This House Cray: A French Castle in Wine Country For $16M
Where: St. Helena, CA
Asking Price: $16,996,000
Number of bedrooms: 4
Number of bathrooms: 4 full, 2 partial
Total number of rooms: 13
Time on the market: 1 month
Feast your eyes on this French-style mansion in Wine Country fit for a king – and a super rich one at that. Designed in the Louis XII style, the castle – with more than enough room for your own royal court – was built entirely with materials imported directly from the motherland. Every single door, window, cabinet, fireplace, and staircase was crafted across the pond, including the main eye candy in the house: a 400+-year-old castle door that leads to an impressive 4,500-bottle wine cellar.
Luckily, if you're not a huge Francophile, there's still some cute American characteristics about the home, like the "I'm too lazy/drunk to walk" elevator between the two floors (and after raiding the wine cellar, who can blame you?), and the quaint nod to California with a line of palm trees inside the house. I'm pretty sure those didn't come from France.
The chateau also comes with 46.5 acres of gorgeous wine country land spotted with outdoor patios, an infinity pool plus spa and shower, walking paths, formal gardens of the rose and vegetable varieties, a full outdoor kitchen and pizza oven (again, not very French), and your very own olive grove. All this can be yours, for a measly $17 million dollars.
And in case you're worried about anyone stealing the goods, the home is readily equipped to survive any siege with not one but four independent wells and its own personal power supply (what?), plus it's easily defended with a sturdy perimeter fence and modern security system. Long live the king.
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