Stunning Beverly Drive Mediterranean Showplace on a 195′-Deep Lot in Old Highland Park
Situated on ultra-exclusive Beverly Drive in prestigious Old Highland Park and within the award-winning Armstrong School District, 3516 Beverly Drive is a stunning Mediterranean showplace nestled on a gorgeous 80’ x 195’ lot with a circular drive and has fabulous drive-up appeal. Showcasing a finish-out of the highest quality, the design elements in this spectacular residence are unparalleled. Designed by architect Richard Drummond Davis, details include 12-foot ceilings, spacious entertaining rooms, gleaming hardwood and limestone floors, gorgeous wrought iron detailing, deep molding, custom lighting, and fabulous limestone, marble, granite finishes throughout. The spectacular three-story residence offers approximately 9,084 square feet, five bedrooms, five full and two-half baths, seven entertaining areas, two dining areas, six fireplaces, a wet bar, three balconies, courtyard with fountain, covered terrace with outdoor fireplace, side patio, gorgeous pool, and a three-car garage with guest apartment.
Enter through double wood-and-iron doors to an inviting outside front foyer, which overlooks views of a fabulous enclosed outdoor courtyard with elegant landscaping and a stone fountain accented with a Pennsylvania Bluestone surround. The outside foyer leads through double iron-and-glass doors to an exquisite two-story entrance hall, which gleans with a groin-vault hand-painted ceiling trimmed with ornately carved plaster molding, a dramatic oversized crystal-and-iron chandelier, clerestory window, art niche, and gorgeous limestone-patterned floors, whose texture is deftly highlighted by a gorgeous stairway with wrought iron-and-brass balusters leading upstairs to the second level. Two gorgeous wrought iron balconies also look down to the first floor. An oversized double door coat closet and an exquisite marble powder room, graced with faux finished walls and a stunning hand-painted trompe l’oeil, serve the area. Providing for great entertaining flow, the entrance hall leads to the study, formal rooms, and to the rear of the home. Capped by an ornately carved, cross-beamed ceiling, the richly paneled study is centered by a wood-burning fireplace, with a marble surround and a wood-carved mantle, and also features abundant built-in bookcases. Light-filled French doors yield natural light on the herringbone hardwoods and open to the outdoor front entry and courtyard. From the entrance hall, an arched entry, with stone accents, leads to an exquisite gallery area, which is crowned by a hand-painted groin-vault ceiling and is also highlighted by a crystal chandelier and double windows, with a transom and elegant taffeta silk drapery, also overlook the courtyard and stone fountain. The gallery opens to the oversized formal living room, which is framed by a marble wood-burning fireplace and is also appointed with ornately carved plaster molding, faux finished walls, and hand-scraped hardwood floors. A wall of windows, with elegant taffeta silk drapery, overlooks scenic views of the front landscaped grounds, and French doors also open to courtyard. Graced by a fabulous oversized iron chandelier, the spacious dining room boasts ornately carved plaster molding, curved walls, art niches and dual hidden closets with oversized double doors revealing a silver closet and storage space. French doors, with transoms and exquisite drapery, open to reveal a side patio. The dining room also flows through a butler’s pantry to the kitchen. Triple sets of oversized antique Mission doors also allow entrance to the room from the living room, wet bar area and the kitchen.
