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posted: 8/25/2012 4:58 AM

South Barrington home is listing of the week

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  • This English-inspired country home in South Barrington is located on a cul-de-sac.

      This English-inspired country home in South Barrington is located on a cul-de-sac.

  • Landscaping surrounds and screens the swimming pool and adjoining hot tub, making this area a hidden gem of the property.

      Landscaping surrounds and screens the swimming pool and adjoining hot tub, making this area a hidden gem of the property.

  • The screened porch is one of the many areas in the home ideal for entertaining.

      The screened porch is one of the many areas in the home ideal for entertaining.

  • The gourmet kitchen provides plenty of space for cooking.

      The gourmet kitchen provides plenty of space for cooking.

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

This stately, English country home sits amid 2.6 rolling acres in South Barrington, bounded by woods and lowlands, offering total privacy and pond views. Located within minutes of an I-90 entrance, it is incredibly convenient for travel downtown, to O'Hare International Airport or even Wisconsin.

The house, still owned by the family that built it in 1988, has been impeccably maintained and periodically updated. The brick and cedar home features four fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with large eating area, finished second-floor bonus room, large master suite and a first-floor study, as well as the expected living room, family room and dining room.

Hardwood floors abound on the main level while the five bedrooms are all carpeted. Skylights and cathedral ceilings add extra interest in some rooms. The walkout lower level boasts a wine cellar, exercise room, full bar, game room and recreation room.

Listing agent Kathy Pinkus of Prudential American Heritage in Barrington adds more details:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"There is a distinctive free-form pool, enclosed by beautiful greenery and stone hardscapes with a large hot tub flowing into the pool. The pool and hot tub, as well as the deck and the large screened porch with a lovely stone floor, provide a great setting for entertaining or relaxation."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"The perfect buyer would be focused more on quality versus quantity. South Barrington offers many sizable homes, many lacking the character of this one. The home was built by Tom Snyder with the highest quality finishes. It conveys a warm and inviting appeal to buyers with a special appeal to families looking for a summer playground for children. The home also offers many venues for socializing with friends and families."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"Hunters Ridge subdivision is one of the most desired subdivisions in South Barrington. This home has a cul-de-sac location within minutes of I-90. There is a man-made lake and park for small boats, fishing and summer fun."

Which television show or movie can you picture taking place in this home?

"This home would provide a perfect setting for the movie 'The Family Stone' or the television shows 'Parenthood' or 'Brothers and Sisters.' All involve families/friends enjoying social gatherings at the parents' home. The multiple entertaining venues and the gourmet kitchen, offer a great setting for friends and family to congregate and enjoy."

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

"Tranquil."

Name three trees, shrubs or plants featured in the yard.

"Weeping willows, blue spruce and Scottish pines, river birch."

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