Architect David Adler had a lot going on up in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, but for novelty nothing quite measures up to these parallel listings for French Colonial homes on the same private lane. We'll begin with the gatehouse, expanded and renovated in 2000 to offer five beds, three-and-half baths, and almost 5,000 square feet. The 1916 property was, of course, a component of estate policing back in the day, as David Adler laid out a 17-acre compound within the Ferry Field and Ferry Woods Subdivision in Lake Bluff. The area came to include several opulent homes over the years. The gatehouse's polished interiors sport wide-plank hardwood floors, tall windows, wet bar, library, and two fireplaces. Nearly an acre of landscaped yard includes a walled patio with sculptural water element. The ask: $2.295M, down $200K over an earlier 2012 listing.
If you get past the gatehouse, there's a surge in grandiosity at the end of the lane. It's the Morse Ely House, built in 1922 and clearing 7,200 square feet of living space. "Patterned after La Lanterne in Versaille," according to the listing, the home has a great many original details like restored wallpapers, sconces and chandeliers. And let's not forget the marble floors, wood panelling, and pastel color scheme. It's a lot of look but doesn't feel uninhabitable, as monster chateaus are known to be. New-to-market, the ask is a cool $6M. Despite going live on the same day, the listings have different agents and brokerages. Play your cards right and you could come away with the mansion and its means of access.
·Listing: 115 Moffett Road [Coldwell Banker]
·Listing: 111 Moffett Road [Prudential Rubloff]