The entrance hall also leads to the oversized great room, which is the heart of the home. Capped by a beamed ceiling and centered by a massive stone wood-burning fireplace wall with a raised hearth, the great room also showcases hand-scraped hardwoods, a wall of richly stained built-ins, huge storage closet and triple French doors, with transoms and elegant drapery, opening to the covered terrace. Conveniently serving the great room is a granite-topped wet bar, which houses richly stained cabinetry with glass front top cabinets, a hand-carved stainless steel-and-brass bar sink, stainless steel ice maker and wine cooler refrigerator, hand-carved wine rack cabinet with an iron door and a bar serving area with retractable French doors. Additionally, the great room flows to a professional chef’s granite and tumbled marble kitchen, which features richly stained cabinetry, premier stainless steel and paneled appliances, including Viking, Dacor, Kitchenaid, GE, and SubZero, an expansive island with a hammered nickel double bowl farm sink, stained glass decorative chandeliers, a hand-painted and hand-carved vent, butler’s pantry and a huge walk-in pantry closet with storage and an additional interior closet. The kitchen also opens to a large breakfast gathering area, which provides room for an oversized breakfast table and also boasts a fireplace, with a glass-tiled surround and a furniture niche above, and a desk area, with tumbled marble counters and glass-front top cabinets. Double French doors, with transoms and elegant drapery, also open to the backyard grounds. A decorative-tiled and hand-scraped hardwood staircase with wrought iron balusters leads upstairs to the second level. Nearby, an oversized office is highlighted by neutral carpeting, plantation shutters and a large storage closet. An elegant powder room, accented with a pine pedestal sink topped with a limestone bowl, a built-in hidden mud nook storage area, and a stackable utility closet rounds out the first floor. A door also opens to a cast stone columned breezeway, which leads to the three-car garage and guest apartment. Speakers for selected sounds are also located throughout the house. Additionally, a storage closet across from the wet bar may be converted to an elevator to serve the first and second levels.
Second level of living is equally sumptuous and subtly grand. Ascending the front staircase, first stop is the luxurious master suite, which showcases an oversized bedroom with sitting area, including a gorgeous limestone fireplace, with a tumbled marble surround, and is flanked by furniture niches, an iron chandelier, deep cove molding and neutral carpeting. Double French doors, with elegant drapery, also open to an expansive iron-grilled balcony overlooking the backyard grounds and pool. Additionally, a third set of French doors opens to an iron-grilled Juliet balcony and overlooks the side grounds. The lavish master suite is appointed with an exotic marble vanity with His and Hers sinks, limestone floors with marble accents, a hand-carved limestone fireplace, claw foot tub, separate tumbled marble double steam shower, His and Hers toilet rooms and His and Hers huge walk-in closets. The Hers closet also includes an interior cedar closet. The four additional bedrooms range in size and style, some with elegant marble, limestone or tumbled marble baths and all with deep cove molding, elegant drapery, neutral carpeting and large walk-in closets. One of the bedrooms also opens to a breezeway, which leads to the second floor of the guest apartment. Down the hall, an upstairs den features a large sitting area as well as a built-in desk area with bookcases and abundant storage. A fully equipped utility room houses travertine-like tile counters and floors, a stainless steel sink, drip dry area, built-in hidden ironing board and also provides room for a full-size washer and dryer. Perfect for relaxation, the third floor reveals an oversized vaulted game room, which houses neutral carpeting and attic storage.
Outside, the gorgeous backyard grounds and pool set the tone for a sophisticated atmosphere for entertaining. Marked by cast stone columns with graceful arches, the expansive covered terrace is framed by a stone wood-burning fireplace wall and is flanked by an arched stone-covered furniture niche. The terrace is also highlighted by a wide-plank wood ceiling with a trio of iron chandeliers, pattered concrete floors and also overlooks incredible views of the stunning pool and the lush landscaped grounds with Pennsylvania Bluestone accents. The nearby three-car detached garage boasts abundant storage, including a built-in workbench and two storage closets. The guest apartment features an inviting entry, which is accented with terracotta tile floors and a staircase with wrought iron balusters leading upstairs. The second floor reveals an oversized living room, which showcases stylish neutral carpeting, plantation shutters, deep cove molding, a large kitchenette, with glass tile counters, ceramic tile floors, a stainless steel sink and a white SubZero refrigerator with freezer. An elegant full bath with gorgeous glass tile serves the space. The nearby spacious bedroom is replete with neutral carpeting, plantation shutters, deep cove molding and a large walk-in closet. An elegant full bath with fabulous glass tile completes this stunning residence.