Optima, Inc. Sees Strong Leasing, Welcomes First Move-Ins at Optima Verdana® Luxury Rental Community on Chicago’s North Shore

Since opening its leasing gallery in May, Optima Verdana® has continued to see a surge in renters looking for a new North Shore apartment of its high standards, resulting in a swift 72% leased status.

Optima Verdana Exterior
Located on the corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road, across from the Wilmette Metra commuter train station, Optima Verdana features 176 parking spaces, including electric vehicle charging stations. A publicly accessible plaza at the southeast corner of Optima Verdana is home to an 8-foot original sculpture titled "Curves and Voids," which was created by Hovey and further enhances the community’s commitment to art and design.

Design-driven real estate firm Optima, Inc. has officially completed all spaces and begun welcoming resident move-ins at Optima Verdana®, its new luxury rental community in downtown Wilmette, Illinois.

Optima Verdana® offers 100 thoughtfully designed residences in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts and penthouse configurations, spanning from 660 to 2,790 square feet. Monthly rents range from approximately $3,000 to nearly $12,000. Designed by Optima CEO and founder David Hovey Sr., FAIA, and David Hovey Jr., AIA, the community stands apart from other rental offerings on the North Shore thanks to its contemporary design, comprehensive amenities, innovative sustainable features and abundant greenery.

“When we designed Optima Verdana®, our goal was to deliver an unrivaled living experience that takes full advantage of the community’s unique position in the heart of downtown Wilmette while delivering exceptional design, amenities and services to residents and their guests,” said Hovey Sr. “The strong leasing performance at Optima Verdana® surpassed our expectations and demonstrates the demand for the convenience, modern interiors and low-maintenance lifestyle that only a luxury rental community like this can provide.”

Available in two distinctive finish packages, the residences at Optima Verdana® feature floor-to-ceiling windows with roller shades, 10” luxury wide-plank flooring, chef-inspired kitchens equipped with Fisher & Paykel appliances and Kohler fixtures, custom built-in storage solutions, wine fridges, spacious pantries, and bathrooms with free-standing soaking tubs and separate water closets in most floor plans. Private terraces or balconies, ranging from 65 to 931 square feet in size, feature Optima’s signature vertical landscaping system with plants that grow up and over the edge of each floor and also include quick-heating electric grills and fire pits in select residences.

“Optima Verdana®’s location in the heart of downtown Wilmette is highly coveted, and what sets our development apart is our dedication to unique architecture, high-quality construction, and providing the market with the next evolution of amenities,” Hovey Jr. said. “It’s been rewarding to hear how much the residents enjoy using the amenities as a way to meet their neighbors, whether they are downsizing from a single-family home on the North Shore or moving back to Wilmette from the city now that Optima Verdana® has opened and offers a highly amenitized rental option that simply wasn’t available here previously.”

The elevated living experience at Optima Verdana® extends beyond its design and finishes. The building also offers residents Optima’s complimentary concierge program, Optimized Service®, which includes white-glove, in-home package delivery, grocery delivery and plant watering. Residents can easily schedule on-demand services through the Optima Verdana® mobile app, such as housekeeping, pet care, virtual personal assistant, fitness classes, private chef services, on-site massages, and more. Additionally, Optima Connect® provides residents with exclusive discounts for area restaurants and retailers.

Additional indoor amenities can be found on the building’s first floor, including a 24-hour front door person. A library lounge with complimentary coffee service and kids’ playroom. Multiple work-from-home spaces including conference rooms and a business center.

Optima Verdana® places a strong emphasis on sustainability and biophilic design through the use of sustainable technology such as green concrete and CRF heating and cooling systems. The community will achieve Two Green Globes certification through the use of bird-friendly glass, eco-friendly induction cooktops, and outdoor electric grills to further reduce gas emissions. Optima Verdana® features the Chicago-region debut of Optima’s proprietary exterior vertical landscaping system, which includes plants staying green year-round and promoting evaporative cooling, air purification, noise reduction and stormwater detention.

“We set out to provide residents with lush greenery, outdoor space, natural light and fresh air,” added Hovey Sr. “This connection between the natural environment and architectural design delivers a distinct living experience that seamlessly brings nature into every facet of residents’ lives, highlighting our dedication to sustainability and resident well-being.”

Optima Verdana Indoor Pickle Ball Basketball Court with Golf Simulator
Residents can take advantage of fitness programming, ranging from yoga and Pilates classes to water aerobics and personal training services. A dedicated game room, pickleball/basketball court, fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, yoga studio and massage rooms, a sports lounge, golf simulator, dog run and pet spa are also available.
Optima Verdana Sky Deck
Residents at Optima Verdana® can take full advantage of the building’s expansive seventh-floor sky deck, which offers sweeping treetop views of the North Shore’s skyline, including the Bahá’í Temple. The rooftop common area provides a range of indoor and outdoor amenities, such as a sun deck with multiple lounge chairs and dining areas with barbecues, herb gardens, a bocce court, fire pits, a residents club, a party room with chef’s kitchen, billiards and table tennis.
Optima Verdana Indoor Pool and Spa
A heated lap pool, sauna, and spa with retractable glass walls designed for year-round use.