Today’s home in Mettawa, Illinois was built by Orren Pickell in 2000 and reflects European influence and a traditional approach to gracious living. The estate is on 4.4 landscaped and wooded acres, surrounded by rolling pastures.
The residence is entered through a massive walnut door, to a tumbled marble foyer, the graceful staircase to the left accessing the second floor and leading down to the lower level. Soaring windows enhance the front façade of the residence, flooding it with sunlight.
The grand living room faces the front entrance and has a marble fireplace with massive soaring walnut mantel surround flanked by custom walnut shelving as its focal point.
The classic dining room opens to the right and features a crystal chandelier.
The bright white kitchen has a large center island, a Viking stove, and a breakfast bar. The elegant master bedroom suite and handsome walnut-finished library grace this wing of the home, with the master suite presenting new striking his-and-hers new marble baths and walk-in closet.
French doors open to a three-season room which offers a peaceful spot to enjoy views of the gardens and pool beyond.
The second floor has three additional bedrooms, one of these bedrooms functioning as a second master.
Another bedroom showcases a marvelous seascape mural. A substantial bonus room is also a part of this floor.
The walkout lower level boasts custom high ceilings, heated floors of stone and carpeting, and has a second kitchen with an eating area.
This expansive level also has a family room with an inviting fireplace, a billiard room, cigar room and temperature-controlled wine cellar.
A guest house has a kitchenette and full bath and opens onto the award-winning pool and spa. This 7,947 square foot luxurious residence features 17 rooms, six bedrooms, six full baths, three half baths, four fireplaces, a three-car garage. It is listed for $2.5 million with @properties, an affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®.
Deidre Woollard served as the lead editor on Luxist.com for six years writing about real estate, auctions, jewelry and luxury goods. Her love for luxury real estate led her to work at realtor.com and two of the top real estate brokerages in Los Angeles as well as doing publicity for properties around the world.