55 N. Mayflower Road, Lake Forest

Spectacular Lake Views

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Room Count 18 rooms, 8 beds, 6.2 baths
Square Footage 13,353 per assessor
Lot Size 8.94 acres
Parking 5 car garage
Taxes $99,222 for 2016

Main level

The first floor contains from south to north: A TV room with alcove and stairs to the 2nd floor and basement. The capacious kitchen has three pantries for food, tableware, and a chiller respectively, a subzero refrigerator and a commercial Garland gas range and ovens. One large pantry adjoins a glassed in breakfast room, garden room, and a serving room corridor passing into the paneled folded wood dining room. The latter has a barrel plaster ceiling, numerous sconces and a gas lit wood burning fireplace with Elizabethan arched mantel.

Living Room: Hardwood, Curtains/Drapes, 36 x 25
Dining Room: Separate, Hardwood, 29 x 22
Family Room: Stone, 24 x 21
Kitchen: Table Space, Butler's Pantry, Walk-In Pantry, Wood Laminate, 24 x 17
Eating Area: 12 x 13
Breakfast Room: 12 x 12

Adjacent to the dining room on the west is a gallery extending from the entrance vestibule the length of the house though the stair hall and living room to the largely glassed in loggia on the north. The front entrance has a high bay portico with windows and door all with exquisite bronze screens designed by Oscar Bach as well as a large gas lit fireplace. On one side of the octagonal domed vestibule is the entrance to the hand painted vanity room and pink Italian onyx and Venetian glass mirrored "powder room" with Sherle Wagner crystal fixtures.

The living room has a large bay on the west side, bookcases and built in wet bar a large gas lit and wood burning fireplace with marble ox blood mantel and a space well suited for a grand piano for chamber music performances. Floors in the dining room, living room and stair hall are dark stained hardwood (white oak) butterfly pegged, herringbone and straight grained respectively.

A loggia has a large gas log fireplace with remote, three largely glassed in walls ideal for flourishing indoor plantings and a decorative tilled floor. This overlooks a 60 foot reflecting pool with the statue of a child at the end and with a bluestone landing overlooking the ravine. Dutchman's Pipe, unusual at these latitudes, climbs up the northeast corner of the house and commingles with the ivy and euonymus on many ofthe exterior walls. A covered tile patio extends from the loggia on the lakeside.

Second level

Beginning in the south, is a large bedroom with two large closets, one walk-in. A hardwood floor hallway leads north with a day room on the west side and a small nursery and a bedroom on the right side. A white marble lined full bath with Wagner fixtures has mother of pearl applique lace fabric lining the ceiling and forming the shower curtains.

The hallway terminates in two stairs, one to the 3rd floor, and one to the main level of the 2nd floor. On the west side two large wainscoted bedrooms are connected to a shared full bath, and on the east, another large bedroom has an attached bath all overlooking an informal garden and the lake.

Master Bedroom: Hardwood, 23 x 19
Bedroom 2: 18 x 27
Bedroom 3: 16 x 18
Bedroom 4: Hardwood, 17 x 18
Bedroom 5: Hardwood, 17 x 21
Bedroom 6: 13 x 20
Bedroom 7: 17 x 13
Office: 17 x 19
Den: 9 x 12

Sliding pocket doors lead to the "Oval Office" with built in bookcases and gas fire with remote control. The curved window panes and curved marble mantle as well follow the ovoid walnut paneling of the room. Continuing north on the 2nd floor hallway, double doors on the east side open onto a screened in balcony. The "Romeo and Juliet" balcony looks out over the east lawn to the lake.

On the north and west side of the hallway are 2 doors leading into the master suite that comprise a sitting room and master bedroom, each with mantled gas fired fireplaces with remote controls, and two full baths and ample closet and storage drawers. North windows overlook the reflecting pool.

Third level

Halfway up the high staircase to the third floor is a "secret door" leading to the "Train room" an unfinished space for model railroad enthusiasts. The third floor level has two small bedrooms, one used as a file room, the other as a bunk room for young guests. A full bath separates the two. On the east side is a very large "media/ music room" with nook for large TV and window seats for musical instruments storage. A bookcase wall and theater style lighting are accessories.

The end of the hall terminates in a fire door. This opens into a finished wet bar and game room called the "High frontier Bar" presently decorated in futuristic style with aerospace games, memorabilia of the space age, and a classic pool table.

There is a full 4th floor attic and smaller 5th floor storage space under the steep pitched Norman style slate roof.

Bedroom 8: 12 x 15, 3rd Level
Rec Room: 18 x 25, 3rd Level


The house is equipped with extensive surveillance cameras and burglar/ fire alarms as well as WIFI and Direct TV ports in 5 locations. The partners system provides for up to 16 phone extensions with paging and messaging. As 3rd line is dedicated for data and alarm transmission. Heating is gas fired hot water; and air conditioning operates on the second and third floors. There is a fully equipped darkroom, machine shop and luggage storage room, laundry room, half bath, file room and tiled wine cellar in the basement.

Outdoor living

The 8-1/2 acre property is subdivided into 3 lots of approximately 1 acre, 1/2 acre, and 5+ acres and a parcel that could provide for future lake frontage.

The fully sprinklered east lawn faces down a ravine to exquisite summer sunrises over lake Michigan formed by a v. Sailboat racers often punctuate the view of the lake front. Many mornings the water appears azure as the sun plays across sparkling water. The west lawn, surrounded by a forest including specimen trees, is barely visible from Illinois and Mayflower Road in winter, and is completely private in the warmer months it's also fully irrigated. A graceful Georgian pool house, with a recently restored pool and spa complex on the NW side, includes 3 changing rooms, a full bath and an equipment room. The pool has a wide surround of blue stone and a wrought iron locking child proof fence.

Numerous Meramec gravel paths wind through all the wooded areas and up to the north ravine; and the wildlife from which the home got its name is frequently on view all over the grounds. Wyldwoode has been maintained at a high standard essentially as it was originally designed and has received in recent year's awards from The Preservation Society of Lake Forest.


The garage has four stalls and an equipment bay housing a 5hp compressor and workshop, and has a cobblestone slate and asphalt ramp. A semi attached apartment/ office is separated from the rear entrance of the kitchen, TV and service wing by a covered breezeway allowing for a 15 foot commute for those so inclined. The service entrance is off North Stone Gate lane. A garden wall with kiwi bushes extends to the northeast by the kitchen and separates the rear ramp area from the expansive rear lawn overlooking Lake Michigan. Extensive 110v electrical service is available over the grounds sufficient to support lawn parties and events without resorting to supplemental generators.

55 N. Mayflower Road

Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

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