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On the Market: Robert Parker Coffin-designed home in Barrington Hills

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  • This sprawling ranch sits on nearly 7 acres and was renovated in 2007.

      This sprawling ranch sits on nearly 7 acres and was renovated in 2007.

  • Views of the 66-acre Hawley Lake can be seen from virtually every room in the house.

      Views of the 66-acre Hawley Lake can be seen from virtually every room in the house.

  • The custom kitchen shows the workmanship found throughout the home.

      The custom kitchen shows the workmanship found throughout the home.

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

Robert Parker Coffin-designed homes are a housing delicacy and this updated ranch home overlooking picturesque Hawley Lake in Barrington Hills is a particular treat.

The wonderful floor plan is perfect for entertaining or just enjoying your family, with water views from virtually every room of this sprawling ranch. The home was lovingly renovated from one end to the other several years ago and the finishes cannot be surpassed.

The heated Florida/sunroom is spectacular, as are the vaulted ceilings, the lower level retreat and the gourmet kitchen. This home, set on 6.88 acres, it is truly a "cocooning retreat," according to listing agent Kathy Pinkus of Prudential American Heritage in Barrington. She goes on to give further details about the home:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"The setting is captivating. Surrounded by water on three sides, this home offers a privileged lifestyle. From magnificent sunrises, to relaxing on the pontoon boat, swimming, fishing, sailing or ice skating, 66-acre Hawley Lake provides year-round pleasure. Just as unique as the setting is this custom, one-of-a-kind home. Impeccable detailing and extensive workmanship throughout, featuring expansive ceilings, an incredible custom kitchen, formal dining room for gracious entertaining, an enticing wine cellar for those wine tasting events and the many outdoor venues provide an intriguing ambience for large or small gatherings. This is a very special home!"

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"This home needs a sophisticated buyer who is looking for a unique, custom home in a very special setting. Full of character and charm, this home is for the discriminating buyer who appreciates unsurpassed quality, privacy and a lifestyle surrounded by beauty."

What surprises you most about this home?

"The location is so convenient, yet so private. It is just three miles from the village of Barrington and its Metra station and only six miles from the expressway. The dramatic architectural design element in every room is also surprising, as is the wine cellar -- such a treat for entertaining -- and the expansive storage area."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"Its lakefront location, which is so convenient to everything."

What is one adjective you would use to describe this home?

"Welcoming; Gracious; Inspiring."

What plants, flowers or trees are in the yard.

"Hydrangeas, boxwoods, spruce trees, water grasses, cattails and water lilies."

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