Luxury Realtor Laura Topp Lists Sprawling Country Compound

CHICAGO (STL.News) – The sprawling compound, located near Lake Shafer, comes with every luxury possible. “It also has a down home comfortable feel for full relaxation and family time enjoyment,” said Topp, founder of TOPP Chicago Real Estate, a team that has over 30 years of experience.

The property offers an incredible main house with 3 bedrooms and 4 baths and adjacent to the main home is the guest home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. Both homes face the water and private beach, and have substantial Antebellum wrap-around porches with electricity and a hot tub for outside enjoyment.

“If you are a water sports enthusiast then this is the home for you,” noted Topp. “The beach-front area of this property has a large sandy beach, a fire pit and two state-of-the-art boat houses. One boat house for every day in-and-out use and the other for more semi-permanent storing with waterfront entertaining.”

The second boat house also has a wrap-around deck, a kitchenette, a half bath and a built-in barbecue area equipped with plumbed gas grills and picnic benches. The property also comes with a regulation-sized fully equipped basketball court.

The shingle-style home is similar to those found in Cape Cod or the Hamptons and incorporates influences from well known architect Shope Reno Wharton. Valerie Steil was also involved in many of the interior intricate details from Marc T. Nielsen Interiors.

The property also features a state-of-the-art stable custom built with horse stalls, an equestrian equipment room, cleaning and grooming area, an office and even a full-functioning apartment. Furthermore, the custom stalls were built to be removable to create an open event space if desired. Anglers will appreciate the fishing house equipped with a deck, fisherman’s chair and boat.

“The 132-acre property is broken up into different land. Ten years ago the owners also purchased the 5 acres across the waterway because they did not want anyone else building another home that faces the property,” concluded Topp. “This is a very private and unbelievable property that offers so much in the way of opportunity, from a private family compound to a destination event venue.”

The original contractor was Norris Home Construction, and the contractor came out of retirement to build this estate because he loved the unique features of this estate. Furthermore, Gary Nance is the architect that sketched out the additions that could be added to the main house.

About Laura Topp, TOPP Chicago Real Estate, Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff

Laura Topp is a broker associate at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff and is licensed in Illinois and Indiana. She works with both buyers and sellers in the Chicagoland area. Topp specializes in all facets of residential real estate from single family homes, condos and new construction to luxury homes, foreclosures, multi-units, investment properties and 1031 exchanges. For more information, please call (773) 419-0076, or visit