Set on an exceptional 1.45 acre parcel of property in a secluded location, this French Regency style house epitomizes sophisticated style and elegance. A gorgeous new pool with spa and cabanas, a tennis court, a new indoor basketball court, and an authentic theater elevate the entertainment value of this home into a class of its own. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a signature Winnetka estate where the owners can enjoy the fruits of their labor surrounded by the company of family and friends.
The house was built in 1964 for the Bensinger family and was designed by architect Fritz Huszagh who also designed the formal gardens that surround the home. High ceilings, gracious proportions, detailed moldings, and beautiful sight lines create the elegance. Structurally, the poured concrete subfloors, plaster construction, slate roof, and sophisticated mechanical systems create a house that will endure. The current owner brought the home to perfection with extensive renovation, decoration, and impeccable maintenance.
The center entrance opens to the foyer with marble floors and a balcony above that surrounds the entire gallery. The first floor includes formal Living and Dining Rooms with inlaid wood floors, an inviting Family Room with hand hewn beamed ceiling and large fireplace, a fabulous Solarium that overlooks the pool, a Library, double Kitchen, charming Breakfast Room, a craft room, bedroom and two full baths as well as two powder rooms.
Private quarters on the second floor include a sumptuous three room Master Suite with sitting room, bedroom, and his study. An inviting study for her is just outside the master suite. Six family bedrooms and five full baths provide space for children and guests.
The lower level is the space for the new Basketball Court, the Theatre with projection room, the Recreation Room with fireplace, a wet bar, Exercise Room, a trophy room, massage room, sauna, full bath, wine closet, laundry and mechanicals.
The grounds include a wide circular drive behind a private hedge that leads to the front door. The pool and pool house with two dressing rooms, two full baths, and kitchen opens off the solarium. The Tennis Court is on the north side of the property as well as the croquet lawn. More lawn and formal gardens are on the south side, and a service drive is at the west side of the land.
Additional features include a circular marble staircase, a full attic, a four car attached and heated garage, two atria, built-in safes, security system, over 600 amps of power, a dumb waiter and a secret staircase.
|Room Count||22 rooms, 8 beds, 10.2 baths|
|Taxes||$80,672 for 2010|
Incorporated in 1869 and picturesquely situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 16 miles north of Chicago, the Village of Winnetka offers tree-shaded streets and neighborhoods as well as three quaint in-town business districts. "Winnetka" is a Native American word meaning "beautiful land", and the village has retained the natural beauty that brought early settlers to the area.
300 Birch Street - Winnetka, Illinois 60093