Historic Private Country Estate On Lake Michigan Charms With Wooded Grounds, Open Courtyards And Georgian Pool House
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Updated on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Historic Private Country Estate On Lake Michigan Charms With Wooded Grounds, Open Courtyards And Georgian Pool House

Designed by architect Harrie T. Lindeberg, the nearly nine-acre property has been meticulously maintained, exuding its original splendor

CHICAGO, IL – Wyldwoode, a 1916 estate in Lake Forest, Ill. by venerated American architect Harrie T. Lindeberg, is now on the market with CONLON, an Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Roughly an hour outside Chicago, the beautifully maintained, Norman-style manse is sited on eight and a-half open and heavily wooded acres with views of Lake Michigan.

Seamlessly inviting the outdoors in, the Romanesque, brick-and-stone design of the property pays homage to its singular setting, maximizing forest views from nearly every room. Accessed by entering under the wrought iron archway with a large suspended coach lamp spanning two brick serpentine walls the driveway curves through the woods to an open courtyard. The portico features elaborate and ornate bronze screen panels by distinguished metal smith, Oscar Bach.

Inside, 13,500 square feet of airy and sunlit space comprises eight bedrooms, six full and two half baths and a plethora of formal and informal living areas. Through a series of upgrades and renovations, modern amenities have been melded into the original design, while the home’s timeless qualities have remained intact.

“This is the type of property that seldom enters the market…and the chance own such an estate is a one-time opportunity,” said Rick Moeser, Executive Director, Christie’s International Real Estate. “Coupled with its historic pedigree and proximity to Chicago, the size and scope of the estate makes it a lucrative investment…either as a full-time residence or a lakeside summer retreat.”

Outside, a fully-irrigated east lawn faces down to a ravine, offering front-row seating to exquisite summer sunrises over Lake Michigan. The west lawn, also irrigated, is enveloped in mature specimen trees, ensuring complete privacy. The Georgian pool house has been renovated to include three changing rooms, a full bath and an equipment room. The pool itself is a stunning centerpiece, complete with fountain jets and a hot tub and surrounded by a bluestone patio and child-proof fence. Epitomizing elegant country living at its finest, a myriad of meramec gravel walking paths wind through the property’s poolside and wooded areas, giving residents direct access to daily walks through the surrounding grounds.


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