Old World Order

Appears in the March 2024 issue.

Red Oak Estate embraces its English Tudor roots

Inside Red Oak Estate

Some homes are made to appeal to the broadest palette of homebuyers, leaning on neutral colors and familiar modern elements. And then there is Red Oak Estate.

Outside Red Oak Estate

Just across from Wheaton’s Cantigny Park and situated on a one-acre plot at 27W161 Mack Road, this unapologetically European-style property, now on the market for $1.25 million, seems to know well that its design flourishes, bold furnishings, and eccentric spirit won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But for those with an Old World sensibility, the English Tudor manor represents a somewhat unusual opportunity in the western suburbs, according to listing agents Deborah Benn and Jennifer Boye of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Starck Real Estate believe. “This is not your typical home with gray and beige decor,” Benn notes. “It was inspired by international architecture that is felt throughout and is a perfect setting for homeowners who like to entertain.”

Inside Red Oak Estate

Among the favorite areas Benn and Boye enjoy showing prospective buyers are the expansive great room, inspired by a classic English library, boasting soaring cathedral ceilings with exposed wooden trusses, and the casual dining enclave, which recalls a French country farmhouse and features a hearth crafted from reclaimed antique Chicago brick pavers, a coffered ceiling, and carved doors from France. Benn says examples like these of the home’s craftsmanship and character can be found in almost every room (the property is available fully furnished), as well as outside among the English-style gardens of its wooded lot. And while some buyers may not fully appreciate these old-fashioned charms, Benn believes there are surely others who will find it hard to resist the European flair. “There are so many details of the home that are breathtaking and unique.”


Photos: Neil Sy