Lake Forest

Lake Forest

From initial concept through the entire construction process, The ONE Group makes homebuilding and renovation as easy as possible. Whether you work with us to build your beautiful custom home or you want the best kitchen-remodeling job in Lake Forest, count on The ONE Group for the finest design, quality and workmanship.

Where is Lake Forest?

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Real Estate Overview

Lake Forest homeowners enjoy luxurious living in a resort-style environment. Once known as a location for summer homes of influential Chicago families, Lake Forest boasts estates and homes designed by distinguished architects, including Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler and Henry Ives Cobb. The historic estates, interspersed among elegant homes along the lakefront, remain visually distinctive to this day. Properties range from multimillion-dollar mansions to newly constructed condominiums and townhomes.

The ONE Group builds luxury Lake Forest custom homes that fit in beautifully with the surrounding residences. If you’re lucky enough to live here and your current home needs a touch of updating or a major renovation, contact us for your custom Lake Forest kitchen remodel or any other remodeling job.

According to Redfin, the market view in summer 2015 looks like this*:

  • Median List Price: $1,160,000
  • Median Sale Price: $735,000
  • Number of Houses Sold: 109

*Calculated in July 2015.

Zillow lists the median home value in Lake Forest at $817,000.

About the Neighborhood

Located 30 miles north of Chicago in Lake County, the affluent North Shore suburb of Lake Forest is among the most scenic, historical and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago. Its location on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan; its natural beauty, open spaces and pristine beaches; and its picturesque street plan with beautiful homes, combine to make Lake Forest a place of special distinction. The city was founded around Lake Forest College and was originally a stop for travelers heading south to Chicago. The quaint downtown contains a mix of retail, banking, professional services and restaurants. The City of Lake Forest contains more than 500 historical sites. Artists, writers and musicians have settled here in numbers over the last 150 years. Several major corporations call Lake Forest home, too.


Two Metra Rail lines make Lake Forest a convenient location for residents who work in downtown Chicago. The station located on McKinley Road in downtown Lake Forest provides access to the Union Pacific North Line (UP-N). The Milwaukee District North Line (MD-N) station is located on Telegraph Road in west Lake Forest. Interstate 94 (Edens Expressway), I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) and Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) offer highway access.

Things to Do

A myriad of cultural and arts opportunities exist in Lake Forest, including CenterStage and the Citadel Theatre Company for live performances, the Deer Path Art League, the Lake Forest and North Suburban Symphonies and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Historical Society. Dozens of restaurants cater to all tastes, offering Mexican, Italian, American, Japanese and vegetarian fare in settings that run the gamut from casual to formal. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities at several golf clubs, the Wildlife Discovery Center in the historic Elawa Farm facility and Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department programs.

Ready for some shopping? Lake Forest is home to a rather unique historical shopping and lifestyle destination. Known as the first planned shopping center in the U.S., the iconic Market Square in downtown Lake Forest was designed by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. This thriving community gathering space, with its shaded arcades, fountains, walkways, and beautiful architectural details, comprises local retail businesses as well as a central meeting ground. Market Square hosts several annual city events that celebrate charity, arts, culture, holidays and fine living.

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