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Explore the Outdoors: Kelmscott Park and Beyond

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Explore the Outdoors: Kelmscott Park and Beyond

Spending time outside is good for the mind and body, which is why we tapped Mariani to design the grounds here at Kelmscott Park. With carefully planned natural spaces, our community offers a quaint and lush private oasis for residents to enjoy.

Outside of Kelmscott Park, Lake Forest boasts a wonderful selection of public outdoor spaces, which have never been more prevalent than amid the COVID-19 crisis. The following are our favorite places to explore in Lake Forest:

Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve

Located between Wester Laurel Avenue and Deerpath Road, Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve features 26 acres and travels along the Skokie River. The preserve’s trail winds through wetlands, meadows, and woods filled with wildlife. Visitors can park at Deerpath Middle School and cross Deerpath to find the trailhead.

Everett Farm Nature Preserve

Once a tree nursery, the Everett Farm Nature Preserve now has two circular trails that journey through diverse natural landscapes among the preserve’s 35 acres. Home to several mini-habitats and 20 species of birds, there’s a good chance you’ll make a feathered friend on your hike. Parking is located on James Court.

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is considered one of Chicagoland’s most beautiful forest preserves. The preserve sits on 250 acres with incredible views of Lake Michigan and rolling terrain, bluffs, and ravines. Visitors have access to approximately 4.5 miles of hiking trails and 1.3 miles designated for bicyclists. You can enter the preserve on Sheridan Road at Old Elm Road and Simonds Way.

Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve

Hike or bike on the four-mile trail at Middlefork Savanna. Considered one of the hidden gems of the North Shore, the preserve spans 600 acres and is home to rare tallgrass, a range of natural landscapes, and various species of flora and fauna. If you drive, park at Elawa Farm off Waukegan Road.

Skokie River Nature Preserve

As Lake Forest’s oldest and largest nature preserve, Skokie River Nature Preserve features 12 miles of trails, gorgeous flowers and trees, and a swinging bridge over the Skokie River. You can even spot native birds and plants of the Lake Chicago prairie lands. Drivers should park at the end of West Laurel Avenue to access the preserve.

Contact us here more information about the new homes at Kelmscott Park and to schedule a private in-person or virtual showing.

Kelmscott Park Contactless Tour Options

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The health and safety of our clients and our community is paramount during this unprecedented time. With this in mind, the Kelmscott Park team is now offering a variety of virtual showing options in addition to private contactless appointments. Select your showing preference when completing the form here. A sales associate will be in contact shortly to schedule.

Virtual Showing

Join one of our sales associates on Facetime, Zoom or Skype for a tour around our model homes from the comfort of your sofa. Reach out today to book your Virtual Showing.

Virtual Tour

State-of-the-art virtual tours are available for all of our model homes. Click the links below to view on your personal computer or mobile device.

Condo Model Unit 102

Condo Model Unit 203

Contactless Showing

An in-person showing of our available unoccupied homes with the utmost safety precautions.  All doors will be open and lights turned on. Our sales associates will guide the tour from a safe distance and will wipe down surfaces before and after each showing. Contactless showings are available by appointment only. Schedule your appointment here.

The Benefits of Buying New Construction

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Buying new has it’s perks

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your life. So, when it comes down to deciding whether to buy new construction or an existing home, it’s important to determine what’s best for you based on your lifestyle, and your needs and wants. Here we outline the benefits of buying a new home:

  • Customization: Nobody understands your tastes better than you do. With new construction, you can choose and upgrade features of the home, or work with an architect and builder to completely design from the ground up. If personalization is a priority, consider the flexibility that new construction offers.
  • Modern amenities: Many new homes feature today’s most sought-after finishes and amenities. At Kelmscott Park, we offer everything from luxury appliances and smart-home technology to outdoor living space and open floor plans with plenty of areas for entertaining.
  • Energy-efficiency: Newer systems for HVAC, electrical, and plumbing can keep utility costs down and have less impact on the environment. They are also less likely to require servicing for the first few years of use.
  • Less maintenance: There is usually less upkeep when you buy new, so you can spend more time enjoying your home rather than taking care of repairs.
  • Move-In Ready: Forget about having to rely on delivery times of new appliances or waiting to finish renovations or last-minute repairs. Once built, new-construction homes are move-in ready from the inside out.
  • Clean: Now more than ever, it’s important to consider a home’s cleanliness. It might give you peace of mind knowing that no one has lived in your home before you, and that there will be no surprises when it’s time to move in.

