Storied Cape Dutch estate on Chicago’s North Shore asks $4.65M

High above Lake Michigan, blufftop, sits 1421 Lake Road, a South African Cape Dutch fantasy with prominent, ornate gables, thick whitewashed walls, and long, lean lines distilled by the astute eye of architect David Adler, Chicago’s preeminent Society architect during the first half of the twentieth century. Located in Lake Forest, a time capsule town brimming with Gilded Age mansions bosting lengthy architectural pedigrees and lakefront vistas. This exclusive, enchanting town has long been the residential suburb for Chicago’s moneyed elite, a place where estate are generously spread throughout winding, un-curbed roads lined green, green hedging. This home, set back from the street, is approached via a long entry drive, continuing the surrounding area’s principles of staid luxury and design, which all the more highlights the exceptional design details located both in and out of this magnificent home.

After passing through the intimate entry garden, you are welcomed into a spacious, wonderfully herringboned entry hall, which permits access to all the principle rooms of the home; the beams, multi-paned windows, tiled fireplaces, and the sleek white kitchen bring a multitude of textures and design elements into wonderful harmony.

The bedrooms of the home, located on the second floor, provide plush, tufted comfort for those privileged to live in this expansive country home. The master bedroom is adjoined by a large dressing room complete with a fireplace—a truly old money detail, one of many which pervade this expansive home.

The lakefront façade of the home reveals a clean lined exterior punctuated by numerous well placed windows to take in the lake view beyond. What a truly enchanting space to lose yourself in thought on a dreamy afternoon, a mug of tea at your elbow.

1421 Lake Road is a 7 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, 7,691 square foot home located on a 2.25 acre lot overlooking Lake Michigan listed courtesy of Mona Hellinga and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. As of today, the home has been on the market for 708 days, and is begging for a buyer with vision and a deft hand at both design and entertaining.

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