Imagine your private Eurpoean-style manor home with its own secret garden and fire pit, gorgeous custom millwork and coffered ceilings, elegant living room/ library, six fireplaces, screened in sunroom, and over-the-top master suite.
There are such dream homes for sale on the North Shore within reach—and there’s no better time to consider relocating or trading up. It’s a buyer’s market.
Just ask Elizabeth Wieneke, longtime real estate broker and resident of Lake Forest. Wieneke currently has 12 active listings available in Chicago’s north suburbs, including nine in Lake Forest, with prices ranging from $599,000 to $3,999,999.
One recent listing is a sumptuous home and property at 188 E. Foster in Lake Forest. The renovated manor home is 6,600 square feet and sits on 1.4 acres. It is elegant and casual, features a private, meticulously landscaped backyard, and is located in a very convenient location—just a short drive to the Lake Forest Metra station. Potential buyers will be impressed with the like-new condition of the home and its finished lower level that includes a theater, game room, and temperature-controlled wine cellar. More information can be found on Wieneke’s website, listed below.
Wieneke has worked in real estate on the North Shore for 27 years, and each of those years she’s been with Griffin, Grant & Lackie, a boutique firm with offices in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff that got its start in 1903.
“We’re privately owned and the oldest real estate company in Lake Forest,” Wieneke says. “We’ve been in the same family’s hands for over 100 years, and management is hands-on. Our agents live in the community and that helps us guide clients better.”
Wieneke has lived in Lake Forest throughout her career and she’s a vocal advocate for the community.
“Something I really like about Lake Forest is that it’s not congested, and offers easy access to downtown and to O’Hare,” Wieneke says. “Many people don’t realize how much more value you can get for your money as compared to the neighboring communities.”
Wieneke stays focused on providing personal service to clients, who are often busy during the day, so she makes a point of being available during evening hours.
“I was always interested in architecture and I enjoy connecting with different people; that’s what attracted me to real estate,” she says. “While the paycheck is an incentive it’s important how you get there. I know the market and I care, whether it’s a $100,000 condo or a multi-million dollar home, everyone deserves the same attention.”
This perspective is perhaps due to Wieneke’s journey in life. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1981 after Marshall Law was implemented in her native Poland. She has built a successful career and life on the North Shore.
And there’s one lesson Wieneke has learned over the years that serves her well.
“People make a connection almost immediately when they walk into a home,” she says. “You just know when it’s the right place.”
188 E. Foster in Lake Forest is currently listed at $3,600,000. Contact Elizabeth Wieneke, Griffith, Grant & Lackie, 280 E. Deerpath Road in Lake Forest, 847-732-4039, gglrealty.com/elizabeth-wieneke.