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300 Birch Street | Winnetka

Betsy Burke



One of Winnetka’s finest estates, this incomparable French Regency style
mansion is privately sited on a beautiful 1.45 acre property in an exceptional
central location. The residence and landscape were designed in 1964 by
noted architect Fritz Huzagh and exemplify superior construction, design
and presence. The expansive grounds incorporate sweeping lawns and
gardens tucked behind towering evergreen hedges, a lighted tennis court,
in-ground pool, spa and summer house complete with full kitchen and two
dressing rooms. This fabulous club-like atmosphere provides both wonderful
family recreation and an exceptional venue for grand entertaining.

The residence has been carefully maintained and enhanced. The French
influenced decor blends perfectly with classic touches such as elaborate
moldings, crystal chandeliers, marble floors, ornate metalwork and gorgeous
tromp l’oeil. Stunning architectural elements, gracious proportions and
the finest materials and fixtures are evident throughout the 10,500 square
foot floor plan. The home is introduced by impressive ten foot double doors
that open to a spectacular two-story reception hall and gallery accented by
exquisite hand-crafted details. The elegant, grand-sized formal rooms boast
floor-to-ceiling windows, rich architectural elements and inlaid hardwood
floors. A spacious family room is accented by hand-hewn wooden beams, a
massive fireplace, French doors and full bar. The library boasts rich paneling,
fine cabinetry and a handsome coffered ceiling. The kitchen, butler’s pantry
and adjoining breakfast room are generously outfitted and offer large,
comfortable areas for gathering and casual dining. The north wing provides
a housekeeper’s suite with bedroom, bath and sitting room as well as a rear-
entry mud room and access to the 4 car garage. The spectacular centerpiece
of the main floor is a sun drenched 2000 square foot solarium that spans the
west end of the house and overlooks the pool and patio. Added in 2004,
this “California Room” offers an extraordinary space for every type of social
function from family holidays to grand receptions.

The sumptuous master suite enjoys a private wing on the upper level and
features a comfortable sitting room with fireplace, office (or nursery) and
luxurious bedroom with cove ceiling and his and her bath and dressing
rooms. Six family and guest bedrooms, 5 baths and a private study complete
the second floor.

The amazing lower level has it all… and boasts the recent addition of a new
basketball court along with a home theater, billiards room, family room,
wet-bar, yoga room, exercise room, sauna, massage room, full bath, storage
and utilities.


EXTERIOR, SYSTEMS, & CONSTRUCTION  F abulous year-round California Room (52x38)
 Over 10,500 square feet of living space spans rear of home and opens onto the pool area
 Lot is 273 x 231 (1.45 acres)
 Concrete and steel construction  S pacious Kitchen with double appliances, Butler’s
 P laster walls Pantry, island and separate Breakfast Room
 Slate roof with copper gutters and leaf guards
 Exterior lighting  L arge Mud Room with wall of closets and access to
 Four car attached heated garage (separate furnace) garage, driveway, pool area and full bath
 Keyth Security System w cameras
 Two year old storm management system  H ousekeeper’s Suite (bedroom, bath and sitting
 8 zone HVAC, 3 water heaters (one for summer room)

house), plus new commercial 200 gallon  T wo formal Powder Rooms
 Crestron a/v system w extensive infrastructure
 600 amp electrical service SECOND FLOOR
 Four fireplaces  M aster Suite includes Bedroom, Sitting Room with

RECREATIONAL fireplace, Office, His and Her Dressing and Bath
 Large in-ground pool and spa built in 2004, Rooms
 P etite Study
12’deep. New tile added in 2016  S ix Bedrooms- Four are en suite and two share a
 S ummer house with full kitchen, 2 full baths, 2 bath
 R oof Top Terrace 54 x 18
dressing rooms and exterior fireplace  Interior staircase to attic
 T ennis court with basketball hoops
 Lower level: basketball court (replaced in 2017), LOWER LEVEL
 Large Recreation Room
theater with projection room, billiards room,  B illiards Room
recreation room, sauna and massage room, bar,  T heater with Projection Room
yoga/dance room, exercise room, full bath  Wet Bar
 Roof deck, patio  Y oga/Dance Studio
 Basketball Court
 F rench Regency style mansion custom designed by  Sauna and Massage Rooms
 Full Bath
Fritz Huszagh in 1964 for the Bensinger Family  U tility Room, Storage, Laundry and Mechanical
 C alifornia Room and indoor basketball court were
added post 2000
 D ouble ten foot high entrance doors
 S tunning two-story Entrance Hall with marble

flooring accented by the second floor Gallery with
custom metal work
 Formal spiral staircase plus informal rear staircase
 B eautiful formal Living and Dining Rooms with
exquisite inlaid wood flooring and floor to ceiling
 Family Room with hand hewn beamed ceiling,
massive fireplace and full wet bar





Known as one of the most affluent and desirable communities on the North Shore of
Lake Michigan, Winnetka is distinguished by its tree-lined streets, its many attractive,
traditional homes, and its excellent public and private schools. Residents of Winnetka are
well-served by three convenient business districts with an assortment of fine boutiques
and restaurants. The Village also maintains an extensive park system, recreation facilities,
three swimming beaches, a boat launch, a tennis center, and an ice arena.


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