The beauty of this magnificent estate residence is embraced by 6 plus picturesque, landscaped and gated acres!
Flawless beauty and futuristic "smart house" automation are seamlessly blended under one roof in this magnificent French country manor. The landscaped and wooded property comprises more than six picturesque acres, which are both gated and fenced, and includes the babbling brook from which the estate, Longbrook, derives its name.
Limestone decks and patios with cast-iron railings overlook the Greco-Roman-styled Gunite pool and stand-alone waterfall, which is serviced by a pool house with kitchenette, bath, laundry satellite TV, and complete AMX house controls. Halogen dimmable exterior lighting and an AMX-controlled state-of-the-art exterior sound system ensure full enjoyment of the serene grounds.
The truly inspired design of the over 10,000-square-foot residence is the result of months of thought, planning, and execution by leaders in their specialist fields: interior design by Marc Polo; electronics by Electronic Design Group; lighting design by William Riegal; landscaping by Magic Gardens; with the noted luxury-home builder Gary Pritchard orchestrating the project. The finished masterpiece has fourteen slate rooflines and is faced with a stone-and-stucco treatment that gives it an old-world European look.
The fifteen-room residence, entirely internetworked, is one of the most sophisticated "intelligent houses" in North America. All electrical, electronic and audio request music systems throughout the house are controlled by the AMX system. All interior and exterior lighting, HVAC, security cameras, spa, pool, and more are part of this system.
The interior of the residence features high ceilings, Kolbe & Kolbe true divided-light windows, Lutron lighting, brass hardware, outstanding molding detail with pilasters throughout, and venetiziano-plastered wall treatments. There are radiant-heated floors, coffered ceilings, relief molding, herringbone inlaid oak floors, five marble fireplaces with custom mantels, and an elevator that accesses all three floors.
Elegant circular stairs and heated stone floors in the grand entry foyer set a gracious tone that is carried throughout the home. Windowed galleries flank this foyer, which opens to the formal dining room. The family room, with a twenty-foot limestone fireplace and an elevated ceiling braced by distressed beams, has a state-of-the-art built-in home theater with HDTV plasma screen and Dolby Digital surround sound. The octagonal full cherry library with Brazilian mahogany floors, alabaster chandelier and coffered ceiling has nine-foot mahogany doors that open to the living room. A first-floor guest suite has access to a loggia with spa. With appliances by Miele, Thermador, SubZero, GE, and a DCS oven with sandstone hearth, the gourmet kitchen is state-of-the art, yet its handcrafted glazed cabinetry, oversized island and limestone countertop give it the feel of a country kitchen. The adjacent octagonal breakfast room with a cove ceiling opens out to the rear patio.
An anteroom with elevator access ensures that the master suite is both private and convenient. The lavish suite features two dressing rooms, a balcony, fireplace, built-in theater with 58-inch HDTV with Dolby surround sound system, and a marble bathroom with separate steam room. Three en suite tumbled-marble bathrooms service four family bedrooms, all with high ceilings and walk-in closets.
The high-tech home theater on the lower level puts commercial theaters to shame. Featuring sound damping and soundproofing by Owens Corning, seven amplifiers, a Dolby 6.1 EX sound system (prewired and upgradeable to 10.1) powered by JBL synthesis, an eleven-foot Stewart movie screen, a Sony digital G-90, and Faroudja video, this theater showpieces the finest video picture and sound available. It has three-tier seating by First Impressions with twelve reclining seats. Also on the lower level are a billiard room, gym with TV, powder room, and wine refrigeration for 340 bottles.
This truly outstanding estate is a rare offering.