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Optima Tops Off at Luxury Apartment Building in Wilmette

Optima, Inc. said Thursday its construction team has topped off Optima Verdana, a new luxury six-story, 100-unit rental apartment building at 1210 Central Ave. in Wilmette, IL, on Chicago’s North Shore. Pre-leasing will begin in early May with move-ins starting in July.

Optima Verdana will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with an average size of 1,499 square feet. The boutique building will also feature 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space, as well as a publicly accessible plaza with an original eight-foot sculpture by Optima CEO and co-founder David Hovey Sr..

“Every detail at Optima Verdana has been carefully curated – from using green concrete in the construction process to the signature vertical landscaping system,” said Hovey. “We are excited to move into the next phase of interior construction and begin pre-leasing this spring, as we’ve experienced unprecedented interest from residents on the North Shore and across the country.”

 

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Optima Verdana tops off in Wilmette

Integrated architecture and real estate development firm Optima, Inc. has announced its construction team has topped off Optima Verdana, a new luxury six-story, 100-unit rental apartment building at 1210 Central in Wilmette. Located across Green Bay Road from the Wilmette Metra commuter train station, Optima Verdana is ideally positioned for North Shore commuters, featuring 176 parking spaces, as well as electric vehicle charging stations.

With the concrete structure complete, Optima has installed the glass exterior panels on the first, second and third floors, with façade work continuing to move up the building. Aligning with Optima’s commitment to sustainability and the natural environment, the glass on the first three floors is bird-friendly, featuring a subtle pattern to help birds avoid the glass.

Optima Verdana will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with an average size of 1,499 square feet to give residents more flex space for ever-changing lifestyles. The boutique building will also feature 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space, as well as a publicly accessible plaza with an original 8-foot sculpture by Optima CEO and co-founder David Hovey Sr., FAIA.

“Every detail at Optima Verdana has been carefully curated – from using green concrete in the construction process to the signature vertical landscaping system,” said Hovey. “We are excited to move into the next phase of interior construction and begin pre-leasing this spring, as we’ve experienced unprecedented interest from residents on the North Shore and across the country.”

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, which was developed in Arizona but modified to accommodate the Midwest’s four seasons. In what will be a first for the developer in the Chicago area, Optima Verdana plants 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.

 

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Inside 6-story Optima Verdana apartment complex, which is close to completion in Wilmette

A massive residential development in Wilmette is nearly move-in ready.

Construction is in the final phases at Optima Verdana, a six-story, 100-unit apartment building at 1210 Central Ave. — corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road — and residents will begin moving in in July, according to Ali Burnham, Optima Inc.’s marketing director.

Optima Verdana is Wilmette’s tallest residential building west of Sheridan Road, and of its 100 units, 35 are two-bedroom, 35 are three-bedroom and 30 are one-bedroom apartments.

They range from 660 (1-bed) to 2,256 square feet (3-bedroom) at $2,956 to more than $12,000 (2 penthouse units, already rented) per month. Multiple variations of apartments are available within each bedroom level. Burnham said that a third of the units are already leased, leaving 77 available to prospective renters beginning on May 17.

As a condition of the project’s approval, Optima Inc. agreed to pay the Village of Wilmette $1.6 million to support affordable-housing initiatives villagewide — a payment that was executed in the fall of 2021. The funds, according to previous Record reporting, were granted to Community Partners for Affordable Housing, which believes it can turn the support into at least 15 affordable units.

Other stipulations for approval, which occurred in October 2020, included Optima’s funding of certain streetscape improvements, and its inclusion of a public plaza and public parking on site of Optima Verdana. Burnham said 29 public spaces are available near the entrance of the development’s parking garage, which also features two levels of underground tenant parking.

The building features a signature glass exterior — which uses bird-friendly, patterned glass — that will be complemented with vertical greenery as evergreen plants such as boxwoods, junipers, winter creepers and more grow into place.

