Nestled somewhere between the golden prairies of St. Charles and the woodlands of Ferson Creek, lies a private, tranquil oasis unlike any other… Consciously created as an escape from the stresses of modern life, Woodgate Estate is one of the most unique and stunning homes in Chicagoland. Here, you’ll find a sanctuary, a retreat from the manic, stressful pace of the outside world, an oasis in which to rest, relax, and prepare for your next challenge. Welcome to Woodgate Estate. You have entered a world of tranquility, warmth and love.
“More like a small luxury resort than a regular house.” Success Magazine
Designed by world renowned Japanese Garden designer, Hoichi Kurisu, the Woodgate Gardens have been described as a “micro-climate for the soul”. Mature, exotic tree species, roaring water features and awe-inspiring Asian artifacts in the landscape architecture seamlessly come together to put this estate in spiritual class of its own. Just around the corner from the exquisite outdoor pool and waterfall, you’ll find a cedar plank deck, which is the start of an enchanting five-acre circle walk through this personal nature preserve. Whether it’s taking a relaxing stroll through the gardens, finding a quiet place for meditation, or playing with the children in the lush grass, Woodgate Estate offers limitless possibilities to connect with nature.
“A park size garden that is so striking in both it’s size and it’s scope, that the Morton Arboretum has offered special tours of the grounds… It’s an Oriental Eden. A residential paradise.” West Suburban Living Magazine
Designed to be healing and serene on the inside, the exterior architecture is a completely different story. This home was built to last 500 years and has all the qualities of a modern fortress. When you look at this building, you get the sense of restrained, but awesome POWER. Full home automation allows the owner to control all the electronic subsystems, including state of the art security, from anywhere in the world. It’s as if Woodgate Estate is “standing guard”… waiting to nurture you, but also to leap into action to protect it’s occupants if necessary.
“Art Museum, Concert Hall, Play Ground. This sprawling, automated home west of Chicago has a pop-culture soul.” Custom Builder Magazine
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The home’s stunning interiors seamlessly integrate the inherent healing qualities found in nature; the sight and sound of water, an abundance of natural light, trees, plants and flowers everywhere…. Each space in has been carefully crafted for a specific purpose and the natural, healing effects are felt immediately upon entering. Anchored by a central waterfall and an enclave of lush trees, the great room features 25’ high ceilings, massive contemporary artworks and roaring fire pits, which provide a sense of warmth and comfort. This tranquil space is in the very center of the house, yet it completely eliminates the need to look for a quite peaceful space to relax… You are already there.
“The most striking difference between this home and any other on the market is instantly obvious: the entire first floor is designed to resemble the lobby of a resort hotel. It’s a fantastic atmosphere.” Home Lighting and Accessories
“Fantastic… The most amazing thing about this house is what you don’t see, because it is completely run by a computer. The house of the future is here. “ Oprah Winfrey
“All of the disciplines in the home are integrated into one button. The owner only needs to think about what he wants to use the house for – not what devices are on the wall. It is not a device driven world anymore – it is a “lifestyle driven world.” WMVS – Channel 10 (PBS TV)
“An estate that thinks for itself.” Forbes Magazine
“Virtually everything in the house is controlled via a central computer, which is programmed to manage the home according to the homeowners lifestyle. The house runs itself 95% of the time.” Communications Industry Report Magazine
HEALTH AND FITNESS
People in industrialized countries spend nearly 90% of their time indoors… Therefore, a healthy environment becomes an important part of your wellness plan. Woodgate Estate is a certifiable Healing Environment, offering 24 hour health benefits. Nowhere is this attribute more apparent than in the spa, which offers a world-class gym, indoor and outdoor pools, a large Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and more. Numerous meditation and relaxation, both inside and outside, melt away the stress of modern life. The power of this home and the serenity it imparts, will revive you in a way that is almost mystical. Simply put, this home has the ability to love you back…
“This home is truly “East Meets Midwest”. A unique haven… a huge source of pleasure, relaxation and inspiration.” Landscape Architecture Magazine
Nowhere is the difference between the “outside world” and the “inner world” of Woodgate Estate more apparent than in the lighting design. At night, when the sun goes down, the home glows with dazzling purples, ambers and reds, creating an unforgettable atmosphere of beauty and sensuality. This is where the personality of this home comes alive. Color selections run the gamut of the jewel tones, giving the entire home a fantasy feel. The use of color therapy also has healing properties that are very effective in reducing stress. The results are instant and obvious. Better vision, less mental fatigue and of course, an atmosphere of unmatched beauty.
