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 which are tillable (100% organic farming),wetlands along the Kishwaukee River's north branch, woods, 2 HOMES and 10 OUTBUILDINGS. Dozens of mature fruit trees & bushes, large raised-bed vegetable garden, root cellar, cutting flower garden, 2 GREENHOUSES (one with attached garage), plus mature winterberry bushes and 20+ varieties of ornamental branches used by the local floral industry during the holiday season. Additionally, 20 fenced-in acres of farmland/pasture is ready for animals, crops, or more trees. SUNSET MANOR (the property's main home), located at the end of a winding 1000' drive, is aptly named for its west facing prow of floor-to-ceiling glass looking out to mature trees and plantings. A massive real stone, wood burning fireplace w/ gas lighter is the focal point of the open concept Great Room that combines kitchen, living room and dining area. Kitchen has stainless appliances, pot filler, pendant lights with hand-blown shades, and large walk-in pantry. Quartz counter tops and custom cherry wood cabinets throughout the home. TWO MASTER SUITES! One on the main floor, one upstairs-each w/ walk-in closet and en-suite bath containing jacuzzi soaker tub and large separate double shower-head steam shower. Home's spectacular main floor also includes a Sun Room/Office w/private deck, convenient half bath, and laundry room. Main floor Master has its own private covered deck and upstairs Master has a stone, woodburning fireplace. The English-style basement, with its own entrance from the garage, abounds with luxurious surprises! Perfect for guest privacy, it has a bedroom w/ custom cherrywood queen murphy bed, full bath, full-height ceilings, large casement windows, wool-carpeted theater that doubles as a safe room, extra deep indoor Endless Pool swimming pool, library, plus family room w/ yet another stone fireplace. Large attached heated garage has 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 panels assist home heat,pool heat & domestic hot water, wind-turbine ready for even more green power. Outdoor shower. Radiant floor heat in bathrooms & throughout the basement, 34 thick oak floors throughout, Casablanca ceiling fans, skylights, built-in bookcases, whole-house stereo system (including outside), landlines in bathrooms, and step-lit stairs. Spacious 2-bd/2ba two-story SECOND HOME, the renovated original farmhouse w/ wood floors, eat-in kitchen, wood burning fireplace in the G/R, and beautiful millwork throughout, is located close to the road. OUTBUILDINGS include a petite GUEST COTTAGE w/heat, A/C,and sweet covered porch. ANTIQUE BARN, perfect for hosting weddings and other large events, is finished w/ cobblestone floor and an open-beam, airy upper level. Other outbuildings include 4-SEASON GAZEBO w/ woodstove, 8' diameter stone bonfire pit and nearby NY bluestone council ring -perfect for more intimate gatherings. The PROFESSIONAL ART STUDIO contains a gallery, teaching space, dark room, work room, half bath, easily accessible loft storage, sliding library ladder for high shelved storage, double sink, large deck overlooking the Asian Pear Grove, and remove-controlled skylights throughout for abundant natural light. Mature peach trees are within an arm's reach. The CONFERENCE CENTER, a fabulously renovated (heated) antique tractor barn, is designed for classes, seminars, meetings, and corporate events. The corn crib is now an extra-large TOOL SHED. For equipment storage & additional garage space, the 40x90' METAL POLE BARN w/ full length 20' lean-to is separated into 3 storage areas, two of which are climate controlled, each with its own overhead door. Not to be overlooked are 2 CHICKEN HOUSES w/ attached covered runs for up to 35 birds each.

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Lot Size
73.33 acres
School District
McHenry County
Bathroom Details
Interior Features
  • Laundry: Sink
  • Laundry: Laundry Closet
  • Laundry: Electric Dryer Hookup
Heating and Cooling
  • Other
  • Zoned
  • Indv Controls
  • Sep Heating Systems - 2+
  • Heat Pump
  • Radiant
  • Steam
  • Forced Air
  • Solar
  • Propane
  • Electric
  • Central Air
Basement Information
  • Walk-Up Access
  • Storage Space
  • Stone/Rock
  • Sleeping Area
  • Rec/Family Area
  • Concrete (Basement)
  • 9 Ft + Pour
  • Lookout
  • Egress Window
  • Other
  • Sub-Basement
  • Finished
Utility Information
  • Utilities: Utility: Well Private, Utility: Septic-Private, Utility: Electric to Site
School Information
  • High School: Marengo High School
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