When we moved to Long Grove we knew the location was perfect. Nationally ranked schools are just minutes away. Shopping is very close by. The charm of Long Grove’s historic downtown is just down the road, as is a Metra rail station and access to major highways. Yet, when entering our neighborhood, and especially coming down our driveway, it feels like suddenly we are a million miles away.

Over the years we’ve put a lot of time and effort into our outdoor spaces. From every window we enjoy views of the woods, pond and landscaping. It’s truly a sanctuary. We focused on how to make everything more garden-like with colors, variations of plants and seasonal plantings.  From inside the home lots of natural light means every room is brighter and more inviting. Outside, we enjoy the color from 30 rose bushes and use our deck and patio regularly. Grilling out is almost a nightly event.

On the lower level the wine cellar is professional grade. There’s a separate refrigeration unit and humidifier for even temperature control to accommodate 3,000 bottles. The local tradesman who built the cellar added a cedar roof, track lighting and a display window that invites you into the space. The adjacent tasting area features lots of wine-related art in a comfortable spot for sharing wine and conversation; it’s a real focal point of the home.  

Everybody loves the floor plan. It is very open, while boasting tons of closets and storage space. The first floor master is unique in that it isn’t obvious; the door to the suite is not visible from the main living space. Once inside, it feels like a truly private space. Overall there are seven bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. A grand foyer invites guests into the home with stunning architectural details throughout: triple crown moldings, herringbone floors, new floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights and three fireplaces. A remodeled kitchen overlooks a spacious heated sunroom and spectacular family room. 

This home has great bones, which meant all remodeling decisions simply reflected an evolving lifestyle for raising a family. For example, when addressing the master suite bathroom, out went a giant 1980s tub in favor of a two-person shower and a lovely freestanding tub. For the lower level the space was opened up with the addition of a wooden staircase, cherry woodwork, paneling and cabinetry, and entertainment furniture that was custom designed and hand made. There’s even a hidden door that reveals the workout room, a second kitchen and a game room/TV space. It’s designed as a place where kids can enjoy having their friends come over.

Our family has enjoyed this house so completely. We can’t wait to welcome a new family to make their home here in Long Grove.

About the Author: Mary and Mike Lee, homeowners of 5443 Forrest Trail in Long Grove, are represented by Renee Clark of @Properties. To learn more about this home (offered for $1,095,000) or to schedule a showing, please call 847.612.0027 or visit reneeclarkhomes.com.