There are times when I find homes that simply catch my breath. 3710 Euclid is one of those. I know, you look at the exterior and you think, oh lovely, another Highland Park mediterranean mansion on one of the most coveted streets.
But then you walk in, and things are not what you expect. You look for that sweeping staircase, dining room on one side, living on other, and surprise! This home is a refreshing shot of energy, of guts and daring design that comes off amazingly fresh and beautiful. It is full of color and power and it feels young, the same fresh Finnish vibe I got at Kari Lehtonen’s place.
First of all, the home wraps the huge lot — 73 by 207, a whopper in Highland Park — so that the pool and surrounding landscaping is visible from the moment you walk into the home, right from the foyer. Behind this is a putting green that stays green because it is made of turf. The current owners bought the home and totally remodeled it, adding a guest house (with bath, kitchenette, bedroom, fireplace and storage, adorable) and a precious children’s playhouse with fort and ladder! Even the tile on the playhouse matches the home’s red clay tile roof.
The foyer door entrance is one of the most dramatic, the very custom glass and iron door surrounded by huge wood panels. That’s not a rug on the floor, it’s inlaid mosaic tiles. The living room is huge, nearly 40 feet long, but a blue painted ceiling with cross wood beams warms and humanizes it. A grand piano is tucked in one corner, a set of drums in the other which says so much about this home: beautiful, design centric, but made for family living.
The front staircase is tucked away, leaving the family room stair as the focal point. The family dines by it. This stairway is wrapped in richly paned glass panels overlooking the pool. The media room is downstairs off the family room, the kitchen has two islands, and all of the main house bedroom suites are upstairs.
Each is more delightful than the next. First there is the master, which measures 19 by 19 with his and her baths, closets and a sitting area. The remaining four bedrooms are all brightly decorated, and each room is positioned to be it’s own oasis. Virtually every room in this home, even some bathrooms, has full views of the grounds, pool and putting green.
Of course you couldn’t ask for a better location, which of course is reflected in the property’s price. The heart of Old Highland Park proper, a few blocks from Highland Park Town Hall. Listed with Susan Baldwin and Ginger Nobles of Briggs-Freeman Sothebys, at $5,250,000. This is one Monday Morning Millionaire that is gorgeous enough to last you all week!