Lake Forest |Price: $2,750,000

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Located a block from the lake on one of Lake Forest’s premier streets, the stunning renovation of this 1933 gardener’s cottage to a Van Doren Shaw estate was featured in both the January 2014 and June 2013 editions of Architectural Digest. Perfection inside and out, the interior was renovated by world renowned interior designer Timothy Corrigan and the grounds were transformed by Scott Byron. It was one of seven properties selected for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s prestigious Gardens of Distinction tour in July 2013.

1363 Elm Tree Road

Price: $2,750,000
Neighborhood: Lake Forest
Address: 1363 Elm Tree Road
City: Lake Forest
State: Illinois
Zip: 60045
Lot Size: .49
Year Built: 1933
Square Feet: 5155
Beds: 4
Baths: 6 1/2
Garage Size: Two Car


Property Description

The home exudes a comfortable elegance and is thoughtfully designed throughout for modern living. From fine millwork to glistening hardwood floors to designer light fixtures, no detail was overlooked in the amazing renovation of this home. The high-end details and amenities are enriched by the intrinsic quality of construction. Graciously sized rooms are well suited for entertaining, while offering wonderfully intimate spaces.

Adding to the warmth in the home are six fireplaces with gas starts that feature distinctive stone and wood mantles, the master bedroom marble mantle was hand selected in France. Designed to take advantage of the lush property views from every room, the exquisite mahogany foyer is the perfect introduction to the home. The glass and stone conservatory just beyond, embodies the brilliant natural light experienced throughout the home. The formal living and dining rooms benefit from both northern exposure through the original coach house doors and southern exposure through the French doors of the gallery.

The unsurpassed gourmet kitchen blends efficiency and beauty. This ideal culinary space features extensive cabinetry, butcher block island and breakfast bar, high-end appliances, marble countertops, two sinks plus a stove pot filler, and a spacious breakfast area with a floor to ceiling bay window. The adjacent pine family room features built-in bookcases, six sets of tall French doors, and access to the newly screened porch with stone floor and bead board ceiling.

More Details

The master suite surpasses the need for quiet relaxation. The suite includes two walk-in closets and an exquisite marble bathroom with an enlarged steam shower, whirlpool, and dual vanities. Three additional large family bedrooms with en-suite renovated bathrooms complete the second floor. The finished lower level has a recreation room, exercise room, full bathroom, and laundry room.

Additional amenities of the home include front and back staircases, an elegant butler’s pantry with a wine fridge and sink, powder bathroom with exquisite vanity and fabric walls, and spacious mudroom with extensive closets and full bathroom. Dubbed an ‘In Town Country Garden’, the property was completely transformed by Scott Byron & Co., Inc. to create an absolutely private retreat. Scott Byron & Co. believes that outdoor environments should be designed and maintained as Art in Harmony with Nature.

Their thoughts on 1363 Elm Tree: “Sweeping lanes, wooden gates, and a cobble driveway set the stage for arrival to this country garden. Axial designed paths and formally clipped hedges organize the garden rooms, composed of a stone terrace, sunny swimming pool garden, and shady seating areas. Lush groundcover beds add repetition while tall evergreen tree borders create privacy and enclosure.” About the designer Timothy Corrigan: “Hailed in Architectural Digest as “Today’s Tastemaker,” Timothy Corrigan’s work is showcased in some of the world’s most extraordinary properties with clients including European and Middle Eastern royalty, Hollywood celebrities and corporate leaders.

With offices in both Los Angeles and Paris, his distinctive design philosophy of comfortable elegance in architecture, restoration and interiors has been featured on television and in such prestigious publications as: Elle Decor, The New York Times, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, and Vogue and The Wall Street Journal. Timothy has been named one of the world’s top 100 architects and designers by Architectural Digest for the past seven years, and one of the World’s Top 40 Interior Designers by The Robb Report, as well as to Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List.” – credit