1928 Converted Dairy Barn Sells for $1.81M in Lake Forest, Illinois
SOLD | Built 1928 | 6,239 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 0.83 Acres
570 Hathaway Cir, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Converted for residential use in the 1950s, this one-of-a-kind historic structure, has sold for $1.81 million in Lake Forest, Illinois. Listing details: A rare opportunity to own a unique and one-of-a-kind home, the majestic centerpiece of historic Meadowood Farm, the Dairy Barn. This spectacular home, full of charm and character was converted to residential use in the late 1950s and the gorgeous exterior has been maintained to perfection with an enchanting old world look of stone, brick, copper and a cedar shake roof to highlight its exceptional appeal. The Meadowood Farm community is a re-creation of a 16th century French Normandy farm designed by architect Ralph Varney, commissioned in the 1920s by Clifford Milton Leonard, a successful businessman and WWI soldier. The home’s interior has an open flowing floor plan lovingly updated for today’s lifestyle. The current owners have made significant improvements to the features and mechanics of the property. Multiple entrances invite you into the circular design of the home with living room and dining room filled with natural light and a chic, sophisticated library.
An updated white chef’s kitchen with travertine flooring, quartzite counters, modern tile backsplash and featuring a La Cornue range and Sub Zero refrigerator is ready for the most discerning cook. A private first floor primary suite offers two walk in closets and a gorgeous updated bath with dual vanity, soaking tub, steam shower and private water closet. Another large bedroom and updated full bath complete the first floor. The special attached silo with three levels of living provides birds eye views over Lake Forest. The center of the second floor features the original and amazingly beautiful round 60 foot diameter hay loft dome. The second floor, in addition to the dome, has two large bedrooms and another renovated full bath in one wing and a one bedroom apartment with a large living area, kitchen and full bath, with a separate entrance and parking, in the other wing, great for in-law, au pair, etc.
Large and gracious living spaces and smaller intimate spaces create a home that is perfect for entertaining and for everyday living. Hardwood floors, 18 inch thick walls, spiral staircases, exposed brick walls, and numerous design and architectural details make this a treat for the eyes and the senses. Inviting .8 acre professionally landscaped west facing yard with swimming pool is the ideal retreat. Enjoy living in your own one-of-a kind masterpiece that merges the past and the present. Located just a short walk to Lake Forest Open Lands, Elawa Farm, and the walking and biking trails of Middlefork Savannah. Close to schools, train and all that Lake Forest has to offer. The Dairy Farm was on the market for $1.89 million with Sally Wood of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago. Photography by Palo Dobrik Photography.