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Why Our Homes

New Construction in Wilmette

Inspired by my ancestors who were prolific builders and founding fathers of the Village of Wilmette, we take pride in a lifetime of commitment to creating the perfect home in this community. Our passion creates more than just a beautiful place to live but also an investment you can count on.

Years of building and appraisal experience reveal that classic, traditional, center-entry homes which fit into the fabric of our older neighborhoods consistently result in the highest market values in this community. Architectural elements including center-entry design, large front porches, dormered attics, detached garages, and light infused lower levels are all features of homes with the most value in our area. Working closely with the Village of Wilmette a decade ago as they revised their standards for new single family home construction, we helped define certain architectural elements that became incorporated into the Village Building Code. Attic bonuses encourage facades with dormered rooms on the third floor just like the older houses in the neighborhood. Front porch bonuses encouraged neighborly meeting places where families congregated in the days before air-conditioning and encourage neighborliness today. We take pride in our decisions to build detached garages separately on the backs of the lots to retain the integrity of the historical look and feel of our streets. Every new home design is scrutinized for the amounts of natural lighting and cross ventilation. Even the basement rooms feel like above grade living areas as they are flooded with natural light from the unique over-sized window wells. Much thought and experience have gone into the planning of every home to create a timeless design that you can invest in with confidence.

These same design elements can be seen in the homes of my ancestors. My family, which came from Trier Germany and helped form New Trier Township Schools, were among the first pioneers in the 1840's who settled in Wilmette, then called Gross Point. My great great great grandfather, Johann Heinzen built the second oldest surviving single family home in Wilmette in 1856 now known as the Bell Farm. His grandson (my great grandfather), Joseph Heinzen was a community leader and built numerous homes in Wilmette, the original Gross Point School (currently the American Legion Huerter Post), the Wilmette Bowling Alley building, and most prominently built the Gross Point Village Hall in 1896. His name sits proudly on the cornerstone of this beautiful and elegant brick Victorian structure which now is the home of the Wilmette Historical Museum. In 1989 the building was designated a Wilmette local landmark, and in 1991 it was awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Margaret Heinzen Smith:

  • Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois-current
  • Licensed Real Estate Salesperson-since 1976
  • State Certified Real Estate Appraiser-currently inactive
  • SRA (Senior Residential Appraiser) Designation from the national Appraisal Institute-retired status
  • North Shore Builders' Association Treasurer (2003-2013)
  • Wilmette Bicycle Task Force (1990- 2008

My Ancestors:

  • Johann Heinzen Sr. (1794-1878) along with his son, Johann Heinzen Jr. (1825-1874) built the second oldest still standing single family home in Wilmette in 1856 and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wilmette..
  • Joseph Heinzen (1871-1937) Gross Point Village President 1905-1907, Wilmette Village Trustee 1914-1920 and appointed trustee again in 1932, reelected trustee again in 1934 until his death. He built 17 homes and 3 commercial buildings in Wilmette.
  • Joseph Henry Heinzen (1896-1962) Attorney at law and property manager
  • Robert Joseph Heinzen (1922-living) Received an award of recognition from the Appraisal Institute attaining the distinction of Life Member, MAI (Member Appraisal Institute) and SRA (Senior Residential Appraiser) and built two homes in Wilmette.