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1000 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL, USA



Property Description

Introducing the entirely redesigned and meticulously remodeled 1000 East Illinois, uniquely nestled on nearly 4 acres of verdant landscapes and serene ravines. This prestigious Lake Forest gem, located a mere two blocks from the lake, has undergone comprehensive interior and exterior rehabilitation in 2023, ensuring a flawless blend of timeless elegance and modern luxury. Welcome to 'Vallombrosa,' an enchanting Mediterranean-inspired residence spanning over 6,000sqft, exuding architectural grandeur and old-world charm. Crafted by the esteemed architect Edwin Hill Clark, renowned for his work at the Brookfield Zoo and numerous magnificent North Shore homes, this home boasts unparalleled attention to detail and unparalleled craftsmanship throughout. Now, every inch of the interior and exterior has been reimagined with precisely chosen bespoke design elements by our team of elite design experts and finished using world-class materials privately sourced leveraging our relationship with premier global vendors. Approaching the home via the private and set-back entrance on Illinois Rd, you will be captivated by the allure of 'Vallombrosa.' A cobblestone circular drive leads you to the front courtyard, where a captivating overhanging balcony with a soothing water fountain beckons you to enter. The solid stucco facade and terra-cotta clay roof exude timeless elegance. Pass through the arched entry doors, and be welcomed by the majestic dual-staircase entry foyer with a brand new checkered tile floor of rare Greek Dolomite and Marble leaving a lasting impression on all who enter. Impeccable in every aspect, the main level of this storybook home features a fireside formal dining room, perfect for hosting memorable gatherings. Both formal and family living areas offer a choice of spaces for relaxation and entertainment. An exquisitely adorned custom-built-in office and library provide a haven for contemplation and intellectual pursuits. The custom kitchen and prep room have been completely renewed, featuring new top-of-the-line appliances and lavish finishes. Bathed in natural light, the bright sunroom offers picturesque views of the rear yard gardens, seamlessly blending the outdoors with the interior. Ascending to the upper level, you will discover four bedrooms, each accompanied by its own luxurious attached bathroom. The media room, boasting large windows framing captivating views of the rear lawn and ravine, offers a versatile space for entertainment or relaxation. The romantic main bedroom is a sanctuary of tranquility, featuring a separate sitting room and dressing room. Vintage-inspired details, including ornate baths, lighting fixtures, custom closets, and exquisite window treatments, add to the allure of this remarkable abode. The lower level of this magnificent estate presents a partially finished space, including an impressive 800+ bottle wine cellar, additional storage rooms, and prep areas, offering ample space for your personal needs. Indulge in the pleasures of outdoor living on the meticulously landscaped 60ft deep lot, complete with a fire pit, providing the perfect setting for al fresco dining, entertaining, and relaxation. For added convenience, a coach house/in-law suite with a full bath and a detached 2-car garage are included. Located in close proximity to Lake Michigan, this historic residence grants you the opportunity to own a piece of North Shore history while enchanting your family and friends with its timeless elegance. Live your fairytale now at 'Vallombrosa,' where every moment is filled with charm, beauty, and an extraordinary sense of grace.

Contact Agent

Patrick Milhaupt
Sotheby's International Realty

Property Details

Property Type

Single Family Home









Year Built


Patrick Milhaupt
Sotheby's International Realty

Property Location

1000 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL, USA

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