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A Lake Forest French Manor that has stood since 1914 and stands ready to welcome a new owner through its welcoming doors.

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A timeless manor with a touch of the French Aristocracy ready to welcome a new generation of owners.

There’s a certain timeless beauty to early 20th Century homes. An elegance and grandeur that often escapes most luxury homes built today. These homes hail from an era when no expense was spared and attention to every detail was paid without a second thought. And honestly, how often does one come across a home that is a century old and still in pristine shape?

At 275 Sussex Lane in Lake Forest, IL, there stands a mansion that has stood since 1914 and stands ready to welcome a new owner through its welcoming doors. Measuring at 11,000 square feet, the mansion occupies an estate comprised of two acres, featuring style and beauty from a bygone era that has stood the test of time.

For a little history of the home, it was designed and built in 1914 by noted architect David Adler, of the firm Adler & Dangler. Basing the endeavor on the neoclassicism of “Louis XVI style” that originated from the mid-18th Century, Adler achieved the look of a classic French country estate (in particular, le Petit Trianon on the grounds of le Château de Versailles in France, which was given to Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette). Adler was commissioned for the project by Joseph Cudahy and his wife Jean Morton Cudahy (daughter of Joy Morton, founder and president of the Morton Salt Company).

The home wants for nothing when it comes to luxurious amenities. After passing through the elaborate private gates that guard the estate, the home displays its grandeur for all to see. If one ventures around the stately mansion, they will find themselves confronted with a stunning swimming pool, a tennis court, beauteous botanical gardens and an outdoor terrace that can facilitate any number of formal events. But the majesty of this mansion does not stop simply on the outside. Taking a look at the inside reveals even more of the palatial beauty of this incredible piece of early 20th Century architecture.

The Bedrooms

275 Sussex Lane is home to eight elegant bedrooms, all of which occupy the second level of the mansion. Each of the rooms features strong, hardwood flooring with lavish drapes adorning the windows. As far as the dimensions of each of the rooms go, here are the following measurements for each.

  •     The Master Bedroom measures 29X19
  •     Bedroom Two measures 17X16
  •     Bedroom Three measures 17X13
  •     Bedroom Four measures 16X15
  •     Bedroom Five measures 11X10
  •     Bedroom Six measures 14X10
  •     Bedroom Seven measures 11X8
  •     Bedroom Eight measures 18X17

These bedrooms are perfect to accommodate a growing family or honored guests throughout the year and have maintained their luxurious appearances throughout the past century.

But what is the most important aspect of a home after the bedroom? Why the necessity of a bathroom of course.

The Bathrooms

The mansion features 11 bathrooms throughout the house, eight of them full baths (with toilet, sink and shower/bath) while the remaining three are half baths (sink & toilet). Additionally, the mansion has had its plumbing updated by the current owner in order to increase the appeal and functionality of the home overall. The bathrooms also feature 24-karat gold Sherle Wagner fixtures.

It can safely be said that a soothing bath is something this home will certainly never lack.

The Main Level

Having touched on the opulence of the second level, it is time for the main level of this magnificent home to be explored. The main level of the home cradles several formal rooms that need to be seen to truly appreciate their beauty. As far as the dimensions and the features of each room stand, here are the following specifications for each:

  •     The foyer measures 41X13
  •     The living room is host to hardwood flooring and measures 41X21
  •     The family room features ceramic tiling and measures 28X17
  •     The sitting room has hardwood flooring and measures 11X9
  •     The breakfast room has ceramic tiling and measures 24X13
  •     The dining room (separate from the kitchen) features hardwood flooring and measures 21X18
  •     The study utilizes hardwood flooring and measures 24X14

All of these rooms display limitless potential when it comes to uses and decoration. Additionally, the main level is host to several of the home’s fireplaces. Each room still retains the extravagant style that was first displayed when the home was finished in 1914.

The Kitchen

The kitchen of this home is truly a sight to behold. The hardwood flooring compliments the crafted wooden cabinets with perfection. The center island and the countertops are custom marble polished to a mirror shine. The kitchen features amenities such as a double oven, oven/range, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, disposal and a trash compactor. Lastly, the kitchen has a walk-in pantry ready to be stocked with all manner of foods and ingredients.

The Third Level

Lastly, the third level of the home features two more surprises: a carpeted recreation room and a carpeted playroom, measuring 32X30 and 36X24 respectively. The rooms are perfect for setting up any number of various amusements that will be sure to delight those who live in and visit this opulent mansion for many years to come.

In closing, 275 Sussex Lane is one of those rare jewels of a home that comes along every so often and shows the world what true luxury is all about. And since the home is currently for sale, many people may be making a bid to make it their home before this jewel disappears once again.

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