Archive for June, 2009

Check out Tina Fountain Realtors!!

June 30, 2009

Tina Fountain Realtors has been added to “Hot House Websites” section in Homes of the Rich. I’ve spent time checking out their website and they have some amazing homes listed on there. They are Atlanta’s premier realty service and you guys should definitely go check out their website! 


Article on Villa Taj

June 30, 2009

The 45,000 square foot Illinois behemoth was shown to 3 potential buyers on June 4th. If you all don’t know, the home is on the market for $25 million. The builder, who remains anonymous, said that he decided to sell the house because he likes building palace like homes rather than living in them. Here’s a little tidbit. The broker who seals the deal will walk away with a cool $500,000!!

Here is the rest of the article:
When walking around the tan and beige home held up by 14-inch-thick concrete walls and surrounded by more than $2 million worth of Jerusalem gold limestone from Israel, guests may feel a luxurious change in temperature. The home has a breezy, Spanish flair on two sides thanks to special touches from a Spanish engineer.

The 4,000-pound, steel-framed double doors ornamented with brass are capped by $180-per-square-foot mosaic Italian tile above.But that’s just the outside.

When entering the home, guests first cast their eyes upon a hand-carved, intricately patterned railing made from wood imported from Mexico that embraces the 22 Brazilian cherrywood steps of the main staircase. Its destination: Five master bedroom suites. The six Algerian and Moroccan doors to these suites on the second floor cost a half-million dollars. Each suite is accompanied by a Jacuzzi and shower, and one particular suite made of gold Jerusalem limestone has an adjacent room used only to store leather, shoes and furs.

The Burr Ridge mansion at 6501 S. County Line Road, known as Villa Taj, was designed and built with the help of eight international engineers. And for a mere $25 million, it can be yours, said Realtor Kristine Farra of Prudential Preferred Properties.

The 45,000-square-foot palace has generated international interest; three potential buyers were shown the home June 4.

“The inspiration has to do with (the owner’s) world travels and experience — what he’s seen, where he’s been,” said Basri Emini, chief executive officer of Emini Equities and close friend of the owner.

The owner, who wishes to be identified only as an area entrepreneur, custom designed every intricate detail within the home. The house includes a grand kitchen with exterior double doors to allow caterers access without disturbing parties. It has a formal living room, multiple bathrooms, including a Mexican pineapple onyx power room and a conservatory. A ballroom has been constructed so that the echo from the 38-foot ceiling is silenced. The library has shelving extending along all four walls, and a cigar room and wine cellar adjacent to the kitchen to allow company to relax after enjoying a meal. Other rooms include a dining lounge, formal dining room, a family entertainment room with a 130-year-old door from a Moroccan palace connecting to the hallway, servants living, laundry and bathroom quarters in the basement, a game room and theater that can that can be customized for the future owners and a 20-car garage.

“This house has a huge Middle Eastern influence on it,” Emini said.

The current owner decided to sell a little more than a month ago, after he realized he loved the building process more than actually living in the extravagantly decorated home, Emini said.

He said the owner decided on Burr Ridge because of its convenient distance to malls, airports and the Windy City.

Although neighbors have been uneasy about what would come out of the four years of construction, Emini said the residential home may increase their property value.

“We have put the city on the map when it comes to luxury realties,” Emini said. “Right now, you look at the United States, you have Orange County, you have the Hamptons, you have Aspen, and now we have it in Burr Ridge.

Village Trustee Bob Grela applauded the uniqueness of the architecture of Villa Taj, but it did not invent elegance in Burr Ridge, he said. The home “is adding to the list.”

“He didn’t start the list. There are some outstanding homes just within an eye-shot of this house,” Grela said.

Village Trustee Dwight DeClouette said he has not heard comments from the public about the listing of the home. He added that the home is being sold as a residential property. The permits the owner requested from the village during construction allow it to be sold only as a residence.

On June 3, brokers from Chicago and suburban areas toured the home, with wine and food catered by Burr Ridge’s Capri Ristorante.

Realtors certainly are given a reason to push for a sale. The broker who seals the deal will receive 2 percent of the listing price, or a half-million dollars, Emini said.

The owner already has his mind set on another location to build, but the location remains a secret. But Emini said to expect something just as magnificent.

Michael Jackson’s Rental House

June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson was renting this California mansion for $100,000 a month. He collapsed on the floor of the home just a few days ago. He was a great entertainer and he will be forever missed. RIP. The home was built by real estate developer Mohammed Hadid and his wife Yolanda. Mohamed owns Hadid Development. The 20,000 square foot mansion is located on Carolwood Drive inHolmby Hills, CA. The home was built with the finest imported materials such as Jerusalem marble and Russian wood floors. The home has a gorgeous 2-story entry complete with iron front door, crystal chandelier, and hand carved wooden staircase. The home also has an ornate living room, custom kitchen with walk-in freezer, cozy family room, Russian themed movie theater, wine cellar, exercise room, playroom, and master suite with his and her baths. The home also has a 7 car garage and a swimming pool with pool house.

Hey Guys!! Homes of the Rich is 1 year old!!!

June 29, 2009

I just got my new Macbook Pro!!! I love it so much and it is a lot faster than my old laptop. hopefully i will now work on my website more. 

Homes of the Rich is officially 1 year old. Thank you to all who visited my website daily and to those who emailed me amazing tips 
and info. I could not have done it with out you.
I want to give a special thanks to my 3 most loyal readers:
-Al Robinson
-Carl Haroian
-Russell Zuccone
Below is a graph of the #of visitors and #of page loads that my website has had since the beginning. Look at our incredible growth!! Homes of the Rich is close to approaching 200,000 unique visitors and 500,000 page loads!!

