The owners of a prominent Georgian classic mansion overlooking Indian Lane in Mission Hills recently became empty-nesters. So they’ve put the 15,000-square-foot home, which sits on a four-acre gated estate, up for sale. It’s listed at $9.5 million.
Builders and artisans took three years to construct the 12-year-old home with an authentic Old World feel. The husband ice skated and dug up arrowheads on the property as a boy. But it’s time, he said, to move on to something smaller, hopefully nearby.
“I’ll miss it, but it’s really a house for a family with younger children,” he said, asking not to be identified. “The two of us use four or five rooms. When the kids and grandkids come, it’s great. But we also enjoy going to (our home on) Lake Lotawana, and I’m a skier and have to get my ski dates in (our home in) Aspen. It’s a fabulous property, and we enjoyed the heck out of it, but it’s time to downsize.”
The five-bedroom Mission Hills home has eight full and three half baths, an in-ground pool and a two-story cabana that pushes livable square footage to over 17,600 square feet.
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The home is chock-full of antique, reclaimed, artisan and imported materials, starting with the driveway, made of antique bricks.
“It’s Metcalf brick from a road (that was) dug up,” the owner said. “You can still see some of the tar on them.”
Inside the gates, the driveway circles around a tall, multi-tier fountain hand-carved of granite, past the front of the mansion and around to a parking area and a five-car garage with a lift for sixth car.
The front door features a limestone entry-surround that was hand-carved in Syria. It was imported in 80 pieces and assembled on site.
“It was made by artisans that I’m sure aren’t there today,” he said.
The large foyer features Italian marble floors, and to its right, a wood-paneled den leads to a formal sitting room that opens onto a sunroom.
To the left of the foyer is a dining room with brilliant blue wallpaper and matching drapes as well as a crystal chandelier reclaimed from the home that sat on the property before the mansion was built.
A great room at the back of the home features walnut paneling and ceiling beams with plaster crown molding and an Italian marble fireplace surround that the owner got after pestering an antiques dealer for several years.
Amish craftsmen hand-hewed hardwood floors and constructed arched doorways. They installed the floors in the dining room in a herringbone pattern. The gourmet kitchen features French-baked oak floors and cabinets with leaded glass doors.
Many of the heavy wood doors inside the home feature windows made of thick leaded glass that sparkles like crystal. A sunroom features hand-crafted mosaic floors with a colorful border depicting birds that match the stained glass in the doors leading to it from the home’s formal living room.
Each of the home’s five bedrooms has its own bathroom, and the master suite has a fireplace, sitting room, wood-paneled office and private outdoor balcony.
A third floor has a large, multi-purpose room that’s being used as a gym. It also has a dry and steam sauna and full bathroom.
The backyard contains a two-floor casita with a kitchen that can be used for entertaining, a large formal lawn, gazebo and gardens.
But it’s the front of the house that holds the estate’s best-kept secret. A set of stairs leads down from the brick driveway to a stone path that curves between a thicket of tall native plants to a large lily pond with a waterfall and seating area.
“(The pond) was there when we bought it. We enlarged it, added the waterfall and made a seating area,” the owner said. “It’s a nice place to have a drink and relax or read a book. We’ve stocked it with goldfish, and it occasionally has ducks living in there.”