Located outside of Chicago in suburban Barrington Hills, this 1972 home by architect Dennis Blair has decent curb appeal for buyers with more modern tastes. But, step inside to see an impressive skylight atrium with a two-story ficus tree.
The home centers around the landscaped interior space in spiral arrangement with each room rising a few steps above the last. The layout is no coincidence given that Blair studied at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin school and worked under the legendary designer on New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Blair went on to create dozens of Chicago-area homes in places such as Long Grove, Lake Bluff, and North Barrington.
The sunny atrium brings the outdoors inside and the large windows overlook the property’s five-acre wooded lot. The four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom residence includes four fireplaces, a screened porch, and rear deck.
According to Baird & Warner listing agent Lou Zucaro, the current owners preserved Blair’s vision for the home while bringing it into the 21st Century. Improvements include expanding and updating the 1970s-era kitchen and replacing the floors, windows, doors, and roof.
The spiraling atrium home at 3 Wood Rock Road is currently asking $770,000.