Old Highland Park Traditional with a Frank Lloyd Wright Influence on Beverly Drive
Situated on ultra-exclusive Beverly Drive in prestigious Old Highland Park, this fabulous traditional residence with a Frank Lloyd Wright influence is nestled on a gorgeous 80’ x 200’ lot with breathtaking grounds and was completely remodeled and expanded to perfection (completed in 2004). The two-story manse is in immaculate, move in condition with the space, finish and amenities sought by any discerning buyer. Details include spacious entertaining rooms with elegant proportions, custom Cherry wood cabinetry and millwork, gleaming hardwoods, deep molding, Lutron lighting system with custom lighting treatments and antique barn beam detailing throughout. The stunning residence offers 8,173 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, five full and one half baths, nine entertaining areas, two dining areas, a basement, elevator, three fireplaces, two wet bars, covered terrace, outdoor veranda with fireplace, Koi pond, pool and a three-car garage with porte cochere.
Through the wood door, the elegant front foyer gleans with wainscoting and handsome hardwood floors, whose texture is deftly highlighted by a stairway with wood balusters leading upstairs to the second level. Providing great entertaining flow, a series of arched openings creates a line of sight through the house and properly accent entry to the formal areas, and richly stained hardwood floors continue. Centered by a wood-burning fireplace, with a marble surround and a wood carved mantle, the living room is appointed with hand finished and painted paneled walls trimmed with elegant moldings, and floor-to-ceiling bay windows provide views of the front veranda and landscaped grounds. Across the hallway, the dining room is graced by wainscoting and conveniently flows to the sun room, music room and through the butler’s pantry to the kitchen.
The sun room is adorned with painted paneled walls and built-ins with bookcases. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors yield natural light on the slate floors and also open to the front veranda and side grounds. Adjacent, stone walls and neutral carpeting accent the sun-lit music room, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide scenic views of the Koi pond and side grounds. The space also flows to the great room and through a Cherry wood paneled hall library to the kitchen. Capped by a cross-beamed ceiling with antique wood beams acquired from Vermont barns, the oversized Cherry wood paneled great room showcases a stone wood-burning fireplace with chimney wall and an antique barn beam mantle, built-ins with bookcases and views into the kitchen and of the side grounds. French doors open to an incredible indoor/outdoor room, with 10-foot ceilings, stone and stucco walls, Pennsylvania Bluestone flooring and retractable floor-to-ceiling window doors (Nana Sliding Wall System), which open to the covered terrace, veranda and pool area. Serving the area are outdoor kitchen facilities, including a granite-trimmed wet bar, with Cherry wood cabinetry and a stainless steel built-in grill with vent, bar sink and a refrigerator.
Crowned by a vaulted skylight wall and antique barn beams, the professional chef’s kitchen, whose space and plan befits the home, showcases Cherry wood cabinetry, granite counters, premier stainless steel and paneled appliances, a large island with breakfast bar, desk area, additional breakfast bar and a large breakfast area, which is replete with nearby pantry closets and also opens to the porte cochere and the outdoors. A nearby elevator and staircase also lead upstairs to the second floor. Adjacent to the kitchen is also a room-size butler’s pantry, which features abundant built-ins with an expansive granite counter and illuminated glass front top cabinets. Fully equipped, a utility room has granite counters and Calico limestone flooring, hanging racks and room for a full size washer and dryer. A mud nook, with Calico limestone floors and a hidden dog run under the stairs, opens to the garage. A gorgeous pool bath, with Calico limestone and slate-patterned floors, a powder room and basement complete the first floor. Additionally, speakers for selected sound are featured throughout, and specially milled thin plank oak floors in the new addition were designed to match the home’s original hardwood floors.
Second level of living is equally sumptuous. Crowned by a two-story vaulted wood beamed ceiling, the dramatic game room is oversized and boasts neutral carpeting, built-ins with bookcases and a granite-topped wet bar, with a stainless steel bar sink and a paneled refrigerator with ice maker. The game room also opens to both a private balcony and the master suite balcony, each accented with wood and iron balusters and overlooking the pool area. With views of the front grounds, a spacious exercise room showcases a curved vaulted ceiling with hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, a ballet barre with mirrored wall and a wet bar, with granite counters and a stainless steel sink. A Cherry wood paneled study with wainscoting reflects its purpose with a built-in desk and bookcases trimmed with deep molding and special lighting.
The luxurious master suite’s credentials reveal light-filled windows providing an abundance of light, neutral carpeting, and also opens to a private balcony with an iron-grilled spiral staircase leading down to the pool area. The gorgeous white Calcutta marble bath is exquisite and graced with dual vanities, a jet tub, separate double steam shower, vaulted skylight wall and His and Her huge walk-in closets. The additional four bedrooms range in size and style, some with bookshelves, desks, and all with large walk-in closets. An inviting upstairs den serves as a center hall to three of the bedrooms and is topped with an illuminated faux skylight. Additionally, one of the bedrooms boasts a lovely faux fireplace, surrounded by marble with a wood carved mantle. Serving the bedrooms are three fabulous baths, with travertine, white Carrera marble or ceramic tile.
Outside, the spectacular backyard grounds and pool is an entertaining utopia! The covered terrace showcases Pennsylvania Bluestone decking and also overlooks incredible views of a stunning pool and spa with fountains surrounded by Calico limestone and Pennsylvania Bluestone decking, an expansive veranda with a stone wood-burning fireplace, Koi pond and verdant landscaped side grounds. All set the tone for a sophisticated atmosphere for entertaining. The triple tandem garage reveals abundant storage and has a front and rear entry. A porte cochere completes this stunning estate. Additional amenities include: three-colored Calico limestone and a stucco exterior, stone waterfall, wood and stone fence, Lentz landscape lighting, sound system speakers, ceiling fans, window coverings, abundant storage space, including a climate controlled cedar closet and a basement that could easily be converted to a wine cellar, and a security and sprinkler system.