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Optima Verdana Now Fully Complete In Downtown Wilmette

Optima, Inc. has completed the Optima Verdana rental complex in downtown Wilmette. The property, which opened its leasing office this past May, has achieved a 72% occupancy rate. Designed by David Hovey Sr. and David Hovey Jr., the new building offers 100 units, comprising one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts, as well as penthouses. These units vary in size from 660 to 2,790 square feet, with monthly rents ranging between $3,000 and $12,000.

Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinck

Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinck

The residences are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, 10–inch wide-plank flooring, and kitchens equipped with Fisher & Paykel appliances and Kohler fixtures. Units are also equipped with wine fridges, and a significant number feature bathrooms with standalone soaking tubs. Many offer private terraces or balconies, ranging in size from 65 to 931 square feet. A portion of the terrace spaces come with features such as electric grills and fire pits.

Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinck

Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinck

Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinck

Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinck

Residents at Optima Verdana have access to a seventh-floor sky deck with views of the North Shore’s skyline and the Bahá’í Temple. This rooftop area includes indoor and outdoor amenities such as a sun deck with lounge chairs and dining areas, barbecues, herb gardens, a bocce court, fire pits, a residents club, and a party room with a chef’s kitchen, billiards, and table tennis. Additionally, there is a game room, sauna, and a heated lap pool and spa with retractable glass walls for year-round use.

 

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Optima Wilmette Development Receives Final Approval From Trustees

Village trustees unanimously approved final plans for a seven-story mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road. The current site of an International Bank of Chicago branch is located across the street from the downtown Wilmette train station.
Set to include 109 luxury apartment units and 8,000 square feet ground floor retail space, developer Optima Inc. received final approval last month to build a planned unit development at 1210 Central Ave., less than a year after filing a preliminary application. All but nine of the apartments will be located above the ground floor, while the top floor includes a roof deck and garden.

Optima CEO David Hovey, the project’s architect, contractor and developer, said he was excited to develop another project on Chicago’s North Shore.

“As with each project we design and build, we’re very careful to ensure the buildings respect their environment and have a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood,” Hovey said in a statement.

“This development will be no different, as not only will it deliver the size of homes and amenities residents in Wilmette want, but the exterior design will feature our signature vertical landscaping system and public art component that will enhance the downtown community’s energy and aesthetic.”

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Revel in Unrivaled Living in Downtown Wilmette

Contemporary and nature-inspired design elements seamlessly blend at Optima Verdana, a new boutique rental community by Optima, Inc. comprised of 100 well-appointed homes in charming downtown Wilmette.

With a name derived from “verdure,” meaning lush vegetation, Optima Verdana’s exterior and courtyard are draped in cascading greenery set amongst a sleek, contemporary glass facade. Using Optima’s proprietary vertical landscaping system, the greenery also helps oxygenate the air, manage stormwater, reduce dust and smog, and quiet ambient noise.

Optima Verdana’s groundbreaking green design enhances not only one’s sense of well-being but also their home aesthetic, says Optima founder and CEO, David Hovey Sr., FAIA. “This unique interplay between the natural elements and architecture infuses nature into all aspects of a resident’s life and represents a commitment to sustainability and wellness.”

Styled with modern furnishings, Optima Verdana’s lobby opens onto a verdant courtyard with trees, shrubs, and native grasses. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the views while bathing the interiors of the spacious, thoughtfully designed one, two- and three-bedroom and penthouse units in natural daylight.

Offering many of the benefits of single-family living, the expansive apartments boast wide-plank flooring, gourmet kitchens with Fisher & Paykel appliances, and spa-like primary bathrooms with sculptural soaking tubs and separate water closets. Many residences have private terraces with quick-heating electric grills and, in select units, firepits.

The community amenity areas are equally well-curated to accommodate every lifestyle and interest. The seventh-floor sky deck is home to a heated, glass-enclosed swimming pool with retractable walls designed for year-round use and a separate spa and sauna. Just outside, lush plantings define the open-air terraces equipped with barbecues, herb gardens, multiple seating areas, firepits, and a bocce court. “Whether you’re enjoying the greenery from your private terrace or taking in sweeping tree-top vistas from Optima Verdana’s landscaped sky deck, nature is always close at hand,” Hovey says.

