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Check out this home, er… castle, a few miles from here. 

Extraordinary c.1892 stone castle designed by McKim, Mead & White, America’s largest & most successful architectural firm at that time. 15,000 sq. ft., 30+ room Beaux-Arts style residence located on 18+ acres and offers a separate cottage, two-story barn with classic cupola and in-ground pool. Features traditional architectural details including ornate moldings, coffer ceilings, outstanding palladium window, grand staircase, 18th or 19th century Italian Renaissance paneling and elevator. Additional appointments include 2nd floor great hall/family room and two open porches. Lower level offers a billiards room, huge old style walk-in safe, walk-in ice box room, very large prep kitchen with dumb waiter and 2nd large kitchen with original wood stove.

7 Thoughts on “Zillow Fun

  1. I like this better. Though it’s surprising how non-envious I am of most of the >5,000,000 market.

    The only thing I like in the castle above is the outdoor room. 18 acres might be interesting, but, I think, not my thing.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4425-Forest-Ave-SE-Mercer-Island-WA-98040/48966052_zpid/

  2. O, I like the castle better. I remain puzzled, however, as to what I would do with ten bedrooms. (Stash Jenna Jameson in one of them, maybe?)

  3. Tammy on June 5, 2013 at 11:47 am said:

    I just keep thinking about how much it would cost to heat it!

  4. B.I. on June 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm said:

    Yeah, a gazillion bedrooms doesn’t make sense without a large family and live-in servants. For me, I always get exhausted seeing pictures of celebrity houses which are larger than office buildings and look like McMansions on steroids. I can’t imagine actually living in much more than a fraction of the house.

  5. cranberry on June 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm said:

    The roof. The vegetation on the bricks. Everything (presumably) non-standard. Custom-made gutters. Custom-made hinges.

    You’d need a gardener, a housekeeper, and several maids to start.

  6. “You’d need a gardener, a housekeeper, and several maids to start.”

    yes, but is that unsurprising for a house selling for 6.5 million? I think the the huge number of bedrooms are for having guests and live-in help, like in Downton Abbey.

    What I’m more bemused by is the 6.5 million dollar houses on the waterfront, or in Manhattan, with just 2 bedrooms.

  7. cranberry on June 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm said:

    It’s an antique house selling for $6.5 million. It’s a money pit.

    For $6.5 million, you can buy something with a water view, built to modern standards.

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