1450 W Old Mill Road Lake Forest, IL
$ 2,495,000
Property Attributes
  • MLS#10825742
  • TypeSingle Family
  • CountyLAKE
  • CityLake Forest
  • AreaLake Forest
  • NeighborhoodWest Lake Forest
  • Zip60045
  • StyleFarmhouse
  • Year Built1924
  • Taxes12357
  • Price$ 2,495,000
  • Bedrooms3
  • Full Bathrooms3
  • Half Bathrooms1
  • Sqr Footage4098
  • Lot Size1.34 Acres
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Property Description

When it comes to property, there are no shortcuts and quality is everything. In short, do it once and do it well. -- A mantra that epitomizes this unique offering that includes a fantastic collection of architecture, design, and landscape set on a large, gated parcel. This mini-estate was originally designed by world renowned architect David Adler as part of the Lasker Estate, and has been meticulously expanded, renovated, and decorated by its current owner of 20 years, noted designer Frank Ponterio. This walled property is truly transportive. A three building limed washed brick compound includes the main house, dining/entertainment pavilion, and coach house (the designer's personal design studio). The main house includes three bedrooms and baths. Complete architectural plans and building approval has been obtained for a master suite expansion, providing a fourth bedroom in the main house. Plans are included with the sale. All millwork is by Christopher Peacock or custom by the designer's own workshop. Wide plank, hand scraped Walnut floors and French limestone flooring are throughout. The family room walls are upholstered in linen hide. Surround sound theatre, custom lighting, and an audio visual package are run by an expandable Savant System. Almost every detail and element in this home is custom designed and curated. The designer has incorporated many of his custom lighting and furniture pieces in the interior and many are included in the purchase price of the home. The back of house consists of new state of the art HVAC systems and a high-efficiency boiler for radiant heat. The private brick walled courtyard boasts fantastic gardens, shade and fruit trees, a subtle water feature, outdoor fireplace, and custom dining table with seating for twelve. The dining pavilion (originally the carriage house), opens onto the courtyard for open air dining and includes wine caves and beverage refrigeration. The coach house, holding a two-car garage and two-story office with powder room, overlooks the entire property. The second floor studio has built-in refrigerators, an ice maker, custom millwork, floating stone standing desk, conference table and 75" TV. The space contains a separate exhaust system for the occasional cigar. The lower level entry has French stone floors and more of the designer's custom lighting, a large fully built out studio for storage. Located just off the courtyard, a conference table on the first floor quickly converts to a pool table creating a flexible space that's great for entertaining. The rear portion of the property has its own sense of place as well; a rustic fire pit, another dining area beneath a Wisteria draped pergola, and a fenced vegetable garden lined with cutting flowers. All gardens have been maintained by Mariani Landscape. This is truly a spectacular, one-of-a-kind, Lake Forest retreat.

Elementary School Middle School High School
Everett Elementary School Deer Path Middle School Lake Forest High School
Price History
8/31/2020 Listed $2,495,000

General Features

Appliances Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, High End Refrigerator, Freezer, Washer, Dryer, Disposal, Range Hood
Architectural Style Farmhouse
Community Features Street Paved
Elementary School Everett Elementary School
Elementary School District 67
Exterior Features Patio, Storms/Screens
HOA Fee Frequency Not Applicable
Heating Radiators
High School Lake Forest High School
High School District 115
Interior Features Hardwood Floors, 1st Floor Bedroom, 1st Floor Full Bath, Built-in Features, Restaurant
Middle/Junior High School Deer Path Middle School
Middle/Junior School District 67
New Construction No
Property Type Detached Single
Property Type Residential
Roof Shake
Sewer Public Sewer
Standard Status Active

Interior Features

Basement Partial
Basement Partially Finished
Bathrooom Separate Shower, Double Sink, Soaking Tub
Bedroomspossible 3
Full Baths 3
Half Baths 1
Kitchen Eating Area-Table Space, Island, Pantry-Closet, Custom Cabinetry, Updated Kitchen
Total Baths 4
Total Bedrooms 3

Exterior Features

Door Features French Doors
Exterior Brick
Garage Onsite Yes
Garage Ownership Owned
Garage Type Attached
Lot Dimensions 175X27X350X117X114X222
Lot Features Dimensions to Center of Road, Fenced Yard, Landscaped
Water Source Lake Michigan, Public

Room Details

Room Dimensions Level Flooring Details
Breakfast Rm 16X12 Main Level Hardwood
Dining Room 24X15 Main Level Hardwood
Family Room 15X14 Main Level Hardwood
Foyer 12X8 Main Level Stone
Game Rm 22X16 Main Level Hardwood
Living Room 22X15 Main Level Hardwood
Master Bedroom 20X15 2nd Level Hardwood
Mud 11X7 Main Level Marble
Office 41X22 2nd Level Hardwood


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Master On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Zip Code Average in 60045

AVG $1.91M
AVG $27,072
AVG 172
Year Built
AVG 1967
AVG 21
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