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Optima Verdana rooftop sky deck

Rivaling the lifestyle offerings of the newest urban residential high-rises or fivestar resorts, Optima Verdana’s indoor amenities also impress. The community includes multiple conference rooms, a library lounge, an indoor pickleball/basketball court, a fitness center, a yoga room, a massage room, a residents’ club with a chef ’s kitchen, a designated card/game room, a sports lounge with golf simulator, a children’s playroom, and a pet spa.

In addition, residents enjoy the convenience of a 24-hour door person and best-in-class services including white-glove, in-home package delivery, grocery delivery, on-demand plant watering, housekeeping, pet care, fitness classes, and massage services. A secure underground garage features 176 parking spots and on-site electric vehicle charging. Optima Verdana’s proximity to downtown Wilmette’s dining scene, boutique shopping, and a Metra commuter rail station may tempt some to forgo car ownership altogether.

“Optima Verdana delivers an unmatched residential experience, combining a level of design, service, and sophistication with an exceptional location in the heart of Chicago’s bucolic North Shore,” says Hovey. “It’s an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy the best in suburban living in a vibrant, walkable community with the low-maintenance lifestyle and flexibility that only renting can afford.”

 

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Optima Wilmette Development Receives Final Approval From Trustees

Construction on the 109-unit luxury apartment building is expected to be complete in mid-2023.

Village trustees unanimously approved final plans for a seven-story mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road. The current site of an International Bank of Chicago branch is located across the street from the downtown Wilmette train station.

Set to include 109 luxury apartment units and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, developer Optima Inc. received final approval last month to build a planned unit development at 1210 Central Ave., less than a year after filing a preliminary application. All but nine of the apartments will be located above the ground floor, while the top floor will include a roof deck and garden.

Optima CEO David Hovey, the project’s architect, contractor and developer, said he was excited to develop another project on Chicago’s North Shore.

“As with each project we design and build, we’re very careful to ensure the buildings respect their environment and have a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood,” Hovey said in a statement.

“This development will be no different, as not only will it deliver the size of homes and amenities residents in Wilmette want, but the exterior design will feature our signature vertical landscaping system and public art component that will enhance the downtown community’s energy and aesthetic.”

Hovey’s Glencoe-based firm has built 1618 Sheridan Road in 1991, Optima Center Wilmette at 1100 Central Ave. in 1997 and Lake Courts at 1925 Lake Ave. in 1998. In 2010, Optima completed the 20-story Old Orchard Woods condominium towers overlooking the Edens Expressway and the Harms Woods Forest Preserve. According to the firm, it has completed 20 projects on the North Shore over the past four decades.

The latest Wilmette proposal first came before the village’s planning commissioners, who voted 5-2 on Feb. 4 to recommend trustees reject the project. The project was then revised with increased setbacks and added public benefits, and on March 10 the village board voted 5-2 to grant preliminary approval to the proposal. Ordinances clearing the way for the project were granted final approval unanimously at the Oct. 27 meeting of the Village Board.

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Personalization: How Residents Want to Customize Their Units

These days, everyone seems to want everything their way, whether it’s how they order their coffee, what ingredients they put in their meals, how they mix clothing items and even the way they choose to interact with rental housing industry professionals—by phone, email, text or in-person.

The bottom line is that individuality reigns, which certainly includes how renters want their residences to look, even if it’s an apartment where they may stay just a year or two.

But how do apartment owners and property managers deal with this rising wave of personalization and increased requests, both for the units as well as shared amenity spaces? David Hovey Jr., AIA, President and COO of Optima Inc., which manages 2,500 units across two states, says his company has developed a flexible response as it experiences the rise, in part because many of its residents previously owned large single-family houses where they had unlimited freedom to make changes.

Among the most frequent requests Optima management hears at its Optima Lakeview Chicago building are for more novel paint colors. At its Optima Verdana building in downtown suburban Wilmette, outside Chicago, several residents have asked to install their own light fixtures, draperies and further customize the built-in closet system. The building often approves such requests, saying that this type of flexibility boosts the appeal of renting at its properties and smooths the transition for those new to renting after homeownership.

