By Kristine Hansen | Sep 24, 2019
Seeking a little Zen in your next home, but also want to practice on the putting green—without ever leaving your property?
This 7,761-square-foot, English Tudor mansion in Lake Forest, IL, just swung onto the market this month for $4 million. It’s listed with Elizabeth Wieneke of Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors.
Built in 2005, the property is a showstopper with a lovely limestone and brick exterior. Situated at the end of a long, winding driveway on over an acre of land, the mansion offers seclusion and privacy.
The interior oozes old-world appeal, including coffered and domed ceilings, a winding staircase, and even a cozy home office encased in mahogany.
High ceilings and beautiful moldings and millwork are combined with luxurious baths and a dream kitchen, offering the best of both worlds: a design inspired by history but boasting modern conveniences.
A fireplace in nearly every room will help stave off winter’s chill, and the pendant light fixtures throughout offer glamour.
Two of the six-bedroom home’s true highlights are easy to spot. One is a room devoted to the practice of meditation. The Zen space is a rare feature, but we love the idea of closing the door, dimming the lights, and retreating into a state of blissed-out calm.
You may need time in the meditation room if you’ve developed a case of the yips on the links. Or, you could simply turn to the putting green out back to work through your short game. For some, the time spent on the green might be a different way to achieve a Zen experience.
This home also comes with a 10-seat theater with a coffered ceiling, patterned carpeting, and dimmable lighting.
There’s also a finished lower level with a seating area surrounding a fireplace, a wet bar, a billiard room, plus a gym that would rival any hotel’s fitness center. And to further enjoy a brutal winter, the sauna and steam shower—with his-and-her locker rooms—is pure heaven.
Speaking of splurges, the walk-in closet is perfect for a buyer who collects clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Come summer, an outdoor pool furthers hosting possibilities and—just like the inside—an outdoor fireplace makes cocktails by the fire during spring and summer a cinch. There is also plenty of room on the property for a gardening enthusiast or lover of fresh flowers to plant beds.
Simply close your eyes, eliminate any negative thoughts, and relax when you’re ready make an offer on this one-of-a-kind home.Based in Milwaukee, Kristine Hansen writes about food, design, drink, and travel for publications ranging from Travel + Leisure’s website to a restaurant trade magazine. She lives in a 1924 bungalow and loves DIY projects.