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Real Estate House Talk Sampler

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Real estate house talk today is a sampler.  Up first is Celebrity real estate for Billy Joel who has his luxurious oceanfront house back on the market.for $23,500,000. This is Billy Joel me: You may be right  I may be crazy, but it just may be a house lunatic you’re looking for.  Don’t try to save me.

Real estate House Talk 1.

Billy Joel’s Sagaponack house is listed with Corcoran.  It has just over an acre of property on the beach that he recently had shored up from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  And the house was renovated by the famous Nate Berkus!  Real estate house talk is that the home has been on and off the market since 2009.

Real Estate House Talk Sampler

I never get tired of looking at Hampton beach houses or any beach house for that matter. 

Billy Joel house for sale

Real Estate House Talk 2.

405 N Mayflower Rd Lake Forest IL

An English Renaissance estate in Lake Forest, IL is $12,000,000.  It reads like a Who’s Who, because this magnificent kingdom was “the gift of Mrs. Schweppe’s father, Marshall Field and Company president John G. Shedd.”

-The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  Schweppe is a large restaurant food and equipment supplier in the Chicagoland –

Schweppe Mansion for sale $12,000,000

Known as Mayflower Place or Schweppe Mansion, Chicago Magazine says the home has entertained royalty including Edward Duke of Windsor who abdicated his throne for love.

Schweppe Mansion architectural details - zillow

The listing details from Coldwell Banker and Zillow are extensive.  “Illinois’ most architecturally significant estate on Lake Michigan.  The Schweppe Estate,’ was restored to perfection in 1987 and 1988 by 70 craftsmen, including Italian artisans and Bavarian stonecrafters.  The superior construction and level of intricate hand-carved architectural details and finishes rival the grand estates on the east coast.”  I am tagging this one for a full post.

Real Estate House Talk 3.

Highclere Castle.


The masterpiece Downton Abbey season four is finally here!  Highclere Castle is now everyone’s love so here is a little fix until Sunday night.

Wishing you a wonderful Kaboodle Day ~

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  1. I almost went to the Shedd Aquarium while I had an 8 hour layover in Chicago with my 3 kids…fortunately, I thought better of it and got a hotel instead! I would love to tour Highclere and I will when I get back to England! Great sampler.

  2. You’re now the most interesting person in the world to me. I have not ever seen the metal lines on the inside of a house before. So cool that you designed a Marshall Field winter cottage. Hey Billy Joel, I have a great designer for you!

  3. Hey Sue! Thanks for posting the Billy Joel house etc. I would love to do some work for him…when he buys another home! He’ll have enough money once he sells this Hampton property.

    Those other properties are amazing!! Speaking of Marshall Fields…I once did a room for a Designer Showhouse that was the winter cottage of Marshall Field. Because of the great Chicago Fire, he (and many other homeowners) were so afraid of another fire like that. All of the electrical work in the home was by way of outside lines (you must have seen this – it’s a metal line that goes up the walls and then travels to the ceiling and across to where the chandelier would be. What an eyesore – and we couldn’t do anything to alter it (historic home). So I faux finished right on top of it to hide it. Came out fine…but of course that’s the first thing I would see when I walked in the room!


  4. Schweppe Mansion is gorgeous as is Billy Joel’s Hamptons house. I have never been to the Hamptons, but my daughter goes frequently to visit friends and it looks/sounds fantastic. Of course, it also is out of my price range.

    Thanks for showing such fun houses one can only dream about.

  5. Well why didn’t I know that? If I drove by all I would see is a gate. Lake Bluff and Lake Forest are getting famous.

  6. The Lake Forest house is just down the road from Richard Marx’s and Cynthia Rhode’s (of Dirty Dancing fame) house!

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