MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- It is a French chateau with more than 500 feet of shoreline on the Iredell County side of Lake Norman.
One of only four homes on the point of the gated Alexander Island neighborhood, Chateau Lyon is by far realtor Debbie Monroe s most unique listing ever.
This property came from an idea that the former owners had of building a French chateau in this area and it began with the roof tiles, which are 250-years-old, Monroe said.
What else sets it apart is the asking price. It is the highest in the area at $8 million.
The front doors date back to the 1800s and took a year to refinish. Inside, the floors are stone reclaimed from the Mediterranean Sea.
The floor is somewhere between 400 and 600-years-old. We don t know for sure. They are all heated floors, Monroe described.
Off the foyer is the formal dining room, flanked by 13 foot hand painted panels.
The whole house was basically built around these panels. These came from Lyon, France from a home there, she said.
While most houses have living rooms, this house has what Monroe called the Grand Salon. It is a towering two story room with ceilings of pecky cypress. French doors open to a loggia and terrace overlooking the lake.
And both of the major chandeliers in this home raise and lower so you can change the bulbs, said Monroe.
The kitchen offers a pizza oven, a built-in rotisserie, and warming and cooling drawers. But the crown jewel is the range by La Cornue. Monroe explained, I believe the going rate on a stove like that right now is about $110,000 to give you an indication of some of the items they put in here.
A husband and wife completed the home in 2009. It is now owned by BB&T in Winston-Salem.
It is a little bit of a sad story, but a lot of heart and soul went into this place, she said. The original owners were the Hendricks of Boyle s Furniture and while I can t tell you the details, I can tell you their business filed bankruptcy and unfortunately the financing was tied together so they lost the home.
This home, with more than 8,700 square feet of living space, is not what most people expect when they hear foreclosure.
No, you don t, Monroe said. But, she says, the Hendricks are a great asset. They have been wonderful in giving us information to sell the home. In fact, a DVD given to prospective buyers shows Larry Hendricks on a guided tour, pointing out details only he would know. All in all, construction took five and a half years.
Monroe has certainly learned a lot since taking the listing, including what it cost to build the chateau.
It cost somewhere in the vicinity of $22 million to build this house so at $8 million most people will think it is a bargain, she said smiling.
In a second floor bathroom there is, after all, a tub that cost roughly $65,000. I m told that only 12 of these are made a year and it is solid copper, she said.
The home is wired with a home automation system by Crestron. From an iPad, Monroe can control thermostats, the heated floors and security cameras. It is a house, where the new meets seamlessly with the old. This is one of the best views if you want to get an idea of what the roof tiles are like, she said pointing at the 250 year old tiles from a second floor window.
Already, 10 potential buyers have toured the home, all pre-qualified to make sure they can afford it. In this market, Monroe says that s a great number and she s confident Chateau Lyon will have a new owner soon.
There are homes that haven t had that many showings that are half the price of this home, so we re happy. We re marketing all over the world and that is probably what is helping us the most, she explained. We re hoping to get it sold very soon and closed by the end of the year.
Of those 10 hopefuls, Monroe confirmed two have European ties.
While yes, the house is impressive, Monroe doesn t let buyers lose sight of the location. The property includes two lots with sunset views over Lake Norman.
I have seen most of the lots on Lake Norman in my 24 years in real estate and have never seen a better view than you have at this property, she said of her almost quarter-century with Lake Norman Realty.
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