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A look at Mansions

August 16, 2009

This uniquely shaped mansion is located on Graceview Drive in Kinnelon, NJ. The 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom home contains indoor and outdoor pools, a home theater, a tennis court, and much much more. It is listed for $5,900,000 and contains 15,000 square feet of living space.

This extraordinary French inspired mansion is located at 209 Braeburn Road in Barrington, IL.  It contains over 14,000 square feet of living space.

This newly constructed brick mansion is located on Vaughn Crest Drive in Franklin, TN.

This incredible estate is located at 47900 W 9 Mile in Novi, MI. It is listed for only $2,685,000 and contains 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 11,290 square feet of living space, a gated entrance, and a huge private lake.

This gorgeous country style mansion is located on Hawley Woods Road in Barrington, IL. You can see its massiveness when you look at the other homes surrounding it. I love the back of the home especially!! I like how the great room extends out.

Mansion Mish Mash

August 8, 2009

This amazing home is located at 1129 Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, NJ. It is a new construction and is oceanfront. The home, dubbed Belle Mer (beautiful sea), is owned by a man named Eli D. Cohen. It contains two identical detached garages, a large swimming pool, and two identical pool houses. Thanks to Michael who sent me the first picture. I love the large gate with the stone pillars!

These two homes are located on Sunset Trail in Northbrook, IL. The smaller home, to the left in the 1st picture, has 10,100 square feet of living space. As you can see, the home to the right of it had just been built and is very big! If the smaller home is 10,100 square feet, then this home is definitely over 16,000 square feet.

I love this home! This newly built mansion is located on White Oak Drive in Northbrook, IL. It seems as though there are a lot of large homes being built around this area as well as Barrington and Burr Ridge. This home is no exception. If you look at the 2nd picture, you see the house under construction all the way to the right? That home has 14,500 square feet. Now, take a look at the home featured, which is all the way to the left. This home is definitely almost twice the size of the 14,500 square foot home! So, it definitely looks to be over 25,000 square feet. That’s just my opinion. What is so cool about this house, is how wide and long it is! I would love to know whats going on in the inside.

This massive compound is owned by Dr. I.V Hilliard who owns The New Light Christian Church which is said to have over 28,000 followers. The home is located on Doerre Road in Spring, TX. According to, the property has a total square footage of 40,519 square feet and has 30 bedrooms and 36 bathrooms. A Homes of the Rich reader said that each of the 5 small home located behind the house are 2,500 square feet. Then there are the other two buildings, which looks to be 6,000 square feet together. So, that means that the main house is around 21,000 square feet. The compound also contains a tennis court and a swimming pool.

A look at Homes for Sale

August 6, 2009

Location: 2233 Grady Ridge Trail, Duluth, GA
Price: $5,400,000
This 7 bedroom, 9 bathroom home is located in The Sugarloaf Country Club and contains an elevator, 2 kitchens, a home theater, a gym, a swimming pool, and a 5-car garage.

Location: 10425 W Revuelta Way, Bel Air, CA
Price: $37,995,000
This 8 bedroom, 8.5 bathroom home contains 18,000 square feet of living space with extremely opulent features and decor. The home contains a grand dining room, a huge 2-story great room with wraparound balcony, a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a huge pool/guest house. The home has been used in numerous music videos and movies.

Location: 3360 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA
Price: $5,900,000
This 8 bedroom, 8.5 bathroom home contains a grand marble entrance, a library, a wine cellar, and a home theater. 

Location: 2020 Pensive Lane, Northbrook, IL
Price: $2,995,000
This 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home contains over 7,500 square feet of living space with 3 fireplaces, a wine cellar, and a home theater.

Location: 8 Bel Air Court, East Brunswick, NJ
Price: $3,100,000
This 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom home contains 10,000 square feet of living space with dozens of upgrades and is located on a very prestigious street.

Updated Pics of the Illinois Behemoth

August 4, 2009

Here are pictures of the mansion, I personally dub “Illinois Behemoth”, completed. It is located on S Braymore Drive in Barrington, IL. I wrote a post on this home a while back and included photos of it still under construction. Well, its definitely completed and looking mighty BIGGG! So, I just got more information as you can see below. It’s address is 1765 S Braymore Drive. It is owned by Gerald Forsythe, who is a businessman and auto racing magnate. On the property records website, it says that the home is between 1.3 and 1.9 stories, whatever that means, and is just shy of 25,000 square feet.

