The Jacobs Companies Family


The Jacobs Companies Family photo in front of their business location

We are the Jacobs Companies, a local developer that has deep roots and history in the North Shore. We have been building luxury communities and custom homes for more than 7 decades! We are inspired by projects that move us. Partnering with the Jacobs Companies on your new custom home will be a meaningful collaboration that takes your ideas to paper and then ultimately bring your ideas to life. What began in 1935 continues today…

With a tightly run and proactive staff, The Jacobs Companies has a unique advantage that large corporations simply cannot match. Our President is intimately involved in every project, powering the strategic thinking and guiding our team both internally and on the job site. So when you work with The Jacobs Companies, the leader of the company, not mid-level managers, drives the work every step of the way. That kind of peace of mind is priceless in this economy.

77 years as Chicago’s North Shore custom builders.

As the Chicago North Shore’s premier custom builder we have been creating communities of distinction for over 77 years. Our name and reputation as a builder with vision and integrity is built into every home. We pride ourselves on building residences of exceptional quality, which has allowed us an established record of continued success, generation after generation. Albert S. Jacobs conceived and planned this great company at the start of his career during the great depression. No doubt, he was a man with great affordable essay vision and courage. From his humble beginnings with his 2 sons, he built this company with a hands-on approach and a dedicated core of professionals. The results speak for themselves. Today, we continue his legacy building a solid foundation of value, an intimate level of customer service and an unrivaled degree of quality instrumental to the growth of our reputation earning us the recognition as a leader within the home builder arena.

Our story began In the late 40’s when Albert Jacobs purchased a tract of land and proceeded to sell homes for $12,000. With his eldest son Marvin at his side, the Jacobs legacy was born. This father and son team began to seek out development opportunities representative of exceptionally high standards. After a series of successful Northbrook developments, Albert’s youngest son Joe, joined the family business and together, these working class men built a solid foundation for the future of The Jacobs Companies. For the next forty years, they continued to break new ground pioneering the many luxuries we expect in a new home. We were the first to offer customized floor plans, the first to offer air conditioning, the first to import materials to satisfy customer preferences as well as the first builder in Northbrook to use insulated sheathing and plaster walls in new home construction. Today, the dedication, quality and workmanship of the Jacobs team far exceeds industry standards. It is customary for our homes to go beyond minimum code requirements.
Albert Jacobs passed on his tradition of pride and service to his sons. In the early years, Joe and Marvin continued the legacy that evolved into a company that built roughly 30 homes per year. That tradition continues in this new century with Keith Jacobs, Marvin’s son, who joined the firm in 1983. Today, with an entrepreneurial spirit, Keith Jacobs has been named President and Chief Operating Officer and now builds custom homes in the $300,000 to $8,000,000 price range. Marvin Jacobs now serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and in his eighties, still plays an active role building communities of distinction. Setting new building trends, while maintaining the respect, honesty and integrity that his grandfather instilled decades ago is the way The Jacobs Companies conducts its business today and the way we build each and every home. The Jacobs Companies stands as a legacy to this man of great vision and character and will continue to set industry standards of excellence, thereby raising the level by which all home builders are measured.

Here’s what our friends are saying…


Bruce & Debbie

“We were extremely pleased with the work Jacobs did in building our custom home. Initially we had conversations with a number of builders before choosing Jacobs. What clinched the decision for us was the considerable experience Jacobs has in building homes, their ability to understand some of the unusual challenges we faced in building a home on our property and the overall expertise they demonstrated. Everything that was promised to us was delivered by Jacobs and the few circumstances where we felt some work needed to be redone, the work was promptly performed to our satisfaction. We also benefitted from the wide network of Jacobs contacts as capable third parties were recommended to us when needed. The only thing Jacobs did not do was keep to their timetable; they promised us the home would be ready in eight months but it was completed in six! Thank you for all you have done!”


