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969 Spring Ln, Lake Forest, IL 60045
9 Beds
12 Baths
11,553 sqft


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The Potter Palmer Estate is a rare combination of location, privacy, acreage & a unique 2 acre buildable site, 11,553 sf Estate on 4 acres of table land & 2 ravines one of Lake Forest's most sought after & significant properties. Originally the carriage house for the Phillip Swift Estate, it has been expanded several times to achieve its current size & status. In the early 1920's Farwell Winston, extensively expanded & remodeled the home with architect Stanley Anderson. From 1970 to 1972 the Potter Palmers added 2 major additions, plumbing & electrical upgrades, with architect James Keiser & Bleck Engineering Company. This French styled stucco Estate has been maintained and improved by the current owners from 2016 through 2020. 1st floor-Entry Foyer - Travertine marble floors, rich oak wood, circular staircase, expanded powder room with Italian glass vanity. Impressive living room (former carriage house) with fireplace, hardwood floors, ceiling beams, crystal sconces, French doors. Grand dining room with parquet floors, brass chandelier, silver closet, French doors leading to redwood surround deck on west ravine. Library with fireplace, hardwood floors, 12 ft floor to ceiling window overlooking the ravine. Family Room with arched specialty tiled fireplace, pegged wood floors, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors adjacent to the pool, and tiled kitchenette with oven, burners, dishwasher & microwave. Cabana with full shower & bathroom, 2 large dressing rooms, hot tub, laundry fixtures & counter top in large open area leading to 2nd garage. Utility closet includes a 40 gallon H2O heater for this area. Sun room, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors on 3 sides & wet bar. Solarium with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors & terra cotta flooring. Main kitchen of white cabinetry, JennAire stoves with capacity for ten burners or a mix of burners and grills, Corian counters for maximum durability, built in heating plates and warmers, walk-in pantry, island & large seating area with couch & chairs as well as kitchen table. Arched access door to wrap around redwood deck on the west ravine for comfortable outdoor dining. Recently remodeled laundry room with built in cabinets & hanging racks. 2nd floor- Master suite with marble fireplace, 2 very large walk-in closets with vanity and sink in between, extensive built-in cabinetry, recently renovated Calacatta marble bath, shower, vanities. Kitchenette with sink, microwave, storage. 9 bedrooms (9 in total), most with recently renovated marble counter tops. 8 of the bedrooms have private ensuite baths with added storage cabinetry. Turret office connecting the 2 main wings of the house. Large playroom with 5 large built in shelf sections, floor to ceiling mirrors, specialty floating dance flooring. INTERCOM throughout the house via a telephone system. MUSIC SYSTEM and speakers throughout the 1st floor, by the pool, and the black slate patio. DIVIDED BASEMENT, all with indoor outdoor carpet. Beneath the main kitchen is a large area for crafts & extensive built in shelving. At one end is a Swedish cedar wine cellar. Included is a large boiler and chiller for the gas fired and water based HVAC system, and air handling blower units. There is a 100 gallon H20 tank for a portion of the main house. 5ft high passage under West wing. Beneath family room/kitchenette is large sauna, steam room & exercise area. This also houses an air handler, 50 gal H2O and sump pumps. The current owners have done extensive improvements: a recently renovated cottage with fireplace (originally the groundskeeper cottage) redwood deck wrapping around East & South end of home, woodland garden with multiple stone walk ways leading to south ravine, sewer system, added over 400 trees and bushes, recessed lighting and fans, new fence, piping, trees, ravine work, retaining walls, ceiling fans, and freshly painted exterior. Estate features: tennis court, playground, fire pit, 4 patios, 2 courtyards for resort style living.
  • Price:
  • $6,995,000
  • Bedrooms:
  • 9
  • Full Baths:
  • 12
  • Half Baths:
  • 3
  • Square Footage:
  • 11,553
  • Acreage:
  • 4.00
  • Year Built:
  • 1910
  • Listing ID #:
  • MRD10892539
  • Street Address:
  • 969 Spring Ln
  • City:
  • Lake Forest
  • State:
  • Illinois
  • Postal Code:
  • 60045
  • County:
  • Lake
  • Community:
  • Lake Forest
  • Listing Status:
  • Active
  • Listing Type:
  • Detached Single
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Sheridan Elementary School
School Grade Level K-4
School Students 233 students
School Teachers 11 student/

