One thing long-time residents know about Lake Forest is that if you are going to build a new house in a historic district, it’s important to stay mindful of the history and architecture that surrounds you.
The owner of a gated 1.5-acre property at 1451 N. Green Bay Road currently on the market for $5,200,000 says her goal was to build a home that looked like it had been there for more than a century.
“I wanted the house to look like it belonged on Green Bay Road so we designed it to look old on the outside with all up-to-date interiors,” says the homeowner, who lived in the neighborhood since 1995 and built the home in 2003. “I raised my three children in the home and we have enjoyed every aspect of the house. As a single empty nester, I want another family to have the opportunity to enjoy this phenomenal home as we did.”
The brick and limestone Tudor sits on meticulously manicured grounds with a pool, stone terraces, an outdoor fireplace, and a putting green—offering the regal elegance of a private estate within one of the city’s best locations.
“We are within walking distance to town, near Sheridan School, Deer Path Middle School, and Lake Forest High School,” she says. “It’s also a great house for entertaining. We have enjoyed hosting various parties throughout the years. It’s the perfect home for a large, socially active family.”
Those entertaining memories include soirees to celebrate Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. The family is also known for Super Bowl extravaganzas (showing the game on a 10-foot theater screen), festive pool parties in the summer, and Easter egg hunts.
With six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the 7,761-square-foot home offers fine architectural design and luxury finishes throughout. From high ceilings, rich millwork, and plaster finishes to exceptional moldings and walnut wide plank floors, it’s the ultimate retreat. There are seven fireplaces, a four-car heated garage, an elevator, a back-up generator, and a state-of-the-art security system.
Special custom features include a richly paneled mahogany library; a movie theater; workout suite with steam room, sauna, and his and hers lockers; a music room; and a soundproof meditation room.
“The meditation room was designed by the interior designer who designed the Foundation Rooms of the House of Blues,” says the homeowner. “It feels very intimate and perfect for small group gatherings.”
While the homeowner says that she will miss the home, she is excited to pass it on to the next owner and find a smaller house in Lake Forest.
“This property has it all,” she adds. “There is a limestone wide front staircase, plaster ceiling in the living, and just beautiful grounds. We have a swimming pool and hot tub that can be used throughout the year, and spaces for entertaining of all description. I love it all. We’ve made some very happy memories here.”