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Published on May 30th, 2019

MK Construction homes featured in Urban Lifestyle Homes, LLC and Urb & Burb Realty developments in Evanston

PRESS RELEASE: A “No-Commute” Live-Work Development in Evanston Meets the Housing Needs of Tomorrow.

EVANSTON, IL – Urban Lifestyle Homes, LLC and Urb & Burb Realty announced today their newest Live/Work development located at 1513 + 1515 Greenleaf in the artsy Florence/Crain neighborhood of Evanston.

Seeking to reverse the trend of Chicago having the longest weekly commute times in the country, the new homes will feature modern, two-story single-family homes above a potential Live/Work space below.

Developers Karla Thomas and Lina Zoraikat, are Evanston residents committed to maintaining the livability and flow of a traditional single-family home while providing a commercially-zoned, ADA- accessible flex space that is perfect for home-based businesses.

“According to Forbes , by 2020, 50% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.” says Thomas, “We are building toward that work-from-home culture.”

The space is ideally suited for a family in which one or more of the homeowners works from home or runs a small business such as a therapist, accountant, attorney, tech start up, architect or consultant.

Using smart and efficient design elements, these sleek homes offer modern sophistication while supporting the work/life balance so many of us strive to achieve. The addition of separate office and creative space is ideal for the work-from-home culture of our busy metropolitan region.

Developer Karla Thomas knows live/work properties have many benefits to the owner. “It’s hard not to love the zero commute of working one floor below your home. You save on the rental and utility costs of office space and you’re more likely to eat lunch at home! For tax purposes, up to 1/3 of the square footage of your Live/ Work home can be deducted.”

The Greenleaf Single Family Homes took advantage of the B1 zoning of the area and were designed in a contemporary style tailored to the Evanston market. The main floor features a living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, 1⁄2 bath and family room. The 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a laundry room. The lower level offers access via an ADA-accessible ramp, a private office, ADA-accessible

Located steps from downtown Evanston, the development features single-family homes built for today’s integrated lifestyles. The homes feature 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and boast over 3100 square feet, including flexible Live/Work space and additional out door space. Presales are expected to begin soon at prices in the mid $800,ooos for a fall 2017 delivery.

bathroom and a large, flexible workspace. The homes are being built by the acclaimed Chicago builder MK Construction.

“Consumer demand is shifting toward a more efficient and economical urban lifestyle, and the Greenleaf residences will accommodate this lifestyle in the dynamic community of Evanston,” said Lina Zoraikat, Co-owner at Urban Lifestyle Homes. “We really strive for balance: a work- friendly and client-appropriate environment, nestled in a modern single-family home, fully enveloped in a vibrant, coveted community with excellent schools, a thriving downtown and the lake access.”

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