NASCAR crew chief's $6 million mansion on Lake Norman

NASCAR crew chief's $6 million mansion on Lake Norman

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 2:39 PM

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Greg Zipadelli and his wife Nan built a Tudor style home on Lake Norman in The Pointe community back in 2008.

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It's pretty much the way you'd imagine a NASCAR crew chief like Zipadelli, known as "Zippy" in the racing world, living.

“In 1999, he took a job as Tony Stewart's crew chief. They had two championships together. Now, he's the competition director for Tony at Stewart-Haas Racing," said Nan Zipadelli, his wife.

Throughout the home, you'll see his NASCAR championship trophies and memorabilia, and his hunting trophies.

"My husband shot both of the moose," said Zipadelli.

After all, her husband has his own hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. He also has a massive man cave with a bar, wine cellar, video arcade games, pool table -- you name it.

But that's just part of his space in the 13,000 square foot home. There's also his office.

"This is Greg's ‘drop zone’ area. His garage is here. He can come in, drop his bags, his coat, all of his computer and paperwork in his office," said his wife.

And Nan and the kids have their area on the other side of the house.

"So in this part of the house, it's the kids and my drop zone area. We come in from the garage. They drop their backpacks. Everybody has their own cubby, even the dog has her own space," she said.

It's got all the bells and whistles you'd expect to find in a multi-million dollar home, but the Zipadellis also figured out a way to make their home feel lived-in and cozy, yet it still feels like a $6 million mansion.

Take the kitchen for example.

"We've got 2 islands," said Nan. "We've set the kitchen up so we have a cooking zone with the stove, refrigerator and the ovens," she added.

"And then a wash zone [for] setting the table, washing, cleaning so that you're not tripping over each other when you're coming through the kitchen," she said.

The ovens were custom made in France.

"One is gas and one is electric, because you want moist heat for some items and you want dry heat for some items," she said.

And that's not all.

"We also have a pastry oven over here," said Zipadelli.

As you might imagine, there are a lot of spaces in this mansion, like the dining room with antique chandeliers.

"These were originally from Italy and were candelabras before they were electrified," she said.

And that dining room, like so many other parts of the home, is elegant in taste yet simple in function.

"We entertain a lot," she said. "We do a sit-down for 32 on Christmas Eve.”

Upstairs, you'll find the kids' play area.

"The coffee table's oval shaped so my son pretends it's a race track," she said.

Fitting for the son of a NASCAR dad.

And then there are the bathrooms, one of which even has a TV in the bathroom mirror.

"And the TV in the mirror, so he can watch all the sports scores in the morning getting ready for school," she said.

Across the hall, she showed us her daughter's bathroom. "The floors are heated," said Zipadelli.

As for the bedrooms, "each of the kids' bedrooms has a built-in fire ladder," she said. "They just open, throw and go.”

While the kids' bedrooms and bathrooms are pretty nice, just like you'd expect, mom and dad's is even nicer - from their huge master bedroom to their programmable shower in the master bath.

"You preset it and push the button, and it warms up and it sprays exactly the temperature you want it to. Nobody's getting burned. Nobody's cold," she said.

And then, there's the walk-in, or should we say "walk-up" closet. "The closet is two stories," she said.

There's also a gym and sauna on the second floor. And from almost every room, a view of the lake along with a pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen and a place to dock your boat.

The $6 million home that's on the market has all the conveniences you can think of, and then some.

"We don't have things in our house to have things. We have them because they're special to us and they mean something," said Zipadelli.

Just over the front door are angels that were part of a children's hospital in New York that came down during the September 11th terrorist attacks.

"We decided that is the perfect place. We're on the lake. They're cherub mermaids. They withstood 9-11 and thought they would protect this home," said Zipadelli.

For more information about the home, click here.

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