One feels like he or she is driving up to an English estate when they approach this South Barrington home with its long lawn, lake view out back and stately brick structure with its arched front doorway.
And that impression does not dim as you wander through the large, elegantly appointed home where no amenity has been forgotten -- from the fireplace in the library, to the two-story family room with wet bar and another fireplace, to the gourmet island kitchen with its high-end appliances.
On the MarketAddress: 3 Beacon Hill Dr., South Barrington
Asking price: $1,450,000
Square footage: about 7,700 on 1.78 acres
Bedrooms/baths: 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths
Year built: 1995
Listing agent: Denise Hessel, Prudential American Heritage
Call: (847) 716-0276
One can even imagine one of those famous British "weekend house parties" taking place here since there are five bedrooms and five full baths to accommodate many guests.
The walkout lower level features a third fireplace along with multiple amenities and leads out to a breathtaking backyard that takes full advantage of its view of the natural lake found there.
Listing agent Denise Hessel of Prudential American Heritage in Barrington offers more details:
What is the hidden gem of this home?
"The hidden gem in this home is the outdoor oasis. The backyard sits waterfront and features a refreshing in-ground pool, complimented with an electric pool cover, stand-along stone fireplace, a four-tiered fountain and an exquisite gazebo. There is extensive outdoor lighting and a large deck to watch and enjoy the fun activities taking place. Don't forget your fishing pole!"
What would your perfect buyer look like?
"The perfect buyer would be anyone looking for an amazing and fun home in South Barrington. The walkout lower level features a custom bar, pool and game table area, as well as an exercise room. If there are any car enthusiasts out there, this home does offer an oversized four-car garage that is heated and air-conditioned."
What surprises you most about this home?
"The surprise about this home is the amount of living space -- approximately 7,700 square feet of living space on three levels. Yet it is intimate enough for formal or informal gatherings. The home also features two laundry areas: one upstairs and one on the main level. There are five bedrooms in the home with three bedrooms featuring en-suites and two bedrooms sharing a Jack-and-Jill arrangement."
Which television personality can you see living in this home?
"Most definitely, that would have to be Martha Stewart. The home boasts an incredible kitchen that would make Martha proud! Features of this gourmet kitchen include a French La Cornue range, a Thermidor warming drawer, two full-sized Sub Zero refrigerator/freezers, as well as two pullout drawer refrigerators. There is also a double drawer Fisher Paykel dishwasher and a full-size Miele dishwasher. Add a huge granite center island, complete with a utility sink and gorgeous cabinetry, and you will have everything you need for perfect entertaining."
What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?
"Location, location, location. That famous real estate saying comes to life here. The Arboretum of South Barrington is minutes away and features great shopping, spas, eating and entertainment venues for your enjoyment. Route 90 can also be accessed in minutes from the neighborhood. The new South Barrington Community Park is just 1.7 miles away and the elementary school is located across the street from the subdivision."
What is one adjective you would use to describe this home?
Name three trees, bushes or flowers on the property.
"Rose bushes, birch trees and weeping willows."