My Perfect Day in Lake Forest

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My Perfect Day in Lake Forest

By: Andra O’Neill

Lake Forest is a special place. From its local restaurants and shops to its diverse natural surroundings, it’s a tight-knit community with a lot to offer.  When I have days off or am in between appointments, I love exploring the city and visiting my favorite spots. Here’s how I spend a day in Lake Forest.

I begin my day hiking a few miles of the trail at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve. This hidden gem has over 600 acres of incredible nature and is the best place to jumpstart the morning. I follow up my hike with a stop at Evereve. The store has great basics, as well as comfortable athletic gear, so I can always find a cute item to buy. I stop by Courtyard Wines to grab a bottle of wine for a friend’s housewarming party later in the week and walk over to Lake Forest Food & Wine for a quick lunch, where the staff always greets me with a warm smile and incredible service. My go-to order is the chicken and Havarti roll, it’s healthy and easy to eat on the go. After lunch, I like to do a bit more shopping, and walk around the corner to Lake Forest Bookstore to grab a new book. I love that everything is close together downtown, and that I never have to go far to find my latest read or client gift.

A new book in hand, I take Deerpath Road towards Lake Forest Beach. It’s only a 30-minute walk, so when the weather permits, I like to put in my headphones and listen to music as I head to the shore. The beach is clean and is a frequent haunt for residents come summertime. There’s a playground, volleyball court, and, of course, the beach itself, which is the perfect spot for unwinding. I often come here to read by the water and relax and find that it’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Shore.

My favorite way to end the day in Lake Forest is with dinner and drinks at Deer Path Inn. The historic landmark’s English Room serves an expansive list of fresh and delicious meals. I like to dine on the Courtyard patio with friends and family, and always order the cobb salad. For a more casual meal I like visit The Bar at Deer Path for their super fresh sushi selection.

Lake Forest really sells itself but if you need more convincing, come visit me at the Kelmscott Park sales model where I’d love to share more about my experiences and the hidden treasures Lake Forest has to offer.

With only a few condominium units left time is running out to take advantage of the only new construction luxury option in Lake Forest. Reach out today to learn more about our fantastic closeout prices and to schedule a tour. 

Al Fresco Dining in Lake Forest

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Food and drinks always taste better outside. Surrounded by natural beauty and a gorgeous downtown area, there are plenty of restaurants in Lake Forest that fit the bill. Here are five of our favorite spots to enjoy a meal al fresco.

Deer Path Inn

Voted Travel + Leisure’s top resort in the Midwest for the second year in a row, Deer Path Inn offers a  heralded dining experience. Locals gravitate toward the secluded atmosphere of The English Room’s courtyard patio, which boasts beautiful lighting, warm décor, a fountain, and a fireplace. Start dinner with the Ahi Tuna Nachos and follow up with the Cider Fish N’ Chips or Chicken Picatta as you embrace the warmth of summer’s final days.

The English Room also serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch, as well as the inn’s coveted “Afternoon Tea” dining experience, which has seatings Tuesday through Saturday between 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

Kuro Bistro

What was once a Burger King featured in the movie Ordinary People has become home to Kuro Bistro. Serving up a contemporary approach to Asian cuisine, Kuro Bistro’s patio is the perfect place to taste therestaurant’s standout dishes and fresh flavors. Order the

Hawaiian Taco starter and Summer 13 roll for a meal that’s sure to secure your next visit.

Francesca’s Intimo

A Lake Forest staple since 2001, Francesca’s Intimo brings the taste of Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio to the North Shore. Enjoy a glass of wine on the patio and be sure to order the Salmone Alla Fresca, a grilled salon dish with avocado, basil, and lemon over asparagus. You can’t go wrong with the Pollo Alla Salvia, which comes with a sautéed chicken breast that’s topped with prosciutto and mozzarella.

The Peanut Gallery

Sister restaurant to The Gallery, The Peanut Gallery answers Lake Forest’s desire for a refined but fast-casual dining experience. Stop by for ice cream or shakes, or grab a seat on the outdoor patio for lunch or dinner. Our favorite menu items include the Korean Hot Chicken sandwich and the Turkey Burger with fries.

Egg Harbor

Rounding out our list of places to dine al fresco in Lake Forest is Egg Harbor. Locals love this tried and true breakfast and lunch spot, which is known for its breakfast potatoes, blueberry pancakes, shakshuka, and chorizo chilaquiles. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio or in the tented parking lot, which is set up to accommodate diners amid COVID-19.

Kelmscott Park is only a short walk from many of these great Lake Forest restaurants. With only a limited supply of available units and homes, time is running out to see what all the talk is about. Reach out today to schedule a tour. 

New condo model at Kelmscott Park features the sunny 04 floorplan

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The new condominium model at Kemscott Park features the spacious 04 floorplan. This unique layout offers an open concept with a large living room, adjoining dining area and chef’s kitchen with center island. The large chef’s kitchen boasts custom floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Asko stainless steel appliances, and stone countertops.

This 1,772 sf condominium includes 2 large bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. A truly unique feature of this floor plan is that both bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms and the primary bedroom includes 2 walk-in closets. This plan also includes a den, adjacent to the dining area, offering the perfect spot for a home office or media room. Additionally, the 04 plan has a full laundry room with side by side washer and dryer.

Kelmscott Park’s maintenance-free community features a fitness center and indoor and outdoor lounges. Located just a quick walk from downtown Lake Forest and the Metra, buyers are falling in love with the gracious floorplans, high end finishes, and impressive features.

Contact our team today for to schedule a tour!

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!