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Lakeside Georgian From 1911 Restored to its Past Glory

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Location: Lake Bluff, Ill.
Price: $18,977,000
The Skinny: Unfortunately, it's rare these days to happen upon a classic estate that hasn't been "modernized" by a previous owner in irreversible fashion. This 1911 Georgian estate on the shores of Lake Michigan, despite its spine-tingling price tag, has managed to escape such a fate. Housing a total of 10 bedrooms, this palatial brick manor sits on 21 acres in a northern suburb of Chicago. A recent renovation—while perhaps too specific in taste in the kitchen—remained respectful of the heritage of the original home. While the list of fancy modern features is short—and we're not sure the original swimming pool counts—sometimes it's worthwhile to give up the Crestron system and the plasma TVs in every room for something a little more stately. That is, of course, if you've got $19M to drop on yesteryear.
· 600 Lansdowne Lane [Koenig & Strey]