The eight-bedroom 30,214-square-foot, Middle Eastern-influenced Burr Ridge mansion once known as "Villa Taj" has undergone a major reboot — complete with a new name — and is set to be listed on Friday for $10.95 million.
Now known as "The Palace Royale," the mansion, which sports a gold Jerusalem limestone exterior and a neo-byzantine Moorish revival architectural style, long has been hard to miss. Completed in 2009 and located on a 3.5-acre site at a prominent intersection in Burr Ridge, the mansion was listed for a time in 2009 for an eye-popping $25 million.
After the dentist who had built it lost it to foreclosure, a lender sold it to its current owner, investor Arvin Lourdenadin, for $3.1 million in November 2012.
Now, Lourdenadin has decided to sell the mansion. He intended to make the mansion his primary residence, but with business opportunities developing elsewhere, he decided to sell, listing agent Michael LaFido of Conlon Christie's told Elite Street. Lourdenadin has invested heavily in upgrading the mansion, LaFido said.
The mansion has eight full baths, three half baths, nine fireplaces, a 20-car heated garage, a wine cellar, a cigar room, an elevator, 14-inch thick walls, a 2,400-square-foot ballroom with 38-foot-tall ceiling, floors finished with Brazilian wood, cherry wood and Italian marble, and fully 15,000 square feet of covered terraces.
Other features include a 2,500-square-foot master bathroom with a large custom walk-in dressing room and spa bath with a Jacuzzi tub and two separate showers, a kitchen with high-end appliances and a large center island, a wood-paneled library, custom-designed doors, hand-carved railings and a double-wide staircase.
"This house has been totally transformed since it was last on the market," LaFido told Elite Street. "The feedback has been amazing from agents and prospective buyers that have been through the home since we orchestrated this transformation."
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.