There’s a nip in the air and the snow will soon be falling, but these light-filled Chicagoland homes are a sure cure for the winter blues.
Located steps from Dempster Beach, this architecturally significant landmark six-bedroom home boasts a Daniel Burnham addition with a bright and airy conservatory, and a grand hall outfitted with a fireplace from the Strozzi Palace in Florence. Not to mention a well-appointed DeGiulio kitchen with a large pantry, a luxe lower level wine cellar, and a screened-in porch overlooking the beautiful gardens by Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp.
White heated marble floors warm up the sleek modern design in this penthouse condo with panoramic skyline vistas, and a solarium that floods the interior with light. A custom kitchen with sleek Italian cabinetry, and a master bath with an open shower and a wooden soaking tub, make the continental space one of the most unique on the market.
An array of solar panels powers this eco-friendly modernist home, which is flooded with light all year long thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows and numerous skylights. The kitchen and main living spaces have giant doors that open to the linear swimming pool, which overlooks the scenic Southeast Hinsdale Pond, enhancing a seamless flow between inside and out. Even the three-car garage has glass doors.
Designed by James Otis, this seven-bedroom contemporary home stands on a forested 2.5-acre lot, creating a wonderful secluded feeling despite its location near downtown Lake Forest. Well-placed skylights bring sunlight deep into the interior and the main living areas have huge windows overlooking the lush zen courtyard. A screened-in porch and outdoor rooms likewise take advantage of the beautiful setting.
This unique house by Liederbach and Graham Architects stands on an ultra-wide lot inside a walled urban garden, allowing tons of light and verdant views on all four sides. Exposed brick and metalwork, including a steel ladder that leads to a lofted bedroom, create an industrial vibe without sacrificing luxury. A coach house over the attached garage includes a second full kitchen and living room, and there’s also a lower-level recreation room with a sauna, and a 900 bottle wine cellar.
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Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.