On the corner of Fuller Lane and Sheridan Road, you’ll find the rarest in real estate: the new build that seems like it’s been there all along. Listed at $1.7 million, this timeless 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, complete with first-floor master suite, feels right at home. With rooms designed to optimize the spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the outdoors truly make their way inside, a perfectly coastal sensibility enhanced by detailed millwork, wide oak floors, and a serene sense of design. It’s easy to see why it’s been described as “the perfect space in the perfect place.”
Equally as compelling is the story of the husband and wife team handling the sale of this unique property, Dave and Amy Chung. The brokers, builders, designers, developers, and investors, who joined the team at Compass last year, drawn to its client-first focus and innovative technology, are not only selling this property but built it from the ground up, not unlike their impressive career in the field.
The two first met while working for Walt Disney, collaborating on the animated feature Chicken Little—Dave in film editing and Amy in production management—before relocating to Chicago 12 years ago. Dave began work at Morningstar, in digital media, while Amy landed at culinary school, leading to a position at Everest and later with Common Threads, an after-school program focused on cooking and nutrition co-founded by Art Smith. Four years ago, the couple went out on their own, running a small but successful software company in the education space.
They came to real estate, the culmination of all of their creative endeavors, in 2016 after setting foot in their dream property in Wilmette. The couple instantly fell in love with this 1920s Sears kit home, seeing its market potential right away for young families just like them. They decided to buy it, embarking on a full gut rehab and huge addition. It was during this process they both got their real estate licenses: “We thought, ‘We should sell this ourselves,’ and from there it’s taken off. People saw how excited we were and our passion was contagious!”
Dave continues, “All of these past experiences have led us to where we are. What we did there and do now is about making things better. When we worked at Disney, it was all about the details: when it gets down to production, there can’t be a pixel in the wrong place or one extra frame. Making movies is about making tens of thousands of little choices. It’s that attention to detail that stays with us.”
When it comes to design, those details fall to Amy, who works closely with their builders to tap into what the potential buyer is looking for. “I would never design something I wouldn’t live with or feel proud to put my name on. Knowing someone will enjoy it makes it fun,” she says.
Her specialty is in creating spaces that are calm and peaceful, that allow you to feel like you can breathe once you walk through the door. Tile is also a signature of the designer: “It’s so fun to work with—you can do so many interesting things just in the way you lay it out,” Amy reveals. “You can achieve really complicated designs with really simple styles.”
For Fuller and Sheridan, she chose an appealing neutral palette with pops of color and touches of vintage charm, like the nook the couple created off of the living room, specially designed for warming up in front of the fire. “Those details are what make homes on the North Shore special. It’s those small moments that give a home character and personality,” she shares.
Every choice the Chungs make is intentional, and in this space, accessibility, like its zero-threshold shower, and low maintenance considerations, down to the thoughtful organic landscaping by Greenwise, are the top priorities. As are luxurious, thoughtful features like heated tile (as Amy says, “No one should ever have cold toes”) and custom-made Amish cabinetry. They personally care about every detail, down to the color temperature of the light bulbs.
As North Shore residents themselves—the couple reside in east Wilmette with their two children—they are truly invested in the area. “When it comes to working with buyers, people are really looking for a trusted advisor along the way. We’re looking out for them, not just because it’s our job, but it’s in everybody’s best interest—we’re helping our future neighbors, essentially,” Dave shares. “We have a fun opportunity to introduce people to our community and get them excited about it.”
“And when working with sellers, we form this bond, this relationship, with the client, the family, and the home itself,” he adds. “This isn’t a transactional business, it’s a relational one.”