475 W Deerpath Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Through the gates and down the drive you will find this gracious brick Georgian on just under 4 acres in the heart of Lake Forest. This in-town, gated, country estate has the ability to sustain your lifestyle in privacy. The grounds are completely fenced and gated with many gardens. The main garden features 12 raised beds each furnished with its own water spicket. There are two registered butterfly gardens and a third in progress. Enjoy the separate firepit area, hot tub, and the massive lawn space. Upon entering the house you are welcomed by a stunning double curved staircase that exemplifies the quality and grandeur of this estate. The ground floor, west wing of the house is currently made up of three offices/libraries giving the new owners flexibility and space. The main living room is sunken with backfill light from the Kiva which offers beautiful 180-degree views out to the gardens and bluestone patio. A formal dining room leads you down the hall to the casual wing of the home. A chef's kitchen with plenty of storage and seating opens to the eat-in kitchen, large barn-wood paneled family room, and the plant room. Plenty of space to entertain and plenty of private reading nooks. The east wing is tucked away with separate mudroom entrances, a laundry room, an exercise room with a steam shower, and another office space, or room for a mudroom big enough to house all the muddy boots. The oversized four-car garage has smart system openers and new insulated garage doors with cameras. After choosing which staircase to ascend to the second floor you will be welcomed by a wide main hall leading to four en-suite bedroom suites, and the gracious main bedroom. Equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, two large closets, and a bathroom straight from a magazine, you won't want to leave. On top of all of these bedrooms, the third floor, has a whole new level of living space. Three large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, large storage rooms, and a soundproof and ventilated cigar room. All this usable square footage comes close to 10,000 square feet with yet another 3,000+ square feet of room in the basement. Large storage rooms, a designated craft room, a rec room, and a secured storage room finish off this house with a total of just over 12,500 square feet. Much of the home has been upgraded to top-of-the-line systems including upgraded to 600 amp service which is ready for a pool and pool house. The electrical systems are top-notch, keeping the house running in a quick, efficient, and secure manner, even if there is a power outage. The heated front circle driveway and all front walkways were recently installed with a two boiler heating system. If you are looking for privacy, security, grandeur, square footage, and the feeling of being in the country while within walking distance to downtown Lake Forest, this is your place.