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Kelmscott Park Model Home Grand Opening Event

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Please join the Kelmscott Park team at our Model Grand Opening weekend event!

On Thursday, October 19th from 5:30 – 7:30, join us for a special VIP event. Get the first look at our new model home, fully furnished by Toms Price, while you sip & savor treats provided by our neighbors, the MLG culinary team.

All guests will be eligible to win prizes from local shops and restaurants but space is limited so please register to attend by Oct. 13th.

Register Now

Following our special preview event, the Model Home will be open to the public Saturday, October 21st through Sunday, October 22nd from 12:00 – 4:00.

Prizes to be raffled off throughout the weekend, so be sure to stop by!

You can find our new Model Home & Sales Center at 111 Franklin Place East, in Lake Forest.

Focus Partners With Marquette for the Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park

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Focus has named Marquette Management, Inc. as the operator for the highly anticipated Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park.

The two firms have worked together previously at Courthouse Square Apartments in historic downtown Wheaton, and look forward to unveiling a new premier apartment community near downtown Lake Forest.

Marquette Management offers an advanced approach to property management, crafting the ideal residential lifestyle. Stable and experienced, the real estate professionals at Marquette provide outstanding customer service and a true community experience.

As part of their commitment to redefining the quality of life for residents, Marquette offers a variety of signature programs and services. The We CATER platform stands for “Customized Attention to Every Resident,” and includes everything from package delivery to complimentary dog walking to an entire host of concierge services.

In addition to their one of a kind We CATER program, Marquette has a 24 Hour Maintenance Guarantee. During the work week, the onsite maintenance professionals are committed to responding to every request within 24 hours, and the team is on call 24 hours a day to address any emergency maintenance situations that arise after hours or during the weekend.

The construction at the Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park is nearing completion and are slated to open early 2018. Offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes ranging in size from 755 -1,884 SF, each home features condo-quality finishes open floorplans, and first floor patios/upper floor balconies. You can earn more about what’s coming at the Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park on their website.



The Real Deal

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With more than a decade of experience helping buyers and sellers through the process, Sondra Douglass approaches her work with a refreshing joie de vivre.

Optimistic. Professional. Patient. These are just a few of the words clients use to describe real estate agent Sondra Douglass. Add to that her in-depth knowledge of all things Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, and the ease with which she juggles the responsibilities as mother of four, and you’ve got a seasoned broker who has found her calling in career and life.

“I love life, and I’m very involved. I think that comes through in my work,” she says. “I bring energy and optimism from my daily life into real estate.”

When first meeting a new client, Douglass likes to get to know them, set expectations on both ends, and begin to establish the trust she knows is invaluable in any relationship. She arms sellers with essential information to help them make informed decisions about pricing, staging, and marketing a home for sale. That’s one of the reasons Douglass selected @properties as her real estate firm.

“At Properties thinks outside the box,” she says. “There is excellent collaboration between the Chicago city agents all the way up the North Shore. We are continually in communication.”

In addition to a marketing plan for every seller, she sends out post card mailings that pinpoint buyers in different areas that are moving up to the North Shore or down to Chicago. She also advertises using various social media networks to bring attention to her listings. Attracting buyers to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff happens to be where Douglass has found her sweet spot as well as much gratification in her work. She works often with first time homebuyers, relocation clients, renters, and those new to the North Shore.

“I know so much about our schools and the community and what it has to offer—from the schools to the rec department to professional service providers. A 19-year resident of Lake Forest, Douglass is married to husband Billy who grew up here. Her four children have attended school here since day one—her oldest just graduated from Lake Forest High School, where her two middle children attend, and her youngest is at Deerpath Middle School. Whether they have questions about schools, neighborhoods, home maintenance, or even a hair salon, lawyer, or dermatologist, she has an answer.

“The greatest compliment I get is when someone buys a house and then calls me six months later to ask me for a referral,” Douglass says. “Not only have they been a client, but I’ve been a friend to them as well.”

