Lake Forest mansion channels historic Bucks County

172 W Laurel Ave

Let’s say you have roughly $7.6 million to spend on a new home. Would you fork over your cash for this granite mansion in Lake Forest? Perhaps Dan Schuyler’s feature in this month’s New Homes Magazine will help you decide:

The rolling hills of Bucks County, Penn., feel a long way from suburban Chicago – unless you happen to be driving down Laurel Avenue in Lake Forest. CBI Custom Homes channeled the historic region in its latest project, a rambling six-bedroom mansion at 172 W. Laurel Ave. that evokes Bucks County’s stock of Quaker-inspired stone houses.

That influence is most obvious in the home’s central section, made from gray New England granite, according to Brett Marlowe, CBI president. The stone structure is flanked by white clapboard wings. Graduated slate roofs cover each section of the house, and its street-facing windows are framed with crown moldings….

…“The Laurel Avenue Property is a perfect example of a home that is classic, classy, but not glitzy,” Marlowe says. “It’s a subtly elegant, crusty-money house, and it’s very family friendly. This is not a ‘look at me, see what I’ve got’ kind of home.”

Read the full story at New Homes Magazine online.

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