Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gallery: Here's what you can get for $5.4 million in Winnetka

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Since buying this home in Winnetka's storied Indian Hill Club in 2000, Lou and Candice Hughes have made many refinements, including much of what's seen here: They created the bluestone terrace and fountain (one of three fountains they added to the grounds), framed the pool with formal plantings, updated the pool's mechanicals and added the balcony seen on the house at the far end of the pool. Throughout the work, "we've been careful to keep everything in the original style" of the 90-year-old home, Lou Hughes said. They're listing it Sept. 12 with an asking price of $5.4 million. The listing agent is Ann George of Coldwell Banker. Click here to read more.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The house is set on about 1.6 acres in the Indian Hill Club, a collection of baronial homes that surround a golf course in Winnetka. The couple had been living in Europe for so long when he retired that they didn't have a tie to any one U.S. city. "We had always thought Chicago was a cool town," Hughes said, so we decided to look, and we fell in love with this house."

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The very British sound of crunching of pea gravel greets visitors who drive onto the home's driveway. All the facade seen at right is the original house; the garage and rooms above it at left are an addition, clad mostly in the brick from an old garden wall that was demolished. It used to block the view of the house from the road, which gave a far less inviting character to the front of the house than it has now.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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With a box-beamed ceiling, a big stone fireplace and a bay of tall windows, the family room exudes all the grandeur of the home's 1920's origins, but it's a 21st-century remake of what was once the house's garage. Architect Paul Konstant created the kind of gathering space next to the kitchen that older homes lack, all along taking care to echo the home's vintage. Through the windows, "you look out into a little garden, a tranquil little space," Hughes said.

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In the dining room, decorative plaster ornaments on the ceiling and substantial door frames give the room "presence," Hughes said, while a hand-painted wallcovering and a bay of windows keep it light. When the couple bought the house, it had all its original windows, which let air and moisture in around the edges. All windows were replaced with modern insulated versions.

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At some point, all the vintage wood trim in the library had been bleached. "We had it restained darker to reinforce the English Tudor aspect of the house," Lou Hughes said. They also ordered up a built-out mantel for the fireplace, to make it more substantial. It's one of seven fireplaces in the home.

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The kitchen, Hughes said, was formerly "a pedestrian space" with a low ceiling but became "much more dramatic when we blew out the ceiling above it," sacrificing some little-used older spaces upstairs. Below the wood trusses, kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio crafted a well-outfitted kitchen that's full of sunlight.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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A sunroom looks onto the grounds, which have been extensively landscaped during the Hughes' years in the home.

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Already large when the couple arrived, the master bedroom got an outdoor expansion: a terrace of its own that provides a nice vantage point over the pool and gardens.

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"This is what I call my wife's eagle's nest, where she can get her work done and watch who's coming and going out front," Hughes said. Set above the new garage, the office has wood beams hand-painted with a Florentine pattern, and a fireplace. "It's a magical room," he said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The stonework, landscaping and pool house were all carefully planned to contribute to a "dramatic" view from the house, Hughes said, but it's not merely decorative. The pool, 12 feet deep at one end, is where Candice Hughes swims almost daily in the warm seasons, he said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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This garden vignette includes a sculpture-topped fountain flanked by crabapple trees that bloom all white in the spring. The tall hedge lends a sense of seclusion to this space, where the couple often have breakfast or dinner. "It's a lovely place to be at dusk," Hughes said. Click here to return to the story.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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