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Article posted: 10/27/2012 5:22 AM

McHenry home ideal for horse lovers

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Horse-lovers and those looking for a country retreat will fall in love with this frame and vinyl siding farmhouse-style home on three acres in McHenry. A four-stall barn and large riding arena make it ideal for equestrians.

The four-bedroom home features a large family room with hardwood floors and a gas fireplace; ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, dining room and laundry room; and a first-floor bedroom suite that is perfect as an in-law or nanny suite.

The second floor has three carpeted bedrooms, two full baths and a hardwood-floored loft. The basement is unfinished, offering even more potential space for a family who wants to spread out.

And it is easy to enjoy the country atmosphere between the patio in the backyard and the large wraparound porch on the front and side.

Listing agent Jack McCabe of Coldwell Banker Residential in Park Ridge offers more details:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"The many different functions of this property is its hidden gem. The happy owners love their horses and race cars. Four horses currently call this 'home.' There is a 36-by-45-foot pole barn, grazing pasture and riding arena. Even though this property is three acres, it seems larger. There is a large wooded area behind the house that could be cleared for an in-ground pool. This property is zoned Agricultural 1 so there are many other possibilities, including having up to nine horses."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"The beauty of this property is that there are so many possibilities. It is ideal for the busy family with a nanny who needs her own bedroom and private bath, to someone who is a caretaker and needs full bed and bath facilities on the first floor. It is ideal for a horse lover who rides for pleasure, boards horses or trains them."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"The coolest thing about living in this neighborhood is that you can take a walk in the woods, practice jumping the horses or sit on the wraparound porch, peacefully reading in the rocking chair."

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

"I can see 'Mayberry RFD,' where life is often more simple, taking place here. Although that setting was a small town, this home makes you feel like kicking back and freeing yourself of stress."

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

"Multifunctional."

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

"Small evergreens, heavily-wooded backyard with maple and poplar trees, and heavy landscape plantings around the house.

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