Tucked away in the woods of Kildeer, amid ancient trees and abundant wildlife, this stately brick and dryvit Georgian home stands sentinel, watching over festive parties as well as quiet family moments.
Designed and built by Orren Pickell in 1987 and updated and renovated in 1999, it features a magnificent gourmet cherry kitchen, a 22-foot high vaulted cedar ceiling in the great room, a gorgeous heated sunroom with a stone floor, and a finished basement complete with a recreation room with wet bar, exercise room, game room and storage area.
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On the MarketAddress: 21559 N. Pine Lake Court, Kildeer
Asking price: $799,000
Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7
Square footage: 5,000 plus a 2,304-square-foot basement
Bedrooms/baths: 4 bedrooms; 3 full, 2 half baths
Year built: 1987; renovated and enlarged in 1999
Listing agent: Leo Burkhart, RE/MAX of Barrington
Call: (847) 922-0092 cell; (847) 381-8800 office
The second floor sports a carpeted loft and four bedrooms, including a spacious master suite with all the bells and whistles. The home got a top-of-the-line cedar shake roof in 2011, complete with skylights, and there is also a three-car garage, a stamped concrete patio and a deck, as well as abundant gardens surrounding the sunroom.
Listing agent Leonora Burkhart of RE/MAX of Barrington offers additional details:
What is this home's hidden gem?
"There are many gems to this home: its ultra gourmet kitchen, heated sunroom with fireplace, vintage party basement, 22-foot high great room and bountiful gardens. But for a hidden gem I'd pick the master suite, especially the master closet. For starters, the vaulted/beamed master is off the rear staircase with its own HVAC system and spacious spa with steam shower. But the huge closet, which is literally the size of a one-car garage, steals the show. Within it there is an opulent coffee/champagne bar, a shoeshine section, an exercise area with television hookup, a built-in ironing board, space for an all-seasons wardrobe for two, shoe storage, laundry chute and even a separate cedar closet."
What would your perfect buyer look like?
"Our perfect buyers will love wooded privacy, yet enjoy entertaining friends and relaxing with family. They will appreciate beautiful gardens and love art because they will have plenty of space to enjoy it. Finally, they'll be intelligent and organized, and, like James Bond, want every convenience at the snap of a finger."
What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?
"The neighborhood is quintessential Kildeer -- a natural wooded setting with spacious lots, great for walking and close to Kildeer's new bike trail, which is currently being constructed. It is convenient to the Deer Park Mall, forest preserves, schools and convenience shopping. Finally, the neighbors are wonderful."
Which celebrity can you picture living in the home?
"Martha Stewart, of course, overseeing its great gardens and chef's kitchen and entertaining different types of guests in the home's many open areas."
What is one adjective that you would use to describe this home?
Name the home's botanical treasures.
"There are forested stands of red and white oaks, hickories, ash and maple, including a 250-year-old white oak just off the sunroom."