Bonjour Jean & Terry

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.