But the company still requires that residents adhere to certain guidelines regarding the permanence of such features, Hovey says. As a general rule, Optima residents must return their apartments to the original state when they move out so subsequent residents are not left to reverse alterations; exceptions occur. While a paint color must be changed back, upgrades to a closet, for example, may be allowed to stay if the resident utilizes the same high-end closet system in keeping with the original design intent.

Yet, some renters are so keen on customization that they decide to take a wait-and-see attitude about how they’ll handle the changes they make, especially if they think they may not leave. Case in point are Sandra Gordon and husband David Leibowitz, who moved into a three-bedroom rental at Optima Lakeview not knowing if it would be temporary or permanent when their nearby condo had structural problems. “I had owned homes my entire life and the rental was a new experience,” she says. As time went on and Gordon found that anything that needed fixing was done fast, she and her husband decided to stay. They also liked the diversity of other residents, especially the presence of younger Millennials, their new East Lakeview neighborhood, all the social activities management offered and shared amenities including a well-equipped gym and business center where Leibowitz could meet with clients rather than in his home office.

The couple was less excited initially about the original appearance of their unit as a “plain white box,” as Gordon describes it, and decided to add their imprint in the form of a custom mural they had painted on a large barn door near the entryway. “The apartment was so white when you walked in, so we hired a graffiti artist to paint a mural of our dog Zoe, which added personality to the unit,” Gordon says. The couple expects the building will paint over it when they leave and charge them or if the mural can’t be covered over, they’ll pay for another door. They also added grab bars for safety in bathrooms and brought in a high-end toilet with heated seat, which they’ll take with them if they move. However, for now, they have no plans to leave their rental lifestyle.

How much some managers charge occupants to return apartments to their original condition or if they let some changes remain depends on what was done and demand for the unit, says Jeff Klotz, owner of Atlantic Beach, Fla.-based The Klotz Group of Companies, LLC, which manages 15,000 units in seven states. His firm tries to offer some flexibility by giving renters options when they first rent such as different wood plank flooring and carpeting, ceiling fans, a palette of “acceptable” paint colors, a few accent wall coverings and smart features beyond the basic package of a door lock and thermostat such as speakers, appliances, light controls and alarms. Such changes add a monthly extra cost that may range from $50 to $100 a month, Klotz says. However, sometimes there may be no charge as a way to close a deal, he says.

When any of these requests are made, his company insists on making them to be sure the work is properly done. If rules are broken—residents do their own DIY work, for example, typically they’ll forfeit their security deposit. But when residents leave, some changes—if done well—may be left intact and built into the rent of the next resident, Klotz says. “For example—all closet systems add value and remain as a future upgrade, along with other upgrades in flooring, air quality and home automation and create future upgrade charges,” he says. Yet, despite the greater interest in personalized changes, the number of requests remains small, numbering about 10% to 20% of its population, Klotz says.

Chicago-based Draper and Kramer, which manages 4,900 units in five states, also offers some options when new residents rent at its newer properties, including for different cosmetic paint and accent wall colors, which residents must change back when they leave or be charged. But it has different rules for listings in other markets and for some older vintage buildings in Chicago. For example, at its Texas listings, residents may choose to rent or own their washing and dryer machines, which is typical in that market. With its vintage luxury Chicago buildings, which have units that haven’t all been updated, it offers choices when it comes to structural changes for floors, countertops and cabinetry with the quid pro quo being a higher monthly lease payment, says Colleen Needham, Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager, Residential Management Services. Yet, overall, her firm hasn’t had many requests to personalize units, since so many of its buildings are new with popular colors and energy-efficient features already in place, she says.

And Denver-based Sentral, which manages 10,000 units in 10 states, offers the ultimate personalization by having the company make choices in furnishings and artworks for those who don’t want to deal with those decisions. “Many of our residents have multiple homes and may want to rent one or two apartments, including ones that are furnished,” says President Lisa Yeh. In some cases, these include residences for short-term rentals, and the company takes its inspiration from the area’s culture and history. “Nashville is a big area for this because of its music culture,” Yeh says. The company caters to a wide range of other demographics who seek residences from 500-square-foot studios in Austin, Texas, to apartments of several thousand square feet in Beverly Hills, Calif. The majority who rent the company’s units add their own imprint with their own furnishings and then seek to personalize with their choice of wall colors, sound systems, doggie doors to patios, window coverings and landscaping on the patio, she says. Sentral also considers those who stay longer than a year and may want to make changes such as outfitting their closets. Its management will recommend companies to fabricate such systems. As with the policy of other companies, it may retain some changes if done well and build the costs into the next rents.

