This Mediterranean style mansion is located at 704 Deer Trail Lane in Oak Brook, IL. It boasts 13,000 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, curved floating staircase, 2-story great room, art room, music room, formal living and dining rooms, library, gourmet kitchen, terraces and patios, lush landscaping, brick Gazebo with fireplace, 4-car garage and more. It is listed at $5,300,000.

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  • Grrrowler

    Ack! The exterior isn’t terrible, but is off. The interior is an abortion.




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  • Daniel

    Horrific. Kitsch and tackiness galore.




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  • NOVA Ben

    From the listing:

    “This Mansion Calls You Back, Somewhere In Time, To An Artful Masterpiece Of Architectural Details Created By Old World Craftsman.”

    Is the agent looking at the same house I am? The only place this mansion is calling ME to is the bathroom…




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    • Daniel

      Ha. Calls me back to 1989. They better throw in some shoulder pads and a fanny pack for that asking price.




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  • rob

    I can’t get a handle on that neighborhood at all. What type of people build these awkward mansions in such a sucky location. Some big mansions on the other side of the neighborhood with beautiful yards backing right up to the freeway. This house is on a pretty bad lot. The interior is tacky. People must live here because of work. I cannot think of any other reason.




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  • Mak

    I think (and this isn’t a racist comment) that its geared towards someone from Pakistan, or maybe the middle east. It just doesn’t fit North American sensibilities. It has that faux palace in a tract house feeling. Kind of like what you would find in some parts of New Jersey




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    • NOVA Ben

      It definitely has the Middle Eastern design aesthetic, doesn’t it? It is interesting that the tastes in architecture diverge so dramatically between Americans and Middle Eastern people living in America. And everyone, please note that I am not making a judgment for or against either group of people, it’s just interesting to see the differences. On more than a couple occasions, I’ve perused real estate listings thinking to myself “someone from the Middle East must have lived here” and lo and behold I subsequently see family photos in one of the pics that confirms that.




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      • Josh

        And what about those occasions when lo and behold your suspicions are not validated? Does that prove the contrary?




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        • NOVA Ben

          Okay, I apologize for phrasing my post the way I did. I probably should have realized that posting a comment of that nature would be roughly akin to dumping a bucket of blood in a shark tank. The only observation I was attempting to make was that the vastly diverse backgrounds of people who live in the U.S. make for a similarly diverse palette of home design themes and styles, which I think is great. It also makes for homes on the marketplace that don’t appeal to everyone, and that sometimes there are patterns in these differing styles. That’s all.




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        • NOVA Ben

          And I’m not so ignorant as to make sweeping generalizations and try to dump everyone into neat little categories, because I’m well aware that’s not how the world works. There are exceptions to everything.




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    • Leslie

      What are North American sensibilities? A house like this? http://www.trulia.com/property/1086452462-3015-Lincoln-Rd-Oak-Brook-IL-60523

      Do you also realize that Mexico and other latin countries are in North America?




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    • Charles

      lol, it’s usually not a good idea to couch your comment by saying it’s not racist, because obviously you must have sensed there was some type of racist tinge to it.




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      • Mak

        You’re absolutely right. My apology if I offended.




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      • NOVA Ben

        I think that was directed at me as well, in which case I also apologize. See my reply above…I should have phrased differently, and I was not intending to offend anyone.




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  • Cole

    Another issue here which no one has addressed is: why are 13,000 square foot mansions being built ANYWHERE? You know only two people are going to live in them. In previous eras, beautiful homes in the wealthy suburbs would be 6,000 square feet at the most. These huge eyesores are offensive on so many levels,
    not the least of which is that they are too darn big.




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    • Daniel

      I completely disagree. You can have an 80,000 square-foot home that is perfect architecturally and aesthetically, and you can have a 5,000 square-foot dump. Square-footage is an irrelevant number – it’s how you use it. I’ve always been a fan of the gigantic homes (>30K square-feet), simply because they are outrageous. Many disagree with me on this, but I really think we should embrace the homes that are huge AND aesthetically pleasing…which this home is not. Contrary to your opinion, I find them beautiful and wish they would be embraced more often.




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      • Cole

        Will you please show me an 80,000-square-foot house that is perfect architecturally and aesthetically.




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        • Daniel

          House #4, aka La Reverie. It’s actually 84,000 square feet, but who’s counting at that point?

          http://davisgeneralcontracting.com/

          Actually, all of those homes are pretty much perfect in my opinion. Here’s the quick rundown of each one:

          House 1 (La Follia): 37,000 sq ft
          #2 (Oceanfront Italian): 28,400 sq ft
          #3 (Venetian Splendor): 22,000 sq ft
          #4 (La Reverie): 84,000 sq ft
          #5 (Shingle Style): 14,000 sq ft
          #6 (Oceanfront Mediterranean) :13,700 sq ft
          #7 skipped b/c it is under 10K sq ft
          #8 (Villa Grazia): 21,000 sq ft
          #9 I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I have no idea where it is :/

          So, in my eyes, every single one of those homes is as close to perfect as one can get. While the soft furnishings may not suit everyone’s taste, I think it is hard to fault the architectural details in each home. Now, the question as to whether someone NEEDS that much space is up to debate, but like I said, it is how you use it. Each one of those homes uses its square-footage flawlessly.




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      • Venom

        Square footage being irrelevant is a ridiculous comment. Just because the house is aesthetically pleasing or whatever does not mean the size is insane.




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    • NOVA Ben

      You know, I was just thinking about heading over to the Road & Track blog and yelling at them about how nobody needs a 500-horsepower Corvette and that it’s killing the planet.

      Right after I send hate-mail to some movie reviewers telling them to use their journalism credentials to cover world events that actually matter. Who needs movies anyway?




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      • Venom

        As an owner of a 500 horsepower car I can tell you that nobody needs one and they are ridiculous. I bought it because I can and I thought it was a great idea at the time, but honestly 95% of the time you can’t use that power so it is pretty much worthless.

        I just got back from Chicago today after being there for a week and there is nothing like seeing all the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Porsches etc all driving at a snails pace because of traffic. It was awesome today because a semi overturned and it literally took 3 hours to go 12 miles down the highway.

        I stayed up by Lake Forest where all the super car dealerships and the mega mansions are and normally that would be a great place to drive your Porsche or Ferrari like stink, except there are police crawling everywhere, so even up there you can’t drive them fast…so worthless.




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        • NOVA Ben

          Just to be clear, I was poking fun at the original comment made by Cole. As someone who does not have a 500-hp car but wishes dearly that he DID, I am very much in the “admiration” camp as opposed to the “criticism” camp. 🙂




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  • Robert

    This house is still for sale and I’ve seen it. It has a seperate closet just for silverware lol. It was originally a ranch that the owner expanded so that is why the style is so odd. I’d personally tear it down because nothing can make this property an upscale Oakbrook home




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