Well now...this was a great little project for a cold Chicago day! I have a nasty case of whatever flu is going around:P So, instead of walking down the road to take photos of insanely expensive houses, we drove...First up....I don't know a lot about this behemoth. I think it came with a price tag of $14 million? Husband kinda knows the guy who lives here. He once had a breakfast meeting at this house. It is well over 10,000 sq feet! Taxes on this bad boy...between 40 and 50 grand (I kinda make it a little hobby to look into crazy real estate, so my facts come mostly from web sites)Above is the atrium...and behind that is the guest house...It really is a crazy amount of space!
I didn't even know this one had gone up! (like I could miss it) It is across the street and one door down from the other. Seriously people...does this look like a mini white house?!? Four houses were bought and torn down to make this. My photo doesn't even give you any where near how HUGE this house is...insane!
Now then, we used to walk by this house as it was being built. We nicknamed it The French Chateau. It is 20,000 sq feet. I have heard from an architect that the stone for the driveway was imported from France because the owner liked the way it sounded against the car tires...ummmm...OK. Oh, I did a little researching on the price tag, and found two different results...one said 20 million, the other said 40 million...either way, holy moly!!!
This to me is the most amazing house I have ever seen. I gotta tell you, as this was going up...I didn't get it. There were 5 lots bought to build it...to the tune of 7 million (that's just for the land!)
It is owned by arguably one of the riches families in Chicago. I think Husband may have met the woman once (I certainly don't run in this crowd)
OMG...look at the way the walls open into the patio! JUST. LOVE. IT!
This picture I swiped from the architects website...it's a side view from the private garden.
I keep telling Husband, with over 20,000 sq feeet, I think we could move in and no one would notice us;D
The funny thing is...the kiddos loved this project. The kept saying "Mommy is taking pictures of big big houses!" I have lived in the hood for over 15 years, so I knew exactly which houses I wanted to show you...but the kiddos kept pointing out the window and yelling "There is a big big house!"
What's more, when we got home they said "This is the new house" (they have called our town home the new house since we moved in) "the new house is HUGE!" I suppose it's not sq footage that makes the little ones happy;)
I think I'm gonna show you some pics of our humble town home...I gotta clean it first:P Perhaps by the end of the week;)