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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