Thanks Again, Kenny
P.S – I’m looking for new ideas for posts, so if you have any, feel free to email me

A look at Mansions 14 !

June 28, 2009

This mansion is located at 36 Stony Brook Drive in Saratoga Springs, NY. It is the 2nd largest residence in Saratoga Springs after John Breyo’s massive 60,000 square foot behemoth. This house contains 7 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, and contains 22,209 square feet of living space.

This amazing 7 bedroom, 10 bathroom mansion is located at 970 Rock Creek Road in Bryn Mawr, PA. It contains 17,658 square feet of living space and includes a side motor court, a swimming pool with pool house, and a tennis court. 

The massive lakefront mansion (on the right hand side in the picture) is located at 1270 Club Cove Drive in Greensboro, GA. Unfortunately, the home does not have a bird’s eye view and there is no information on its square footage. The home has 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 3 half bathrooms, 2 boat docks, multi-level terraces, infinity edge swimming pool, 3 bars, barbecue pavilion, and a massive trophy room. It is listed at $13,000,000.

This 17,600 square foot mansion is located at 6070 Atkinson Road in New Hope, PA. It has 5 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a circular driveway, a swimming pool, and a children’s playground.

This 25,942 square foot mansion is located at 6001 Talbot Lane in Reno, NV. It has 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and has its own private lake.

Purchase, NY Supersized Country Colonial

June 27, 2009

Location: 11 Sarosca Farm Lane, Purchase, NY

Price: $14,850,000
Square Feet: 17,000
This amazing country style supersized colonial was just recently built next to the Old Oaks Country Club. It is currently the most expensive listing in Purchase. It contains 7 bedrooms and 9 full and 2 half bathrooms. The 20-room home has an amazing 2-story foyer with floating staircase, a formal living room, a dining room, a library featuring dark wood and a fireplace, a gourmet country kitchen with adjoining breakfast room, a mirrored exercise room, a large wine cellar, a home theater, and a swimming pool with spa.

Homes of the Rich Ebook: 2nd Edition is Out!!!!!!!

June 24, 2009

I just finished the 2nd edition of the Homes of the Rich Ebook! It is finally for sale and still at the same low price of just $9.95. I really hope that you guys enjoy it and that you keep coming back for more. Thanks for all your support throughout this past year! You guys rock!

A look at Huge Mansions!

June 23, 2009

This gorgeous oceanfront mega estate features beautifully manicured lawns, formal gardens, a swimming pool, a rectangular water featuer, an attached garage with guest quarters, and a tennis court. I love the back of the house the most!! It is located at 1605 Alisa Lane in Santa Barbara, CA.

This massive house is located at 2490 Manzanita Lane in Reno, NV. It includes a large attached garage, beautiful enclosed driveway, parking for dozens of cars, a large terrace, a swimming pool, and a gated entrance. The home has 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and 26,741 square feet of living space.

This impressive Mediterranean style mansion is located on Highland Road in Highland Road Park, LA. It includes multiple buildings that are connected by breezeways, a man made pond, and a swimming pool. It is also gated and has its own security building.

This impressive estate is located on a massive area of property that includes a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a huge private man made lake. It is located on N Michigan Road in Indianapolis, IN. It is owned by Christel DeHaan who is the former owner of time share company RCI.

This amazing architectural masterpiece is located on El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. It includes a tennis court, an awesome infinity edged swimming pool, numerous paths, formal gardens, and a man made pond. It has 26,433 square feet of living space.

A look at Mansions for Sale 2 !

June 23, 2009

8 bedrooms / 9 bathrooms
16,000+ square feet
It is going to be built by Distaulo Builders. It will include a home theater, a lounge, a gym, an elevator, an indoor spa, and much much more.

2421 Acanthus Drive, Wake Forest, NC
5 bedrooms / 8 bathrooms
14,433 square feet

450 E Coconut Palm Road, Boca Raton, FL
6 bedrooms / 9.5 bathrooms
25,171 square feet

Brookville, NY
6 bedrooms / 15 bathrooms
12,500 square feet

1 New Albany Farms Road, New Albany, OH
8 bedrooms / 10 bathrooms
17,771 square feet

3460 State Road 13, Switzerland, FL
6 bedrooms / 8 bathrooms
14,849 square feet

609 Portledge Drive, Bryn Mawr, PA
8 bedrooms / 11 bathrooms
18,560 square feet

Sorry, but I had to delete the post on Vahan Gureghian’s Mansion

June 22, 2009

This is what I recieved in my email:

Dear Mr. Forder:

We represent Vahan and Danielle Gureghian. It has come to our attention that you have posted on your blog (, without consent or approval, several unauthorized and misappropriated photographs of the Gureghians’ private residence in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Your unauthorized publication of these photographs, as well as intimate details of the Gureghians’ private residence, is in clear violation of the privacy rights of the Gureghians. Moreover, it appears that you are in possession of property that has been misappropriated, and your unauthorized use of this misappropriated property wrongfully and incorrectly suggests its endorsement by the Gureghians. Accordingly, if you do not immediately remove the unauthorized and misappropriated photographs from your blog, and notify us in writing that you have done so, we will have no choice but to pursue legal action against you.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I look forward to your immediate compliance with the essence of this cease and desist demand.


Mark E. Seiberling, Esquire