Living large on the lake in Wilmette

You may have considered finding a lakefront home in Wilmette, and then abandoned the notion after noting the multi-million price tags on the infrequently available homes.

If you're still entertaining the notion, think beyond the single-family home. Wilmette offers a good selection of lakefront living options in the mid-rise condo and co-op buildings in the area that was known as "no man's land" (pictured above) before it was incorporated into Wilmette.

The location is outstanding – directly on the lake, across from the lively scene at the charming Plaza del Lago shopping center. And several of the buildings have units that are large enough to offer a viable alternative to a single-family home.

I reached out to Koenig & Strey's Peg Spengler for more information about one of the buildings: 1630 Sheridan Rd, pictured above. Spengler currently has three listings at 1630, a co-op. Unit 6D is a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath priced at $425,000. Unit 4G, a 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath, is listed at $585,000, and Unit 10B is a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath duplex penthouse listed for $649,000.

"The building offers a fabulous level of services and amenities," said Spengler. "It has 24-hour door staff, on-site management, a guest room, party room, an exercise room and an outdoor pool. There's also a private park and a sandy beach."

The units themselves, Spengler noted, "are beautifully laid out, with real dining rooms, large bedrooms and great lake views. A number of the units have washer / dryer connections, but some prefer the building's laundry room for the social scene."

Plaza del Lago, Spengler added, has "a full-service Jewel-Osco, Starbucks, Convito, Burhop's and a number of little gems like the Yellow Bird stationery and gift shop. The Thursday night concerts in the parking lot draw a great crowd of all age ranges."

The 1630 Sheridan co-op is an age-restricted community that requires at least one of the owners to be 55 years of age or older.

Although I'd lived in Wilmette for quite a few years I hadn't visited Langdon Park and its broad beach until I shot the above video there in May of 2010. Spengler was very familiar with the park, which is just south of 1630 Sheridan, and recent improvements to the park. "The Park District did a beautiful job of reintroducing natural grasses to this beautiful beach. You can walk or jog along the lakefront from 1630 all the way to the Sheridan Shore Club and Wilmette Harbor."


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