not have to maintain it in a home setting all the time. So it’s nice to have the clubhouse available when we want to use it. We also enjoy using the exercise room as it offers a good option for continuing to do that as we continue to age.”
The Cornerstone Lifestyle Difference
When asked about their experience in the entire building process with Cornerstone Development, the Heinles make their satisfaction very clear.
“I’ve known John Wahlen for a long time and I respect his person, respect what he stands for and respect the fact that he is an honest person,” said Barb. “If he tells me something I know that’s what’s going to happen. I never questioned anything that we were told as we walked through the documents telling us how and when things would be done. Not only John does a very good and professional job but the people he hires at Cornerstone have also been very nice, pleasurable and professional people to work with. They take a personal interest in you and they seem to remember from one time to the next where you are at in your journey of life and ask pertinent questions. They do a good, professional job in helping you in whatever way they can. I would definitely recommend Cornerstone to others with no hesitation at all.”
“We have actually recommended Cornerstone and this development to others,” adds Phil. “But guess what? All of the homes are sold!”
Carol Stephens moved in to her new home at The Glen of Oconomowoc on October 28, 2016 – and she’s never looked back.
“I was living in the Washington, D.C. area for the past 25 years and Wisconsin was home,” Carol explains. “So I decided that’s where I wanted to go back to so it was finding the right spot. I finally chose a town instead of the state of Wisconsin.”
Carol had confidence in her realtor who showed her around Oconomowoc because, as she laughs, “I liked the name!” Armed with that bit of information, the realtor steered Carol to Cornerstone Development.
“He recommended Cornerstone Development for me to look at and I need to say the minute I walked through the model, I thought I was ‘home!’ What they’re able to do with 1700 square feet – it was so open. I didn’t feel like I was sizing down. The light just drew me into the home I’m living in, too.”
Carol says she especially appreciates the all-on-one-level layout.
“Everything flows and it’s all on one level so there’s a lot of space to be walking in but it’s amazing to me how little effort there is in day-to-day living,” said Stephens. “I love to bake so I can stand in my kitchen and when both of my ponds are full I think I live on a lake, in my mind. I love to read and this room with the light I could sit in here for hours and watch the days go by.”
Beyond the physical characteristics of Carol’s new home, she points out her great experience in working with Cornerstone Development.
“John Wahlen was amazing! To send emails to somebody at the level he’s at in the organization and get the kind of responses I got within two hours of his time just made my life so much easier. I don’t think he sleeps!” laughed Stephens.
What’s more, Cornerstone made sure her property was converted to her exact specifications.
“Cornerstone made amazing changes,” Carol explained. “They went way out of their way to put me on the lot I wanted and to make the upgrades available to me for the home that I wanted to build.”
Add it all up, and there’s no wonder that Stephens recommends Cornerstone Development every chance she gets.
“They’re outstanding! Their quality is outstanding and they stand by what they say. They’re accountable and the thing that really blew me over was that it’s not just the Cornerstone people, it’s the people they contract. Everyone who’s walked into this home has gone above and beyond for me at every step of the way.”
Location, location, location! Exterior design, Amenities, Price, Density. Most town-homes and communities we looked at were near water towers, highways and busy streets or high-power lines.”
– Ann Marie Way Oconomowoc, WI
I found out about the community from friends that live in the subdivision right next door. We also kind of knew about it from the newspaper and used to live in the area. The location most significantly influenced our decision to purchase in the community.”
I found out about the community from friends that live in the subdivision right next door. We also kind of knew about it from the newspaper and used to live in the area. The location most significantly influenced our decision to purchase in the community.”
– William Drive Sussex, WI
We are happy with the home overall. We personally know John. We chose Cornerstone because of our friendship with John.”
– Ann Marie Way Oconomowoc, WI
They did a terrific job and the quality of the workmanship was awesome. A friend found the community for me. I wanted a ranch condo and it was the right size. It fit my needs.”
– Black Bear Drive Mukwonago, WI
Everyone we worked with was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Well done!”
– Ann Marie Way Oconomowoc, WI
A business usually will get letters of complaints and not letters of ``a job well done``. Today, this note is one that hopefully expresses excitement and gratitude.
John, your team is amazing! My husband and I have been in the same home for 32 years. The idea of building and moving is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Going through the process with your staff has been comforting. No question has been considered silly or insignificant. Any hiccups that we have come across so far, have been answered in a timely fashion. It is amazing to get an answer the same day or the next, if more information is needed by more than one person. Even the truck drivers give a friendly wave with a big smile.
My meeting with John this morning, answered questions in a detailed format, using props to assure that the answers were understood by me. He took his time and was genuinely interested in this moment of answering any and all questions that I had.
As we move forward with the building process, I know that we will be given updates and information that will guide us into the moving stages with ease. I can only expect a perfect end to our building experience. A thank you to all of your staff members and to you, for expecting excellence.
– Ann Marie Way Oconomowoc, WI