Situated on more than 10 acres, this remarkable estate located at 3828 Spring Creek Road was originally designed and built for Andrew Charles of National Lock in 1949. Included within the grounds at the time were the main house, the greenhouse, and walking paths. Daniel Greenwood of Taylor Freezer purchased the estate in 1954. Evans Erikson, while CEO of Sundstrand, was the third owner of the estate and made significant additions and renovations: most notably, an underground wine cellar holding 10,000 bottles of wine, which is now a fitness studio. The current owners have performed extensive renovations, improving every inch of the main home including all new windows and doors.
Nestled within the acreage are fox, deer, turkey, owls, rabbits, squirrels, native bird species, and other wildlife. Numerous walking trails weave throughout the mature trees, seasonal flowers, and native Illinois plants, cultivating tranquility in your very own sanctuary. Explore nature and childhood adventure in the tree forts; make memories while roasting marshmallows over the custom outdoor fire pit; and enjoy leisurely dinners with family and friends under the pergola on the blue stone patio, where the sounds of the stone fountain set the mood. Plant flowers in the greenhouse or take a run on the trails. This extraordinary retreat is securely enclosed within a property fence and stone entrance gate for ultimate privacy.
This exceptional setting is a rare find in any city: a private woodland retreat located in the heart of a metropolitan area, close to every urban convenience.
The spectacular 2-story main house is of stone construction, with a full walkout basement and partially finished attic. The main house is 10,600 sq. ft. and seamlessly blends styles inspired by Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Spanish influences, with wonderful views from every room. The grand entry gives way to a curved staircase, greeting family or guests with inimitable taste. The sizeable kitchen overlooks the serene back yard, with breakfast nook, large island, and a new bay window over the sink. The main level also comprises the impressive dining room, parlor sitting/greeting room, living room with fireplace, study with custom built-ins, family entertainment room, and 2 half bathrooms. The mudroom off of the attached garage has plenty of storage as well as a sink and built-in cabinets. The attached 3-car heated garage holds additional attic storage accessible via stair. Enjoy the expansive blue stone rear patio for receptions, dining, or relaxing. You will enjoy entertaining family, friends and guests in this epic estate setting.
The second floor boasts 5 bedrooms including a master suite with large walk-in closet and sitting room that can be completely locked by a sliding glass door. The master bathroom is a spa-like refuge that includes a soaking tub, separate shower with sauna/steam, and toilet room. All 5 bedrooms are on the second floor, with an additional small office that could be used as a 6th bedroom or playroom. There are an additional 4 full bathrooms on the second floor, with one Jack & Jill bath connecting 2 of the bedrooms, ensuring that each bedroom has its own full bathroom. This level also includes a spacious laundry room with a new top-load washer and dryer, sink, and storage cabinets.
The attic space is fully finished and comprises a cedar closet, ample hanging storage, and a generous light-filled playroom (or optional bedroom) and plenty of built-in storage under the skylights.
The finished basement includes a large den/TV room (ideal for teens), craft room, storage room with extensive custom wooden shelving, exercise/playroom, and a modest entertaining kitchen complete with fridge, microwave, sink and dishwasher. An impressive custom fitness studio rounds out the space, with it’s own heat/air-conditioning system, studio-mirror walls, and custom lighting and sound. Enjoy a full gym right in your own home, or use the studio space for yoga, dance, or entertaining. The fitness studio could also easily be converted to the former 10,000-bottle Wine Cellar space!
The greenhouse is attached to the main house via a porte cochère. The greenhouse has an attached 1-car, heated and air-conditioned garage with family dog washing station, which previously featured a stationary lap swim pool.
The tennis court was added 30 years ago and was completely resurfaced in 2016. Additional landscape retaining walls were added last year to improve the look and function of the blue court.
The Carriage House
("The Lodge" guesthouse and garage):
The Carriage House or “The Lodge” is a 2-story guesthouse and garage space created in 2014. The Lodge guesthouse comprises 1,000 sq. ft. of complete living space, decorated in Canadian Rockies pine log cabin style, with large windows that flood the great room with light and expansive views of nature. The Lodge features a full kitchen, a great room with a Ben Franklin wood-burning stove, WiFi, and a full bathroom with log detail. A timber ships ladder stair leads up to the lofted bedroom with 3 beds and closet. A large elevated exterior deck overlooks the woods, creating a peaceful haven for guests or a quick getaway. A large 3-car garage lies adjacent to The Lodge with heat, a full-size washer and dryer, and storage for projects and vehicles of your choice. The Carriage House sits atop a nearly 300 sq. ft. basement with walkout for additional storage.
The Shed (Game Room):
“The Shed” is a 1-story, 1,350 sq. ft. traditional game room that was built in 2017. Furnished in stylish rustic decor, The Shed includes a lounge, gas fireplace, a large TV, WiFi, billiards, ping-pong, darts, foosball, poker table, and shuffleboard all in one spacious room. The Shed also has an overhead garage door opening to the trail system outside and provides space to store the recreational vehicle of your choice. Relax with family or friends and create memories while having fun in this escape a short walk from the main house.
This historic, wooded private estate is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own an incomparable property in the northern Illinois area, situated on a hilltop in Winnebago County. The 3-building complex features:
livable gross floor area of 13,650 sq. ft.
6 (up to 8) bedrooms
5 full bathrooms
3 half bathrooms
complete cable/WiFi throughout
security alarm system, fence, and stone entry gate
custom fitness studio/wine cellar
over 1 mile of walking paths
welcoming fountain with bronze statue
blue stone patio and walkways throughout
tree fort, custom fire pit, and many other outdoor fun areas
It’s an unparalleled opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind estate that you won't want to leave!