Here is a video tour of a home I recently posted about. The 20,000 square foot mansion is located at 2202 Martin Lane in Northfield, IL. It boasts 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 4 half bathrooms, marble and hardwood floors, double bridal staircase, 2-story great room with fireplace, huge gourmet kitchen with custom built-ins, butler’s pantry, wood paneled study, finished lower level and much more. It is listed at $5,999,000.

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  • Grrrowler

    I can’t get past the truly appalling video quality to even notice the house. Amateurish doesn’t even begin to describe the video. An agent trying to sell a house for $6,000,000 should unclench and spend a few dollars on a professional videographer. She should be embarrassed.




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  • Daniel

    I love how easily impressed the person filming is. I still don’t think its a spectacular home. Notice how dark and tiny the secondary staircase is adjacent to the kitchen. They really went overboard with the floor medallions as well. While I admire the butterfly staircase on the lower level, I think it was unnecessary. The ceiling is way too low, and I would probably need to duck for the 2nd through 7th steps. Pointless.




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  • George

    A 6 million dollar house without an elevator is stupid. Also the agent showing the house is very loud, unprofessional, and I can’t believe how much of an echo is created in that house.




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    • Barney

      Ummmm, That’s ’cause the entire house was EMPTY, George…..and so many of the floor finishes are marble/stone etc……..ANY empty room with finishes like that is going to have a serious echo. And, just how was the agent being unprofessional?? You don’t know what you’re talking about.




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  • Venom

    I don’t know, I am not that impressed, it is a nice house to be sure, but very generic.
    Definitely not a $6 million house.
    The islands in the kitchen should be parallel to each other, the layout and colors were just wrong and the breakfast area should be bigger. The whole kitchen area should be bigger frankly.
    Too much marble and marble floors in the great room are a poor choice.
    After going through the one that I did a couple of weeks ago in Bloomfield Hills, I am convinced that at a certain size and price, there should be separate his and hers master bathrooms.

    The materials and detail work in that house definitely were not $6 million caliber, that is for sure and as I said before garage doors facing the street on a $6 million house is a no no for sure.
    I sincerely hope that there is an elevator also in the home.
    I have serious doubts about that house being 20,000 square feet. The house size, the lot size and the room sizes just don’t look big enough.




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    • Barney

      Venom……I agree with you about the garages, for sure. BUUUUT….the kitchens’ NOT big enough?!?! I CANNOT believe you said that. Does a high-end kitchen NOW need to be half the house’s size? I can however, tell you that two-tiered kitchen islands are becoming quite common. And I think you’re grossly overestimating your square footage guessing meter…..it was a video! You should know the agency selling the house CAN NOT advertise that it’s 20K it if is not. Also, I don’t know how can logically make claims about the materials being sub-par (again) from a video??




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      • Venom

        Come on Barney, as someone who is from Grosse Pointe, you should clearly be able to see that that house does not have materials befitting a $6 million home.
        Christ my crown molding is way better than that in this house.
        I stand by my assessment of the square footage.
        Different states and counties have different requirement for reporting square footage. For example Florida counts air conditioned and non air conditioned square footage and people love to include basement square footage.

        If you have a large family or a lot of friends that come over most of the time they will be in the kitchen area and this kitchen is woefully small especially if you believe that this house is really 20,000 sq.ft. The island arrangement is dumb and not conducive to space or having a large group of people sitting in the kitchen. I mean come on, you really believe that house is 20,000 sq. ft but the kitchen is so small that you can’t walk around it without bumping into other people? The edge of the island damn near hits the wall.




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        • Barney

          http://www.jameson.com/2202MartinLane?agentID=a3449ec8-f355-4778-8ff0-bc2baf5fb985&page=1&pageSize=20

          http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

          http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2202-Martin-Lane_Northfield_IL_60093_M83825-70232

          Above are the links to the page for 2202 Martin Lane at the listing Agents site, then the Google Earth satellite shot, then Realtor.com. BOTH the first & third pages show the footage as 20K, and with 7 bedrooms the size they are, I have no problem believing that. The property tax entry for this brand new construction in Cook County does not yet have a full update regarding this home, but when it does I’ll make sure to post it here to prove you wrong. Annnnnd, the kitchen is FORTY-THREE BY TWENTY….are you still going to tell me that’s NOT big enough?! Again, you’re looking at a VIDEO….the counter tops surrounding the island are at LEAST the pre-requisite 38 to 40 inches apart. Do you actually think that a builder’s gonna’ build house THAT size & price and f*ck up the kitchen completely by putting the island TWO FEET away from the perimeter cabinets? Come on!!

