When architect Frederick Wainwright Perkins (not to be confused with the oft-referenced Dwight Perkins) wasn't taking commissions from John Shedd (i.e. Schweppe Mansion), he was still frequently in the employ of other wealthy North Shore citizens. Built a year after the Schweppe, in 1916, and in the same gilded neighborhood, this 6,600-square-foot neoclassical mini-mansion must've felt like a vacation after designing the former 27-room lakefront goliath. But Perkins didn't scrimp on the details, filling the home with marble, intricate woodwork, millwork, and fireplaces. The home's backside opens to a monumental patio, stepping down to 2.14 acres of property. The spread is a couple blocks from a public beach, shops, restaurants, and the Metra... hey, if Michael Bloomberg can ride transit, so can anyone. The ask: $3.35M, down from $5M in an aborted 2008 listing.
·Listing: 747 E Deerpath Road, Lake Forest [Coldwell Banker]