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In Lake Forest, a midcentury home with vaulted living room asks $1M

The North Shore residence was designed by Chicago architect Arnold Schaffner in 1965

Photos by VHT Studios

While Lake Forest might be known for its stately old-school manors designed by the likes of David Adler and Howard Van Doren Shaw, the suburb is also home to some fine examples of midcentury modern architecture.

Consider this five-bedroom example designed by Chicago architect Arnold Schaffner in 1965. Though the designer may not necessarily be a household name, Schaffner did create a number of notable suburban homes during his 40-year career.

Behind its cedar wood, glass, and stone exterior, the North Shore home makes a bold statement with a dramatic two-story living room topped by soaring cathedral ceilings and a second-floor wrap-around gallery. The voluminous space is bright thanks to its wall of windows and invites you to hang large artwork.

The well-preserved property also boasts a separate family room, a fully finished lower level, and a sleek white kitchen and dining area overlooks an outdoor pool with a free-standing pool house. The surrounding 4-acre wooded lot provides plenty of room to roam plus a fair degree of privacy.

The unique midcentury residence at 1266 Winwood Drive is listed by Andra O’Neill of @properties for $1,049,000. The asking price was recently reduced from $1,195,000. Before that, the home was seeking $1,295,000.

The foyer has a stone floor and a retro floating staircase.
The two-level living room provides ample space to show off an art collection.
The renovated kitchen has an island and stainless steel appliances plus a sitting area overlooking the pool and backyard.
The master suite includes a black marble bathroom and a roomy walk-in closet.
The tree-lined property provides both privacy and room to stretch out a bit.