Palatial. Opulent. Extravagant. These are a few different words that come to mind when thinking of how a real estate broker would describe these homes. Coincidentally, both mansions have the same listing agent who describes the homes as ones intended for a "connoisseur of life," in a totally unironic way. These two mansions do have a lot in common though. They're both 20,000 square feet or larger, both are less than 20 years old, they both feature indoor basketball courts and they're both just simply over the top on almost every level. If you are indeed a connoisseur of life with deep pockets, one of these homes might be worth considering. So, let's get a good old fashioned reader poll going on which home has the better indoor basketball court.
↑ 207 Woodhaven Lane, Barrington Hills
Size: 5 beds, 6.5 baths (20,000 square feet, 33 acres)
Price: $6.5 million
Broker's notes: A red crushed stone driveway lined with seventy year old pines leads to a stunning 33 acre estate, specially designed to bestow the outside vast beauty of nature...perfect for the connoisseur of life. The front door offers entry into the majestic great room with a Cypress domed ceiling and three story glass windows, offering views of the pond, waterfall and enchanting woods. With 20,000 square feet of living space, the property boasts a basketball/volleyball court, home theatre and sports bar.
Additional notes: Holy mother of... This place is like Thoreau's Walden cabin on steroids and reality television. There is something really pleasant about the exterior of the home, but everything is just so over the top in usual Barrington fashion. It's tough to call it rustic as the home truly is a behemoth, though it does sort of have a ski resort vibe.
↑ 10 Star Lane, South Barrington
Size: 6 beds, 8.5 baths (20,952 square feet, 2 acres)
Price: $3.95 million
Broker's notes: A truly unique home for the connoisseur of life. Poised on two acres in exclusive Magnolia Pointe, this grand estate boasts an indoor sport court, nine car garage, smashing pool with water slide and cabana, a two story attached guest house with laundry room, kitchen and private entrance. Each bedroom is en suite with sitting rooms and fireplaces. Only 5 minutes from I-90, fantastic schools and The Arboretum Shopping Center!
Additional notes: This home has been on the market for about three months but has just taken a big price chop. It was listed in May for $4.25 million but is now asking $3.95 million. It last sold for $2.325 million in April of 2012.