This historic house is located at 275 N Mayflower Road in Lake Forest, IL. It was built by Robert Hall McCormick in 1882 and is situated on 1.95 acres. The European style home boasts 9,409 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms, 2-story great room, library with fireplace, formal living and dining rooms, family room with billiards table, media room, screened-in patio, in-law suite, 3-car garage and more. It is listed at $5,174,000.

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  • Venom

    Lake Forest is gorgeous, worth every penny to live out there.
    Mayflower is a nice road with gorgeous houses, but Lake Rd is where you want to live. Huge home on the water and when you are die you can even get buried at the cemetery right on the water.




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  • Daniel

    I quite like this, minus the Willy Wonka colors in some of the rooms and that ghastly room in photo 3. Price is odd – why the added $174k?




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  • LE

    nice… was the first owner tied to mccormick meat?




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  • rob

    What a gorgeous home. And what a great location. This home sits on a large lot that leads right down to Lake Michigan. And the neighboring houses are not too shabby either. This home has beautiful woodwork and great detailing. I like the decorating choices that the owners have made. They add a lot of color and personality to the house. You cannot really appreciate the true cottage nature of the place from Bing. You need to get close enough to see the details. This is a classic house and if I had the money and lived in Chicago this would be a great place to call home.




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  • Grrrowler

    Now this I really like. If I wanted a traditionally-styled house, I’d be shopping for this instead of something new that tries to look old. I’d change some of the decor here and there, but overall I think it’s great. Lake Forest is a truly beautiful area as well.




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  • Iemand

    The exterior is a bit different but I like it. I don’t really like the interior but with some tweaks en different furniture it could turn into something nice.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    What’s the wager that it goes for half the asking price? Lake Forest also charges a transfer tax whenever a home is bought or sold, something that’s not helping at all in the present bad economic climate. There’s quite a few unsold homes in the city and neighboring cities, and, by extension, in the greater Chicagoland area. The sellers can ask for whatever they want – they’re not going to get it. I doubt if a single Chicago area home that has been listed here (or anywhere else for that matter) has sold so far, and, if it has sold, it has almost certainly sold for a hugely lower price than what it was listed at.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I love this home, it’s absolutely beautiful inside and out. The land looks decently private, especially for being on a primary road, and the grounds are totally understated and classic. The home is magnificent too. It’s wonderful to see a home that isn’t afraid to use some actual COLORS! I also really appreciate that the home has been renovated and updated but also retains gobs of its original 1882 character. Sure, it’s been added onto probably several times, but there are plenty original elements and even the newer parts are respectful of the originality evident elsewhere.

    The two-story room in photo 3 is a complete disappointment and is not at all in keeping with the rest of the home…fortunately the rest of the place more than makes up for it. Love it.




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