This Highland Park Modern French Chateau Will Kick Your New Year Off in Style

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Photography by Jason Anderson

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the year than with this drop-dead-gorgeous Highland Park modern French chateau at 4441 S. Versailles Avenue. Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International has recently listed the luxurious mansion for $8.495 million.

And we do mean luxurious. Built as a spec home in 2008, it combined the talents of builder Christine Goff, architect Will Snyder, and interior designer Ann Schooler, to create a flawless three-story, 11,698-square-foot home that has everything you could possibly imagine — and then some. Now if that is not enough pedigree let’s add another ingredient into the mix — sellers with extraordinary taste.

4441 S Versailles Entry-1.ashx.jpeg“The current owners brought in their own team of interior and exterior designers who have taken the home to a new level of craftsmanship and customization, making improvements that augmented and enhanced the beauty and functionality of the home,” Eleazer said.

The sellers have more than a bit of experience with luxury construction having built a stunner in Nashville a few years ago that was used as a location for a People Magazine photo shoot of country music star Miranda Lambert.

It all starts with location, and this house is in one of the absolute prime spots in Highland Park — across from Flippen Park. This offers all the benefit of land without the maintenance. Win-win!

The home has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and two powder baths, a library, music room, home theater, exercise room, art studio, and a state-of-the-art wine cellar. We do mean state of the art, as it’s computerized. “It’s to die for,” Eleazer said. The owners are wine aficionados with another home in Napa, so they know what’s what when it comes to creating the perfect wine cellar.

One of the most striking aspects of the home is not the obvious incredible finish-out but the natural light that flows throughout. Light wells were even installed in the basement so you have the true sense of a third floor.

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French doors in the living and dining rooms overlook the park.

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The expansive dining room can accommodate seating for 14 guests.

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French doors lead from the family room onto a covered Bluestone patio with a fireplace.

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The kitchen has a La Canche range with two ovens, a warming drawer, and two additional Miele ovens. There are three dishwashers in the kitchen, as well as two additional units in both bars.

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Two staircases lead to the three floors, or you can take the elevator, of course.
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Antique light fixtures are used throughout the home.
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The library overlooks the pool and has an adjacent home office and full bath.
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The master bedroom overlooks the pool and has an adjacent sitting room with balcony.
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His-and-hers bathrooms offer everything from the requisite exquisite fixtures and finish-out to the practical: a refrigerator and coffee bar.

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The home theater, with state-of-the-art sound system, is on the basement level, along with the wine and exercise rooms.

Los Angeles landscape architect Diana Green was brought in to add her magic touch, creating a lush retreat complete with an antique exterior door, fountain, and a beautiful pool.

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“The house feels like a charming, older European home but with all of the new amenities,” Eleazer said. “It’s just beautiful.”

Indeed. Call Joan Eleazer for a look. Words don’t do this home justice and we’ve run out of photos!


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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  1. Bill says

    I’m not typically a fan of “French-inspired” design since I find many owners put their own interpretation on what that means and ultimately create a monument to new money (see anything “Tuscan inspired)
    HOWEVER, this home has a very understated look that would blend seemlessly with and kind of design element. While the current owner’s decorating sense seems a bit forced, the look of the home (once emptied) will present a fantastic simplicity on which to build.

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