HIGHLAND PARK, IL — A lakefront ranch designed by prolific local modernist architect Tony Grunsfeld was listed Sunday for $5 million. Built in 1982, the home was formerly owned by the man who built his father’s Pontiac dealership into the largest U.S. car dealership ever to be sold to a foreign company.
The 10,500-square-foot, one-story stone design includes four bedrooms with lake and ravine views throughout its 11 rooms. The 2.4 acre property includes a 230-foot private beach, according to its listing.
Grunsfeld created close to three dozen lakefront properties on the North Shore for many prominent residents over a nearly six-decade career. His architectural style on those properties often included closed-off facades facing outward that lead to spacious modernist interiors characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plans.
The 37-year-old “U”-shaped contemporary Ranch on Oakvale Road is no exception.
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There is an exercise room and indoor pool, including a hot tub, with a bar and seating area underneath angled skylights.
There are two wood-burning fireplaces, one by the pool and one in a spacious living room. There is hardwood flooring throughout much of the home.
The master suite has a pair of bathrooms and walk-in closets, while the kitchen features a mix of wood and stainless steel. Sliding doors open onto a stone patio with a built-in grill.
The current owners have added a “huge addition” to the home, according to a listing from realtor Jody Dickstein. It was not clear what had been added or when, and Dickstein refused to answer questions about the property.
The home was formerly owned by the late Irwin and Sharon Grossinger, according to property records. Irwin Grossinger took the car dealership he inherited to Skokie in 1980 after his father and brother died, leading it to become, for a time, the longest operated family-owned automobile dealership group in the state, according to his obituary and the company’s website. Irwin died in 2000 at age 64, and Sharon last June at 77.
Their children sold the company last year. In March 2018, Edmonton-based AutoCanada purchased nine of 10 Grossinger Auto Group’s dealerships for $86 million, while Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Zeigler Automotive Group bought the Lincolnwood location for an unspecified sum.
“The Grossingers had been in the business for three generations,” their representative on the AutoCanada deal told Automotive News. “As they looked ahead to the fourth generation, they didn’t see it continuing the family legacy and thought it was the right time to sell.” Following the close of the deal last April — the largest-ever sale of an American car dealership to an international firm — General Motors sued Grossinger for $4.5 million, accusing it of breach of contract over a 2008 exclusive-use agreement, Automotive News reported.
Another Grunsfeld-designed lakefront home hit the market last month in Glencoe when the owner of a Thailand-based paper mill listed the Shoreline Court property for $5.5 million.
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According to public records, the Highland Park home’s current owner is American National Bank. Its fair market value is was $4.56 million, according to the Lake County Assessor’s Office. In 2017, more than $113,000 in property tax were paid on its behalf, according to the assessment office.
Listing information originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.
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