ftr_591_imageEver wonder how the rich live and enjoy life. Expensive cars and homes seems high on their list. An estate called Hidden Ponds, located in serene Barrington Hills, IL, offers plenty of high-end amenities, including a solarium, massage room, and custom dog spa. Yes, a dog spa because the dog is rich too.

This country compound on 70 acres is the most expensive listing in Illinois. According to agent Connie Antoniou, your dollar goes a long way. “It’s one of the largest parcels of land in Barrington Hills,” she said.

The 30,000-square-foot residence certainly has plenty of room. It has 8 bedrooms and 12 baths. It features a two-story mahogany great room, huge hearth, and massive formal dining room. There’s even an elevator for easy access to all three floors.

The English-style manor with its circular drive, lake views, and rolling landscape with hidden ponds may seem a tad over-the-top. “That’s the funny thing about it,” Antoniou said. “It is so warm and inviting when you’re inside. This is a house that is not ostentatious.”

While it may not be ostentatious, it’s also a place for professionals—in fact, you could invite the Chicago Bulls over and they’d feel right at home with the regulation basketball court on site. For those who don’t wish to shoot hoops, there’s a library, game room, and English-style pub and wine cellar.

It’s located in “laid-back horse country,” the agent noted, “There’s horseback riding all over the place.”

If cars are more your thing, this is your dream house. The property includes a “6,000-square-foot heated outbuilding for car collecting,” the agent said.

While there’s no real reason to leave this stately retreat, it’s not exactly off the grid and out in the boonies. The estate is less than an hour by train to bustling Chicago and minutes from downtown Barrington.

And, of course, the listing has global aspirations—you’ll love the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”-esque video created to market the place to out-of-town buyers.


The ultimate buyer could be far afield, or right next door. Perhaps a professional athlete or an entrepreneur. “The person who’s going to buy this is a collector first of all—a person who has a collection of antique cars. It may or may not be a foreign buyer,” Antoniou said.

But it will be someone who wants only the best things in life for their puppy love.

If you are looking for something fabulous or something more down to earth, call Tony Delisi “The Results Guy” and RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest 847-471-7177. Here are the current listings in Huntley IL.