These days, Douglass is very enthusiastic about representing Kelmscott Park, a Focus Development luxury living community at the corner of Laurel and Western avenues that combines the best of Arts & Crafts tradition with a refined, maintenance-free lifestyle—all within walking distance to downtown.

“I feel that this is a great opportunity to work with a very reputable developer with high integrity,” she says. “This injection of new construction in Lake Forest will help invigorate our downtown, and it is a perfect fit for the buyer who wants a modern transitional feel.”

Whether it be buyers new to the area or local residents looking to downsize, upsize, or switch to maintenance-free living, Kelmscott Park will offer a range of new construction options—from luxury condominiums and chic modern rental apartments to nearly 4,000 square-foot single family homes—all with an in-town vibe and access to Market Square and the train station, not to mention approximately five acres of beautifully landscaped green space (50 percent of the total parcel).

“It’s a fun project to be on,” says Douglass. Which brings us back to Douglass’s optimism and zest for life and work. “Every day is different and a challenge and that’s what keeps it fun.”

Sondra Douglass of @properties can be reached at 847-309-9095, or at

Read the full article by Elaine Doremus in Forest & Bluff Magazine

Kelmscott Park Summer Savings Event is Here

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Kelmscott Park is excited to announce the biggest savings of the summer are available now.

Save $60,000 when you purchase a condo at Kelmscott Park by September. All buyers who sign a contract before September 8th will receive a second parking spot, a $35,000 value, for free, plus $25,000 in upgrades for their new home.

With such luxurious base finishes, $25,000 will buy all the upgrades you could possibly want.

For example in our 2A – 2 bedroom, 2 Bathroom home, $25,000 would buy: Custom cabinetry appliance panels, a hand cut ceramic tile kitchen backsplash, Calacatta quartz kitchen counters, Kohler Artifacts kitchen faucet in polished nickel, upgraded marble tile in the master bathroom, Kohler Marguax faucets in polished nickel in the master bathroom and hardwood flooring in the bedrooms.

Act now before these savings fly south for the winter!

For more information please call 847.234.1800

Introducing Kelmscott Perks!

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With the best of Lake Forest only a 5-minute walk away from Kelmscott Park our team is excited to partner with the top local boutiques, shops and restaurants to announce exclusive offers and discounts. From now until the end of May visit any of the below partners to enjoy the perks!

Don’t forget to claim your Kelmscott Perks card by visiting the Kelmscott Park Office located at 1080 N Western. Open Thursday through Sunday from 12 – 4 PM.

Read more about the program in the Chicago Tribune.

Kelmscott Perks

  • The Daily Grind – 1 Market Square
    20% off purchase*
  • Gifted – 225 E Deerpath #138
    20% off purchase*
  • Initial Choice – 226 E Westminster
    20% off purchase*
  • Lake Forest Book Store – 662 N Western
    20% off purchase*
  • Market House – 655 Forest Ave
    One quartino of wine with food purchase. Limit one discount per customer.*
  • Molly Flavin – 259 Market Square
    20% off any item under $100*
  • Sweet Pete’s – 270 Market Square
    20% off purchase*
  • Valentina – 227 E Westminster
    20% off denim, limit 1 discount per customer. *

*Offers available while supplies last and are subject to change without notice. Offers end 5/31/17.

Why Lake Forest?

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Check it out!

Tim Anderson of Focus Development chats with Lake Forest locals to discover all that the community has to offer.

  • Everything is walkable
  • Safe for families
  • Great restaurants
  • Community programs and events
  • Something for everyone
  • Why Kelmscott?

    Exceptional for downtown living Kelmscott Park is designed for convenience. Most importantly, Kelmscott Park is walking distance from all of Lake Forest’s biggest attractions and keeps things simple. “With Kelmscott Park we have been able to marry great architecture with beautiful design,” says Anderson, “Good design is really the hallmark of a Focus project.”