Focus Breaks Ground on Condominiums at Kelmscott Park in Lake Forest

05 December 2017

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

LAKE FOREST, ILL., December 5, 2017 – Chicago-based Focus today announced the groundbreaking for the condominiumminiums at Kelmscott Park, a new luxury residential community in east Lake Forest. Deliveries for the condominiumminiums 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 condominiumminiums 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 primary baths. With construction now underway, condominiumminium 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 onsite 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 condominiumminium 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 primary 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 or call 847-234-1800.

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