Inside, Optima Verdana’s first floor includes a host of resident amenities, such as a pickleball/basketball court, golf simulator, yoga studio, fitness center, business center, dog park, and interior and exterior lounges. A skydeck — top-floor pool, spa, bocce court, herb garden and more — will be open by August, Burnham said.

A rendering of Optima Verdana as submitted by developers in 2020. | Image from Village of Wilmette

Most in-unit amenities, from stoves to outdoor grills, at Optima Verdana run on electricity. The outdoor firepit available in many units is the only gas appliance, she said.

Burnham said first-floor units will be ready for residents in July, and move-in access on subsequent floors will be available in three-week increments.

“We are very excited to open Optima Verdana this week,” said David Hovey Jr., Optima Inc.’s president, in a statement. “… We appreciate the positive feedback we already are receiving from members of the community about Optima Verdana’s design. We thank the Village trustees and staff for their vision and collaboration to bring this project to fruition.”

Optima Inc. boasts three residential complexes in Chicago and another five in Arizona, and also developed projects in Highland Park, Evanston and Skokie.

The Wilmette development also has 8,000 square feet of first-floor commercial space, which Burnham said will be occupied by one or two businesses. She said Optima is seeking a “destination restaurant” or small-item market, a strategy that aligns with the Village of Wilmette’s for the Village Center district.

 

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Optima Begins Leasing 100-Unit Luxury Apartment Complex in Wilmette, Illinois

WILMETTE, ILL. — Optima Inc. has begun leasing Optima Verdana, a 100-unit luxury apartment complex in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette. The community is scheduled to welcome its first residents in July and is currently more than 30 percent leased. Optima Verdana offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units as well as penthouse residences ranging in size from 660 to 2,790 square feet. Monthly rents will range from $2,950 to nearly $12,000. Optima’s CEO and founder, David Hovey Sr., designed the community.

Residents will have access to Optima’s complimentary concierge program, Optimized Service, which provides in-home package delivery, grocery delivery and plant watering. Residents can also schedule on-demand services through the Optima Verdana mobile app such as housekeeping, pet care, fitness classes, massage service and a private chef.

Optima Verdana gets its name from “verdure,” which means lush green vegetation. The community features several sustainable initiatives, including the Chicago area debut of Optima’s proprietary exterior vertical landscaping system. The self-contained irrigation and drainage system uses plants to promote evaporative cooling, reoxygenate the air, reduce dust and smog levels, decrease ambient noise and detain stormwater.

Indoor amenities at the property include a 24-hour front door person, pickleball/basketball court, fitness center, yoga room, massage room, golf simulator and sports lounge, kids’ playroom, pet park, library lounge and multiple work-from-home spaces. A seventh-floor sky deck features a glass-enclosed lap pool and spa designed for year-round use with retractable glass walls that open onto the sundeck. Residents also have access to a sauna, two herb gardens, bocce court, firepits, party room and game room.

 

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YIMBY Tours Optima Verdana In Wilmette

YIMBY recently had the opportunity to tour Optima Verdana, a new six-story mixed-use building located at 1210 Central Avenue in Wilmette, IL. A project by Optima, Inc., the development comprises 100 rental apartment units and more than 8,000 square feet of commercial space.

Optima Verdana. Photo by Jack Crawford

Optima Verdana. Photo by Jack Crawford

Optima Verdana. Photo by Jack Crawford

Optima Verdana. Photo by Jack Crawford

Optima Verdana. Photo by Jack Crawford

Optima Verdana. Photo by Jack Crawford

The residential offerings at Optima Verdana come with a variety of floor plans and sizes. The one-bedroom units, with sizes ranging from 660 to 898 square feet, start at approximately $3,000. The two-bedroom units, ranging from 1,192 to 1,550 square feet, have prices starting around $4,900. Lastly, the three-bedroom units, spanning from 2,048 to 2,790 square feet, start from around $8,000.