A look at Illinois Mansions

August 3, 2009

This newly completed castle like mansion is located at 3015 Lincoln Road in Oak Brook, IL. It contains 18,000 square feet of living space that includes a massive 30ft x 60ft great room with cathedral ceilings, 12 skylights, a 500 square foot kitchen with adjoining dining room, 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, an elevator, 3 fireplaces, a family room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, and a 4 car heated garage. 
*There is also another large mansion being built right next to it

This mansion is truly spectacular. I included it in one of my posts a while back and now it is finally for sale! The home sports a 15,000 square foot main house, a swimming pool, a large pond, a 6+ car garage, and a massive indoor basketball court/gym (the large white building). It is located at 7 Fox Hunt Road in Barrington, IL and contains 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. It is listed for $14,500,000.

This red roofed large mansion looks to be in excess of 20,000 square feet. It is located at the end of Falcon Court in Barrington, IL. As you can see, its massive compared to the surrounding homes. Also, if you look at the 2nd picture, there is another recently completed mansion to the north of it.

This newly constructed large mansion is located at 9 Blossom Court in South Barrington, IL. It is situated in the prestigious Magnolia Pointe area, where homes are well over 10,000 square feet. The home contains 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and 18,000 square feet of living space. It is listed for $3,045,000. That is pretty good, considering a home of that size would cost over $9,000,000 in NJ.

A look at Mega Mansions 9 !

July 29, 2009

This Greek style mega-mansion is located on Remington Drive in Barrington, IL. I love the turrets, massive columns, and grand stairs leading to the front entrance!! This home is definitely me!

This extraordinary tudor style mega-mansion is located off of Brinker Road in Barrington, IL. It is easily over 30,000 square feet.

This mega-mansion is located on Balata Drive in Ooltewah, TN. You can see how large it is when comparing it to the surrounding homes! The home measures in at just over 20,000 square feet and contains a porte cochere and a swimming pool.

This mega-mansion is located on Cornwell Farm Road in Great Falls, VA. It contains an 8-car garage (half attached, half detached), a man made lake, formal gardens, a circular motor court, and a large indoor swimming pool.

This incredible and oddly shaped mega-mansion is located off of Alpaugh Farm Road in Lebanon, NJ. It contains a circular motor court, a 6+ car garage, expansive terraces, and a huge resort style swimming pool with bridge and water slide.

"Le Grand Reve" Mansion on the Market

July 27, 2009

This 17,000 square foot mansion is located at 68 Locust Road in Winnetka, Illinois. It is dubbed Le Grand Reve, which means The Big Dream. It was designed by Landry Design Group. It is owned by Sherwin and Deborah Jarol. Sherwin is a managing partner of Bradley Associates, a real estate investment company. The home is privately on the market for $32 million, which makes it more expensive than the 35,000 square foot, $25 million Villa Taj. It is listed with Sudler Sothebys. The house has 7 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, and a 4-car garage. The Jarols paid $2.56 million for the property 6 years ago. 

Lake Michigan Mega Mansion

July 4, 2009

Location: 985 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL

Price: $8,930,000
      This breathtaking mansion sits right on the bluffs of Lake Michigan. It is one of the largest homes on the lakefront. I would guess that it contains over 20,000 square feet of living space. It includes 5 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a huge 2-story foyer with a double bridal marble staircase, a grand 2-story great room, mahogany paneled media room with skylights, an indoor mosaic tiled swimming pool, and a 6 car elevator garage.

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.

A look at Mega-Mansions 8 !

June 7, 2009

This spectacular waterfront home is to be built at 2841 Evergreen Point Road in Medina, WA. This French Chateau will have 6 bedroom, 9 bathrooms, a swimming pool, a hidden detached 4-car garage, and over 8,000 square feet of living space. It is listed at $10,895,000.

This Tudor style estate features 20,237 square feet of living space. It is located at 2732 Southwood Road in Birmingham, AL. It contains a swimming pool with pool house and a subterranean garage.

This humongous 20,000+ square foot mansion is under construction at 4755 Thompson Road in Atlanta, GA. If anyone has any information about this home please leave a comment below.

This huge French inspired lakefront mansion is located at the end of Taylor Lane in Gainesville, GA. It has a detached 3-car garage and a swimming pool.

This mega-mansion belongs to baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. It is completed, but is shown under construction in this photo. The sheer size of this home is amazing. It is said to have 25,000 square feet of living space. I love all the windows and multiple terraces and turrets. It is located on W Lake Butler Road in Orlando, FL.

This massive 19,438 square foot home is located at 94 Hawthorne Road in Barrington Hills, IL. It was built in 1999 and includes 10 bathrooms.

This newly constructed mega-mansion belongs to Chelsea and England Football Star Ashley Cole. The home has 6 bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool. It is located on Birds Hill Road in Oxshott, Surrey, U.K.