Federal style on City Park Lake

By STEVE WHEELER

Advocate Real Estate editor

The federal style mansion at 2360 Dalrymple Drive is one of the grand old residences that overlook City Park Lake. Built in 1939, the home retains most of its original material and all of its original charm.

Standing tall on 1.03-acres, time has been kind to this home during the past 70 years. Obviously, its owners have lovingly cared for its antique wood floors and plaster walls, but they’ve also modernized the home to include today’s luxury and convenience options.

The grounds are immaculate on this hilltop property, which consists of two original lots. The courtyards, Steele Burden-designed gardens, arbors, fountains and the fiberglass saltwater pool have all been maintained in excellent form. With more than 150 azaleas on the property, the front of the home has a berm in front for privacy, but has an open area to one side for a good view of the lake. Out back, courtyards and fountains are surrounded by a 15-foot brick privacy wall. So nice are the grounds that at least five wedding receptions have been held there.

The slate-roofed home has all original oak floors except in the kitchen, where newer planks were meticulously matched to the old. In a nod to conservation and style, the home’s original wood windows remain, but a second set of energy efficient glass added to the outside is hardly noticeable.

A wide foyer illuminated by a Venetian chandelier leads through the home to a brick-floored library, where three sets of cedar French doors lead to the rear terrace and courtyards. One wall of the library is built-in bookshelves and another wall is unique magnolia paneling.

Crystal chandeliers are in several locations, including the foyer and formal dining room, where cased entries lead into the kitchen.

The kitchen has been thoroughly modernized with beautiful painted cabinetry and a paneled ZubZero to match. The dishwasher, too, is paneled and matches the cabinetry perfectly. Also included are double Viking ovens, a 5-burner gas Dacor cook top, absolute black honed granite slab counter tops with beaded board backsplashes, and a large center island with a SubZero icemaker.

A hallway from the kitchen leads past a walk-in pantry, a half-bath, the laundry room and through a small gym to the two-car garage.

The living room has an ornate fireplace with a marble mantle imported from France. The adjoining sun porch with walls of glass has the best lake views of all, and behind the curving, custom foyer staircase is the powder room.

Up the magnificent winding staircase is a nice landing that could be an upstairs den or another study/library. Built-in bookcases here flank a big window topped by a sunset transom. The second floor actually contains all the living quarters (3 bedrooms), while the downstairs has the public spaces.

The master suite was once two bedrooms, but now it consists of a large bedroom, a private bath for him and a separate bigger bath for her.

His bath has a free-standing sink and a walk-in shower, while hers has a whirlpool tub and a creative mirrored wall. Two large guest bedrooms up here have their own private full baths.

Finally, the grounds are serene and quiet, with a circular meditation garden on one side and a walk-through pool house with a full bath and outdoor kitchen leading to the pool area.

The home has a whole house generator, four central air units, 12-inch exterior walls and lots of storage space.

If you’ve always wanted to live along City Park Lake, you should check out this beautiful property.

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