THIS storybook home in Lake Arrowhead blows the lid off the wow!-ometer. It's big and beautiful and the stuff housing dreams are made of.
How can a 17,000-square-foot mansion pack in warmth without losing elegance? There's a lushly landscaped courtyard and a dramatic waterfall in the entry hall. The staircase took craftsmen more than a year to build. The grand drawing room has 30-foot ceilings and windows that overlook the lake, and it comfortably seats 100 of your closest friends. The separate dining room, intended for smaller gatherings, seats 40.
The entertainment area includes a bar, game and pool tables, a separate kitchen and French doors to the outdoor spa. It also has a dance floor.
Being able to look at the lake figures centrally in the floor plan. The oval-shaped library features view windows at every turn. There are tons of built-ins, and birch paneling lines the library walls.
Not grand enough for you? There is a sauna, wine cellar with refrigerator, a four-story elevator, chandeliers imported from Italy and fireplaces of natural stone, slate and marble.
About this house: Built in 1993, it sits on three lakefront lots and has a double-slip canopied dock and room to construct another.
Asking price: $9,950,000
Size: Eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
Additional features: The outdoor spa has its own bath, so no dripping in the house. There are 11 fireplaces throughout the house.
Where: On Rainbow Bay in Lake Arrowhead.
Listing agent: Carol Banner, Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty, Lake Arrowhead. (866) 241-4960. www.carolbanner.com.
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