LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- From the air, you can see the incredible placement of NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racer Doug Herbert’s Peninsula Club home.
“It is a pretty special lot,” he said. The home sits on a double lot behind a gated entrance and has water on three sides. “It is almost like being in a castle with a moat,” Herbert joked.
It has a dock on one side, a gazebo on the other and a boardwalk that extends most of the shoreline. The view back toward the house includes a terrace with a custom pool.
“It has a lot of security and a lot of privacy,” added Herbert.
Our tour inside started in the window-filled two-story foyer, the entrance to the roughly 10,000 square foot home.
“You can have a party on one side of the house and the people on the other side of the house aren’t bothered at all,” he said. On one side is a guest room Herbert says gets a lot of visitors. His private home office is just down the hall. “It is just kind of a quiet and comfortable place here to sit and relax and focus,” he said, standing in the wood-paneled room.
Nearby, the master bedroom and the bathroom are the size of a small apartment. In the bedroom, there is a separate living room where Herbert and his wife spend a lot of time.
“Of all of the places we live, it is the kitchen and here,” he said.
The kitchen and family room are on the opposite side of the three-level house and also offer views of the water. The lower lake-level includes the entertainment and exercise areas with game tables and a dance floor. There is also a spa room and sauna nearby, and a home gym.
“Hopefully they’ve got time to use it,” Herbert joked.
He remembers what led his family to the house roughly eight years ago. “I actually lived in the neighborhood and I’d been by this house a lot of times and I thought well, one of these days that is the house where I want to live,” he recalled.
Priced at $3,999,999, Herbert and his wife, Ginger, are selling for a couple of reasons. They’d like to have more land and a smaller house, but there is also a more personal reason.
“It is a little difficult for me. You probably remember my boys were in a car accident right up here on Jetton. So every day that gets a little bit old driving back and forth by there,” he said.
Herbert lost his sons John and James in a deadly head-on crash in 2008.
After their deaths, he started ‘Put on the B.R.A.K.E.S.’ (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe).
The non-profit teaches the importance of responsible driving to teenagers and their parents.
If you’d like to learn more about the effort, click here (www.putonthebrakes.com).