In with the new — the interior design aesthetic of District House

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In just under a year, District House will begin to deliver modern urban residences, located at a prominent corner in the heart of Oak Park. Similar to the project's bold exterior, the interiors will reflect a new aesthetic not commonly found within Oak Park.

The project's 28 residences are dominated by floor-to-ceiling glass, incorporating an open concept great room containing the kitchen, living area, and dining room. Each unit offers one or two glass filled walls, featuring 10 foot floor-to-ceiling glass (14 foot at the Penthouse level), delivering a dramatic, bright and open space in each unit. Bedrooms are designed to be quiet and secluded, with appropriately scaled windows balancing privacy and light. The bedrooms give way to spa-inspired luxury bathrooms.

For many, this new aesthetic also represents a lifestyle shift. District House buyers navigate this shift with the help of designer Jackie Jennings, a longtime collaborator with Ranquist Development. Jennings was drawn to the project for its bold, contextual design in a community renowned for architecture: "I fell in love with the project as soon as I saw the renderings."  

One of the most important rooms in today's home is the kitchen, and Jackie has worked closely with Italy's Archisesto to design kitchens that meet the needs of today's discriminating buyer, whether they intend to achieve a modern or more transitional aesthetic. "We designed kitchens that blend modern design with softer, rustic finishes. When choosing the finish materials I knew there had to be a special blend that worked well with both the modern architecture of District House and the historic character of Oak Park."

The process of selecting finishes is personal, explains Jennings: "I truly enjoy the process of getting to know each buyer's unique story and their hopes for the new home. When I first meet with future residents, we spend time getting to know each other — talking about the new lives they expect to lead upon moving into the home and incorporating those expectations into the details of the home. We adjust kitchen details to suit the needs of different styles of cooking, electrical to accommodate decorative or task lighting, or color palettes based on personal tastes and preferences. Each homeowner has a unique perspective and as a result, no two homes are ever the same."

Construction progress on District House continues and the project is now 50% sold, with limited availability across several tiers (and one tier now sold out). The window to personalize finishes is rapidly narrowing, so if you've considered District House there is no better time than right now to take the next step.

Rafael Robles