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 or call 847-234-1800.

Read the original article in the Daily North Shore.