Entering the three-plus acre property down the stone drive and into its central forecourt and seeing the striking facade, 80 N. Green Bay Road seemingly transports one to another time and place. Indeed, the quiet grandeur and grace of the home reflects the lovely European dwelling that inspired its creation--the Ferme le Grand Moulin (Big Mill Farm), near Isques, Pas de Calais, in northerweatern France near the English Channel.
This informal, country manor style is as appealing to modern aesthetics as it was to the Beaux-Arts architects and their well-traveled elite clients in the 1920's who first enjoyed the home which was designed by architect Edwin Hill Clark for the Swift family. It was this conception which decided the rather unusual arrangement of the original Swift family proper house, flanked on one side of the central forecourt by a smaller structure containing the guest accommodations, including a living room, guest room and bath, and on the other side by the five car garage with living quarters above.
The simplicity of the exterior is thoroughly recalled upon entering the sand finished plaster hall which welcomes one to explore the relaxed elegance of the home as well as its numerous informal outside entertaining spaces. French doors in the foyer, dining room, sun room and family room open onto the terrace at the west. A large living room featuring a bay window and fireplace looks onto a walled scree garden and a pool to the south. The porch behind the living room has massive stone arches and offers stunning views of a small pond and the Onwentsia Club golf course for sunset views and the enjoyment of fireworks in the summer.
A masterful arrangement of the new kitchen, butler's pantry, hearth room, family room, loggia and loft creates an outstanding, inviting environment for family and friends.
The family room, with 17th century fireplace from France and reclaimed beams, has striking views to the north and south. Adjacent to the family room is a remarkable multi-season screened porch with fireplace and heated floors with exquisite views of the gardens.
A cozy second floor loft overlooks the family room and connects living spaces with two bluestone decks.
Blue stone patios grace the pool area and multiple informal gathering spaces around the property.
|Representation||Both Seller and Buyer|
|Room Count||18 rooms, 6 beds, 6.2 baths|
|Taxes||$55,581 for 2012|
280 E Deerpath
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045