 

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Optima, Inc. sees strong leasing, welcomes first move-ins at Optima Verdana® luxury rental community on Chicago’s North Shore

Design-driven real estate firm Optima, Inc. has officially completed all spaces and begun welcoming resident move-ins at Optima Verdana®, its new luxury rental community in Downtown Wilmette, Illinois. Since opening its leasing gallery in May, Optima Verdana® has continued to see a surge in renters looking for a new North Shore apartment of its high standards, resulting in a swift 72% leased status, surpassing lease-up expectations.

Optima Verdana® offers 100 thoughtfully designed residences in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts and penthouse configurations, spanning from 660 to 2,790 square feet. Monthly rents range from approximately $3,000 to nearly $12,000. Designed by Optima CEO and Founder David Hovey Sr., FAIA, and David Hovey Jr., AIA, the community stands apart from other rental offerings on the North Shore thanks to its contemporary design, comprehensive amenities, innovative sustainable features and abundant greenery.

Available in two distinctive finish packages, the residences at Optima Verdana® feature floor-to-ceiling windows with roller shades, 10-inch luxury wide-plank flooring, chef-inspired kitchens equipped with Fisher & Paykel appliances and Kohler fixtures, custom built-in storage solutions, wine fridges, spacious pantries, and bathrooms with free-standing soaking tubs and separate water closets in most floor plans. Private terraces or balconies, ranging from 65 to 931 square feet in size, feature Optima’s signature vertical landscaping system with plants that grow up and over the edge of each floor and also include quick-heating electric grills and fire pits in select residences.

Residents at Optima Verdana® can take full advantage of the building’s expansive seventh-floor sky deck, which offers sweeping treetop views of the North Shore’s skyline, including the Bahá’í Temple. The rooftop common area provides a range of indoor and outdoor amenities, such as a sun deck with multiple lounge chairs and dining areas; barbecues; herb gardens; a bocce court; fire pits; a residents club; a party room with chef’s kitchen, billiards and table tennis; a dedicated game room; a sauna; and a heated lap pool and spa with retractable glass walls designed for year-round use.

Additional indoor amenities can be found on the building’s first floor, including a 24-hour front door person, pickleball/basketball court, fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, yoga studio and massage rooms, a sports lounge, golf simulator, kids’ playroom, dog run and pet spa, library lounge with complimentary coffee service, and multiple work-from-home spaces including conference rooms and a business center. Residents can take advantage of fitness programming, ranging from yoga and Pilates classes to water aerobics and personal training services. Organized resident programming includes everything from a book club and Mah Jongg club to a running club and pickleball league.

The elevated living experience at Optima Verdana® extends beyond its design and finishes. The building also offers residents Optima’s complimentary concierge program, Optimized Service®, which includes white-glove, in-home package delivery, grocery delivery and plant watering. Residents can easily schedule on-demand services through the Optima Verdana® mobile app, such as housekeeping, pet care, virtual personal assistant, fitness classes, private chef services, on-site massages, and more. Additionally, Optima Connect® provides residents with exclusive discounts for area restaurants and retailers.

Optima Verdana® places a strong emphasis on sustainability and biophilic design through the use of sustainable technology such as green concrete and CRF heating and cooling systems. The community will achieve Two Green Globes certification through the use of bird-friendly glass, eco-friendly induction cooktops, and outdoor electric grills to further reduce gas emissions. Optima Verdana® features the Chicago-region debut of Optima’s proprietary exterior vertical landscaping system, which includes plants staying green year-round and promoting evaporative cooling, air purification, noise reduction and stormwater detention.

Located on the corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road, across from the Wilmette Metra commuter train station, Optima Verdana features 176 parking spaces, including electric vehicle charging stations. A publicly accessible plaza at the southeast corner of Optima Verdana is home to an 8-foot original sculpture titled “Curves and Voids,” which was created by Hovey and further enhances the community’s commitment to art and design.

 

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Optima, Inc. sees strong leasing, first move-ins at Optima Verdana luxury rental community

Design-driven real estate firm Optima, Inc. has started welcoming resident move-ins at Optima Verdana, a new luxury rental community in downtown Wilmette.

Since opening its leasing gallery in May, Optima Verdana has seen a surge in renters looking for a new North Shore apartment. The property is 72% leased, surpassing expectations.

