The Advertiser - Real Estate
Check out how the other half live in two pages of sheer escapism.
New York, US
If you’re in the market for a home with plenty of land, a guest house, swimming pool, sculptures, an amphitheatre, maze, dodgy wallpaper and all that jazz, you’d probably want to give this place a second look.
It’s known as the New York mansion that Chicago built, as it’s the home of Fran and Barry Weissler, the Tony Award-winning Broadway producers who brought the popular musical – among others – to the stage.
Set on more than 7ha about an hour from midtown Manhattan, the estate boasts a total of eight bedrooms and seven full bathrooms across the main French chateau-styled house and guest house. There is also plenty of scope to lose yourself in the manicured grounds, however if that’s the aforementioned maze in the picture at left I don’t reckon you’d stay lost in it for too long. Take a look at it – all you’d have to do is stand up and open your eyes and you’d find the way out. Or you could just step over the hedges.
But I think what I like most about this place is the fact it’s got its own amphitheatre – which would be ideal for bringing your theatrical visions to life. It’s set the scene for private performances by actors as renowned as Christopher “Sound of Music” Plummer – who died last month – and the fantastic James Earl Jones, who among a huge list of acting credits, will forever be recognised as providing the voices of both Darth Vader and Mufasa. He also had a memorable role playing a grumpy writer in the 1989 Kevin Costner baseball movie Field of Dreams – something this entire estate could easily be described as.
And I didn’t even get started on that wallpaper ... $17 million