The main house was built in 1984 and was designed to take advantage of the spectacular lake views of the property. The home has 12,344 sq/ft of living space spread out over two levels. The main floor is at ground level from the front of the house, while the lower floor was cut into the hillside. Magnificent granite masonry is used extensively over the walls and lower portion of the home, while thick Haida Skirl western red cedar siding imported from Canada, wraps the upper portions.
Walking down from parking circle on the granite walled walkway, one first notices the massive hand crafted copper doors. These doors were purchased from an artist by original owner of the home, who had them flown in by a 747 cargo plane from Germany in order to allow for their installation before the home’s construction was completed.
Upon entering one encounters a large living room with massive marble and stacked slate fireplace. The high ceiling is supported by timber framing. A large wet bar set against large windows overlooking the property and the lake beyond provides a perfect backdrop while entertaining guest. At the far right of the home is an informal entrance and side door off a small porch connected to the parking circle way by a small path. This side entrance leads to a mud room and laundry room adjoining the kitchen and a spiral staircase before the main hallway.
The kitchen features separate Sub Zero Freezer and Refrigerator, large walk-in pantry, breakfast dining area, and views of the lake. The wine cellar is located off the main hallway just behind the kitchen.
There are two large guest suites located across the main hallway from the wine cellar.
Off the kitchen is a large formal dining room with a built-in buffet, etched glass doors and beautiful oak crown moulding.
Towards the other end of the house lies the library complete with custom shelving. There are also two master suites separated by the main staircase. Each feature large built-in closets and cabinets and lake views While similar, they are not identical, as one is slightly larger and features a sitting area and a fireplace and the other has a walk-in closet. The master bedrooms and the library all have access to an expansive wood deck facing the lake.
Downstairs. A large carpeted stair case lands towards a set of large windows overlooking the lake and the property.Downstairs to the left is a den/bedroom with built-in bookshelves, marble fireplace, full bathroom, walk-in closet with built in cabinets, and a built-in safe. The office/bedroom next door also features a full bathroom, walk-in closet. The pool room features a 60 foot heated indoor lap pool and a 8 foot hot tub. Adjoining this room is a utility room, music room, and a gym. The gym features a sauna, steam shower, and a separate 3/4 bathroom.
At the end of the pool room are three rooms. In the first room, a large spiral staircase leads up to the main floor between the laundry room and main hallway. Another room room provides an indoor space for the pool heaters and pumps and sits several feet below grade, preventing potential leaks from coming into the home. The last room expansive finished space with a mechanical room, utility access, and a cedar lined fur closet.
Much of the home was built or perhaps over-built with the idea of form should follow function. For instance, the home is heated using standard residential forced air furnaces rather than larger commercial furnaces. This was done intentionally to ensure failure of one furnace would not disrupt heating of the entire house and that parts and service could be readily available. The home’s water is serviced by it’s own private system fed by two large wells feeding to a massive 100,000 water tank high up on the hill which supplies the property with tremendous pressure easily capable of irrigating large sections of extensive grounds at a time. As a back up, the water system also has the ability to connected or disconnected from Glenbrook’s community water system. The copper faced front doors are mounted on a metal frame and use patented Wilka lock and key system which prevent unauthorized key reproductions and allow for additional several functions. The master bedrooms and library each have a small vestibule designed to keep warm air inside when stepping outside onto the the large deck during the winter months. The studs supporting the exterior walls are 9 inch studs allowing for greater insulation and greater strength. Many such features are easily unnoticed largely in part because they were built to perform and built to last.