When KZF Development was formed in 1987, the partners, Suzann Kogen-Friedman, Joel Kogen, Daniel Zivin, and Steven Friedman sought to bring their vision of a new standard in custom homes to Chicago’s North Shore. KZF’s signature homes would showcase quality, style, and value without sacrificing the luxury and customization for which the North Shore is known.

As developers, KZF enjoyed impressive success building individual custom, single-family homes throughout Highland Park, Northbrook, and Deerfield as well as in KZF custom home subdivisions such as Sanders Estates, Daniel Court, Park Place Estates, and Oliver Lane. Following its single-family achievements, KZF ventured into town home and luxury condominium development, while still maintaining its reputation for the highest quality.

By the mid-1990s KZF was looking for yet another way to expand development in the North Shore. In fact, KZF was to became a key player in the introduction of a new and exciting form of upscale multi-family housing: the long-term residential ground lease. In 1996 KZF built the North Shore’s first ground lease development, Northbrook’s Royal Ridge. Royal Ridge is an exclusive, gated community of 151 luxury single-family homes and town homes. With its extensive landscaping, gatehouse, and concierge service, Royal Ridge remains among the most exclusive addresses in the North Shore.

KZF in 2000 was pursuing ground lease development again with Northbrook Greens, a higher-density, upscale community of 160 row homes and smaller manor homes. Like Royal Ridge, Northbrook Greens met with strong market demand, and today both project’s homes are highly sought after on the secondary market.

By 2006, KZF was still innovating, this time into office condominiums with its Northbrook RiverPark development. Also built on leased ground, Northbrook RiverPark’s 52,500 square feet brings luxury single-story office space to East Techny Road.

Today, KZF is poised to further build upon its reputation by continuing to meet the demand for upscale development of the highest quality, throughout the North Shore and beyond.

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