Once upon a time, some of Chicago’s most elite traveled from the hustle and bustle of the city to the serenity of Lake Forest for a piece of land and the tranquility that came with it.
And while many years have passed since Lake Forest’s founding, its allure hasn’t changed much at all. A young couple was taken with Lake Forest’s charm when they built their luxe estate at 464 S. Ridge Road a little more than a decade ago. While convenient to Chicago’s main thoroughfares, this home is tucked quietly among the trees of a secluded lot, providing solitude and sanctuary to those who are seeking it.
This stunning French provincial is appealing to homeowners wishing to enjoy all of its space. In this six bedroom, six full bathroom beauty where detailed ceilings soar to lofty heights, the expansive rooms can be adapted for many different uses and lifestyles. While this home is inherently beautiful, it’s intrinsically functional. And as the homeowners who raised two teenage sons in this house will attest—it had to be.
The impeccable DeGuilio kitchen is the perfect example of this thoughtful design. While the space boasts of all the finishes one might see in a top showroom, it’s a cook’s kitchen above all else. “I love our kitchen,” says the homeowner. “It’s white, it’s clean, it’s modern. But I love to cook healthy, delicious meals for my family. I like to test recipes and try new things. This kitchen is for cooking and for enjoying your family.”
The wide open spaces throughout the home lend themselves perfectly to be a place to gather. The sleek neutral décor makes the home easy to love and picture yourself living. “The flooring and fabrics we chose for the house are durable,” says the homeowner, who knows they’ve been tested. “People may shy away from the light colors, but I love how it feels warm and comfortable. And everything we’ve picked is washable. I’ve washed everything myself.”
The homeowners were also astute in adding touches that make the home unique even among the luxurious—chandeliers that create an intimate atmosphere in these oversized spaces, dressing rooms with built-in display shelves and softly lit cabinetry, state-of the-art media and exercise rooms, and an expansive wine cellar for even the most sophisticated collector.
The pristine interior is only surpassed by the elegant landscape surrounding the home, where the European influences are clear. With a tennis court, salt water pool and pool house, and patio covered by a perfectly appointed ivy-covered pergola, why ever go inside in the summer months?
464 S. Ridge Road is available from Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realty. For more information, contact Nancy Adelman at 847-338-5068 or [email protected]