An idyllic Fox Lake home on 5 lakefront acres

After 20 years of renting large beachfront homes for an annual family gathering, I’ve become a tough critic of the vacation home genre. The one you’ll see in this video is truly a gem and, at $850,000, strikes me as a genuine bargain.

The 7,500 square foot home at 900 Benjamin Ave has a 5-acre hillside setting sloping toward 450 feet of frontage on Dunns Lake, with access to the Chain of Lakes. The home’s major rooms have soaring ceilings and window walls that open to decks with a sweeping lake vista.

There are 4 bedrooms, including a spacious master suite with a spa bath, and 4 ½ baths, one of which has a changing room adjacent to a large indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. The pool’s three walls of windows open to the wooded lot in the summer. A large family room with a wet bar and screen porch has direct access to the pool. There’s an oversized recreation room on the pool level to amuse the younger set.

The home’s original garage was converted into a high-ceilinged, skylit 34 x 12 office on the main level. The home has ample parking around a circular drive, and a 3-car garage.

Coldwell Banker’s Bill and Sherry Kaplan have the listing, and Sherry is our tour guide in the video.

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