Auction! $1,800,000 is suggested opening bid not asking price. Inherently timeless and elegant by design, this 7 bedroom/5.4 bath Georgian is quintessential Lake Forest. Originally designed by Henry Ives Cobb (the architect who also designed the Potter Palmer mansion and Newberry Library), this graciously sized historical gem has incomparable curb appeal. With a professionally landscaped lot that's nearly an acre and a white oak-dappled circular drive, it also boasts a facade befitting a Robert Frost poem. Offering ease of access to Lake Michigan and the luxuries of downtown Lake Forest, recreational pursuits are but moments from your front door. Inside, artisan craftsmanship abounds across all three stories--from the grand first-floor foyer, living room, dining room, family room and library to the en suite bedrooms upstairs (three with original fireplaces). Creature comforts and au currant amenities such as SubZero and Miele appliances in the updated kitchen and a 2,000-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar all satisfy the penchants of the modern family. And there's no shortage of specialty spaces. On the main level, a side portico and mudroom with powder room, plus built-in coat cubbies and a dog washing station deepen the home's overall function. On the third floor, bonus bedrooms (perfect for an au pair or multi-generational living), a WFH office, a media room, a large recreation room and a convenient kitchenette broaden the footprint. The partially finished basement boasts a walk-in wine cellar, home gym and ample space for storage. And for both serenity and family fun, the spacious backyard brings a screened-in porch, a sizable stone terrace and a new, seven-foot, white cedar, stockade fence that defines the property for privacy and pets. With room to spread out or come together, 400 Washington Road is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a discerning buyer to put down roots and create memories that will last a lifetime.