Josh & Peggy

“As a first time homebuyer, it was the perfect time for us to purchase a home. We had the income and we no longer needed to rent. Aspen Pointe offered a great location and a great school district. Knowing this move could possibly be short term, we wanted to purchase a home that was right for us now but would later make a desirable rental or resale property. We started out with a list of 25 homes and quickly narrowed it down to about 12 based solely on curb appeal. Peggy had visited Aspen Pointe and was quick to add it to our list. We looked at other new homes but chose Aspen Pointe because most of the communities currently for sale could not promise us a delivery date. The Aspen Pointe community and Vernon Hills location is perfect for us. Peggy and I love being close to great shopping, dining and the aquatic center is fun for all ages. There are so many possibilities when building a new home and it was easy to go crazy but we decided to keep it simple and the process was easily controllable. This is our first home and we know it will not be our last home. When we are ready for the next move, our home at Aspen Pointe will become a great real estate investment for us. The Jacobs team continuously communicated all construction updates throughout the entire building process. We loved getting emails with photos of our home ‘in production’. Our sales consultant kept us informed every step of the way. We had the pleasure of walking through our home during the “skeleton phase” of construction, which provided us both with lifelong memories of buying our first home. It was fun watching the progression of our home from start to finish. What an incredible experience we have had. I have already sent a few of my friends to Aspen Pointe and one of them ended up purchasing at Chelsey Crossing in Gurnee, another great Jacobs development. They loved the customer service, the attention to detail and we loved the referral bonus we received from the Jacobs Companies. Finally, a company that delivers what they promise. Now that’s priceless. There is absolutely nothing we would change if we did this all over tomorrow. The process of purchasing a home at Aspen Pointe was professional, easy, uncomplicated. If you think about the fact that they have been building for more than 75 years, you understand and appreciate their level of experience and never want to build with anyone one else. We got to experience this firsthand, that is why we are so thrilled with our new home. Thank you Jacobs Companies, it was a true pleasure.”


Andrew

“I wanted to share with you what an incredible experience I have had working and building my new home with The Jacobs Companies. As a first time homebuyer, even in this market, it was the perfect time for me to purchase a home. I needed to relocate for my job and because I did not have a home to sell, buying was the perfect solution to all my housing needs. For me, purchasing this home was a great investment too. Before I chose to buy at Aspen Pointe I looked at about 15 homes in the vicinity including Lake Forest and I actually had a deposit on a condo. But once I toured the models, I knew the real value was in the row homes at Aspen Pointe. I love this location because the community is tucked away off Townline Road yet close to everything I need: my favorite coffee house, my bank, grocery stores, retail, restaurants and so much more. Vernon Hills offers great venues for shopping, dining and entertainment. And the best part is that I can literally walk to them all. The standard and optional features offered to me surpassed my expectations and I really enjoyed working with Gayle, my design consultant. She helped us look for the best fit without the hard sell to the most expensive products offered. I never felt like I had to settle, on anything. The entire Jacobs team followed up with me throughout the construction process which just added to the excitement of building a new home as well as gave me the peace of mind I needed. I closed on my home and I still receive the same treatment. I am in sales and I know how important customer service is, obviously the Jacobs Companies knows that too! That type of follow through is quite impressive to me. If I had to do it all over, I would not change a thing. I already have referred my friends and family to what I believe is quite an impressive builder. Let’s face it, 75 years in business and it shows. They know a thing or two about building. Thanks Jacobs for making my first experience a memorable one!”


David

“It was like being treated as a family member. We have done many construction and rehabilitation projects in the years we have lived in Highland Park. We have used other architects and builders in the past. No-one looked out for our best interest, no-one tried to keep our expenses to a minimum, and no-one took the personal interest and attention to detail like the ‘family’ at The Jacobs Companies. My wife and I purchased a 75 year old home which required considerable updating and additions. Through three separate projects, The Jacobs Companies proved their worth. From the warm and punctual responses of the receptionist and staff, to the daily update from our construction foreman, we felt every step was done with our satisfaction and happiness in mind. The ‘icing on the cake’ were the frequent calls from The Jacobs Companies announcing better ideas and options for items to be done, often at lower costs. From initiation to completion the projects ran like clockwork. The hassle and headache that many homeowners report never occurred, and our lasting feelings are those of thanks and appreciation for our new ‘family’. We have no current plans for new projects, but if one starts, I would only consider one builder for the job…The Jacobs Companies.”

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