Despite its relatively compact, 3-acre lot, this sprawling, 14,672-square-foot Leesburg mansion in the Grenata Preserve neighborhood offers regal living and French-inspired design on the grandest of scales. It’s available to own for $6.9 million.
“The house is magical, and there’s nothing like it in the neighborhood,” listing agent Kelly Gaitten told the Times-Mirror.
With seven bedrooms, 11 baths, a luxuriously large pool area and outdoor recreation space, as well as a guest house featuring five carports, this home’s future owner will have access to a white-bricked, wrought-iron-studded, immaculately landscaped château that world travelers and francophiles alike only ever dream of calling home. Every design flourish inside and out was intentionally chosen to make residents and visitors feel immersed in the home’s storybook milieu, including the two-sided limestone fireplace in the foyer, a replica of the fireplace from Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World.
“They built the house around this French castle theme, and I think it works really well for the property,” Gaitten said. “It’s professionally decorated, eyes on every detail — every chandelier, every piece of flooring. Everything had a purpose and a thought behind it. There was no second-guessing.”
Beyond the opulent foyer — which is floored with shimmering tile, encircled by a wrought-iron balcony atop the curved staircase and overhung by a crystal chandelier — guests can follow a long hallway to the main living area, encountering several smaller chandeliers along the way. At the end awaits a joint kitchen, family room and dining area warmed by another two-sided fireplace, this one lined with stone.
Despite the flamboyant trim work and other embellishments that run throughout, the kitchen is irresistibly homey, its multi-person bar seating just begging to be enjoyed during any time of day. It’s also a chef’s dream, lined with artfully worn cabinetry, a hand-carved travertine sink, an ILVE Majestic professional range and a limestone range hood, among other dazzling features.
“I love the livability of that kitchen space,” Gaitten said. “For me, the kitchen feels like the heart of the home.”
Also on the main floor can be found a large, formal dining room, several other sitting areas and a peninsular music room with windows on three sides looking onto the gorgeous property. From both this level and the fully finished lower level one can access the backyard and the saltwater, resort-style pool, which is surrounded by a multi-level travertine deck that also skirts a hot tub, pool house and covered outdoor kitchen.
Both the indoor elevator and the aforementioned staircase lead to the four second-level bedrooms, including the lavish owner’s suite, which includes a private sitting area with a fireplace, access to a private deck overlooking the pool, a wet bar, two separate walk-in closets and direct access to the laundry room. However, the most sensational feature of this suite is the bathroom, which Gaitten calls “a masterpiece of design and function.” Here, the owners can enjoy a cavernous, marble-lined shower with multiple heads, an equally spacious tub and two large, separate vanities.
A staircase at the rear of this level leads to the upper level, which includes an en-suite bath and currently functions as a homeroom classroom, but can easily be turned into an in-law or au pair suite. This level also includes an office and several other bits of potential recreation space. Speaking of which, the finished basement is an expansive entertainment oasis all its own, with a full bar with KitchenAid appliances, a wine room and tasting area and a media room, as well as walk-out access to the backyard and pool, making this home a perfect indoor-outdoor party destination. Finally, the guest house above the garage includes a finished studio space with two additional rooms, a full kitchen and a full bathroom.