Because students often rent a purpose-built student (PBSH) apartment for only a year or two, their requests are fewer yet they still occur. Some want to hang pictures or posters, and if the nail holes are smaller than a dime, they are permitted to do so, says KrisAnn Kizer, Vice President of Leasing and Marketing at San Diego-based Pierce Education Properties, with 7,558 beds in eight states. “They’re allowed to paint but then they have to paint the rooms back or they’ll be charged; same goes for any wallpaper or decals they put up,” she says. They are also permitted to bring their own furniture depending on the layout since most PBSH comes with furnishings. “If that’s the case, they have to put the building’s furnishings in storage,” she says.

Pierce Education is also personalizing its amenity spaces, indoors and outdoors, to fit how they hear students want to live, based on surveys it conducts. These days, that might mean more movable furniture for more flexible living areas both for lounging and studying. “We might have four small tables that can be rearranged rather than one large one and the same for a sectional with parts,” she says.

A good way for managers to come up with other ideas to personalize spaces for residents without incurring expensive, permanent charges is to look to architects and designers who understand how to make cosmetic changes that are relatively easy to disassemble or demolish. Architect Alexander Zilberman, AIA, NCARB, of design firm AZA in New York City suggests paravent screens as a room/privacy divider to change a layout without installing a wall.

Cost of Turns

In general, Jeff Klotz’s management team at The Klotz Group of Companies LLC tries to keep the average cost of a turn to ready an apartment for the next resident at less than half the cost of the rent, though it usually averages closer to 25% of the cost, Klotz says. His firm also charges an extra fee for excessive damage such as a hole in a wall versus acceptable wear and tear. Often, it leaves some personalized changes in place if they add to the unit’s appeal and builds the extra cost into the rent for the next resident. Such changes might include enhancements to an air system to improve air quality, Klotz says.

Pierce Education Properties has experienced a rise in the expenses associated with unit turnovers. KrisAnn Kizer attributes the increase to higher labor and materials costs, but also the company’s transition to using a more contemporary furniture package. “While this new package comes with a slightly higher price tag of between 10% to 25% in costs to our property, residents have expressed greater satisfaction with the modern and modular furniture it provides,” she says.

To pare turn costs, Sentral likes to keep choices as consistent as possible, which helps make replacements more economical. On average, Yeh says, turn costs for a one bedroom run between $350 and $500 for cleaning, painting and carpet cleaning, if applicable, excluding damage. But part of the low costs is that company assets are mostly new, Class A and in good condition.

Its more expensive units involve higher turn costs. Because of the great variety in the age and condition of its units, Draper and Kramer’s Colleen Needham says it’s too hard to provide an average turn cost. “Some buildings might require drywall while others could involve plastering,” she says.

 

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Optima wins approval for mixed-use Wilmette project

The village of Wilmette, Illinois has given Optima, Inc. final approval for a mixed-use development of 109 luxury apartments and street-level retail at 1210 Central Avenue. Optima plans to break ground in late 2021 with project completion slated for 2023.

“Thanks to the support and shared vision of Wilmette’s leaders, we’re excited to be back in the North Shore developing our newest project,” said Optima CEO, David C. Hovey Sr., FAIA. In 2010, the firm completed the 660-unit Optima Old Orchard Woods condominium development in nearby Skokie, Illinois that overlooks the Harms Woods Forest Preserve and Interstate 94, one of the firm’s 20 North Shore projects.

Designed by Hovey, the new Wilmette development will feature 109 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom rental units and more than 8,000 square feet of commercial space at street level, along with 28 parking spaces available for public use. Select units will have large, private terraces. Building residents will have access to a rooftop sky deck and pool, residential courtyard, a suite of amenities and 173 parking spaces, including some electric vehicle charging stations.

