1421 Lake Road

Lake Forest IL, 60045


$1,024.32 per sqft



7 Beds

8 Baths

7,566 sqft


Built in 1928

Courtesy of Compass

Designed in 1928 by David Adler, the current owners have brought it into the 21st century, lovingly maintaining historical integrity while crafting an elegant home of enduring quality. Adler was renowned for his skill in placing homes in a way that they maximize natural light & provide an optimal living experience, & there is no better example of this than 1421 Lake. Situated beautifully on almost 3 acres, the home & private setting meld w/breathtaking lake views from almost every room. Portico entry w/barreled ceiling & bluestone walkway welcomes visitors with views of south gardens. Foyer features stunning original herringbone tile in glaze color chosen by Adler's sister, designer Frances Elkins, to reflect the color of the lake. Adler's trademark bent wood staircase graces entry. Large living room with 10' ceiling has pegged wooden floors refinished in 2022 & original, floor-to-ceiling built-ins. Relax by the fireplace with stunning mantel & original backplate. Wall of windows overlooks patio, lawn & lake. Exquisite sunroom has windows & 12' doors on 3 sides for all-season enjoyment of garden & lake, and lovely fireplace. Dining room has original Dutch Delft tiles surrounding fireplace & baseboard & beautiful barrel ceiling. Brand-new kitchen, butler's pantry, mudrooms, & family room designed by Morgante-Wilson Architects in 2022. The spectacular result: state-of-the-art chef's kitchen & open living plan seamlessly extending Adler's vision while crafting elegant home for intimate events & large celebrations. Kitchen has rift & quarter-sawn white oak hardwood floors, 2 islands w/Cambria quartz counters, large farm sink & prep sink, custom cabinetry, 2 sets of SubZero refrigerator drawers, Scotsman gourmet ice machine, & side-by-side SubZero refrigerator & freezer. The 60" Wolf stove w/double ovens nestles underneath reclaimed barn wood detail, matching Adler's exposed timber on east side of home. Large windows on 3 sides of kitchen fill room w/natural light for spectacular sunrises & sunsets. Gorgeous hardwood floors continue through family room w/custom shelving, built-in banquette, wet bar w/Brazilian Marinace stone counter, additional SubZero drawers & Scotsman nugget ice machine. West mudroom features herringbone fire-glazed tile, a 45" Kohler farm sink, white oak lockers, & custom stone counter. Going up the bent wood staircase reveals charming library w/wall-to-wall bookshelves & window seat looking over lawn & lake. Step into the primary suite w/gas log fireplace & full-sized dressing room & closet. The suite has 2 full baths, each w/Carrara marble heated flooring. 4 additional bedrooms on the 2nd floor all have built-ins, original sconces & arched doorways. 2nd floor has a wonderful sleeping porch. Updated 3rd floor is marvelous, w/2 bedrooms, 1 currently being enjoyed as a fabulous bunk room. Full bath & cedar closet complete 3rd floor. Outside, a complete & professional restoration of grounds enables four-season enjoyment of property. Newer 3 car garage includes 240V electric for car charging & storage attic. Composite stairs & boardwalk to sandy beach built in 2022, including a platform with bench storage providing panoramic views of lake. An all-property irrigation system was installed, including fully irrigated, raised planters in vegetable & flower gardens. LED landscape lighting highlights home, pathways, & beach steps. Wood-burning fire circle has stunning views of lake & home, & large gas fire feature anchors east patio. Spacious outdoor kitchen with 42" Lynx gas grill, Lynx beverage refrigerator & Marvel freezer has stunning lake views. Unique property enjoys 288' of protected sandy beach w/south & east exposures. Storage for beach equipment added in 2022. Energy-efficient upgrades: cedar shake roof 2023, NTI boilers & water heater, Mitsubishi HVAC, & exterior air conditioning condensers, 2022. Generac generator, advanced Keyth security system w/integrated smoke and alarm system. Wired for perimeter camera.



September 12, 2023


May 9, 2024



1421 Lake Road
Lake Forest IL, 60045

Interior Features



Total Bathrooms


Full Bathrooms


Half Bathrooms


Interior Features

Bar-Dry, Bar-Wet, Hardwood Floors, Heated Floors, Built-in Features, Walk-In Closet(s), Bookcases, Historic/Period Mlwk, Beamed Ceilings, Pantry


Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, High End Refrigerator, Bar Fridge, Washer, Dryer, Disposal, Wine Refrigerator, Range Hood, Water Purifier



Fireplace Description

Wood Burning, Gas Log, Gas Starter



Cooling Description

Central Air, Space Pac, Zoned



Heating Description

Natural Gas, Forced Air, Radiator(s), Zoned

Exterior/Building Features

Lot Size

2.68 Acres

Exterior Features

Patio, Porch Screened, Storms/Screens, Outdoor Grill, Fire Pit

Lot Features

Beach, Lake Front, Water View, Wooded

Architectual Style





Public Sewer

School Information

School District


High School

Lake Forest High School

Elementary School

Sheridan Elementary School

Other Property Details

Area Name

Lake Forest



Tax Frequency


Days on Market




Garage Spaces


Parking Total








Water Source

Lake Michigan







Buyer Agency Compensation

2.25% ON 1ST MILLION, 1.75% ON 2ND MILLION, 1.25% ON 3RD MILLION, .75% ON BALANCE -$495

Courtesy of Compass, Katie Hauser,
Listing Contact: 847-212-5214 

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