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Barrington Hills home designed by Robert Parker Coffin

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  • This Cape Cod in Barrington Hills was designed by Robert Parker Coffin.

      This Cape Cod in Barrington Hills was designed by Robert Parker Coffin.

  • This Robert Parker Coffin Cape Cod built in the mid-19060s was updated in 2002 with a master bedroom suite, music room, a new portico entery and a walk-out lower level.

      This Robert Parker Coffin Cape Cod built in the mid-19060s was updated in 2002 with a master bedroom suite, music room, a new portico entery and a walk-out lower level.

By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

Anyone could have an idyllic life if they lived in this classic Cape Cod home, designed by well-known local architect Robert Parker Coffin, and located on five rolling acres along a private 23-home lane in Barrington Hills.

Built during Coffin's heyday in the mid-1960s but updated with a master bedroom suite, music room, formal powder room, walk-out lower level, new portico entry, front window dormers and blue stone walkway in 2002, this is a home that you will long for at the end of the day and will revel in every weekend. The lovely back yard in-ground pool, surrounded by iron fencing and a bluestone patio, makes it your own private retreat from daily stresses.

You can even watch horses and riders on the nearby riding trails and enjoy the home's proximity to the 4,000-acre Spring Valley Forest Preserve.

This five-bedroom two-story brick home features unique brick paver flooring in both the vaulted foyer and the formal dining room. Hardwood is the standard in virtually every other room.

Lovely finishes like wainscoting, crown molding, chandeliers, built-in furniture, vaulted and beamed ceilings and six fireplaces enhance the home virtually everywhere one turns.

The new cedar shake roof further enhances the home's charming, storybook look.

The gourmet kitchen with its keeping-room style fireplace, top-of-the-line appliances and cabinetry and large bay window provides timeless warmth, as well as a high-functioning work/entertainment space. The same is true of the home's study, sunroom, family room, dining room, living/entertainment room and walk-out playroom.

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

What is this home's hidden gem?

It's a treasure difficult to find these days -- the unique character and detail of an older home, but with updates for today's living. Ever-popular architect Robert Parker Coffin designed this original classic Cape Cod home. The first floor master suite wing with covered veranda, study, additional powder room, exquisite gallery and lower level walkout was added in 2002. All updates are orchestrated by its professional designer/owner in high fashion, but with comfort in mind. The result is a classic move-in ready home.

What would your perfect buyer look like?

The perfect buyer could be a dual-career home business couple since there are two offices, a family raising children, a writer or inventor (writing nook in office), someone requiring a first floor master or an equestrian aficionado (five acres with horses on all sides of the home). All would want to be exposed to the beauty of nature and country living that is still only ten minutes from downtown Barrington.

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

Driving the golf cart through the winding private roads is the coolest thing about living here.

If this house were featured in a movie, which one would it be?

It so resembles the Hampton Beach house in "Something's Gotta Give" with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.  Many have been inspired by this kitchen (white cabinets, dark and light island countertops and dark floors), lovely beamed ceilings, dormer and keeping room fireplace. It also has the octagonal writing nook and cherry bookcases like Keaton's character had. Open, airy feel of colors, ceiling and lighting. Big, beautiful, and cozy. Remember them making omelets in that gorgeous kitchen in the middle of the night?

What's one adjective you'd use to describe the house?

Comfortable. The owner says that the biggest and most consistent compliment they receive on the house is about its "warm and comfortable" feel.

Name three plants, flowers or trees in the yard

Hydrangeas, boxwoods and Norway spruce trees.


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