Contact us here more information about the new homes at Kelmscott Park and to schedule a private in-person or virtual showing.

The Bonus of a Great School District

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Let’s talk about schools

We’ve all heard the old real estate adage, “location, location, location,” but nowadays it’s more like “schools, schools, schools”. Now, more than ever before, school districts are THE deciding factor for home buyers.

A home in a desirable school district can hold a better resale value than a similar home in a less-stellar district.  According to research conducted by Realtor.com, home values inside highly rated school districts were 49% higher than the national median home price. For access to a top-tier school district, buyers are more willing to compromise and pay a premium. Furthermore, homes in top-ranking districts often sell faster than homes in less desirable districts. Realtor.com found that these homes sell eight days faster on average when compared to comparable product in less desirable districts.

While not all buyers at Kelmscott Park have school aged children, the value of their homes is boosted by the extremely desirable Lake Forest School system. Consisting of six public elementary schools, one high performing high school, and five private schools, Lake Forest has one of the most sought-after school districts in Illinois.

Along with the top-rated schools, Lake Forest offers many afterschool programs and community activities. Champions is the before and after school program offered for kids in grades K-8. Children have time every day to explore their own interests in areas like creative arts, reading and writing, math and science, etc… The program also offers homework help, as well as teaches children healthy habits. Each individual school offers a variety of clubs and activities, such as eSports club, music production club, running club, and more.

Lake Forest Elementary School District 67’s boundaries includes the City of Lake Forest only. The boundaries of Lake Forest Community High School District 115 include the communities of Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and Knollwood.

New virtual showing options now available, reach out today to schedule your tour!

Top 5 benefits of buying new construction

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Top 5 benefits of buying new construction

The recently completed, Kelmscott Park is breaking the myth that buying existing construction might be more affordable than buying new construction. Below are the top 5 benefits of buying a new construction home or condo at Kelmscott Park!

  1. Energy efficient – New construction homes have new appliances, are better insulated and have brand new windows. All these factors and more result in homeowners using less energy and lowering their utility bills. At Kelmscott Park, the homes feature LED lighting, energy efficient gas forced-air furnaces and energy efficient rooftop air conditioning units which contribute to their energy efficiency.

  1. Safety and Security – New construction homes must meet a constantly evolving list of building codes. These codes are based on research and experience gained by the industry over time with the goal of making homes safer and more secure than an older, existing homes.

 

  1. Maintenance – New construction homes require less maintenance than existing homes. Everything in the home is new, which means you can expect to spend less maintaining and you won’t have expensive improvements to make after closing. Kelmscott Park is also a maintenance free community, which means you’ll spend less time tending to your yard, and more time enjoying your new home and neighborhood.Caterer's Kitchen in Private Dining Space
  2. Amenities – Not only do new construction homes have the most up-to-date features, but they also can offer buyers a more convenient lifestyle. At Kelmscott Park, residents can utilize the KP Club, which features a fitness center, event space, catering kitchen, lounge, and private dining room.

 

  1. Resale Value – While resale value is never guaranteed, due to the uncertainty of the local market and economic factors, new construction homes tend to have a higher resale value than older homes. Value can be held in the location of the home and its walkability, age of systems and even the amount of natural light the home gets. While a new buyer can renovate a home at any age, new construction homes have a more up-to-date design, as well as features new buyers are looking for.

New closeout pricing available, reach out today to schedule your tour!

03 Condo: Living Large

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03 Condo: Living Large

Designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Booth Hansen, Kelmscott Park offers buyers gracious floorplans, high end finishes, and impressive features.

The Kelmscott Park 03 floorplan offers residents both space and privacy with a split-bedroom floorplan. This expansive 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home spans 1,734 square feet and features a den, a large kitchen with center island, and a private outdoor patio. Residents can enjoy the spacious outdoor space as an extension of their living room while taking in the perfectly manicured landscapes.

