“Outside by the pool is an open-air stone-walled room with a fireplace. The home’s textured limestone exterior has arches, portholes and dormers, and is capped by a steep slate roof.”

By Hinsdale Magazine Staff

Hinsdale saw a record home sale of $7,675,000, the highest in the village at the edge of suburban DuPage County, 20 miles west of Chicago. The magnificent five-bedroom home features soaring 12-foot ceilings and ten fireplaces. The master bedroom has a Carrera marble fireplace, and a private patio with pool access in the sprawling mansion built by sellers Mary and William Castellano.

With only six Chicago-area homes selling for higher prices in 2020, the 17,600-square-foot house was purchased by buyers outside of Hinsdale, according to buyer representative Beth Burtt of Baird & Warner Hinsdale. The property, sitting on 1.68 acres, was purchased for $4.35 million in 2007 by the Castellanos, who kept the charming stone garden and iron gates upon completion in 2013. Burtt represented the buyers, a referral from a former client. Burtt said the new homeowners were impressed with the home’s quality.

“The grounds, the setting and the presence of this home are truly breathtaking,” she said. “The view from the street is timeless Hinsdale elegance, with the long driveway and beautiful entrance. This is a home with quality appointments that is both inviting and one-of-a-kind.” Burtt said the transaction was reflective of Hinsdale’s thriving market, due to its “excellent schools” and “unique, tight-knit community.”

Dawn McKenna of Coldwell Banker represented the Castellanos’ stunning bespoke estate, featured in national design publications including Better Homes & Gardens. The property is nestled in Southeast Hinsdale, and was presented fully furnished by the owners, who were inspired by their mutual Italian heritage.
The home’s light-blue paint conveyed an Italian Riviera inspiration with classical lines and rusticated rough-hewn beams. While reflecting traditional warmth and grandeur inside and out, the home also has a theater, wine-tasting room and pub in the basement. The estate basks in natural light throughout, and opens out to landscaped gardens and a 55-foot splendid heated pool and spa with a limestone deck. According to Coldwell Banker, “Outside by the pool is an open-air stone-walled room with a fireplace. The home’s textured limestone exterior has arches, portholes and dormers, and is capped by a steep slate roof.”

According to Midwest Real Estate Data, the highest recorded sale price for a Hinsdale home was previously $5.5 million for a mansion sold in 2007. There were three other sales at $5 million or more by the end of 2009, but in recent years, transactions haven’t surpassed the $5 million mark. “It was such an honor being involved in this transaction, representing wonderful buyers on an exquisite property,” Burtt said. According to Coldwell Banker, “The home is situated in one of the most spectacular settings; the original stone columns welcome you, with a long tree-lined French granite driveway leading to the iron gates and courtyard.” “[A] spectacular large exercise room with balcony overlooks the courtyard. Only the finest describes this lower level, with a home theater, wood floors, stone wall and fireplace, dance floor, large bar and entertainment area, stone entry wine cellar offering a wellspring of entertainment for family and guests. “It has [a] covered al-fresco terrace with [a] limestone fireplace and kitchen with [a] Sub-Zero ice maker and refrigerator, looking out onto landscaped gardens and a spectacular 55-foot pristine heated pool and spa, with [a] white limestone deck perfect for intimate lounging.”

*Photos by Hinsdale Magazine