Set on one of the biggest lots in east Kenilworth with views of the lake, this magnificently designed and exquisitely maintained historic home is a true masterpiece providing a perfect blend of beautiful original details and fabulous updates for luxurious modern living including a full basketball court with lovely vistas of Lake Michigan. Originally constructed in 1929 by prominent Chicago architects, Mayo & Mayo, not a detail was spared in this French provincial limestone manor. Perfectly situated with a second entrance off Melrose, the prominent location across from the Lake allows for lake views from almost every room in the home. The show stopping top floor features an incredible full sports court (volleyball/ golf simulator/batting practice) creating the ultimate oasis in the heart of the North Shore. The remarkable exterior of the home is an example of artisanal craftsmanship simply unmatched today with hand-carved stonework, copper light fixtures and downspouts. The 2/3 acre grounds of the home are breathtaking, originally designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. The South Terrace and Lawn that spans 162' across Melrose is perfect for play for kids of all ages- a veritable soccer field. The North Terrace just off the kitchen is super private and perfect for grilling and day to day alfresco dining! The separate Sheridan entrance features a stunning c-shaped Belgian cobblestone driveway, beautiful landscaping and a grand entrance into the home. Enter into the breathtaking foyer and the drama and elegance of the home can immediately be felt through the soaring ceilings, exquisite millwork, gorgeous black and white marble tile and prominent cascading staircase. The stylized walnut paneled library with custom plaster dome moldings off the foyer provides a grand space for your home office. The large, sun-drenched living room provides a welcoming space to entertain and spend holidays with your family with french doors that lead out to the patio and grounds. The open family room & adjacent kitchen/breakfast room provides a warm and inviting space for family life with a wonderful mudroom, large dining room.Second al fresco patio off this space boasts a fantastic outdoor cooking and entertaining area. The bright second level provides a lavish primary suite wing plus four additional bedrooms with Jack and Jill baths, a laundry room and additional spacious office. The top floor space is unparalleled as sunlight pours through the skylights into the unrestricted height sports court complete with two additional exercise rooms, full bathroom, expansive cedar closet and extra-large working office for two or use as an additional family room. The lower level features 2 separate spaces: 1)the perfect au pair or in-law suite with a full second kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and 2) the fantastic entertaining area with wetbar, game booth and large recreation room with full ceiling heights, hardwood floors and a fireplace. This home is complete with 4 car garage: a 2.5-car heated attached garage plus additional 2-car detached heated garage. This majestic home is truly one of a kind. The unbeatable Kenilworth location is walking to the beach, k-12 schools, the train! Convenient living just a short distance into the city and in award-winning New Trier Township school district!
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