255 East Foster Place Lake Forest, IL
$ 3,300,000
Property Attributes
  • MLS#10429287
  • TypeSingle Family
  • CountyLAKE
  • CityLake Forest
  • AreaLake Forest
  • NeighborhoodDowntown
  • Zip60045
  • StyleTraditional
  • Year Built1918
  • Taxes45961
  • Price$ 3,300,000
  • Bedrooms7
  • Full Bathrooms5
  • Half Bathrooms2
  • Sqr Footage10029
  • Lot Size3.5 Acres
Listing Provided Courtesy Of:
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago
Property Description

This spectacular estate was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw for Louis F. Swift. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, stayed here during his visit in 1924. Intricately detailed plaster ceilings in the Solarium, Entresol, Living Room and Dining Room are something to behold. The gorgeous formal rooms open to an expansive bluestone terrace with formal gardens that surround the beautifully restored monumental fountain. Breath-taking sunset views and stunning gardens complete this historic masterpiece. This 3.5 acre estate includes 2 PIN numbers; 1 parcel is 1.8 acres of vacant buildable land with utilities and can be sold separately in future. Interior features include 6 large bedroom suites, a new master bath and dressing room, handsome Library, Butler's Pantry, Kitchen & Breakfast area open to a large Family Room, 2 wet bars, high ceilings, fabulous mouldings, hardwood and stone floors, a greenhouse, 3 car garage and more! Enjoy entertaining family and friends in this fabulous estate with amazing, private grounds with lush gardens, manicured hedges, a sprawling lawn, stone terraces in a prime location near Lake Forest Country Day School, downtown LF, and Onwentsia Club. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this remarkable Historic Landmark.

Price History
6/25/2019 Listed $3,995,000
1/14/2020 18% - $3,300,000

General Features

Age 100+ Years
Area Amenities Curbs/Gutters, Sidewalks, Street Paved
Assessment Includes None
Built Before 1978 Yes
County Lake
Detached Type 2 Stories
Directions South on Green Bay road, turn west on Foster Place home is on the Left side of the street
District Elementary School 67
District High School 115
District Middle/Junior School 67
Exposure E (East)
General Information School Bus Service, Commuter Train
HOA Fee Frequency Not Applicable
New Construction No
Parking Garage
Special Assessments No
Status Active
Tax Year 2018
Taxes 45961.36
Waterfront No
Year Built 1918

Interior Features

2nd Bedroom Flooring Carpet
3rd Bedroom Flooring Carpet
4th Bedroom Flooring Carpet
Addtl Room 1 Flooring Carpet
Addtl Room 4 Name Sunroom
Addtl Room 5 Name Library
Air Conditioning Central Air
Attic Full, Interior Stair, Unfinished
Basement Full
Basement Bathrooms (y/n) Yes
Basement Description Unfinished
Bedroom 2 Dimensions 24X21
Bedroom 2 Level/Floor 2nd Level
Bedroom 3 Dimensions 24X20
Bedroom 4 Dimensions 20X14
Corporate Limits Lake Forest
Dining Room Separate
Dining Room Dimensions 30X19
Dining Room Level Main Level
Electric 200+ Amp Service
Equipment TV-Cable, Security System, CO Detectors, Sprinkler-Lawn
Family Room Dimensions 23X20
Family Room Flooring Hardwood
Fireplace Features Wood Burning, Gas Starter
Fireplace Locations Family Room, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Other
Fireplaces 7
Full Baths 5
Half Baths 2
Heater Fuel Type Gas, Hot Water/Steam, Radiant
Interior Features Bar-Wet, Hardwood Floors, Heated Floors, Built-in Features, Walk-In Closet(s)
Kitchen Appliances Oven-Double, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Disposal, Cooktop, Range Hood
Kitchen Dimensions 19X13
Kitchen Level Main Level
Kitchen Type Eating Area-Table Space, Pantry-Butler
Laundry Dimensions 6X18
Laundry Features Gas Dryer Hookup
Laundry Level/Floor Basement
Living Area 10029
Living Room Dimensions 30X21
Living Room Flooring Hardwood
Living Room Level/Floor Main Level
Master Bath Full
Master Bed Dimensions 29X19
Master Bedroom Flooring Carpet
Master Bedroom Level 2nd Level
Multiple Pin Numbers (y/n) Yes
Other Room 1 Dimensions 21X15
Other Room 2 Dimensions 14X10
Other Room 3 Dimensions 17X10
Other Room 4 Dimensions 24X24
Other Room 4 Level Main Level
Other Room 5 Dimensions 24X15
Other Room 6 Level Not Applicable
Other Room 7 Level Not Applicable
Rooms List 5th Bedroom, 6th Bedroom, 7th Bedroom, Sun/Florida Room, Library
Street Suffix Place
Total Bathrooms 5.2
Total Rooms 12

Exterior Features

City Lake Forest
Acreage 3.5
Architectural Style Traditional
Attached Garage Yes
Disability Access And/or Equipped No
Driveway Asphalt, Brick
Exterior Features Balcony, Patio, Storms/Screens
Foundation Details Concrete
Garage Details Garage Door Opener(s), Heated
Garage Ownership Owned
Garage Spaces 3
Garage Type Attached
Lot Dimensions 417X328X423X297
Lot Features Landscaped Professionally, Mature Trees
Lot Size Area 3.0-3.99 Acres
Roof Slate
Sewer Sewer-Public
Water Source Lake Michigan

Room Details

Room Dimensions Level Flooring Details
5th Bdrm 21X15 2nd Level Carpet
6th Bdrm 14X10 2nd Level Carpet
7th Bdrm 17X10 2nd Level Carpet
Dining Room 30X19 Main Level Hardwood Separate
Family Room 23X20 Main Level Hardwood
Library 24X15 Main Level Hardwood
Living Room 30X21 Main Level Hardwood
Master Bedroom 29X19 2nd Level Carpet
Sunroom 24X24 Main Level Other


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Master On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Zip Code Average in 60045

AVG $1.64M
AVG $24,827
AVG 67
Year Built
AVG 1967