Floors one through three will use bird-friendly glass. Other sustainable features include Optima’s innovative vertical landscaping system that it has perfected at its Arizona communities. The Wilmette system will include self-containing irrigation and drainage and be complemented with hand-selected plants that will stay green year-round—even during the most extreme weather conditions. Optima is committed to earning Green Globes Certification for sustainable construction practices for the building

“As with each project we design and build, we’re very careful to ensure the buildings respect their environment and have a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood,” said Hovey. “This development will be no different, as not only will it deliver the size of homes and amenities residents in Wilmette want, but the exterior design will feature our signature vertical landscaping system and public art component that will enhance the downtown community’s energy and aesthetic.”

Hovey will design an original, 8-foot-tall sculpture near the building’s entry as a public art piece. Optima will also install benches near the sculpture for passers-by to enjoy the space.

The final approval of the Wilmette building comes on the heels of Optima starting construction on Optima Lakeview, its new mixed-use, transit-oriented development of 198 apartments and street-level retail at 3460 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, which is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

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How Sustainable Design Is Elevating Multifamily Living Spaces

From city centers to suburban communities, developers are rethinking living spaces to minimize environmental impact and enhance resident well-being. Integrating environmentally friendly features into buildings helps to create spaces that are not only energy- and water-efficient but also promote occupant health.

Current key initiatives include integrating LED lighting and occupancy sensors for energy savings, employing smart thermostats for precise temperature control, and enhancing building enclosure and insulation for improved energy efficiency, according to Alison Mills, vice president of design and development at investment firm CRG.

Water conservation measures involve installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and smart irrigation systems, while prioritizing low-VOC materials contributes to indoor air quality. Additionally, the growing popularity of electric vehicle charging systems and “EV-ready” parking spaces reflects a commitment to sustainable transportation options.

Uncovering sustainable design principles

Incorporating green design principles into multifamily housing developments that simultaneously promote sustainability and eco-friendliness while enhancing the resident experience is a core architectural principle for Optima, a design-driven real estate development firm rooted in the modernist tradition.

“Optima’s vertical landscaping system allows plants to cascade down the facades of our buildings. The exterior greenery enhances the aesthetic appeal of a community and provides numerous environmental and biophilic benefits such as improved air quality, mitigating the heat island effect, solar shading and resident privacy,” said David Hovey president & COO of Optima.

The firm’s proprietary exterior landscape system was first developed for Optima’s Arizona properties but recently made its Midwest debut at Optima Verdana, a 100-unit luxury rental community that opened in 2023 in Wilmette, Ill., on Chicago’s North Shore. The building’s exterior planters were designed with species that stay green year-round and provide opportunities for residents to connect with nature from within their homes.

CRG’s upcoming student housing project, Chapter at Madison, near the University of Wisconsin, is embracing biophilic design principles by incorporating visible green roofs instead of traditional white TPO rooftops. These roofs will showcase lush local plantings year-round, enhancing aesthetics while serving multiple environmental purposes. They mitigate climate change effects by reducing stormwater runoff, countering the heat island effect, saving energy and fostering biodiversity.

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Optima Verdana’s exterior planters were designed with species that stay green year-round. Image courtesy of Optima/Michael Duerinckx

Chapter at Madison also prioritizes sustainability through LEED Silver certification efforts, leveraging water source heat pumps to exceed energy efficiency standards and reduce utility bills for residents. Recyclables are conveniently stored on-site, encouraging active participation in waste reduction, while ample bicycle facilities promote eco-friendly transportation alternatives.

In Chicago, CRG is committed to sustainable construction practices, aiming for an 80 percent diversion of construction waste to minimize landfill use, prevent soil contamination and reduce water pollution.

Optima McDowell Mountain, which is currently under construction in North Scottsdale, Ariz., will have a significant measurable positive impact on its surrounding environment. When complete, the community will feature the largest private rainwater harvesting site in the U.S. Hovey noted.

The residences are expected to use half as much water as the average Scottsdale multifamily residence and a quarter as much water as the average Scottsdale single-family home. The community will be the first project in Arizona to be built under both the new International Energy Conservation Code and International Green Construction Code.

“Integrating green and sustainable design principles into multifamily housing is not only a win-win for both the environment and the people who call these spaces home, but it also aligns with ESG priorities of investors and lenders,” Mills noted. “These stakeholders are placing growing importance on environmentally friendly business practices, which in turn safeguards the long-term value of the asset,” Mills noted.

