On and off the market for over three years, this tacky Oak Brook manse is bit of a tough sell. The brokerbabble plays up this carbon copy of a medieval castle as "one of a kind" and "absolutely breathtaking," but something tells us its mystifying interiors will only appeal to a very narrow range of suitors. Take the skylight-laden great room with wood beams and 40-foot ceilings, which reads more like, well, a cold castle than a comfortable family space. Need a spot to stash your throne? There's a room for that!. The 5-bed, 12,000-square-foot suburban castle also features a full-size elevator (even though it's only a two-story home), hot tub, library, theater room, balcony, and a spacious brick patio. Listed as high as $5.75M, call this sucker home for $4.5M. Any takers?
·Listing: 3015 Lincoln Rd [Platinum Partners Realtors]
·Whale Week 2013 [Curbed Chicago]
Calling all high-rolling bargain hunters. During its four year stint on the market, this 6/9 manse in Barrington Hills has managed to shed a staggering $4 mil from its original ask. The 13,000-square foot suburban estate, designed by Joe Elias, can now be yours for a mere $4.9M ($377/sq ft). The interiors are a frenzy of vaulted spaces, with ornate fireplaces, curved window wall, and coffered ceilings soaring over the woodsy eat-in kitchen. Tucked way on 1.33 acres in a "premier gated community" known as Village Enclave, the strapping 15-room estate furthers its case with an exercise room, library, theater room, spa, wet bar, and an outdoor pool with cabana.
·Listing: 9 Brooke Ln [Koenig & Strey Real Living]
"Speaking to all that is luxe" is this palatial country estate in Hidden Lakes, by far the largest and priciest home in our run-down. Much to our dismay, the listing only produces one lonesome photo of the home's exterior, so we can't see exactly what this place is working with. But expect a generous 3-acre lot that pulls in a gazebo, balcony, outdoor fireplace, and an in-ground pool. On the market for six months, the monstrous 25,000-square foot new-build also ups the ante with a tedious quantity of amenities including a sauna, elevator, heated floors, atrium, and a media room. The ask? $16.9M!
·Listing: 8 Kaleigh Ct [Koenig & Strey Real Living]