Optima Verdana offers 100 residences in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts and penthouse configurations, spanning from 660 to 2,790 square feet. Monthly rents range from about $3,000 to nearly $12,000.

Designed by Optima CEO and founder David Hovey Sr., and David Hovey Jr., the community stands apart from other rental offerings on the North Shore due to its contemporary design, comprehensive amenities, innovative sustainable features and abundant greenery.

“When we designed Optima Verdana, our goal was to deliver an unrivaled living experience that takes full advantage of the community’s unique position in the heart of downtown Wilmette while delivering exceptional design, amenities and services to residents and their guests,” said Hovey Sr. “The strong leasing performance at Optima Verdana surpassed our expectations and demonstrates the demand for the convenience, modern interiors and low-maintenance lifestyle that only a luxury rental community like this can provide.”

Available in two distinctive finish packages, the residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows with roller shades, 10-inch luxury wide-plank flooring, chef-inspired kitchens equipped with Fisher & Paykel appliances and Kohler fixtures, custom built-in storage solutions, wine fridges, spacious pantries, and bathrooms with free-standing soaking tubs and separate water closets in most floor plans.

 

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Optima Completes 100-Unit Luxury Apartment Complex in Wilmette, Illinois

WILMETTE, ILL. — Optima Inc. has completed Optima Verdana, a 100-unit luxury apartment complex in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette. The property is 72 percent leased. The property features one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts and penthouse configurations ranging from 660 to 2,790 square feet. Monthly rents range from approximately $3,000 to nearly $12,000.

Designed by David Hovey Sr. and David Hovey Jr., the community features a seventh-floor sky deck. The rooftop common area features a sun deck, barbecues, herb gardens, a bocce court, fire pits, party room, game room, sauna and heated lap pool with retractable glass walls designed for year-round use. Indoor amenities can be found on the building’s first floor and include a pickleball/basketball court, fitness center, yoga studio, massage rooms, sports lounge, golf simulator, kids’ playroom, dog run, library lounge and work-from-home spaces.

The community is slated to achieve Two Green Globes certification via the use of bird-friendly glass, eco-friendly induction cooktops and outdoor electric grills. Optima Verdana features the Chicago-area debut of Optima’s propriety exterior vertical landscaping system, which includes plants staying green year-round and promoting evaporative cooling, air purification, noise reduction and stormwater detention.

 

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New Wilmette building luring renters with luxury amenities

New, stylish residential buildings are popping up all over Chicago, and now they’re spreading to the north suburbs.

What’s happening: Developer Optima Communities is looking to lure young professionals out of the city limits with its new luxury rental community, The Optima Verdana, in downtown Wilmette. The building opened this summer.

  • It’s similar to the developer’s other luxury spot on North Broadway Street in Lakeview.

The big picture: The North Shore has plenty of luxury condos and apartments in places like Evanston, Wilmette and Winnetka, but developers have been slower to adopt the modern amenities prevalent in Chicago.

Zoom in: The rental properties at the Verdana are already over 70% leased.

  • It has one-, two- and three-bedroom units, plus penthouses.
  • The apartments can be anywhere from 660-2,790 square feet.
  • Monthly rents range from roughly $3,000 to $12,000.

What they’re saying: “Whether they are downsizing from a single-family home on the North Shore or moving back to Wilmette from the city, the Optima Verdana is a rental option that simply wasn’t available here previously,” Optima’s David Hovey Jr. said in a statement.

Photo of a basketball court and golf simulator in a lobby
The Indoor Pickleball/Basketball Court and Sports Lounge at the Optima Verdana. Photo courtesy of Michael Duerinckx

Details: Amenities include a pickleball/basketball court, a yoga studio and massage rooms, a golf simulator, dog run and pet spa, a mahjong club and multiple work-from-home spaces.

  • The building boasts bird-friendly glass and “hanging gardens” on the facade and the rooftop.
Photo of a rooftop deck
The rooftop deck of the Optima Verdana. Photo by Michael Duerinckx

 

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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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