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M&R Development Celebrates Grand Opening of The Residences of Wilmette in Wilmette, Ill., Reveals Decorated Model

November 17, 2017

Itasca, Ill.-based M&R Development recently celebrated the grand opening of The Residences of Wilmette, the first upscale rental development in Wilmette, Ill. in over a decade. Located across the street from the Wilmette Metra train station, the transit-oriented development is nestled between Central and Wilmette avenues in the heart of downtown Wilmette, one of Chicago’s most sought-after North Shore neighborhoods. The five-story, 75-unit rental community is a joint venture with Deerfield, Ill.-based Globe Corporation and is managed by Chicago-based RMK Management Corp. The development also includes 6,200 square feet of street-level retail space.

“As is the case in popular suburban downtowns across the country, demand for upscale rental options has seen strong growth in recent years,” said Anthony Rossi Sr., president of M&R Development. “This property offers a luxury lifestyle experience that hasn’t been available to area residents in decades. From its condo-quality finishes and graceful design touches to its robust suite of amenities, The Residences of Wilmette sets a new standard for rental living in Chicago’s North Shore.”

Convertible, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes at The Residences of Wilmette range from 650 to 1,550 square feet with rents starting at $2,100. Residences feature 9½-foot ceilings and kitchens with upscale finishes, including quartz countertops, Leedo textured cabinetry, Grohe plumbing fixtures and stainless steel Bosch appliances as well as a striking tile backsplash. Engineered hardwood floors, Anderson windows with sound-proof glazing and in-unit washer/dryer round out the notable design elements of each home. Select apartments also feature a built-in desk, private terrace or balcony as well as walk-in closets featuring a customizable Elfa closet system. Additionally, the community offers two three-bedroom/two-bath penthouses on the fifth floor, each with enhanced Elfa systems in all closets and a private rooftop patio equipped with a Weber Genesis II natural gas grill.

One decorated model is available to tour. Upon entering the one-bedroom model, an expansive center island with seating for four stands out as the focal point of the living/dining area. The waterfall countertop provides an upscale touch typically found in luxury condominiums, while the blue tile backsplash is punctuated by under-cabinet lighting. Sleek transitional furnishings lend a modern sensibility to the space while blue accessories complement the otherwise neutral color scheme. In the bedroom, two sizeable closets are outfitted with customizable shelving systems and the en suite bath, which opens to the living area, has a distinctively European flair with a wall-hung vanity and vessel sink.

All bathrooms at the Residences of Wilmette feature porcelain tile floors that continue throughout the tub and shower surrounds, an LED lighted mirror or medicine cabinet, as well as Duravit Ketho wall-hung vanities with a vessel sink and spacious drawer storage.

“From the moment someone enters this building, they are surrounded by luxurious finishes,” said Rossi. “The lobby has a sensational Ann Saks tile floor design accented with contemporary fixtures and furnishings that create a real downtown vibe. This community will definitely be a stand-out development in the village of Wilmette.”

Residents will enjoy a host of indoor amenities located on the second floor of the building, including a steam room with Chromotherapy – or color therapy – technology as well as a sauna and hot tub that will be the cornerstone of the amenity package. Reminiscent of a five-star resort, the spa at The Residences of Wilmette will help residents unwind while a spacious club room featuring Scavolini cabinets and plush seating options provides additional space for entertaining guests. The well-equipped business center features a private conference room along with two work stations for work-from-home professionals. The property also includes a pet spa with grooming station, including a hydraulic lift, as well as an oversized bath for four-legged residents. The Residences of Wilmette boasts a 24-hour fitness center with Life Fitness equipment and a studio with Wellbeats™, which offers a variety of on-demand custom exercise programs.

In addition to the robust indoor amenity package, a 6,800-square-foot outdoor space is located on the second floor of the building and features multiple seating areas to create connections among residents as they gather around grilling stations and a communal fire pit. Entry to the building will be controlled by an app-based intercom system allowing residences to receive visitors or remotely grant access to service personnel such as dog walkers and house cleaners via their smart phones.

Additional amenities include a Luxer One® package system, which simplifies the delivery process for residents; a complimentary bike share program; storage lockers; and a temperature-controlled garage with assigned parking stalls and electric vehicle charging stations.

The Residences of Wilmette is located within walking distance of the Wilmette Public Library and Village Hall as well as numerous shopping and dining destinations. Residents will also be one block from a regional bike trail that leads to the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The community has been developed according to LEED® Silver certification requirements with features such as a green roof and energy-efficient fixtures, important for today’s green-minded residents. Bella Maison Interior Design provided design services for The Residences of Wilmette.

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About M&R Development:

Founded in 1996 by Tom Moran and Anthony Rossi, Chicago-based M&R Development is a developer of luxury, high-end rental apartment buildings ranging in style from garden and mid-rise to urban high rise. Over the past twenty years, the company has developed 14 properties with over 3,755 units in greater Chicago.

The lobby at The Residences of Wilmette features sophisticated fixtures and furnishings with a contemporary aesthetic to welcome residents and guests.