Author Archives: Ashley Morris

Kelmscott Park Breaks Ground

_dsc0193

Orren Pickell (Orren Pickell Building Group), Tim Anderson (Focus), Mayor Don Schoenheider (Lake Forest), Jack Reisenberg (Lake Forest 3rd ward Alderman) and Christine Kolb (Focus) scoop a ceremonial first dig at the Kelmscott Park residential property site November 3 morning in Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST — Lake Forest officials and representatives of the real estate and development communities broke ground November 3 on Kelmscott Park, which will add a mix of 165 new housing opportunities at the northwest corner of Laurel and Western Avenues.

Continue reading

Downtown Wheaton’s converted courthouse district welcomes luxury rentals

ct-dsc0007-jpg-20161018

Units at Courthouse Square Apartments in downtown Wheaton have 9-foot ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers and white quartz kitchen counters. (Eric Hausman / Marquette Management)

For nearly a century, the neighborhood surrounding Wheaton’s downtown red-brick courthouse and its signature clock tower served the legal and civic needs of DuPage County.

Continue reading

Courthouse Square Apartments open in downtown Wheaton

1xbxje4qvkohd3ewfb3rykavv7w06w0

First residents started moving into complex in May

Community and business leaders are welcoming the opening of the 149-unit Courthouse Square Apartments complex in downtown Wheaton.

“It’s a terrific project, and I’m looking forward to having a lot of new neighbors in downtown Wheaton,” Wheaton City Councilman John Rutledge said during a grand opening celebration Sept. 7 hosted by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.
Continue reading

Mellody Farm shops-apartments proposal moves forward in Vernon Hills

20160915_northwest-corner 20160915_res-entrance-2 20160915_res-entrance 20160915_west-perspective

A proposed $200 million plan for a retail center anchored by Whole Foods and luxury apartments at the northeast corner of routes 21 and 60 in Vernon Hills is moving through the approval process.

­

A retail center promising to incorporate hip urban elements reminiscent of Chicago’s Wicker Park or west Loop neighborhoods in a suburban setting has been recommended for approval by a Vernon Hills advisory board.

A three-story building with 260 luxury apartments also is a key element of the proposed $200 million Mellody Farm development unanimously approved Wednesday by the village’s planning and zoning commission. The recommendation was to allow residential development at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Townline Road (Route 60); development of a mixed-use property with variations for building height, landscape buffer, signs, parking and other elements; and permits to allow restaurants that may serve alcohol and/or have a drive-through.

Continue reading

Focus Development Returns To Lake Forest

Focus1

Kelmscott Park offers new construction, maintenance-free living on North Shore

Developers propose 500 apartments next to Illinois Medical District

Guggenheim-Atlantic-Realty-Focus-plan-apartments-next-to-Illinois-Medical-District.jpg&maxw=620&cci_ts=20160804165633

The two proposed apartment buildings would flank the Medical District Apartments (foreground), which sit between the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A development group plans about 500 apartments on the near West Side, convinced it can fill them with workers and students from the Illinois Medical District and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Continue reading

Upsides to Downsizing

The woman is 86 years old. She has called her North Shore house “home” for 53 years. Realities settled in recently, forcing her to consider downsizing.

The house was put on the market. It was sold.

“She needs to be out of the house by mid-August,” says the woman’s broker, Patti Skirving of Coldwell Banker-Winnetka. “It was overwhelming. It was difficult for her, stressful. There’s a lot of emotion involved, for many, when they downsize.”
Continue reading

A Look Inside the New Parker Fulton Market Apartment Tower

The 227-unit development is the latest luxury offering in Chicago’s hottest ‘hood’:

Chicago’s Fulton Market District in the West Loop has emerged as one of Chicago’s trendiest spots. A testament to the neighborhood’s recent success, the new 29-story Parker Fulton Market towers over the southeast corner of Lake and Halsted like a glassy exclamation point. Developed as a joint venture between Shapack Partners, Focus Development, and Atlantic Realty Partners, the 227-unit rental building is abuzz with activity as it prepares to welcome its first residents. The project not only represents the newest luxury residential offering in Fulton Market, but perhaps provides a glimpse into the near future of this rapidly-developing neighborhood.

Continue reading

Focus Development Receives Approval For Luxury Residential Community In Lake Forest; Sales To Start This Summer

Focus 2Focus1

Kelmscott Park at Laurel and Western to include single-family homes, condominiums and apartments; @properties tapped for sales and marketing

Northfield-based Focus Development has won final approval for Kelmscott Park, a new community of luxury single-family homes, condominiums and apartments located at Laurel and Western avenues at the north end of downtown Lake Forest. The development will be built on a 10.7-acre site with more than 50 percent of the area dedicated to open space.

Continue reading