Other Homes Built by Oakton-Custer Partners, LLC
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Prior Construction Projects of Single Family Homes in Evanston
Oakton-Custer Partners, L.L.C. is a limited liability company registered with the State of Illinois since 1997, and managed by Bill James. Its initial plan was to undertake small-scale development projects in the neighborhood surrounding Oakton and Custer Streets in southeast Evanston, Illinois. Since then, the developments have migrated west to the beautiful area of parks & true community spirit near Oakton & Wesley, and beyond. Bill is a thirty year+ resident of Evanston, a master urban planner and a licensed residential general contractor with the City of Evanston, Oakton-Custer Partners, L.L.C. is operated as a vehicle to engage in neighborhood-based development programs from which the owners derive a sense of satisfaction.
Oakton-Custer's Community Vision
Oakton-Custer envisions a program of residential development, both stimulating and profitable for him, while benefiting the community at large. The basis of this vision starts with the community of Evanston. A highly vital and desirable community in which to live, Evanston offers proximity to Lake Michigan and Chicago, excellent transportation and educational facilities, charming character and a diverse, broad-minded citizenry. Many local neighborhoods offer these same characteristics, lacking only the architectural charm of older, more vintage neighborhoods. Oakton-Custer Partner's development program focuses on in-fill development and radical renovation of existing buildings to create a distinctive sense of neighborhood charm. The development philosophy is to combine superior floor plans, finishes/features, and exterior facades along with reasonable pricing to create an excellent home buying value.
Completed and Ongoing Projects
Projects completed to date validate Oakton-Custer's approach. Bill has designed and built a total of 21 homes in Evanston, plus one under construction; a few were radical renovations, most were new construction. 7 of them were rowhouse style, and the rest single family homes.
- In 1993, the radical renovation and expansion of 345 Sherman Avenue was completed. With a totally new masonry facade and a stunning two-story owner's unit, plus two small one-bedroom rentals, this project illustrates the value and potential of the neighborhood's existing two and three flats.
- 623 Oakton Street represents new single-family construction that is both stunning and tastefully integrated with the character of existing homes on the street.
- 327 Sherman Avenue represents a radical renovation of a former two-flat into a single family home combining an authentic Colonial exterior with interior space that has all the features of a new construction house.
- 323 Sherman Avenue, completed in 2000, represents all new construction with an architecture that is true to Victorian principles, yet accommodates a major design change (the 3rd floor terrace) desired by the buyers.
- In 2003, Bill took on the renovation and expansion of a Craftsman style home located in the Oakton Historic District at 1009 Harvard Terrace.
- Next, the development project on South Boulevard consisted of three frame Victorian-style homes, including one radical renovation and two brand new homes, that incorporated Bill's New-Old theme. 1403 South Boulevard is another radical rehab of a former 2-flat so extensive that it looked like new construction. 1365 South Boulevard was all new construction; it is a beautiful Italianate home. Next came 1333 South Boulevard, another all new home, which along with the others, re-vitalized a charming older neighborhood with the appeal of new construction in the Victorian Italianate style.
- Concurrent with the construction of the 3 homes noted above, a private party engaged Bill to build their new home from existing plans at 1025 South Boulevard.
- Stonehurst Castle at 532 Wesley Avenue was completed in 2005. It consists of 3 stunning new brick and limestone fee-simple townhomes located on the northwest corner of Wesley & South Boulevard. This architecturally significant building is hoped to be a new landmark property in the area. A local artist has already discovered it as a subject for her gallery of significant Evanston properties in watercolor.
- Completed in early 2006, "de Jordaan" is a must to drive by at night! This fine half-duplex building at 921 & 923 Ashland Avenue, consists of two homes that make a statement. Designed in the brick and stone style of rowhouses on the Amsterdam canals, complete with elliptical & bell gables, these two new construction homes each have 3 finished stories of about 5,000 sq. ft.; 4 bedrooms, a paved stone-fenced patio, full basement, huge attic & 2-car brick garages. "Magnificent" just begins to describe it.
- By then, Bill had approached the lovely, late Mrs. Mildred Avery to buy her large lots on Wesley Avenue between South Boulevard and Seward Street. This development became two homes: 544 Wesley sold in 2007 for $850,000, and 550 Wesley, which was rented until the real estate collapse began to mend, sold in 2011 at a price of $775,000.
- Bill's next project of new construction became the two new half-duplexes at 1502 and 1504 Main Street, selling in 2007, and 2010, respectively.
- Sold in 2012, a three-story radical rehab, next door, at 1510 Main Street, on a double-lot was completed. The buyers subsequently engaged Bill to expand the home, enlarging the living room space & adding a fireplace as you see it today.
Dryden Place New Development~2014 to the Present
In 2014, four out-lots from the subdivision of the 2.4 acre former Dryden Mansion grounds became available. These lots run east-west between Dryden Place (a new private street) and Dempster Street. The private street is shaped like a large "Y" figure with two access roads off Asbury, and a connecting road that runs north of the mansion condos to Ridge Avenue. Located on Historic property, only building of single-family homes is allowed. Click here for more details.
With a neighborhood-wide development program in place, you can always expect exciting new home offerings from Oakton-Custer Partners, L.L.C. for some time in the future! Please enjoy them!
Note, except as stated, that all homes noted above and built before this year are closed & occupied. And, all of the drawings, elevations, floorplans for these homes are copyrighted by Oakton-Custer Partners, LLC; none may be copied without its express written permission. Thank you.