253 Vine Avenue

Lake Forest IL, 60045


$413.48 per sqft


5 Beds

5 Baths

4,837 sqft


Built in 1919

Courtesy of @properties Christie's International Real Estate

Amazing home in a fabulous in-town location with 7,500 SF of finished living space! Beautifully renovated throughout, this historic home was exquisitely updated and enlarged in 2007 utilizing the finest finishes and materials with incredible attention to detail on all four levels. Located in east Lake Forest on desirable Vine Avenue, this home exudes comfort, sophistication and style at every turn. Situated on .31 acres with 7,500 square feet of total finished living space (4,435 square feet above grade on three floors in the main house, 406 square foot office above the attached garage and over 2,500 square feet in the finished lower level), this magnificent 5 bedroom/4.1 bath home has it all! The exterior is constructed of stucco with insulated high quality windows and copper gutters and downspouts. The interior has luxurious finishes and amenities throughout including high ceilings, rich walnut hardwood or stone floors, radiant floor heat on all levels, elegant designer lighting and finishes, Baldwin and Rocky Mountain door hardware, custom millwork, deluxe custom bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, two laundry rooms, front and back staircases, and an incredible lower level with radiant floor heat that connects the garage to the main house. The first floor has a great floor plan with an inviting foyer with 2 guest closets, a living room, study, powder room, dining room, and a gourmet kitchen open to a large family room, breakfast area, and butler's pantry. The 2nd and 3rd floors include a luxurious primary suite with a gorgeous custom spa bath featuring polished nickel Waterworks and Kohler faucetry, a center marble surround chromotherapy tub with bubbles, a custom vanity, separate shower and huge closet with custom built-ins. Another spacious custom bath features beautiful cabinetry and handsome finishes. The remaining 4 bedrooms are spacious with large custom closets and abundant natural light. Another fabulous bath with lovely details and a laundry area complete the 3rd floor. The amazing lower level boasts high ceilings, a separate theatre room, an additional recreation room, a 2nd family room with a stone fireplace, a full bathroom, spacious laundry room, large mudroom with built-in cubbies for the entire family, and access to the 2.5 car garage with the huge office above. The lovely professionally landscaped grounds feature a large bluestone terrace, lighting, an in-ground sprinkler system, and even a dog run! Located 2 short blocks from downtown Lake Forest shopping, restaurants, train, and schools, this home is a rare gem! Move right in and enjoy everything that this spectacular home has to offer.



July 18, 2023


November 12, 2023



253 Vine Avenue
Lake Forest IL, 60045

Interior Features


5 Beds


5 Baths

Interior Features

Bar-Wet, Heated Floors, Built-in Features, Walk-In Closet(s), Ceiling - 9 Foot, Historic/Period Mlwk, Open Floorplan, Some Carpeting, Special Millwork, Some Window Treatmnt, Some Wood Floors, Drapes/Blinds


Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, High End Refrigerator, Bar Fridge, Washer, Dryer, Disposal, Wine Refrigerator, Range Hood

Laundry Description

Gas Dryer Hookup, Laundry Closet, Multiple Locations, Sink



Fireplace Description

Wood Burning, Gas Log



Cooling Description

Central Air, Space Pac, Zoned



Heating Description

Natural Gas, Radiant

Exterior/Building Features

Lot Size

0.31 acres

Exterior Features

Dog Run, Brick Paver Patio

Lot Features

Landscaped, Mature Trees, Partial Fencing, Sidewalks, Streetlights




Public Sewer

Other Property Details



Tax Frequency


Days on Market


Association Amenities

Park, Tennis Court(s), Sidewalks, Street Lights, Street Paved



Garage Spaces



Driveway, Carriage House

Parking Total






Water Source

Lake Michigan



Buyer Agency Compensation

2.25% OF THE 1ST MILLION, 1.75% OF THE BALANCE - $495

Listing History





Price Change



Courtesy of @properties Christie's International Real Estate, Ann Lyon,
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