Village of the Giants: Inventor's Manse Relists for $6.5 Million
The 19,438-square-foot Blue Heron Estate in Chicago's Barrington Hills suburb is one of the area's 10 largest.
Barrington Hills has the behemoths. Though not the biggest in the northwest suburb -- the heavyweight title belongs to Gerald Forsythe of Indeck Energy Services Inc., and his 24,884-square-foot Inverness spread -- this tricked-out 6-bedroom, 9-bath manse at 94 Hawthorne Road is a gamely contender.
Sitting on 10 acres on Hawley Lake, the estate was built in 2001 by the late inventor Borislav Boskovic, a native of Zemun, Yugoslavia, who created the first molded plastic toilet seat and holds more than 19 patents on items so ubiquitous we hardly notice them anymore. It's a tricky idea, but his component tooling inventions are essential for manufacturing things like plastic cups, garbage cans, plastic moldings used in cell phones. He designed the three-level Colonial Revival in partnership with Rafferty Architects, a project that took six years to complete. What's the big deal? For starters, almost 90 percent of its glamorous accents are imported from Italy. Let's take a tour of the highlights, shall we?
In the foyer twinkles a custom Schonbek Swarovski Strass crystal chandelier shipped from New Orleans. It's one of only three made. The other hangs in the Hilton Hotel on the Champs d'Elysees and Elizabeth Taylor owned one.
The grounds have a privately stocked pond, a barn and hayloft. Equestrians have 100 miles of private bridle paths. The inventor flew in a team of craftsmen -- from Italy! -- to personally assemble a reproduction of Florence's famous Fountain of Neptune. This 2,335-square-foot indoor pool level, with a 50,000-gallon pool, whirlpool and lap lane, was designed by Boskovic and built by Barrington Pools.
We feel rich just browsing through the pictures. There's 10 rooms in more than 10,000 square feet of living space on the lower level. One of two professional kitchens, an entertainment room, a tool shop, billiard room, a gym, sauna and pool closet. The house is wired to be smart with fiber optic conduits throughout. Six marble and cherrywood fireplaces. Count them: 166 hand-carved wood doors made in Palermo. A convenient four-person capacity Otis Elevator. Don't leave out the surround sound or the 1,300-bottle wine cellar.
When we first saw this, we mistakenly thought it was the beautiful façade of the home. Not so. This is the gorgeous rear grounds (the house is so big, you can’t call this a back yard). That’s a $1 million clay tile roof, constructed by Christiansen Roofing of Rockford, Ill. The exterior landscape design was the brain-child of Ingeborg Boskovic who worked with Jose Villalobos of Villalobos Landscaping.
Boskovic's daughter, Caroline Boskovic of Prudential Rubloff, reps the property. Listed in 2010 for $10.5 million. Ask $6.5 million.