A Great Year, Suburban Luxury, and Upcoming Events!

I am looking back and with the help of my colleagues and most importantly my great clients, The Melinda Jakovich-Lagrange Team had a great year!  Besides being selected to participate in the prestigious PowerHouse Smart conference again, as described below, I was the Number Two producing broker in the City for November of 2018, among the hundreds of hardworking brokers at numerous Coldwell Banker offices in Chicago!

I have shared the Lucien Lagrange Studio’s One Winnetka development in past blogs, but later in 2019 they are expanding their influence and taking on other important projects in Chicagoland.  These include a beautiful 12 story high end residential/retail building in Skokie named 8000 North, and construction will begin later in the year on a 22 story on a unique, luxury residential building in Oak Brook called The Butler.  It will be a new landmark, becoming the tallest building in Oak Brook!  Details are available at www.lucienlagrange/projects/

It has long been recognized that empty nesters in the real estate market are looking to downsize yet continue to live in high end, sophisticated homes.  Up until recently the most attractive solution was to move from the suburbs to luxury condos in downtown Chicago.  Now, with offerings from the Lagrange Studio like One Winnetka, (shown above), 8000 North, and The Butler, empty nesters can find downsized yet luxury living in their very own communities!

The famous Ragdale Estate in Lake Forest, shown above, was built by the famous architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.  It has been preserved by the Ragdale Foundation, which presents an annual award to innovative designers known as the “Ragdale Ring”.  In addition, the Foundation continues to support 200 artists-in-residence on the grounds of the Estate.  These are writers, painters, designers, and other artisans, who are supported by the foundation and provided lodging at the Estate, so they can concentrate on their creations in a beautiful, peaceful setting.  They are even treated to communal, home made dinners every evening!

One of those writers-in-residence is Elizabeth Taylor, shown above, who is co-editor of The National Book Review and Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune, among many other accomplishments.  She will be the special guest at a “Tea and Talk” event coming up on January 23 at 10:30 at Ragdale House.  Details can be found at www.ragdale.org/programs/upcoming-events/.  She will talk about her Ragdale residency and her work on a new book, tentatively titled End of the Union, which focuses on the Reconstruction and the profound grief following the end of the Civil War.

Finally, I have been honored again to be on a panel for a special event at the Merchandise Mart on February 6, 2019.  The PowerHouse Smart team brings together top architects, realtors, designers, etc. to come together and network and participate in group discussions.  I will be with 5 other experts on a panel discussion at lunchtime of the day-long event.  Event details and more description of PowerHouse Smart’s goals and programs can be found at www.phs19.com.

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