This lavish gated estate is located at 21000 Turnberry Blvd in Novi, MI.  It is currently owned by entrepreneur Rich Morgan, 44, who bought the mansion in 2007 for $9.75 million. That is nearly half the $18 million it cost to build the house in 1998 and a fraction of the $25 million that some real estate officials estimate as the true cost after land acquisition and design costs. Morgan was the third owner in two years, buying the mansion from investor Patrick Tortora, who had bought it from Larry and Judy Wisne.

The 9.68 acre estate was recently on the auction block after it went into foreclosure. The home was supposed to be sold, but I guess it didn’t, because it is now on the market with an asking price of $5,500,000.

The mansion, one of Metro Detroit’s most expensive homes, boasts 13,777 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 10.5 bathrooms, conservatory, home theater, 5000 bottle wine cellar with tasting room, 2-lane bowling alley, huge swimming pool with waterfalls and 60 foot long water slide, a pond, 10-car garage, and a par-three golf hole. The landscaping alone is worth $5 million.

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  • Venom

    It is a nice home, but this house never cost $18 million to build.
    This agent or whoever is quoting these figures if full of you know what.
    That landscaping quote of $5 million is utter crap.
    You can build a golf course for $5 million.
    I might believe that they have $700,000 to $1,000,000 in landscaping….maybe.
    My buddy has 10 acres with 3 huge ponds with interconnecting bridges and a waterfall that runs around the side and back of the house and his landscaping he told me was in the $300,000 range.

    The detail work in this home is definitely not at the $18 million plus level, that is for sure.
    And land in Michigan is not that expensive, especially in Novi.
    The most expensive area to acquire land would be in the best part of Bloomfield Hills or on the lake in Orchard Lake and you still would not spend that much.

    There is a much much bigger one in the area that was for sale/sold and that was in the $10 million range or so if I remember and it was about 3 times the size of this home.
    There is even one for sale in Rochester Hills/Oakland Township right now that is the same size, newer and stunning in detail and design for just under $5 million.




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    • Barney

      Ohhh kay, Venom…..it’s official. Due to your intelligent, and definitely-insider-sounding comments, I’m convinced that you’re either a present-or-former realtor (like me) who still has pretty good connections. Are you?




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  • Venom

    Oh yeah, and nothing says exclusive like a home that backs onto an office park, hotels and fast food restaurants….




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    • Grrrowler

      Thank you for saving me the need to type out my own rant. I’ll just say “What Venon said…”




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  • Swimmer

    Incredible landscaping but it is in Detroit, that answers all questions…




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  • KEV

    18 million? Seriously? Probably about a quarter of that, and if it was more, then that is money wasted. It’s nice, has a lot of cool things with the landscaping and pool, etc…but please…..




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  • Barney

    I agree with all you guys……NO way did this house cost what was quoted….that’s entirely ridiculous, even at the HEIGHT of the boom here in metro-Detoilet. Beautiful, but hugely overdone home, in the WRONG location, BIG time.




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  • LAW

    As someone who was very closely involved with building this home, let me say that it did cost upwards of $20m. The thing is that these pictures leave out huge (and expensive) chunks of the property, and the property was dead flat and featureless when it was originally acquired.

    But just to blow away some of the dumber estimates here – look at the pool. There is a custom built 60 foot waterslide that goes through a huge rock feature. The person that thinks the whole property’s landscaping cost 700k to 1m obviously has never flown in giant rocks from across the country, and hired a top landscape architect to oversee the placement of the rocks while also employing engineers to make sure the whole thing doesn’t collapse. That pool alone cost your 700k to 1m. Then there’s the other 19 acres of the property, which feature amongst other things a man-made river flowing into a large man-made lake (not pictured).

    Is it a waste of money? Yes. Is the home out of place in the city it’s in? Yes. But the money was spent. And the property is totally beautiful, but just way too big IMO. The saddest thing is that it costs upwards of $1m a year just to maintain it properly and with the current owner in foreclosure it’s probably quickly deteriorating.




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  • Oliver

    This house is close to where i live and to everyone dogging the area just come here and see for yourself. Just because detroit has this negative look after the big 3 thing so what. Theres alot of old money still in MI and this novi/commerce/lakes area is really beautiful. Gorgeous home but def waste of money.




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  • Evan

    I have been in the house its not 13,000 sqf. its 21,000 sqf. and the house did cost about $18M as well the landscaping was about $4m and if you ask why it cost so much is because the amount of detail put into the house and land you will not find another one like it in MI with so much detail it is way weather its price. and it wasn’t a wast at all if you see whats around the house its location is near everything you can imagine you basically are living in a private 20 acres of land in the heart of a city. I guarantee you wont find a house like it in MI.




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  • Mike

    I have been in the home and back today for the Estate Sale. I know the original owners. It costs what the article says and more!




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  • detroitunderground

    House was sold on December 2, 2011 to a husband-and-wife televangelist couple named Wayne and Beverly Johnson for $3M. They have a fancy website, too. Love how people use religion to make a killing!




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  • Kevin

    What a bunch of haters




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  • Carmen

    Actually their names are Wayne and Beverly Jackson and they don’t need the churches money because they own several businesses including a television and tadio station. Time4impact.com




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  • MTF

    This home once belonged to dear friends of mine. It cost close to $30 million to build because of the features (listed and unlisted) and it tops out at 24,000 sq ft. 10 car garage, helipad, panic rooms, heated floors and 3-stories among other things. The property is magnificent, breathtaking and regal.
    You guys should also remember, foreclosure isn’t just about people being broke, regardless of the reason, it’s people’s lives, family and friends you’re talking about.
    Have some compassion for a person or family…rich or poor going through a hard time…more than just financially.




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  • Non-hater

    You earn the money like Wisne did, you get to spend it how you would like. Employed an acquaintance of mine for a couple of years working on the electrical supply, parts of which had to be hired out to other contractors due to the industrial extent to which some of the supply needed to be built, especially for things like the waterfall/slide, whatever it is/was. 400 amp service, just for that, if I remember correctly. Also brought in a bunch of full grown pines to shield things from prying eyes – at great expense, all while employing more people to do the work. How about the hand-painted ceilings and leather floor – still more jobs. When rich people don’t spend money on what I consider extravagances, there are less specialty jobs for the rest of us. Also believe he was a donor to charities. Additionally, I am fortunate enough to not have lost a child in a terrible accident, for which money is not cure. Probably ought to lay off for many reasons and put this price/story in the “believable” column.




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  • apostle

    to everyone that is hating or leaving negative responses i too just visited the 25000 square ft estate and i can affirm as a realestate ageneabsolutely true and in addition to all that let correct you the new owners have invested more money in the estate they didnt do it with church money they are blessed by GOD as wonderful business leaders you can learn from them!!! ps.




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  • apostle

    to everyone that is hating or leaving negative responses i too just visited the 25000 square ft estate and i can affirm as a realestate agent its true and in addition to all that let me correct you the new owners have invested more money in the estate they didnt do it with church money they are blessed by GOD as wonderful business leaders you can learn from them!!! get 5more jobs with the job you have just maybe you might be able to afford this estate also!!! in closing dont hate wait pray live right you might get your opportunity?




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  • Observer

    There are 2 very large homes in Northville on 7 mile that are just a few miles west of this home. These 2 homes were built by 2 guys that were related by marriage (or cousins?) and were caught up in some shady dealings. One of the houses was purchased (foreclosure?) by a ministry out of Detroit.
    So, this makes 2 huge mansions within several miles a part that are owned by Detroit ministries. Makes you go hmmmm.




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