The Gates of St. John

Sterling Design Group, LLC

Sterling Design Group, LLC has been operating for over 40 years in the residential construction and rehabilitation industry. After many successful real estate endeavors in Illinois, Owner, David Smith, has brought his expertise to Indiana. Sterling Design Group, LLC partners with Downton Builders in Northwest Indiana. Currently, there are many lots in the Gates of St. John available to build your dream home. 

Downton Builders originated in Illinois and eventually expanded their business to the northwest Indiana area. They have built many beautiful homes in towns such as St. John, Crown Point, Merrillville, and Hobart. Downton Builders has over 30 years of experience combined specializing in 1000 – 9000 square foot homes with an attention to detail that is unmatched.

The Gates of St. John is a community of residential neighborhoods conveniently located on 700 picturesque acres in Northwest Indiana. Each of our pedestrian-friendly, multi-generational neighborhoods has a distinct character and charm—where you’re sure to find that sought-after perfect street.

The Gates of St. John features tree-lined boulevards, walking and riding paths, decorative water features, community fishing pond, ample green spaces, playgrounds and park facilities. Just beyond our gates you’ll discover a region bustling with activity, offering highly-ranked schools, tasty restaurants, fresh markets, recreation and entertainment destinations, centers for health-care and for faith and so much more. 30 miles from Chicago, just across the Illinois state line, St. John offers easy access to the major expressways and airports of Chicagoland as well as suburban commuter and commercial trains. The Metra Train Station is only 16 miles away and the South Shore Train Line is just under 14 miles from The Gates of St. John. The Lake County Fair is the 2nd-largest county fair in the state of Indiana, is held on the fairgrounds each year in early August for 10 days. The Lake County Fair always boasts monster trucks, demolition derby and an entire arena for horse shows. Nearby Crown Point clearly has a hometown atmosphere, with its historic downtown square, numerous unique shops, parks, golf courses and other scenic locales.

And, did you know that St. John was judged the best place in Indiana to raise kids by Bloomberg Business Week. Just one more reason why The Gates of St. John won the prestigious 2012 Crystal Key Award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.





Anderson Windows

Direct wire smoke detectors with battery back up

Finished second floor laundry room

Lighting fixtures included in base price

Granite kitchen counter tops

Cultured marble vanity tops

Porcelain tile floors in bathrooms

Fiberglas tub/shower in main bath

Custom tiled shower in master bath

Two Jack and Jill baths with showers and double bowl vanities

Hardwood flooring throughout main floor

92% efficient Airtemp furnace

Airtemp air conditioner

75 gallon high efficient power vent hot water heater

Energy efficient R38 ceiling insulation and R-15 walls

Insulated 3+ car dry walled garage with door opener

Insulated garage door

Bathroom mirrors and accessories

Stainless steel appliance package stove, microwave, fridge, dish washer

Garbage disposal

Full basement unfinished with 9 foot walls

Basement plumbed for future bath




Brick and vinyl siding

Professional landscaping

Sodded front and side yards

Seeded back yard

Concrete driveways

30 year dimensional roof shingles

Aluminum seamless gutters and downspouts



$300 annual association fee

Minutes from Illinois state line

Approximately 45 minutes to Chicago

Close to shopping and entertainment

Lake Central School System



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