3517 Gillon Avenue is a rare find in Old Highland Park. The perfect blend of an historic home and one which meets the demands of the modern world. Originally constructed in 1915, the home was meticulously enhanced and expanded by the present owner; architect Carol Boerder-Snyder designed the seamless additions. The house rests atop a gentle knoll, enhancing its elevation and contributing to its importance as one of the first homes in the Town of Highland Park.
Its over-sized corner lot measures 113’ x 200’ is adorned with over 80 specimen trees, most of which were curated by the current owner. The property is introduced by a sweeping covered porch, inherent to its era. It surveys scenic Lockart Park, immediately across the street.
The original living room foreshadows its generously scaled formal dining room. The first powder room is in this section of the house. Tall ceilings and many windows provide for the effective transference of natural light throughout the house. The center staircase is flanked by aforementioned dining room, the butler’s pantry and of two offices in the house. The kitchen, appropriately located at the nucleus of the house, is designed for entertaining! It features a large preparation island, top grade appliances, dual dishwashers and a breakfast bar. Handsome Downsview Canadian cabinetry was specifically scaled to the room. The kitchen flows effortlessly into the Great Room; an inviting fireplace is focal to the south wall as the wet bar equipped with wine refrigeration is situated at the north end of the room. A secondary powder room was built to accommodate the gathering area. French doors open to the rear portico and terrace. Steps lead to an architectural pool and spa designed by Marshall Moore, and an abundant east lawn. Towering trees offer protection and a natural aesthetic. A brilliant flame stitch of fall foliage is on display in the autumn months. The rear entry detached two-car garage is over-sized in nature; serving as the ground floor beneath a fantastic 1,100 square foot guest quarters, presently used as a game room. The porte cochere along the west side of the house provides additional covered parking and access for deliveries to the Mud Room. Virtually all living areas and hall ways are lined with hardwood floors, some of which dates to 1915 at the house’s initial construction. On a whimsical note, an authentic basement and storm shelter lies under the front porch.
Upstairs, the Master Suite enjoys an abundance of natural light. Oriented to the east and the south, the doors open to a balcony which overlooks the rear lawn and pool. A fireplace is centered on the south wall, a private study adjoins the room. A luxurious bathroom with two walk in closets completes the suite. Ancillary bedrooms are abundant in size and appointed with its own bathroom. The second floor concludes with a flex room, laundry room and rear staircase. The flex room, an original bedroom, was re-designed to function as a game room, upstairs den or homework room.
The street scape is lined with many homes that are native to the First Installment of Highland Park. Whereas its setting is picturesque and serenely quiet, the home is convenient to major road systems and the fashionable shops and restaurants of fashionable Knox Street. With respect to recreation, the popular Katy Trail is only one block to the east, the circuitous bridle trails along Hackberry Creek are situated two blocks west and the parks at Lakeside Drive - Exall Lake are within 5 short blocks to the west. The services of the Town Hall, Highland Park Police and Fire, and the public Library and swimming pool are only minutes to away. The property is conveniently situated six blocks south of the Armstrong Elementary School. 3517 Gillon , an historic treasure, presents a pleasurable alternative to newer construction in the area.