Deer Path Middle School East
School Grade Level 5-8
School Students 424 students
School Teachers 11 student/
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Deer Path Middle School West
School Grade Level 7-8
School Students 250 students
School Teachers 11 student/
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Lake Forest High School
School Grade Level 9-12
School Students 1600 students
School Teachers 13 student/
  • Age Of Dwelling:
  • 100+ Years
  • Basement Description:
  • Partially Finished, Crawl, Exterior Access, Concrete (basement), Rec/Family Area, Storage Space
  • Builder Model:
  • French-Style Stucco Estate
  • Building Faces:
  • North
  • Exterior Description:
  • Stucco
  • Exterior Features:
  • Deck, Patio, Hot Tub, Pool In-Ground, Storms/Screens, Outdoor Grill, Fire Pit, Workshop
  • Fireplace:
  • Wood Burning, More Than One
  • Foundation:
  • Concrete Perimeter
  • Interior Features:
  • Sauna/Steam Room, Hot Tub, Bar-Wet, Hardwood Floors, Walk-In Closet(s)
  • Number Of Fireplaces:
  • 4
  • Other Buildings:
  • Pergola, Second Garage, Shed(s), Tennis Court(s), Cabana, Garage(s), Storage
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 11553
  • Unit Total # Of Baths:
  • 12
  • Unit Total # Of Halfbaths:
  • 3
  • Year Built:
  • 1910
  • Lot Features:
  • Corner Lot, Fenced Yard, Irregular Lot, Landscaped, Wooded, Mature Trees, Backs To Trees/Woods, Views, Sidewalks, Streetlights
  • Lot Size:
  • 4.0-4.99 Acres
  • Community Features:
  • Park, Pool, Tennis Court(s), Curbs, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Street Paved
  • Days On Market:
  • 191
  • Originating Mls:
  • Mred
  • Association Fee Payment Frequency:
  • Not Applicable
  • Property Taxes:
  • $77,740
  • Tax Year:
  • 2019
  • Attic Present:
  • Full, Pull Down Stair, Unfinished
  • Bathroom Description:
  • Whirlpool, Separate Shower, Double Sink
  • Bedroom #2 Dimensions:
  • 14x13
  • Bedroom #2 On Level:
  • 2nd Level
  • Bedroom #3 Dimensions:
  • 14x14
  • Bedroom #3 On Level:
  • 2nd Level
  • Bedroom #4 Dimensions:
  • 14x13
  • Bedroom #4 On Level:
  • 2nd Level
  • Dining Room:
  • Separate
  • Dining Room Dimensions:
  • 19x25
  • Dining Room Level:
  • Main Level
  • Family Room Dimensions:
  • 21x37
  • Family Room Level:
  • Main Level
  • Kitchen:
  • Eating Area-Table Space, Galley, Island, Pantry
  • Kitchen Dimensions:
  • 25x30
  • Kitchen Level:
  • Main Level
  • Laundry Room Level:
  • Main Level
  • Living Room Dimensions:
  • 23x40
  • Living Room Level:
  • Main Level
  • Master Bathroom Description:
  • Full, Double Sink, Tub & Separate Shwr
  • Master Bedroom Dimensions:
  • 24x39
  • Master Bedroom Location:
  • 2nd Level
  • Total Rooms:
  • 18
  • Driveway:
  • Asphalt
  • Garage Capacity:
  • 24
  • Garage Description:
  • Attached
  • Garage Parking Spaces:
  • 4
  • Parking Description:
  • Driveway, Other, Oversized
  • Parking Description:
  • Driveway, Other, Oversized
  • Parking Spaces:
  • 20
  • Appliances:
  • Double Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Range Hood, Gas Cooktop
  • Cooling System:
  • Central Air
  • Electricity:
  • 400 Amp Service Or Greater
  • Existing Water:
  • Lake Michigan
  • Heating:
  • Natural Gas, Forced Air, 2+ Sep Heating Systems, Indv Controls, Zoned
  • Sewage Type:
  • Public Sewer






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  • Listing Provided By Coldwell Banker Realty

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