This week, YIMBY toured the newly opened Optima Lakeview apartments in Lakeview East. The seven-story mixed-use building, situated at 3460 N Broadway, replaces a former Treasure Island Foods grocery store and parking lot. The project was spearheaded by Optima, a design-driven real estate development firm based in Chicago. The developer has delivered numerous other projects in the city, including Streeterville’s Optima Signature and Optima Center, as well as in Arizona.
The development includes a 14,000-square-foot retail component and 198 apartment units on the upper floors. These rentals range from one- through three-bedroom layouts. Rents for available units start at $2,625 per month for one-bedrooms, $4,967 for two-bedrooms, and $6,712 for three-bedrooms. The amenity package includes an in-home concierge program, exclusive benefits and discounts connecting to the local vicinity, and a unique collection of various in-house services which include in-home plant watering, thermostat adjustments, and front-door package delivery.
Optima Lakeview’s amenities include an indoor basketball court, a golf simulator and putting green, a fitness center, a dog park, a children’s center, a demonstration kitchen, and a co-working space with conference rooms. The property also has an outdoor pool and sundeck on the seventh floor, which offers stunning views of Lake Michigan, Wrigleyville, and the downtown skyline.
The building’s exterior is clad in brick, glass, and metal panels. Designed by Optima’s CEO and principal architect, David Hovey Sr., the project features a landscaped rooftop pool deck and enclosed lounge area, as well as a central solarium with stacked amenities. “With Optima Lakeview, we were able to stay true to Optima’s modern aesthetic, while incorporating design cues from the surrounding neighborhood architecture,” said Hovey. “The seven-story atrium is a distinctive feature that is both beautiful and functional, bringing natural light and a vertical landscape of lush plants to the building’s interior year-round.”
In addition to the 94 off-street parking spaces and storage for 208 bikes, residents can also find a host of public transit options within immediate proximity. The new construction is situated an 11-minute walk from the Red Line at Addison station, while the Red, Brown, and Purple Lines at Belmont station is a 16-minute walk. As far as bus service, residents can find Route 36 at the corner of Broadway & Cornelia. Other bus options within close walking distance include Routes 8, 22, 77, 135, 146, 152, and 156.
Given Optima’s holistic role, the developer was also the acting general contractor for the construction. Optima Lakeview is now open, with leasing currently underway.