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Alabama estate offers human and equine luxury

Opulence in Alabama. Photo: Hurwitz James Company

Opulence in Alabama. Photo: Hurwitz James Company

One of the 10 largest homes in the United States is on the market, complete with a deluxe six-stall barn and its own formal equestrian lounge.

The Alabama estate, with its 54,400 square foot mansion, is believed to be the biggest home currently on the market in the US. Once its separate equestrian lounge and two-bedroom guest house are added, the entire compound hits 62,000 square feet.

The property, listed by luxury real estate firm Hurwitz James Company, is on the market for $US13.9 million.

The property offers outstanding equestrian facilities. Photo: Hurwitz James Company

The property offers outstanding equestrian facilities. Photo: Hurwitz James Company

The mansion sits within a 27-acre property.

Equestrian lovers will get to enjoy the property’s deluxe six-stall barn, the well-appointed equestrian lounge, an
enclosed round pen, an outdoor arena, three separate pastures, access to miles of nearby riding trails, and an irrigation well.

The equestrian lounge comes complete with a full kitchen, high ceilings, a bath with shower, sound system, and generator. The walls have hand-painted tiles from Portugal; an antique mahogany mantel and hand-made chandeliers from Columbia.

There is an 800 square foot apartment above the stables and room for a second apartment.

The stalls are African hardwood with rubber panels for flooring, plus every amenity imaginable for deluxe equine living.

The main homestead comprises 15 bedrooms, 16 full bathrooms and six half-bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, two vent-less fireplaces, room for 12 cars and a recently upgraded 25-seat theater.

There is also a commercial-grade elevator.

The property features a deluxe six-stall barn. Photo: Hurwitz James Company

The property features a deluxe six-stall barn. Photo: Hurwitz James Company

Hurwitz James Company said the house represented the realization of the owners’ dream and was inspired by historic French and Italian castles of Europe.

It was architecturally designed with the grand scope and symmetry of Versailles, but with many of the internal walls removed to create breathtaking light-filled spaces arranged for extravagant entertaining and inspired, aesthetic daily living and contemplation.

It took four years to complete construction, with artisans and artists from Europe taking up residence locally to handcraft the stucco, marble, limestone and decorative features.

The hand-painted dome of the grand foyer was the work of an English artist. The chariot race depicted in the library was hand-painted by Italian artist Scagliola.

The home was designed and created by architect Bill Shephard and brought to completion in 1997.

Outside, there is a pool and jacuzzi, with waterfall.

The home, at Shoal Creek, in Shelby County, is only a few miles from Birmingham, and 30 minutes from the international Airport.

Annual taxes are $US54,930.

 

 

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