$2.5 Million Glass Home in Illinois Blurs the Lines Between Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

For those who fear living in a glass house, an Illinois home may change your mind.

The listing agent for a glass house in Northfield, IL, which is on the market for $2.5 million, says its design might surprise you.

The house was designed by the architect Thomas Roszackwho was named one of the nation’s top residential architects by Architectural Digest in 2005. Roszak’s other projects include Parkline Condos in Chicago and InterContinental Miami.

“The way he designed it made it very intimate. You don’t feel like you’re in a glass house,” says Carrie McCormick from @properties.

It has had only one owner since its construction in 2002, the architect himself. He designed the 5,500 square foot pad, which consists of glass cubes stacked on top of each other. There are very few things a buyer will need to do except move.

One of the reasons is the use of materials: steel beams, stone everywhere and solid concrete and glass walls.

Teak was chosen for the fore and aft decks. Kitchen faucets are from Dornbracht, and there are Poliform cabinets, cupboards, vanities, and storage systems throughout.

“The materials used were timeless and impeccably maintained,” says McCormick.

The living room’s 20-foot ceiling is another design feature. Even the three-car garage is a glass cube.

A finished lower level offers the possibility of flexible space: a home gym, home office, or home theater, for example. The house has five bedrooms, all on the second floor, and 4.5 bathrooms. The fact that it is on a one acre lot ensures a lot of privacy.

Exterior of house in Northfield, Illinois

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The living room

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Dining room

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Game room

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Main bathroom

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Dressing room

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It is also, another surprise, perfect for families.

McCormick says the architect built the house for his family, which included three children.

“The design of this one and the components of the house are amazing,” says McCormick. “He has won many awards and been featured in many books.”

Among these awards: an Honor Award in 2008 from the American Institute of Architects.

These glass walls are a huge plus for any nature lover, even during a freezing Chicago winter.

“Because it’s glass, it really feels like living with nature,” says McCormick. “Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, you are surrounded by color.”

The ideal buyer could very well be an architect who understands from experience and appreciates how much skill it takes to build a house like this.

“He’s definitely someone who wants something different. He’s not someone who just wants to live in Northfield. They want to live in this housesays McCormick.

Located on a private street in this suburb about 20 miles north of Chicago, “it’s a great North Shore neighborhood,” she says, with access to Sunset Ridge, a premier school district, and nearby of several country clubs.

It’s an easy commute to downtown Chicago, which is about a half-hour drive on I-94 E, as well as via a nearby Metra stop in Glenview.

Even so, McCormick knows that a glass house like this must appeal to a particularly discerning person.

“They are like works of art. They are one of a kind,” she says. “It takes a special buyer to fall in love with this type of home.”

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