Just in case a home sitting on two acres with a pool, tennis courts and formal gardens isn't enough to attract a prospective buyer, a home seller in Lake Forest is adding a classic 1991 Bentley 8 to the deal.
The seller is including the classic car as a bonus to the agent who sells the home.
The asking price of the historic estate at 275 Sussex Lane has dropped from its originally listing of $7.9 million in 2010 to $4.9 million, according to Manager Ned Skae.
Skae and his partner, Suzanne Myers, will host a Realtors Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. May 15 at the Sussex home for all realtors who are part of the Chicagoland agent co-op, and will explain in detail to them how the Bentley could be theirs.
The classic French country home was designed in 1914 by the newly founded architectural firm of Dangler and Adler for Joseph and Joan Cudahy. At that time, it was set on an expansive property which was the frequent setting for polo matches and dog and pony shows.
Situated behind iron gates, the French grandeur of the home is enhanced by a garden statuary. The iron front door is flanked by sphinx statues; and stone garlands are draped below the windows. Parisian lamp posts romantically illuminate the property.
The home is a significant example of the enduring quality of David Adler’s work. Maintained and updated throughout the years by the current owners, the home has approximately 11,000 square feet of living space on three levels. The home features eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
The main level features grand rooms for large-scale entertaining and enjoys magnificent chandeliers, gilt moldings, exquisite faux marble paint, 11-foot ceilings, three fireplaces, and both herringbone and parquet wood floors. A series of French doors open onto the formal gardens and pool.
Complete details of the home can be found at: www.275Sussex.info.