Meet Kelmscott Park’s Newest Residents!

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Marty and Mary Jo are downsizing from their home in Chicago to a brand new three-bedroom condominium at Kelmscott Park. The couple is looking forward to exploring Lake Forest with their French bulldog and being within walking distance to restaurants, shops and Lake Michigan. They were drawn to Kelmscott Park because of its convenient downtown location and the ability to customize finishes, making their new place feel like home.

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Focus Breaks Ground on Condominiums at Kelmscott Park in Lake Forest

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Kelmscott Park brings maintenance-free single-family homes, condominiums and apartments to downtown Lake Forest

LAKE FOREST, ILL., December 5, 2017 – Chicago-based Focus today announced the groundbreaking for the condominiums at Kelmscott Park, a new luxury residential community in east Lake Forest. Deliveries for the condominiums are slated for the first quarter of 2019.

Located at Laurel and Western avenues at the north end of downtown Lake Forest, Kelmscott Park features a mix of housing styles designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Booth Hansen. Prices start at $625,000 for the development’s for-sale offerings, which include 42 condominiums with two to three bedroom plus den floor plans, and 12 single-family homes with customizable floor plans ranging from three to five bedrooms.

Residences feature contemporary, open floor plans with impressive upscale finishes including 9-foot ceilings; custom cabinetry; hardwood oak flooring; Sub-Zero and Wolf stainless steel appliances; stone countertops; Kohler fixtures; and natural stone tile in master baths. With construction now underway, condominium buyers will need to sign a contract by Spring 2018 in order to customize finishes.

“We’ve come a long way in our pursuit of transforming this under-utilized piece of land into a luxurious residential neighborhood. With the model home complete and sales activity picking up, we have a lot of positive momentum heading into the New Year, and this groundbreaking marks another big milestone,” said Tim Anderson, CEO and founder of Focus.

Quality Construction

“Our team is known for its customer service and craftsmanship. We have extensive experience working with Booth Hansen and excel in coordinating the intricate custom design details that Larry Booth and his team are known for. It’s this level of oversight and quality that distinguish a Focus project from all the others,” said Josh Stark, vice president of construction for Focus.

Stark added that Focus prides itself on its use of the latest construction technology and will be utilizing the Prescient system, an innovative steel framing platform that enables construction to keep pace through winter and ensures on-time deliveries.

Convenient Location & Sought-After Amenities

Kelmscott Park is located just four blocks north of Market Square, which features an assortment of upscale boutiques. The development is also within walking distance of acclaimed restaurants, parks, The Fresh Market, and the Lake Forest Metra station, providing an easy commute to downtown Chicago.

Despite its in-town location, Kelmscott Park offers abundant space and greenery. Lake Bluff-based Mariani Landscape will design and execute an intricate landscaping plan that includes private gardens and natural serene spaces. Homeowners will also have access to the KP Club, offering on-site amenities including an outdoor lounge with fire pit and grilling stations; indoor lounge with entertainment kitchen, fireplace and conference room; and a fitness center.

“Kelmscott Park attracts a wide range of buyers on the North Shore, because it integrates a variety of housing styles, floor plans and amenities in a great in-town location,” said Cyndy Salgado, executive vice president of development sales for @properties, the exclusive sales and marketing firm for the project. “Lake Forest has long been a very desirable place to live, and Kelmscott Park puts residents just steps from downtown while maintaining a strong sense of community.”

Floor plans at Kelmscott Park include:

• Six condominium layouts from 1,528 to 2,565 square feet. Each plan includes a balcony or terrace, underground temperature-controlled garage parking and separate storage.
• Four customizable single-family plans from 3,072 to 4,465 square feet. Priced from $1.3 million, single-family homes offer a first-floor master suite, den, brick patio, full unfinished basement and attached 2-car garage. A furnished model home was completed last month and is located at 111 Franklin Place East.
The Kelmscott Park sales center is open Thursday through Sunday from 12-4 PM (or by appointment). For more information about the community, visit www.kelmscottpark.com or call 847-234-1800.

About Focus
Since 1993, Chicago-based Focus has been one of the Chicago area’s premier developers of multi-family communities and mixed-use projects in both suburban and urban settings. Focus has successfully completed a number of developments on the North Shore, including The Laurels in Lake Forest, 812 Oak in Winnetka, 2000 Green Bay Road in Highland Park and Sherman Plaza in Evanston. Focus’ extensive portfolio also includes condominium, apartment and mixed-use developments in downtown Chicago, Glenview, Oak Park and a number of other communities. For more information, visit www.focusrealestate.com.

About @properties
Established in 2000, @properties is the No. 1 residential brokerage firm in Chicago and the city’s leading firm for the sales and marketing of new-construction, condominium conversion and adaptive re-use developments. @properties has 26 office locations in the city, surrounding suburbs, Southwest Michigan and Lake Geneva, Wisc. For more information, visit www.atproperties.com.

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Tour the Kelmscott Park Model Home

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Take a tour of the recently finished and decorated Kelmscott Park Model Home.

Furnished by Toms-Price and decorated by Cheryl Baughman Souder, the Model Home at Kelmscott Park is located at 111 Franklin Place East in Lake Forest and is open every Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

Fall Construction Update

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October brought significant progress on site.  The brick detailing is now complete on the Franklin Apartment building and nearing completion on the Western and Laurel buildings.  Now that the exterior work on the apartments is nearing completion, our construction team is focused on the interiors of the buildings as well as pouring the asphalt for the avenues and lanes throughout Kelmscott Park.

Additionally, construction on the first, single family home was completed in October. Located at 111 Franklin Place East, the model home has been fully furnished and decorated by Toms-Price and now acts as the sales center for the Kelmscott Park condominiums and single family homes. The completion of the home was celebrated with a large grand opening party for both local brokers and residents interested in learning more about the project and their future neighbors. The Sales Center is open to the public every Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.

Kelmscott Park, best new development of the year

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We are thrilled to announce that Focus’ Lake Forest project, Kelmscott Park has won the Chicago Agent’s Choice Award for Best New Development of the Year in the Chicagoland suburbs!

The honor, awarded to Kelmscott Park by peers across the Chicago Real Estate industry, affirms the high quality of the project and reflects the hard work of all of those involved in developing, constructing and marketing Kelmscott Park. The good news came the day before the new Kelmscott Park Model home was opened to the public on Thursday, October 19th. The event welcomed both local brokers and the Lake Forest public to tour the newly furnished and decorated model home and sample tasty treats from Kelmscott Park neighbor, MLG Restaurant. Fully furnished by Toms-Price Furniture and decorated by interior designer Cheryl Baughman Souder, the Model features the Beckett Home layout and is only one of 4 available Single Family Home designs featured at Kelmscott Park. Home owners will have the opportunity to work with North Shore great, Orren Pickell, to customize their homes throughout the building process.

In addition to 12 single-family homes, the community consists of three, three-story apartment buildings with 111 luxury rental units and two three-story condominium buildings with 42 luxury condos ranging from 1,528 to 2,565 square feet. The development is set on an expansive 10-acre property, landscaped by Mariani, which creates layered, natural green spaces throughout the site offering a break from the hustle of downtown Lake Forest.

The Model Home doubles as a Sales Center and is opened to the public every Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 -4:00 PM and is located at 111 Franklin Place East.