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  • A small creek travels through the woods near this one-of-a-kind Palatine home.

      A small creek travels through the woods near this one-of-a-kind Palatine home.

  • One of the unique features of the house is its walnut study with fireplace.

      One of the unique features of the house is its walnut study with fireplace.

  • The second-floor master bedroom suite overlooks the trees with its wall of windows.

      The second-floor master bedroom suite overlooks the trees with its wall of windows.

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

Escape to the forest without having to pitch a tent by moving into this one-of-a-kind cedar and brick home, tucked into the trees alongside a creek in Northwest suburban Palatine.

It seems like this home is in another world from the hustle and bustle of suburban Chicago, but this large split-level house is actually very close to shopping and all manners of transportation.

The home itself is just as breathtaking as its incredible setting. Sixty feet of glass walls allow residents to fully appreciate the outdoors while simultaneously luxuriating in the well-equipped home. There is a Tuscan-style gourmet eat-in kitchen with custom cabinets, ceramic floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a chef's sink and even a pizza oven. The living/dining room features hardwood floors and a fireplace, while the huge family room sports ceramic tile flooring, a fireplace and wet bar.

The four bedrooms include a bedroom suite on the main level, but the spectacular master suite is located on the second floor where residents may enjoy the treetops. The home also features a four-car detached garage and a partially-finished basement.

Supreme enjoyment of the environs can be experienced from the screened porch, three different decks and the stone patio with fire pit that overlooks a 130-foot creekside walk.

Listing agents Tony and Tina Sarantakis of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offer more details:

What's the hidden gem in this house?

"You will be amazed by the 1,300-square-foot master suite, consisting of a bedroom and adjacent sitting room. More than 30 feet of glass windows overlook the creek and woods. The master bath features a spa tub, steam shower, bidet, two-way fireplace, plus an 18-by-21-foot exercise room with 21 feet of his-and-hers closets."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"Any nature lover will appreciate the private 1.33-acre lot and the serene views available from every window. This home has a ton of amenities, including a chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and pizza oven, as well as a custom walnut study with fireplace and built-ins, and a huge family room with fireplace and wet bar."

What television personality would love this home?

"Jack Hanna, TV's wildlife advocate, would feel right at home in this warm and inviting atmosphere. He could admire the wildlife, including deer and the great blue heron, while chatting by the fire pit or relaxing on the screened porch or one of the three decks."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"The ability to live the resort lifestyle while staying close to shopping, the expressway, O'Hare (International) Airport and the heart of downtown Chicago, all make this neighborhood unique. (Palatine Township Elementary) District 15 and Fremd High School contribute to the popularity of this area."

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

"Extraordinary. The private lot, with natural stone walkway and expansive views of the woods and creek, make this home one-of-a-kind. The sellers describe it as their 'treehouse' Shangri-La."

Name three plants, flowers or trees in the yard.

"Gorgeous pines, evergreens and oak trees blend with the natural wooded environment."

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