Located a few short blocks from downtown Oak Park, 1105 Pleasant Street will soon be home to a new 7-story luxury apartment building. Dubbed Porter, the transit-oriented development will consist of 159 units, 153 apartments and 6 maisonette units, and will target the affluent renter-by- choice who works in Chicago’s Loop or Medical District - both less than 15 minutes away via one of the two transit lines within walking distance. The building will offer a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bed units and the 6 maisonette homes will offer private direct access along Marion Street, an ultra-lux feature which will be the first of its class in Oak Park. Designed by world-class architect, Booth Hansen, the building will respect the context of the surrounding Oak Park Pleasant Historic District, of which it is a part, and will aim to provide a connection between Oak Park’s commercial corridor to the North and the residential fabric to the South. Home to famous creatives like Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park's unique history will ring true at Porter.
The vision for Porter includes well-appointed apartments with high ceilings, plank style flooring, and designer kitchens with tile backsplashes and quality appliances. Primary bedroom suites will offer walk-in closets and luxury baths. The Oak Park rental community will also offer world class amenities featuring indoor and outdoor spaces like a fitness studio, pet spa and co-working space. On the ground-floor, the building’s lobby and 1,200 SF of retail space will offer residents access to a cafe or some comparable amenity tenant. Lastly, Porter will offer 127 covered parking spaces.
Focus believes that real estate must fit into and respect the context of an existing neighborhood, while simultaneously adding value for the members of that community. At Porter, the approach was no different, teams seek to transform a funeral home on its way to retirement into luxury homes which support the growth of the community while respecting the context of its surroundings through its design and architecture. Through respectful appreciation of the historic nature of the site and its surroundings and the generation of economic growth through thoughtful development, Focus’ ultimate goal for Porter is to build value for the community members of Oak Park.