Situated in the heart of McKinney, TX is a 15.8 acre estate which has undoubtedly caught the eye and curiosity of many who have traveled along the romantic Gray Branch Road. Built by Dallas’ Sharif & Munir Custom Homes in 2011, with design work by Dallas Design Group, this French-inspired estate, given the name “Chateau Lumier”, is a work of art and craftsmanship. At approximately 15,000 square feet, with 6 bedrooms and 7.3 baths in the main home, and 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths in the attached apartment, the grandness of the estate can only be appreciated in person.
The driveway to the front of the home starts with a 22 ft wide gated entry, winds around the treed property, across the cattle guard, over a 50 x 18 ft former country bridge and pond, and alongside the Longhorn cattle to arrive at the circular drive and picturesque fountain. Upon entering the home, you are greeted by a 26 ft high entry with two beautiful crystal chandeliers and a marble floating staircase and views to the pond and manicured gardens in the back of the home.
You begin the experience of the one-of-a-kind and custom features such as an antique 1845 Communion rail from Tuscany built into the kitchen bar counter, specialty stones like Breccia De Vendome marble from Italy and African Blue granite, numerous custom fireplace mantles, intricate crown moldings, and specialty wall and ceiling finishes. The China and Silver room, just off the kitchen and formal dining, has custom felt-lined drawers, glass cabinet doors, and the most envied cabinet hardware. Two laundry rooms are in the main home as well as one in the apartment. Everyone loves the “Costco” room and the Craft/Wrapping room.
The well-equipped media room has a 123-inch media screen and is located downstairs for ease of use, along with a formal Study and another separate Home Office overlooking the property. Additionally, the master bedroom with separate luxurious closets, a large secondary bedroom, an exercise room or flex room, storm room, and a temperature-controlled 1000 bottle wine room, and two guest powders are located on the first floor. The Otis elevator is ready and waiting to bring you upstairs.
If you need ice or coffee, Chateau Lumier has 5 ice makers and coffee bars throughout the home. Five sets of French doors lead to the patio from the Great room, which is adorned with a cathedral ceiling and massive wood arched beams. One of the favorite rooms of the home is the breakfast room with a bricked ceiling, cozy fireplace, and a Betty Lou Phillips inspired wall of plates. Not to leave out two of the award-winning rooms—the master bath and kitchen are remarkable and elegant.
Entertain and enjoy al fresco dining on the large covered travertine patio and veranda with a Linx stainless grill, cabinets with laminate interiors to prolong life outdoors, two mounted TVs, and a large romantic fireplace while overlooking the manicured gardens and the picturesque cypress-tree-lined pond with a fountain. This Chateau in the middle of the city lives and feels like a country paradise.
Listed by Debra Brown of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Call 214-478-7543 for a private showing.
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