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Bonjour Jean & Terry

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French wine collectors call Kelmscott Park home

Location was at the top of their list when Jean and Terry decided to down-size in Lake Forest. Luckily for them, Kelmscott Park offered an ideal in-town location as well as space for their growing wine collection. Avid travelers, Jean and Terry loved the idea of a turn-key maintenance-free residence with access to urban amenities like restaurants, boutiques and open green space. We recently sat down for a glass of wine with the couple to learn what made the condominiums at Kelmscott Park stand out, as well as what they’re most excited to experience as new residents.

1. What were your motivations for moving into a condominium at Kelmscott Park?

It was time to downsize. The cost of perfection to maintain a 4-bedroom house and garden exceeded the utility of enjoyment after so many years of homeownership.

2. During your home search, what were the must-have features and amenities on your list?

We wanted a walkable downtown location with a Metra train station, grocery and specialty food stores, fine restaurants, library, a small-town neighborhood feel, and close to good bike trails.

3. What made you decide to buy a condominium at Kelmscott Park?

We love to cook so the 6-burner Wolf range and stove sold us! Plus the perfect in-town location and promise of high-quality new construction was very appealing.

4. Which floor plan did you choose and why?

We chose a two-bedroom plan with the larger patio on the ground floor. We have taken downsizing seriously and are moving toward the goal of “Travel Light in Life”. We found it convenient to convert the den off the kitchen into a walk-in pantry with space for our wine collection.

5. What are you looking forward to most about living at Kelmscott Park?

Biking, taking the Metra downtown, walking to restaurants and stores, meeting new friends, and most of all: worry free traveling –– just lock the door and go!

6. What do you like to do in your spare time?

What is “spare time”?  We love to hike, bike, cross country ski…and travel. We often visit Norway to see relatives. We also enjoy cooking and fine wine –– therefore, we love to entertain.

7. Lastly, what’s your favorite restaurant in Lake Forest?

Now that is a hard question!  MLG is literally across the street, so it is often a fait accompli. Francesca’s has always been good Italian. An afternoon on the patio at Market House is relaxation defined. Grab a pizza at Ferentino’s and take it home to a fine bottle of Chianti Classico Riserva for a night at home. Egg Harbor for brunch is a must. Although not a “restaurant”, walk down to Sweets for chocolate, ice cream and the best malts in the area.

Take the next step and tour the available units at Kelmscott Park today, book an appointment that fits in your schedule.

New Condominium Model Boasts Light, Space and Luxury Finishes

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Introducing the new condominium model at Kelmscott Park. Designed by Booth Hansen with interiors by Toms-Price Home Furnishings, the home features a 2,271 square foot contemporary floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

A formal entrance opens to a large dining area with the living room just beyond. Bright light flows through two exposures with large windows and stunning French doors that open to a private patio perfect for entertaining. The contemporary kitchen features luxury finishes including a Sub-Zero/Wolf appliance package, custom floor-to-ceiling frameless cabinetry and Taj Mahal quartzite countertops. The grand master suite boasts a spa-inspired bathroom with Daphne White marble tile, Crestola quartz countertops a large free-standing soaking tub and separate walk-in shower. The model also includes a second bedroom with space for a queen size bed, a den that can easily be converted to a third bedroom, a proper mud/laundry room with space for side-by-side washer and dryer and ample storage space.

The model home located at 1155 Kelmscott Way is open for tours Wednesday through Friday, 9am – 5pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Click here to schedule a tour.

Park Luxe

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By Sherry Thomas

May 1st, 2019

Chicago-based real estate developer Focus has announced the opening of a new condominium model at Kelmscott Park—a master-planned com- munity in Lake Forest. The model highlights one of the only maintenance-free, new-construction condominium developments on the North Shore.

Located at Laurel and Western avenues, four blocks north of Lake Forest’s bustling downtown district, Kelmscott Park offers 42 condominiums, 12 single-family homes, and 111 luxury rental apartments. Floor plans in the recently completed condo building feature two to three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 1,528 to 2,565 square feet. Prices range from $679,000 to $1,059,000. Sales are being conducted by @properties, and condominium homes are available for immediate delivery.

The model, designed by Toms-Price Home Furnishings, showcases a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath layout with 2,271 square feet. Priced at $970,000, the open-concept plan gives the residence a contemporary feel, while still bringing in elements of a spacious North Shore home.

A formal entry opens onto a large dining area, with the living room beyond. French doors lead out onto an expansive patio. The kitchen is built around an oversized island that seats four. The model’s master suite has two walk-in closets and an en suite bath with a separate shower, soaking tub, and two vanities. The third bedroom/den features pocket doors that can open the room up to the home’s living areas.

