Custom $4.7M Farmhouse Near Chicago Offers the Best of Both Worlds


A new listing in Winnetka, IL, is close to bustling Chicago, but it’s also a laid-back, modern farmhouse near Lake Michigan. And it’s listed for $4,700,000.

The sellers, who are the home’s second owners, bought the 2016 build in 2021 for $3,300,000.

“They’re being relocated to Colorado for work,” says listing agent Carrie McCormick, of @properties East Lincoln Park.

Set on an acre lot, the four-bedroom, six-bath home comes with a full-size tennis court; outdoor grilling station; 850-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar; a heated circle drive; patio; and three-car, attached garage. Heated limestone flooring is another welcome perk—especially in the winter.

Seamless access between the indoor and outdoor spaces is just one more of the property’s charms.

“It’s a home that’s very timeless and will never need updating,” McCormick says. “It really feels like an Aspen ski resort—minus the snow.”

The kitchen is stocked with appliances from Miele, Wolf, and Sub-Zero, along with galaxy-white, granite, waterfall countertops. It’s the perfect place for someone who loves to throw parties.

The great room—with its custom, stone fireplace and full bar—is another great backdrop for entertaining.

The primary suite’s vaulted, wood ceilings; two walk-in closets; soaking tub; walk-in, steam shower; and dual vanities make for a luxe retreat.

Living room


One of the bedrooms

One of the baths


Wine cellar

Home theater and game room

Tennis court

Tucked into the lower level is a full-screen theater and game room, as well as a possible fifth bedroom.

The striking, one-level design is by architect Paul Konstant, who has a following in the Chicago area.

“He’s got his own unique style,” McCormick notes. “All of his homes are very different and very high quality.”

In fact, another Konstant-designed residence in Winnetka hit the market last fall for $14,999,900 and has since found a buyer.

McCormick says the local school district and a desire for more space are what draw homebuyers to Winnetka—a town that’s 22 miles north of Chicago.

“The land that people get and the privacy” attract people there, she says, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic upped the demand for those amenities.

So who will buy this custom retreat so close to the city?

“It’s either going to be a family home or someone that’s downsizing,” says McCormick. “The house caters to a variety of people.”

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