          Remember…..I was a Realtor for years, and still have my finger in it considerably. I don’t mean to sound self-aggrandizing, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve been through a whole lot more homes of that type than a considerable majority of HOTR contributors.




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  • tony

    If I had the money, I’d like to live in a large, spacious, and interesting house where you might not be able to tell from any given room that it is supposed to be a “mansion.” You can go into any reasonably new and reasonably nice home or model and be attracted to much of the design. I can’t understand why so many homes look like this. I HATE stupid floor medallions. I HATE the stupid columns that look so desperate for elegance. I HATE the stupid unnecessary railings and the grand staircases that are a waste of space and always seem to be less impressive than the last. I hate overdoing the woodwork, or even just the all-wood library. I hate so many chandeliers and too much marble in one space. And I especially dislike when those things are done cheaply. That being said, this home isn’t too too bad, but for reasons already said in the replies, it is not worth $6 mil.




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  • georgethegreek

    well, guys,
    i have followed your comments on the mansions here for a while without saying anything…now i must tell you all guys something:on each mansion on this site your comments are mostly negative and critical, and i think this is not right and not fair! you should always remember that there are people living in this mansions. how would you feel and react if somebody telling you your loving house is sh… and you are vommit?!??!sure you can say you don`t like this detail and you would do that better and so on, but please do not behave that YOUR taste is the only right…well i don`t wanna know how YOUR mansion looks like, mr grrrowler, mr daniel,mr venom, mr george and so on…and one last thing concerning most mansions here: if you take a conclusion than these are mostly beautiful homes MUCH above the average home in the “normal” 200 000-500 000$ range.




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    • Daniel

      Thanks for the critical commentary of the commentors. I don’t know really how to respond to your criticism, other than to say that you really are easy to please. When I criticize or compliment a home, I’m being genuine about how I feel about it. I don’t understand how expressing an opinion is “not right and not fair”. You mention that people live in these mansions…duh. It is “Homes of the Rich” after all, and I’m not visiting this site to view foreclosed $250,000 homes. I’m here to look at awe-inspiring and often-times nauseating homes that fit the bill of the blog title. I also don’t think ANY of the frequent commentors have shut down anyone else for expressing their opinion. Yes, we FREQUENTLY disagree, but I have never found it to be out of malice. It truly is a treat to see how different people love/hate certain styles, locations, decors, etc.

      Perhaps if you expressed the same level of candor that many of us do, then you would see that a lot of homes really have a right to be criticized and mocked.




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    • Grrrowler

      Yes, I am critical of the houses. You’ll notice that the ones I like I make sure to point out. But, I’m not going to like everything and Kenny doesn’t seem to have a problem with me expressing my opinion, so I will continue. I can only speak to my taste and how I feel about a place. I’m not saying my opinion is right for everyone, I’m saying it’s my opinion. If someone doesn’t agree with what I have to say or doesn’t want to read it, that’s what the scroll bar on the right side of the page is for.

      As for why I’m critical of so many of the houses it’s because the houses themselves invite the criticism. A “mansion” is more than just a large house. It should be special in many ways. Throwing up a large house and slapping some marble tile, pre-fab columns, and wrought iron doesn’t make it special. You mention that the houses are far above the average $200K-$500K houses. That’s my problem with many of them; they’re not! They’re larger and they command higher prices because of their size and location, but they’re nothing special. That’s my biggest complaint with a lot of the newer “mansions” (and not just ones that are posted here). If a house is going to have a multi-million dollar price tag, it needs to be worthy of that.

