18311 Garden Valley Road Marengo, IL 60152
Listing Courtesy of: Midwest Real Estate Data / Keller Williams North Shore West

  18311 Garden Valley Road Marengo, IL 60152

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Cherry Lane Farm, an exceedingly private one-of-a-kind storybook property, boasts 73.33 acres, 56 tillable (100% organic), wetlands along the Kishwaukee River's north branch, woods, 2 HOMES w/10 OUTBUILDINGS. Dozens of mature fruit trees & bushes, raised-bed vegetable garden, root cellar, cutting flower garden, 2 GREENHOUSES (one w/attached garage), plus mature winterberry bushes & 20+ varieties of ornamental branches used by local florists. Additionally, 20 fenced-in acres offfarmland/pasture is ready for animals, crops, or more trees. All gardens were designed by the owner, a renowned horticulturist & garden designer. SUNSET MANOR (property's main home) is located at end of winding 1000' drive and aptly named for its west facing prow of floor-to-ceiling glass looking out to mature trees & plantings. A massive real stone, woodburning fireplace w/gas lighter is the focal point of the open concept G/R combining kitchen, LR & dining area. Kitchen has stainless appliances, pot filler, pendant lights w/hand-blown shades & lg walk-in pantry. Quartz counter tops & custom cherry cabinets throughout. TWO MASTER SUITES! Main floor & upstairs, each w/walk-in closet & en suite bath containing jacuzzi soaker tub & large separate double shower-head steam shower. Home's spectacular main floor includes Sun Room/Office w/private deck, convenient half bath, & laundry. Main floor Master has private covered deck; upstairs Master has a stone, woodburning fireplace. English-style basement (w/private entrance) abounds w/luxurious surprises! Perfect for guests w/bd (custom cherry queen murphy bed) & full bath, full-height ceilings, casement windows, wool-carpeted theater doubling as a safe room, extra deep indoor Endless Pool, library, and family room w/yet another stone fireplace. Lg attached heated garage w/15'+ ceiling - tall enough for a lift. NO DETAIL WAS OVERLOOKED IN THIS ELEGANT CUSTOM HOME! Whole-house generator, zoned A/C & heat, solar (PV) panels assist electricity,solar thermal assists home & pool heat/domestic hot water. Wind-turbine ready for yet more green power. Outdoor shower. Radiant floor heat in baths & basement, 34 thick oak floors, Casablanca ceiling fans, skylights, built-in bookcases, whole-house stereo, step-lit stairs. Spacious 2-bd/2ba two-story SECOND HOME w/wood floors, eat-in kitchen, woodburning fireplace in G/R & beautiful millwork throughout;located close to road. OUTBUILDINGS include petite GUEST HOUSE w/heat, A/C & sweet covered porch. ANTIQUE BARN, ideal for hosting weddings and lg events, is finished w/cobblestone floor & open-beam, airy upper level. 4-SEASON GAZEBO w/woodstove, 8' stone bonfire pit & nearby bluestone Council Ring - perfect for intimate gatherings. PROFESSIONAL ART STUDIO w/gallery, teaching space, dark room, work room, half bath, loft storage, library ladder for high shelves, double sink & lg deck overlooking an Asian Pear Grove. Remote-controlled skylights throughout for abundant natural light and mature peach trees within arms' reach. CONFERENCE CENTER, a fabulously renovated (heated) antique tractor barn designed for classes, seminars, meetings, & corporate events. Corn crib is now an XL TOOL SHED. For equipment storage & more garage space, the 40x90' METAL POLE BARN w/full length 20' lean-to is divided into 3 areas, two of which are climate-controlled, ea w/own overhead door. Not to be overlooked are 2 CHICKEN HOUSES w/attached covered runs. IF DESIRED, THERE ARE MYRIAD WAYS TO GENERATE INCOME! CHERRY LANE FARM IS IN TURN-KEY SHAPE FOR HOSTING CLASSES, SEMINARS, PRIVATE PARTIES, WEDDINGS, & CORPORATE EVENTS. OTHER KNOWN INCOME SOURCES INCLUDE TRADITIONAL FARMING, VACATION & STORAGE SPACE RENTAL, CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTION, HOME BUSINESS, FREE-RANGE GRASS-FED BEEF, SELLING BRANCHES TO THE FLORAL INDUSTRY, FARMERS' MARKETS. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES!The only limit is your imagination. This farm is a powerful example of clean, sustainable living. This is A Must See Home!

MLS #:
Lot Size
73.33 acres
Single-Family Home
Year Built
Log, Contemporary
School District
McHenry County
Bathroom Details
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Half Bathroom: 1
Interior Features
  • Appliance: Range Hood
  • Appliance: Dryer
  • Appliance: Washer
  • Appliance: Refrigerator
  • Appliance: Dishwasher
  • Appliance: Microwave
  • Appliance: Range
  • Water Heater-Electric
  • Internet-Fiber
  • Security Cameras
  • Generator
  • Air Exchanger
  • Sump Pump
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Co Detectors
  • Security System
  • Tv-Dish
  • Tv-Cable
  • Water-Softener Owned
  • Laundry: Sink
  • Laundry: Laundry Closet
  • Laundry: Electric Dryer Hookup
  • Workshop Area (Interior)
  • Pantry
  • Some Wall-to-Wall Cp
  • Drapes/Blinds
  • Some Window Treatmnt
  • Special Millwork
  • Open Floorplan
  • Beamed Ceilings
  • Ceiling - 9 Foot
  • Bookcases
  • Walk-In Closet(s)
  • Built-In Features
  • First Floor Full Bath
  • Pool Indoors
  • First Floor Laundry
  • First Floor Bedroom
  • Heated Floors
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Skylight(s)
  • Vaulted/Cathedral Ceilings
Lot Information
  • Pasture
  • Garden
  • Mature Trees
  • Wooded
  • Water Rights
  • Landscaped
  • Horses Allowed
  • Wetlands Adjacent
  • Fenced Yard
Property Features
  • Utility Building(s)
  • Storage
  • Garage(s)
  • Corn Crib
  • Second Residence
  • Second Garage
  • Poultry Coop
  • Outbuilding
  • Other
  • Guest House
  • Greenhouse
  • Gazebo
  • Barn(s)
  • Fireplace: Gas Starter
  • Fireplace: Wood Burning
  • Fireplace: Great Room
  • Fireplace: Exterior
  • Fireplace: Master Bedroom
  • Fireplace: Family Room
  • Fireplace: 4
  • Foundation: Concrete Perimeter
Heating and Cooling
  • Other
  • Zoned
  • Indv Controls
  • Sep Heating Systems - 2+
  • Heat Pump
  • Radiant
  • Steam
  • Forced Air
  • Solar
  • Propane
  • Electric
  • Central Air
Basement Information
  • Stone/Rock
  • Sleeping Area
  • Rec/Family Area
  • Finished
  • English
  • Full
Exterior Features
  • Stone
  • Log
  • Roof: Other
Utility Information
  • Utilities: Water Source: Private Well
  • Sewer: Septic-Private
  • Energy: Low Flow Commode, Photovoltaic/Solar System
School Information
  • High School: Marengo High School
  • Heated
  • Garage Door Opener(s)
  • Attached
  • Unassigned
Living Area
  • 5,704 sqft
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