 

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Optima Receives Final Municipal Approval for Development of 109-Unit Apartment Building in Wilmette, Illinois

Optima Inc. has received final approval from the village of Wilmette for the development of a 109-unit luxury apartment building. The developer plans to break ground in late 2021 at the site, which is currently occupied by a bank. Designed by Hovey, the project will also include more than 8,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor. Residents will have access to various amenities, including a rooftop sky deck and pool. Completion is scheduled for 2023.

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Optima, Inc. Announces Groundbreaking of Optima Verdana in Wilmette

Design-driven real estate development firm Optima, Inc. announced today its own construction team broke ground on the six-story, 100-unit Optima Verdana luxury apartment building in downtown Wilmette, Ill., on Chicago’s North Shore. The development is the firm’s second new Chicago-area retail and luxury apartment building to break ground in the last year – the 198-unit Optima Lakeview is scheduled for completion in spring 2022. Optima Verdana plans to welcome its first residents in spring 2023.

Located at the corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road, Optima Verdana will bring a new level of rental luxury to the North Shore. Featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with an average size of 1,507 square feet, the boutique building will also feature 8,000 square feet of street-level retail.

True to its name, which is inspired by the word “verdure” meaning lush, green vegetation, Optima Verdana marks the Chicago-area debut of the latest evolution of Optima’s signature vertical landscaping system. Developed at Optima’s Arizona projects, the Verdana landscaping system has been modified to accommodate the Midwest’s four seasons. The plantings on all of Verdana’s private resident terraces will stay green year-round and be maintained by Optima’s property management team. The self-containing irrigation and drainage system promotes evaporative cooling, re-oxygenates the air, reduces dust and smog levels, decreases ambient noise and detains stormwater.

“In designing Optima Verdana, we’ve prioritized biophilic elements in a way that puts outdoor space, natural light and fresh air at the center of residents’ day-to-day lives – from our signature vertical landscaping system to spacious terraces and a landscaped courtyard,” said David Hovey Sr., FAIA, CEO of Optima, Inc. “Residents can not only immerse themselves in the outdoors from their private terrace space, but also reap benefits from its abundant greenery, which offers added privacy and an increased aesthetic value. We’ve even enhanced our commitment to sustainability by reducing our use of gas, opting for electric grills on terraces and induction cooktops in kitchens.”

Hovey noted Optima Verdana represents a 360-degree approach to sustainability. Optima Verdana will be constructed to achieve two Green Globes through the Green Globes® Building Certification, which is an alternative to LEED® certification that promotes lower energy and water bills, reduced emissions, optimized health and wellness benefits for residents, and minimizes waste. Green construction practices Optima will use to build Verdana include green concrete for the superstructure and a super energy efficient VRF heating and cooling system.

The building’s lushly landscaped private terraces will average 193 square feet, with the largest totaling nearly 1,000 square feet. In addition to enjoying a quick-heating electric grill on their terrace, residents in select homes will also have private firepits.

Sweeping views will be available on the building’s common rooftop sky deck where a range of health and wellness amenities will await residents, including: a heated, glass-enclosed lap pool with retractable glass walls that open onto the sundeck; complimentary pool towel service; a spa and sauna; barbecues; firepits and lounge areas; a party room with chef’s kitchen; residents’ club; two game rooms; and three distinct outdoor terraces, including the sundeck, garden lounge and dining area, designed for year-round use.

Indoor amenities will include a fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, including free weights and complimentary towel service; yoga room; Pilates studio and massage room; dual basketball/pickleball court; golf simulator and sports lounge with large screen TVs; children’s play area; pet park and spa; library lounge; and multiple work-from-home spaces, including conference rooms and a business center. Wi-Fi will run throughout amenity spaces and residents can choose from multiple data providers. Fitness programming will include yoga and meditation, Pilates, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, water aerobics and personal training.

 

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A Whole Other Kind of Garden Apartment Coming to Lakeview and Wilmette

Since Optima’s founding, we have thoughtfully developed environments where nature and architecture coexist. Optima Lakeview and Optima Verdana are great representations of how we create this harmony in a multi-seasonal environment. Optima Lakeview recently had its grand opening and is now taking in-person tours of four floors of amenities, including the sky deck, and three new model residences. Optima Verdana is scheduled for completion in spring of 2023.

 

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