“From the moment people step across the threshold, they actually become part of the lighting concept. Nearly ever room in this unusual house features spectacular lighting of some sort. This living space encourages the idea of lighting as an art form – not merely as a means for illuminating a room. Almost surreal, the effect is like living in a fantasy movie.” Home Lighting and Accessories
The act of preparing food for the people you love speaks louder than words… It says, “I care for you. I love you. You are worth the effort.” Preparing meals at Woodgate Estate is a pure joy in the sophisticated gourmet kitchen. With a beautiful view of the Serenity Garden, the main dining area doubles as a communal lounge, with built-in book shelves and stunning artwork that spans the length of the wall. The exterior terrace, overlooking the natural pool and roaring waterfall, is ideal for catered dinner parties on a large scale or simple family meals prepared with loved ones. Or maybe you’d prefer an intimate dinner for 2 at the café table under the trees in the great room…
“The whole house is turned into a lifestyle.” – WCIU – Channel 26
“As good as any top dance club in downtown Chicago” Home Lighting and Accessories
“Louder than a jet engine. More floor space than a small hotel. Able to run itself 95% of the time. This vast, ultra-contemporary home has a 1600-amp service and enough electronic hardware to serve as a poster child for a science fiction convention” Custom Builder Magazine
“A professional-quality audio system capable of handling a Nine-Inch Nails concert” Sound and Video Contractor Magazine
“A spectacular home entertainment wall system boasting nearly matchless craftsmanship is one of many amenities in this award winning, custom built “smart home”.” Millionaire Magazine
“Everything you could ever want in a home; beautiful architecture and interior design, a world-class art collection, a 5-acre Japanese Garden, a sound system capable of handling a Nine Inch Nails concert – even the ability to transform the home into a dance club.” Chicago Computer Guide Magazine
The economic value of environments can be easily under-appreciated by someone who doesn’t understand their power. If your environment is disorganized, hectic and stressful, it will have an inevitable negative effect on your moods and your performance. Likewise, if you are surrounded by beauty and tranquility every day – your life will literally be more beautiful and tranquil – allowing you to be more grounded and focused. Simply put, a healthy, creative environment will help you perform better, in both your personal and professional life. The shear amount of creative energy and commercial value this home will allow you to create is worth exponentially more than the asking price itself.
“This home celebrates Life, Health and Creativity.” Designing with Spirituality
Woodgate Estate radiates passion, romance and sensuality in the true sense of the word; visual beauty, alluring fragrance, tantalizing taste, stimulating texture and sensual sounds. The senses are a shortcut to human emotions. They’re direct. They’re intense. They’re impossible to ignore. And when all 5 senses are stimulated simultaneously, the results are unforgettable. This home was consciously designed to stimulate all the senses. It will infuse your days with heart-pounding excitement, make your date nights steaming hot, and deepen and intensify the passion and excitement in your love life. Woodgate Estate may be the sexiest home in the known universe.
“Totally Sexy. And it’s not just one room that gets sexy. The entire house turns into a romantic playground.” Electronic House Magazine
AWARDS and ACCOLADES
Home of the Year Award – Home Automation Association
1996 technology award (Tron-Arc) – HAA
Best Bedroom of the Year Award – CEDIA
Bedroom of the Year Award – Audio Interiors Magazine
Environmental Improvement Grand Award – ALCA
Excellence in Lanscape Gold Award – ILCA
Outstanding Achievement Honor Award – ASLA