Hold Your Horses

By Tate Gunnerson | June 30, 2017 | Feature National

A noteworthy suburban property with top-of-the-line stables and riding paths through a gorgeous and sundry landscape hits the market for the first time in decades.
The home's outdoor pool and gazebo-enclosed hot tub provide ample recreation space.

It’s a good bet that equestrians will be jockeying for the opportunity to own this rarely available $3.5 million listing at 27249 S. Stoney Island Ave. in suburban Crete, which includes a contemporary 5,000-square-foot house with four bedrooms and 4 ½ baths, and a handsome 20-stall stable. “It’s got a great aura,” longtime homeowner Joe Dooley says. “It was like a bell went off when we first drove onto this property.”
Located just a few miles from Balmoral Park, the 120-acre plot’s spectacular topography—flat farmland, low-lying wetlands, and an oak and hickory forest with a private lake—makes it an outstanding place for riding, and a relaxing one at that. That’s to say nothing of the indoor and outdoor arenas, and the many other riding accoutrements on the property. “This is the most unique property on the market,” Dooley says.
He points to the restored red barn, which dates back to 1905, as one of the many distinctive things about the land. It’s one of the first things you see when driving up the long road to the main house, which has a bright, open layout with 25-foot ceilings, slate flooring and spectacular views of the land.
Out back, there’s a landscaped patio with a swimming pool, a cedar gazebo housing a hot tub and a boulder-lined fire pit. Deer commonly wander through, and, twice a year, migrating Sandhill cranes fly directly overhead. “You can tell when the weather is changing when you hear them calling,” Dooley says. “There are thousands.”
An ideal compound for entertaining, every bedroom has an en suite bathroom, and there are three more bedrooms in the detached 2,100-square-foot guest home. There’s also a spacious manufactured house, which is currently inhabited by the property’s caretaker of many years.
“Living here will change your life,” Dooley says. “It’s a phenomenal experience.” dooleyfarms.com


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