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Article posted: 9/1/2012 5:20 AM

Listing of the week

This white brick Georgian home in Inverness has a recreation and workout rooms in the finished basement.

This white brick Georgian home in Inverness has a recreation and workout rooms in the finished basement.

The home has a contemporary, ceramic-tiled kitchen.

The home has a contemporary, ceramic-tiled kitchen.

Vaulted ceilings add to the large dimensions of the living room.

Vaulted ceilings add to the large dimensions of the living room.

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By Jean Murphy

Inverness has always been known for stately, well-built homes with lots of panache. This white brick Georgian with its wood shake roof and large classical portico is no exception.

Surrounded by professional landscaping, this house exhibits the ultimate in contemporary elegance, luxury, quality and design. Enter the grand foyer and behold the two-story curved staircase and the open floor plan beyond. The main level features a large sunken and carpeted family room with a contemporary fireplace and cathedral ceilings, roomy living and dining rooms, an office, a laundry room and a contemporary, ceramic-tiled island kitchen with eating area and butler's pantry.


On the Market

Address: 492 Regalia Drive, Inverness
Asking price: $999,900
Square footage: 4,765 (nearly 6,500 including finished basement)
Bedrooms/bath: 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 3 half baths
Year built: 1995
Listing agent: Terri Hunt, RE/MAX Suburban
Call: (847) 961-5000

The second level features four bedrooms, including a master suite with ultra bath, while the full finished basement boasts a fifth bedroom suite, workout room, recreation room and bonus room, as well as an abundance of storage.

Outdoors there is a patio and an attached, three-car garage.

Listing agent Terri Hunt of RE/MAX Suburban offers more details about the home:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"There are so many gems that it is hard to name just one. This is a custom home by well-known and now-deceased builder, Louis Werderitch of Werd Construction in Barrington. The owners worked with designers for kitchen and decor every step of the way. No expense has been spared. Every room is ultimate in class, elegance and perfection. The finished basement adds an additional level of great space."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"Anyone who appreciates the ultimate in high end contemporary style and décor will love living in this home. Perhaps someone with a family who is moving out from downtown Chicago or from the North Shore would be the perfect buyer. This home has a lot of space and is great for entertaining in every sense of the word."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"The East Cheviot Hills subdivision is a small community with very quiet streets. This particular neighborhood is newer than many in the area. The lots and landscaping are private and beautiful. The excellent schools are award winning. The home is convenient to everything -- minutes to the tollway, shopping, train and forest preserves. There is a wonderful sense of community and pride of ownership everywhere. It's truly the perfect place to be."

What television character can you picture living in this home?

"Jonathan Adler from the show 'Top Design' would feel right at home here."

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


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

"There are sugar and Japanese maples, a pear tree and an oak tree. This home has extensive custom landscaping and stone work."

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