With an open living and dining area, this floor plan offers buyers a contemporary feel. The large chef’s kitchen boasts custom floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Asko stainless steel appliances, and stone countertops. This condo plan also includes a full laundry room with side by side washer and dryer.

The walk-to-town location at Kelmscott Park is another feature buyers will only get at Kelmscott Park. The walkability of Kelmscott Park is unparalleled with Lake Forest’s historic Market Square a 10-minute walk from your front door.

These ultra-high-end finishes, gracious floor plans and prime North Shore location appeal to many different types of buyers. You will fall in love with the thoughtful architecture and rich landscaping at Kelmscott Park. Schedule your tour today!

Eat Well. Live Well.

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Eat Well. Live Well. 

It’s always the right time to start eating healthier. Downtown Lake Forest makes this easy with its variety of healthy food options. Luckily for Kelmscott Park residents, there are quite a few spots within walking distance. Whether it’s a juice bar or matcha powder, Lake Forest offers something for every health nut. Below is list of some of the delicious healthy restaurants and stores in town, along with a few of our favorite things to order!

Be Market: Known for their great soups and salads, this market also has delicious smoothie options. Try the ginger – berry smoothie to help ward off cold and flu season!

LF Juice: With a variety of choices, you’ll never get bored of these cold pressed juices. Try one of their famous juices of the day or enjoy one of their many vegan and gluten free pastries.

Good Day Health – Gluten Free:

Food Stuff: This gourmet food store makes eating healthy convenient and delicious. The Kelmscott Park team highly recommends the fresh salad bar and homemade soups. Food Stuff does beautiful and healthy catering too!

Fresh Market: For all your grocery shopping needs, Fresh Market has a variety of organic and healthy foods.

Kelmscott Park is a quick walk from market square, making it easy to access these health food stores and restaurants. Looking to keep a healthy mind and body? Check out Forever Om Yoga, just two blocks from Kelmscott Park!

Ready to schedule a tour at Kelmscott Park? Book your appointment today!

Behind the scenes of Kelmscott Parks newest ad campaign

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Behind the Scenes

One of the most attractive features for buyers at Kelmscott Park is the maintenance-free living lifestyle, which happens to be the inspiration behind one of KP’s most

popular advertising campaigns. At Kelmscott Park, maintenance-free means trading in everyday chores for more of life’s luxuries.

The marketing team at @properties created and captured these fun activities that showcase @properties agent-models “toasting more”, “basking more”, and “playing more”. These ads highlight the perfectly manicured grounds, as well as the beautifully finished residences. The images embody the luxuries that come with living at Kelmscott Park. Take a peek at the behind the scenes photos below, as well as the completed advertisements.

 

 

 

Could Buying A Home in Lake Forest Lower Your Tax Bill?

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Any talk of the real estate market in Illinois these days often leads to at least a cursory mention of property taxes. Yes, it’s true. Illinois has some of the highest property tax rates in the country. And according to an April 2019 study by Attom Data Solutions, good old Lake County has one of the highest effective tax rates in Illinois.

But, it’s important to know that even within a county, tax assessments can vary. That’s why many North Shore homebuyers are often surprised to learn about Lake Forest.

“Best Kept Secret on the North Shore”

“Lake Forest property taxes are among the lowest in the Chicagoland area relative to home values, because its school districts are well-funded, and the area has a high assessment basis,” says attorney Robert H. Rosenfeld, whose eponymous Chicago-based firm has specialized in property tax appeals for more than 30 years.

Specifically, Rosenfeld estimates that, “a $1 million home in Lake Forest, in the Kelmscott Park taxing district, would have an annual tax bill of around $17,666. By comparison, a million-dollar home in Glencoe (Cook County/New Trier Township), would have an annual tax bill of around $25,000,” he says.

“There’s a heightened focus on total cost of ownership today, and property taxes are an important piece of that puzzle,” notes Keri Cook Falls, vice president of brokerage services in the Lake Forest office of @properties. “Lake Forest’s low effective tax rate is one of the best kept secrets on the North Shore. When you factor in the school districts, lake access, a vibrant downtown, and the ease of getting to the city and O’Hare, it really adds up to a great value in the luxury marketplace.”

