Home with Ties to Hollywood Sells For Nearly $13 Million in Lake Forest

Posted by Leo Clark. on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 3:31pm.

John Hughes Lake Forest House #13 millionA home with ties to one of Hollywood’s most successful moviemakers just sold for nearly $13 million in Chicago’s Lake Forest suburb. The estate was owned by philanthropist Nancy Hughes, who was the late wife of John Hughes. 

She was married to the moviemaker for 39 years. He died in 2009. She purchased the home on Mayflower Road in 2018 but died in 2019. 

At the time, she paid $12 million for the estate. This time, it only took the home about a week to sell. Originally offered for $15 million, the home sold for around $12.9 million.

That makes it one of the priciest home sales in Chicago for 2022. The lakefront estate sits on five acres, complete with six-bedrooms and nearly 12,000 square feet of living space. 

The home has its own private section of beach on Lake Michigan. Built up on a bluff, a tram takes up to four people at a time down to the water. 

John Hughes is best known for making such 1980’s-era movies as “The Breakfast Club”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Home Alone”, and “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”. The Chicago connection makes sense because many of his films were set in the Chicago area.

The husband and wife also grew up in the region, and met while in high school attending Glenbrook North. The new owners of the estate have not been identified in public records. 

The home is one of a number of high-price home sales recently. In fact, it is one of six properties that have sold for at least $12 million this year. While some of them were in Winnetka and Lake Forest, the rest were downtown condos. 

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