Bloomfield Development recently collaborated with Bravo TV's Jeff Lewis Design and Walter E. Smithe to showcase their new, curated furniture collection. Jeff Lewis chose two Bloomfield homes in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood as design locations. Jeff and his team flew to Chicago and spent three days designing the Bloomfield interiors. Jim and his wife and Realtor, Sheri, worked directly with Jeff's design team and the Walter E. Smithe family as they created a TV commercial and photo shoot.
Home Sweet Home
Bloomfield Development Co. owner Jim Schueller lives and breathes real estate. After spending years as a real estate attorney for a large law firm and developing a few properties in his spare time, Schueller realized his passion was in homebuilding. In 2003, he founded the Chicago-based custom homebuilding company.
“I was involved heavily on the legal side of things from commercial to residential development and got to know a lot of developers, architects, engineers and brokers in Chicago as their lawyer,” he says. “I eventually decided to follow my passion to start my own company.” – Jim Schueller
Raised decks and patios heighten tensions among North Side neighbors
Deirdre Graziano recalls the good old days in Lincoln Park, when mature trees dotted the neighborhood and backyards flowed from one home to the next.
“It's just not there,” says the retired child-development specialist who is vice president of the Lincoln Central Association, a neighborhood advocacy organization.
Instead of traditional townhouse backyards that are steps down from the main level of the house, developers of high-end homes, responding to customer demand, are raising the yards, decks and gardens in Lincoln Park, Old Town and Lakeview so they are level with the family room or kitchen.
Building a reputation for high-end luxury home design, Bloomfield Development helps private homeowners design, build and renovate their homes throughout the Chicago area. The firm specializes in new construction and historical restoration, allowing homeowners to choose and maintain various architectural styles.
2014 Market Review and Forecast
Jim Schueller was quoted in a recent Chicago Cooperator article.
"Prices will not consistently go up—or stay stable across the board, however. Some neighborhoods are showing far more growth than others.
“In the traditionally good neighborhoods, the market is unbelievably hot,” says Jim Schueller, president of Bloomfield Development Company, LLC, an award-winning homebuilding and remodeling firm with projects throughout the Chicago area. “In the neighborhoods that were struggling during the recession—they’re still catching up.”
The neighborhoods that are doing the best are Lincoln Park and Lakeview, Schueller says. In the North Shore, the housing market is doing incredibly well, but in the far Northwest suburbs, it’s still a little slow, he says."
Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home
Last week Inhabitat was invited to tour this stunning home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The modern abode is home to a passionate family who wanted to fuse healthy living with expert green design. The home is built on a vacant lot where a CTA bus depot stood long ago, and the teams involved in designing and building this new home considered every detail against the principles of sustainable design, as well as the healthy living guidelines promoted by the non-profit organization Healthy Child Healthy World.
How to… Live Well
A young Lincoln Park couple turns an empty CTA lot into a sleek, eco-friendly showpiece. Jan and Pam Henrich never intended to build a home. Between balancing their busy careers—Jan is a management consultant and Pam is a physician—and parenting their 5-year-old daughter, Bianca, the couple had little time to even house hunt. But as their two-bedroom condo seemed to shrink, they remained patient and persistent. More than two years and 140 showings later, they stumbled on an empty lot in Lincoln Park, once home to a CTA bus barn. A local developer had been saving the land to build his own place, but due to the economic downturn, he put it up for sale. The Henrichs scooped up the property in August 2010. “This was the perfect lot because, unlike most Chicago residences, it’s square-shaped as opposed to long and narrow, plus it’s near the lake and everything else we’ll ever need,” Jan says.