Appeals & Exemptions

Even with lower effective taxes than many neighboring North Shore and Lake County municipalities, Rosenfeld still stresses the importance of property tax appeals.

“We have been enormously successful in obtaining reductions in Lake County,” says Rosenfeld, noting that attorneys such as himself work on contingency, so, “if there are no tax savings, there are no attorney’s fees.” In other words, it doesn’t cost you anything to try.

Meanwhile, being a part of a homeowners association such as the one at Kelmscott Park, may have other advantages when it comes to appealing property taxes.

“When you appeal taxes as an HOA vs. individually, the process is streamlined, and the costs are generally shared among all participants,” says Rosenfeld.

Homeowners should also make sure they are taking full advantage of available exemptions, such as the homestead exemption and exemptions for senior citizens and veterans, Rosenfeld notes.

Property taxes may be a cloud over Illinois today, but Lake Forest remains a bright spot for those seeking a luxury home and lifestyle with taxes that are reasonable by comparison.

Reach out to our team today to discuss the available options at Kelmscott Park.

Meet the Designer

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Kelmscott Park tapped interior designer Cheryl Souder for the design of the model single-family home and common areas within the condominiums. Cheryl has an impressive background with projects and clients across the US, in Chicago and on the North Shore. Drawn to Chicago’s energy, architecture and art scene, Cheryl now spends most of her time in hospitality and residential design focusing in downtown Chicago, Evanston and the North Shore. We recently sat down with the designer to learn about her process and the inspiration behind her designs at Kelmscott Park.

How did you get into interior design?

Interactions with the natural world, shelter, and the arts continually intrigue me. Of particular interest is engaging with these through experiencing interiors of built spaces. Practicing interior design offers me the opportunity to appreciate the synthesis of these and other diverse fascinating elements.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love the process of discovery with my clients. Design projects have distinct timelines; but also flashes of perception, order, and collaboration among participants that are extremely rewarding.

What made you want to be part of this project?

Having worked with Focus on several projects I have seen their consistent commitment to quality design and construction that enhances the communities where they build. Together we have enjoyed a shared interest in creating inviting interiors that reflect the architecture and offer warm places of gathering for the people who will live there.

What was your vision and inspiration for designing the model single-family home at Kelmscott Park?

Focus and Booth Hansen chose the English Arts and Crafts movement as inspiration for Kelmscott Park. Artists and architects, craftsmen and publishers of the period provided a rich tradition of lifestyle and design that continue to enchant. This home has aspects of the period brought forth into 21st Century living. Outdoor views are framed to capture a lovely landscape. High-touch materials of wood, textiles, and ceramics are skillfully combined to recall customs of hand crafting. Spaces are arranged to share experiences among family and guests with the addition of furnishings styled to be traditional but relaxed and welcoming.

What interior design trends are you seeing in suburban new construction residences? How is that reflected in these homes?

  • Living spaces are combined or directly adjacent allowing enhanced interaction.
  • Greater window areas open interiors to day light and views to the outdoors.
  • Technology through smart home automation and smart appliances make coordination easy.

How would you describe your design style?

Designs are curated to express the interaction of elegant forms, materials, and palettes that help express the interests and lifestyles of my clients. Though based upon the tenets of modern design my style has been influenced by exposure to other times from 17th Century America through contemporary French and Italian interiors.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Walking by water. A beautiful and lived in home. Traveling locally and abroad. Challenging painting. Music with that painting. Books of other times and places.

What design trends are you most excited about?

  • Design blogs and Instagram posts can be overwhelming; however, they suggest new permutations and combinations. Judicious editing recommended!
  • Light fixtures as fine-tuned lighting accents and sculptural forms bring depth to create layers in the interior.
  • The use of color to create an entirely separate sense of place.

What is one piece of design advice you could give to the new homeowners at Kelmscott Park?

Homes are complex and loaded with meaning. They need layers and warmth. Bring communication, patience, and vision to your design process. Then enjoy the journey!

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