      As for my mansion, I don’t have one. I have a very small custom-designed and built house that would outshine many of these mansions in terms of layout, quality of materials (both construction and finish), and design. I liken it to a little jewel box, and I’d rather live in an exquisite jewel box than a warehouse with some shiny bits tacked on.




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      • Stewie

        We’re just expressing our honest opinions George, like Dan and Grrrowler pointed out, when we like a home, we state that too. I also completely agree with Dan that I too find it interesting and great that people share their honest opinions about real estate on this site. Imagine how boring and crap it would be if everyone just said ‘Wow, great home’ on every post. We have opinions and aren’t robots George! Lastly, if you’re concerned that the owner of the property might miraculously stumble across this site and ask himself why we don’t love it, he’ll just have to live with that. Besides, I don’t think a person who can afford a 5 million dollar home gives a hoot as to what we say anyway…
        The fact that we can openly state our opinions on real estate and argue and help each other understand property is what makes this site so special. You’ve obviously missed out and have taken our conversations completely the wrong way George.




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  • Mak

    I hated it when it was posted before with still images, and I hate it more (if that’s possible) now that I’ve seen it on video.




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  • Pat

    cookie cutter floorplan.




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  • georgethegreek

    hello guys,
    well i understand what you all are saying but in the last weeks and months i feel more and more the tendency: critical here, critical there, negative this one , negative that one..and at the end perhaps a small positive point.

    yes, you all have your opinions and yes, you should tell us honestly what you are thinking. but i have the feeling that all over the last months we ALL (including me) have become very spoiled on very big and very expensive with the most expensive materials mansions and we are accustomed to see such mansions every day.

    well, i just wanted to tell you that i make this observation the last weeks and it is a little bit funny too because if there is a newcomer on this page and reading all this critical stuff he will think: my god! what the hell are these guys talking about, these are mostly great mansions!

    well guys, tell me which mansions are in your eyes that ones which are very very near to perfection?

    greetings to all of you!




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    • Pat

      OK.
      Phipps house in Denver.
      Biltmore.
      The White House (as a mansion).




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    • Daniel

      I had a huge list of homes I was compiling, and then I accidentally clicked backspace. Here’s a shorter list.

      1) La Reverie, 1415 S. ocean blvd., Palm Beach FL.
      2) La Follia, 1295 S. ocean blvd., Palm Beach, FL
      3) Pietra Mar. 3040 Gordon Drive, Naples, FL.

      The three above can be seen here:

      davisgeneralcontracting.com and smitharchitecturalgroup.com

      4) Il Palmetto, 1500 S. ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
      bridgesmarsharchitects.com/project_details.php?CategoryID=1&ProjectID=1

      5) Villa Delfino, 1574 S. ocean blvd., Palm Beach FL
      bridgesmarsharchitects.com/project_details.php?CategoryID=1&ProjectID=5

      6) 1 Arvida Parkway, Coral Gables FL

      7) 850 Lake Drive, Boca Raton, FL
      homesite.obeo.com/viewer/default.aspx?tourid=637186&refurl=www.sothebysrealty.com

      8) 60 Blossom Way, Palm Beach, FL
      architecturaldigest.com/architects/100/peter_marino/marino_slideshow_012008#slide=1

      9) 1236 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
      4.bp.blogspot.com/_61djkGwfEZo/R8q-IwxEjMI/AAAAAAAAB8k/iq5f2CgD9Kk/s1600-h/Kimmel_PB_PICS.jpg

      10) 711 S. Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach Fl. The video is a treat. Some furniture is a little stuffy, but no problem.
      premierestateproperties.com/luxury_real_estate/florida/palm_beach/delray_beach/2642326.aspx?flash=true

      11) Numerous homes on Indian Creek Island (Indian Creek Village, FL) and Star Island in Miami Beach, FL.

      12) Many homes in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton, FL, including this one at 1698 Royal Palm Way.
      tours3.vht.com/Viewer/360Scenes.aspx?ListingID=170317&Style=IDX

      13) Numerous homes in Highland Beach, Hillsboro Beach and Gulf Stream FL.