“The idea was to make this plan feel like a single-family home,” says Tim Anderson, president and CEO of Focus, which has been building con- dominiums on the North Shore for three decades. “It has a lot of the features North Shore homeowners are used to, like the separate kitchen, den, large master suite, and even a mudroom. The difference is a little less space and a lot less cost and upkeep.” All condominiums at Kelmscott Park feature a balcony or terrace, underground temperature- controlled garage parking, and separate storage. Homes have 9-foot ceilings and high-end finishes such as Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Asko kitchen appliances, custom cabinetry, wide-plank oak flooring in kitchens and living areas, stone countertops, along with Kohler kitchen and bath fixtures.

Kelmscott Park also offers four customizable single-family floor plans ranging from 3,072 to 4,465 square feet. Priced from $1.4 million, homes feature three to five bedrooms, with select plans offering a first-floor master suite. Each home has an attached two-car garage, brick patio, den, and full basement.

Kelmscott Park’s architecture and landscaping are inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement. Chicago-based architecture firm Booth Hansen incorporated elements of historic Lake Forest architecture into homes and floor plans designed for contemporary living. Meanwhile, Lake Bluff-based Mariani Landscape created a series of greenways, gardens, and tree-lined bou- levards that give Kelmscott Park the feel of a com- munity that has been in Lake Forest for decades.

“The community has come together in a way that exceeds expectations,” says Cyndy Salgado, executive vice president of development sales for @properties.“Everyone has a picture of Lake Forest in their mind, and then you drive into Kelmscott, and it’s like a storybook you can live in. It’s beautiful.”

Kelmscott Park is located within walking distance from Market Square, shopping, restaurants, and the Lake Forest Metra station. The condominium and single-family model homes are open Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information and to schedule a showing, visit kelmscottpark.com or call 847-234-1800.

Read the original article in the Daily North Shore.

Members Only: The KP Club

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Kelmscott Park offers residents a variety of recreation and lifestyle conveniences.

Situated only 10 minutes from the lake and blocks from downtown Lake Forest, you don’t have to go far to enjoy yourself. As a resident of Kelmscott Park, you are offered exclusive access to The KP Club. The club includes access to a tech café with conference room, for those meeting you need to take from home. Complete with fireplace and 24/7 coffee service, you won’t want to head into the office any time soon.

Host with the most.

Rent the beautiful event space in The KP Club and entertain guests with the help of the caterer’s kitchen. Host cocktail hour in the lounge area and then move into the private dining space for dinner.

These common areas in the club open onto the large outdoor patio, which is the perfect spot of gatherings. Stay warm near the fire pit, become a grill master on the grilling stations, or enjoy a quiet stroll through the luscious private gardens.

Convenient fitness at your fingertips

Members also have access to the KP Fitness Studio, which is conveniently located in the KP Club. Featuring a variety of cardio machines and free weights, residents don’t have to go far to meet their daily goals.

Location, Location, Location

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Home buyers seeking suburban comforts and urban amenities should look no further than Kelmscott Park. Located a short walk from Market Square in Downtown Lake Forest, residents at Kelmscott Park have coveted access to the best Lake Forest has to offer. No Matter where your interests lie, Kelmscott Park and Lake Forest have something for you!

The Beach

Only a 5 minute drive from Kelmscott Park the Forest Park and Lake Forest Harbor have something for all lake front lovers. Enjoy the sun on the sandy beaches or snuggle up to stroll the lake front at sunset. This natural gem is only one of the beautiful features Lake Forest has to offer.

The Metra

Only a 10 minute walk from Kelmscott Park, the UP North Lake Forest station is readily available to all KP residents who want to take a trip downtown to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer.

Onwentsia Club

A quick 5 minute drive from Kelmscott Park, members at Owentsia Club enjoy a whole host of activities for the summer and the colder months.

Whatever your hobby may be, Kelmscott Park offers you the luxury and comfort that a  suburban lifestyle affords with the urban accessibility which ensures that everyone can find something fun nearby.

Kelmscott Park Wins Multiple 2018 Key Awards

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Kelmscott Park Wins Multiple 2018 Key Awards

The homes at Kelmscott Park won several awards at the 2018 Key Awards hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC). The 46th Annual Key Awards, one of the building industry’s most important events, was hosted on November 15th and recognizes excellence in housing design, architecture design, interior design, community design, landscape architecture and remodeling. Peers in the industry visit the project sites to analyze the developments which are judged by the quality, craftmanship, and design.

Award winning home design

The single-family home “Beckett” model at Kelmscott Park received the first-place Platinum Award for best single-family semi-custom home and the apartments won the Gold Award for best multi-family development. Both the single-family homes and apartments took home the Crystal Award which is given to the best of the best within each specific category for innovation and creativity.

The Beckett single-family home features 3,690 SF of living space and will be a part of a larger community built by Orren Pickell with architecture by Booth Hansen. Inspired by William Morris and Kelmscott Manor, the homes utilize the themes from the Arts and Crafts movement to create modern, open spaces. The three apartment buildings at Kelmscott Park range from 700 to 900 SF and feature a brick and stone façade. They are organized around a central courtyard, which features and outdoor patio with a fire-pit and grills as well as curving walking paths which connect each building.