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The Green Door - safe and calm with walkability

Entire guesthouse hosted by Marcus
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
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This charming guesthouse in Lake Forest is only steps away from beautiful Market Square — the historic retail center of the community. Inside it features loads of light, in-unit washer and dryer, a well-equipped kitchen and a professionally designed stylish and calming interior. Outside, it has a vintage covered porch with twinkle lights and classic outdoor games. Walk to two grocery stores, bars/restaurants and our historic train station that connects to Chicago and various corporate shuttles.

The space
Just off the driveway, you'll enter through the vintage covered porch where you'll find the warm and welcoming green door. As you enter, you'll have a space to pause, and drop your keys/phone/worries. To your right is a small dinette that seats two (or four in a squeeze). On your left is the completely updated vintage well-equipped galley kitchen featuring a washer and dryer. Other features include a full refrigerator, gas stove and oven with a lighted vent hood, a 12-cup coffee maker, a small microwave, a toaster, loads of counter space, gallery lighting and open shelving to help you finding essentials. Beyond the entry, the space opens up to the light-filled mid-century modern inspired living room which features a velvet sofa, a small laptop side table, an arc lamp, a large television and a wall of shaded windows. Off the living room is the bedroom where you'll find a classic oak queen bed that features a 10" memory foam mattress and hotel quality sheets and pillows. An entire wall of storage provides space for hanging or folded clothes and much more. Off the bedroom is the bathroom that has a large mirror, modern sink and a shower/bathtub, complete with all the towels you will need. The guesthouse is completely private from our house - there is no access between our house and the guesthouse.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed


Free parking on premises
TV with Netflix
Washer – In unit
Dryer – In unit
Window AC unit
Patio or balcony

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 14 reviews



Lake Forest, Illinois, United States

Our Green Door is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood. Across the street is the Robert McClory Trail that connects to various other area trails. There is a commuter train that runs (mostly during rush hour) on tracks across the street.

We usually take the trail south when we walk to Market Square (a 10-minute walk), but there is also a sidewalk in front that takes you there.

Market Square has charming European architecture and is the heart of retail in east Lake Forest. A few retail highlights include William Sonoma, Kiddles Sports, Lullulemon, Gerhardt's European Deserts and, of course and Starbucks. There are also many restaurants/bars in the area and two grocery stores (we have a more complete local listing in the cottage). There is also a post office, bookstore and drug stores.

A mile or so east is Forest Park, which features dramatic overlooks of Lake Michigan, a bluff walk and also a boardwalk through unique area woodlands. For a fee, non-residents can enjoy the popular and gorgeous beach area below. During the off-season, anyone can walk down to the beach. My wife and I regularly walk there, year round. It typically takes us 1.5 hours round trip walking.

Two miles north of us is the charming historic community of Lake Bluff where you can find additional retail, restaurants and a brewery and in summer, a Friday morning farmers market. You can take the trail or drive.

Hosted by Marcus

Joined in October 2012
  • 14 Reviews
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My wife and I live on the property and love to share our cottage and knowledge of Lake Forest and the North Shore with our guests.
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I enjoy meeting guests and answering any questions as well as sharing local information as needed. I'm also available (via call/text/msg or in person) to answer any questions during stay.
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
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