Greener Acres

Appears in the May 2024 issue.

This high-end rural retreat promises farm livin’ and more

An aerial photo of 12225 179th Street in Mokena

While many homeowners looking for a taste of the rural life might be content to make do with a little suburban garden plot and maybe even a couple of backyard chickens, those hoping to really stretch out and get back to the land may want to head just beyond the suburbs to Mokena, where a not-so-humble 35-acre plot promises a wildly deluxe version of farm living.

Outside 12225 179th Street in Mokena

Simply dubbed “The Farm,” the massive spread at 12225 179th Street, now on the market for $8.99 million, is just a little bit more than a typical barn-and-farmhouse setup. A luxury estate by every measure of the term, the property includes two residences—a custom-built main ranch home and a Victorian-style guesthouse—as well as a science and learning center, a barn with horse stalls, an animal shelter, a huge storage building, a manmade pond, a well-appointed “chicken coop mansion,” covered parking for 30-plus vehicles, and an 11,000-square-foot clubhouse and event space, complete with a commercial kitchen, conference room, wet bar, outdoor kitchen, and expansive dining area.

Inside 12225 179th Street in Mokena

The two homes and the other buildings boast elevated finishes, fixtures, and appliances that one might not expect in a typical rural property, which is why agents Christine Wilczek and Jason Bacza of Realty Executives Elite believe this to be a one-of-a-kind listing in the Chicago area—and beyond. “The Farm really is one of the most spectacular offerings in the state of Illinois,” Wilczek says. “From the main home right down to the chicken coop, everything is high-end and amazing.”


Photos: VHT Photography-Mark Gutierrez and DroneHub Media