When done right, urban infill residential developments provide buyers and renters an enviable mix. By virtue of their recency, these buildings deliver luxuries and amenities older buildings can’t deliver.

Yet the neighborhoods in which they’re built are frequently historic, walkable enclaves boasting an authentic ambience today’s urbanites crave. The result is the best of both worlds for the residents who ultimately opt to lease there. That these infill developments often replace community eyesores and also contribute to the density that imbues urban neighborhoods with character provides an extra dividend.

It’d be difficult to imagine many more fitting neighborhoods for infill development than Chicago’s Lakeview bailiwick, wedged between Lincoln Park to the south and Wrigleyville to the north along Lake Michigan’s shores. With its proximity to the lake, Lincoln Park, public transportation and both ball games and concerts at Wrigley Field, it’s an area that could entice many more residents if sufficient housing existed.

“Lakeview residents have cited the development’s design, amenities, location and resident programming as key factors, allowing them to maintain their active lifestyles in a neighborhood they love,” says David Hovey, Jr., AIA, president, chief operating officer and principal architect at Optima.


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