      14) 1 Isla Bahia, Fort Lauderdale, FL
      homesite.obeo.com/viewer/default.aspx?tourid=618965&refURL=Realtor.com&locale=en-US

      15) 1341 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL
      bunnywilliams.com/interiordesign/detail/12 and sanchezandmaddux.net/oceangallery.aspx

      If I had to compile a list of all the homes I would KILL to own, it would contain well over 100 homes of varying architectural styles and locations throughout South Florida. Prices range from $3 million to $150 million. Obviously I love some more than others, but each one has sparked incredible interest, and I would love to call each one home.




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      • Stewie

        Yes, its a similar situation for me. I love so many homes I couldn’t possibly put them all down here, it would take forever. I like all sorts of architectural styles, but generally I prefer more conservative ones like Colonial (in particular French Colonial), Georgian, and French style. However, if a home is well executed I can appreciate that and the style can take a back seat to the actual execution. It all depends on how the home looks. One thing I will say though is that I care quite a bit about symmetry, I generally dislike very asymmetrical homes, where for example one wing is much larger than the other, or there are many uneven windows, turrets etc. I generally want homes to be in proportion and symmetrical. And the thing I probably hate the most is when a large mansion sits on a tiny, tiny plot of land. Homes I really like for example are Jim Pallotta’s mansion in the greater Boston area or Philip Frost’s place in Miami or Oprah’s house




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        • Stewie

          But each property has to be judged individually. It all depends on how they look and ‘feel’ and if there is a good flow. So yeah…that’s my 2 cents lol




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    • Grrrowler

      Perfection is a relative term and nothing seems truly perfect. There are hundreds of houses that impress me, and it’s never by their size or price. It’s also not about their opulence, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I look for design details, quality of materials, thought put into the layout, and something that’s usually unidentifiable that makes it “special”.

      Various houses that come to mind that I find “special” are:

      http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Greenwich_Ct_06830_M41780-00447

      http://www.christiesgreatestates.com/properties/view_87710/

      http://www.sothebysrealty.com/en/PropertyDetails.aspx?R=4100007874&N=12+149&curr=USD&Nrs=collection()/record%5BP_USDPrice+%3E%3d+30000000%5D&No=59&PSeq=56

      http://www.sibarthrealestate.com/sibarthrealestate/en/st-barts/real-estate/villas/villa-liz

      http://www.lindaagary.com/view_home.php?propertyid=352

      Daniel has a much more extensive list, but his is too Florida-centric for me. 😉 There are things about each house on my list that I would change, but they all have that “something” about them.




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  • Siobhan

    Settle down, boys. This is just for fun.

    And I don’t censor my opinion in the other parts of my life, so I don’t here either.

    Signed,
    The girl.




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  • Kieran

    40 Beverly Park is my favourite home




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  • Chance

    My favorite house is the Guy Dreier designed Rancho Sante Fe Estate. IDK the address but the house is on the main page of his website.




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    • Barney

      YOU KNOW IT, CHANCE!!

      Isn’t that place BEYOND MIND-BOGGLING? I showed it to my partner (the OLD FART) earlier today and he wrinkled up his nose and said “THAT place looks like an airport or a commercial conference center!” BAH!!

      I KNOW it’s an absolute Work of Art and a MASTERPIECE. Can you JUST IMAGINE hitting the lotto for a 100 million (AFTER TAXES, naturally 🙂 and inviting your loved ones over for a housewarming bash?!?!? You’d have to have a whole bunch of Nurses or EMS techs there to tend to everyone who’d FAINT outta’ sheer jealousy & LUST. I KNOW I would!




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  • Onions

    Come on guys. Millionaires are people too. I can’t fathom the horrific consequences of living in a home that 1 out of 10,000,000 people in the world will have have the luxury of even stepping foot in….and then having my feelings hurt by complete strangers over the internet.

    Yeah, that aside, I really didn’t get the impression that the narrator was working for the Realtor or even trying to sell the place. I could be wrong but it seemed that he was just trying to show it off.

    Either way, I agree that it’s very overpriced. 6/10.




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  • Kyle

    That home looks cheap to me. You don’t walk into that place and fell like you just walked into a rich person’s home.




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