Classic & Chic ~

685 Burton, Lake Forest


4 Beds, 4.1 Baths
Square Footage: 3432
Parking: Two Car Attached Garage

685 Burton

Lake Forest, Illinois 60045




Sophisticated Vintage Home~

This classic home, built in 1928, features distinguished architectural features throughout. This vintage treasure is conveniently located close to schools and town and among grand homes.

The welcoming foyer with decorative niches and arched doorways leads to the gracious living room featuring wood floors, deep crown moldings, a handsome fireplace, and four sets of original French doors -- one opening to the conservatory with bead board ceiling -- which is a lovely spot to enjoy the ambiance of the private yard with bluestone patio with knee wall, crushed bluestone walkways, and fire pit.

The den enjoys attractive shelving which could house a television, a beverage fridge and bar, fireplace, and French doors to a lovely, covered, bluestone patio with copper roof.

The dining room with wood floors and deep moldings has an impressive, new built-in to house all your entertaining accessories while appearing to be original to the house.

You will enjoy the chef's kitchen with custom built, full-height cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a gas Dacor range and Sub Zero glass-front refrigerator, Carerra marble counters, and a marble, subway tile backsplash. The kitchen also enjoys a breakfast room with built-in banquette and door to the patio with built-in gas grill.

The second level features four bedrooms and four full baths. The master bedroom suite enjoys two closets and a private porch. The marble master bath enjoys his and hers vanities, a walk-in shower, radiant floor heat, and a dressing area. Three family bedrooms each enjoy their own baths and nice closet space.

The lookout basement features a roomy, carpeted rec room, and large storage and mechanical rooms.

This brick home has a slate roof and copper gutters. Extensive new landscaping and hardscaping, including new driveway and exterior lighting, complete the exterior. Careful updating and decorating has made this home and garden a delight.

History ~
This home was the first house built on Burton Drive. There is an article in the Chicago Tribune entitled, "New Method of Home Building is Developed," dated October, 25,1931, and the home is mentioned at the bottom of the article - a home built with a precast framework of concrete, at Castlegate Court and Burton Drive, was constructed for Martin C. Huggett by the Suburban Construction Company.

Martin Huggett isn't listed in the LF/LB telephone directory. However, looking through the Tribune, in the 1940s/50s, someone named Martin C Huggett was the secretary and then the vice president of the Chicago Metropolitan Home Builders Association. Perhaps he built this house as a speculative endeavor, intending to sell it. The architect for the home is unknown.

Regardless, by 1933, the house had been sold to a J.L. Nairn who is listed in the telephone directory. At this point the house doesn't have an address number, but its the only listing for Burton Drive.

In 1937, J.L. Nairn sold the house to Victor Elting Jr who lived here at least through 1961 according to the phone books. His obituary is also in the Tribune on 12-10-1980. He was an advertising executive.

It isn't until the 1950's telephone directories that the house number 685 is added to the listing - until then its just "Elting, Victor Jr. -Burton Drive".

Updates ~
Air conditioner, 2019
Plumbing, 2016
Electrical panel & wiring, 2013
Dishwasher, 2019
Driveway, 2014
Landscaping, 2014-2018
Exterior lighting, 2017
Bluestone patio with knee wall, 2017
Brick, built-in gas grill, 2017
Bluestone front stoop, 2014
Crushed bluestone walk-ways, 2017
Brick fire pit, 2018
Kitchen and baths, 2008
Garage, 2008
Garage ceiling beam, 2013
Garage door motor, 2018
Window wells and drain tile replaced, 2008
Screened porch and covered patio rebuilt, 2008. All wood trim and screens replaced, 2017
Custom shutters, 2008
Rubber flashing on roof, 2017
New drainage system tying to city sewer, 2012
Garbage disposal, 2016
Space pak air conditioning added, 2008

Features ~
Brick home
Two staircases
Copper gutters
Concrete construction
Original moldings
Original French doors
Wood floors
Slate roof
Three fireplaces
Conservatory with copper roof
Wet bar
Covered patio
Steam heat
Radiant floor heat in master bath
Oversized boiler

Exclusions ~
Washer & Dryer