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Barrington home fulfills an array of interests

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  • This Georgian-style Barrington home will appeal to those with an array of interests.

      This Georgian-style Barrington home will appeal to those with an array of interests.

  • The 14-acre property includes a portion of Flint Creek.

      The 14-acre property includes a portion of Flint Creek.

  • The astronomy observatory, made by the Plainfield-based company Ash-Dome, can be seen at the back of the house.

      The astronomy observatory, made by the Plainfield-based company Ash-Dome, can be seen at the back of the house.

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

This one-of-a-kind white brick and cedar Georgian-style home in Barrington has so many separate spaces and unique accoutrements that it could serve myriad purposes for a large, extended family.

For instance, it would be ideal for a home-based businessperson or entrepreneur, thanks to its large professional office with outside entrance, conference room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and a 1,300-square-foot work room.

It would also thrill an automobile collector or someone who likes to tinker with cars because it has an attached three-car garage with a pit, plus a second five-car garage and a double-thick drive surface.

The home also touts an dome observatory so that the owners can take full advantage of the dark, wide open rural skies and almost 14 acres of open land for the nature lover to enjoy or the equestrian to explore.

All of this is in addition to the six bedrooms, including a first-floor master suite, and the large island kitchen with breakfast bar, breakfast room, dining room, living room, family room, laundry room, foyer, lower-level recreation room and bonus room.

Listing agent Leonora Burkhart of RE/MAX of Barrington offers more details:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"This sub-dividable estate of 13.8 acres includes more private family ownership of meandering Flint Creek than any other property. Its privacy, freedom and naturalist setting make it a habitat for migratory wildlife, including egrets, blue herons and sand hill cranes.

"The home is also topped by an Ash-Dome astronomical observatory. The owners have shared their celestial views with classrooms, scholars and U.S. astronauts Alan Bean, Charlie Duke and the late Karl Henize."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"Someone, or a family, with a broad range of interests would be ideal for this home. Its separate professional wing with an office and library, private entrance and large storage capacity lend themselves to an entrepreneur, a home business owner, a car enthusiast or collector. The creek and surrounding land would capture the heart of a nature lover, farmer, equestrian. Open skies attract the astronomer. Many bedrooms and large kitchen are perfect for a bed & breakfast, large family or those who love to entertain. It has even hosted a wedding for 100. This is a working house."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"The coolest thing is its country living, across the street from Barrington Hills, with proximity to downtown Barrington and other metro amenities. This is the lowest priced $1 million-plus, 10 acre-plus property now listed in Barrington."

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

"Fast forward 'Little House on the Prairie' to current times, and grant Laura Ingalls Wilder prosperity. She and her family would have many adventures here and be ever so happy."

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

"Majestic country living."

Name trees featured in your yard.

"The approach to this home is peppered by a forest of Austrian, Scottish, white, and red pines, and Colorado blue spruce. Also prevalent are shagbark hickories and majestic oaks. Planted trees include ornamental pears, cherry trees and red twigged dogwoods."

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