Homes of the Rich reader Daniel has come across a website called Locations Extrordinaire, which showcases homes available for use in movies/photo shoots, etc (like Sunset Locations, but for Florida). One of the homes featured on there is this jaw dropping estate that I brought to your attention in February of last year. It is located in Naranja, FL and is situated in the middle of a huge oval shaped body of water. Apparently, it goes by the name of “Chateau Artisan”.

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  • NOVA Ben

    I’m not the biggest fan of the house itself…pretty mediocre in my opinion, but I guess the moat/lake is the real talking point of the property. I find it gimmicky and a tremendous waste of money and labor to make, but that’s just me.

    Opinion on the actual home aside, this *would* be a fabulous place to shoot a movie, depending on what type of movie and what kind of role the house would have. However, I also feel like it’d work well once and then it’d be used up…”Hey, isn’t that the place from [insert movie title here]?” Not sure.




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  • george

    The term jaw dropping is wrong. It should be ????????????????????????????




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  • Hugh

    Its kind of magical.
    Very Disney. Partic that hill!




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  • Anthony

    It’s ridiculous but I’m intrigued by the place. Would love to be able to wander around for a few hours and look at it all.




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  • Venom

    This is jaw dropping?




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    • Kenny Forder

      Because of its ridiculousness and uniqueness, not necessarily its BEAUTY 😉




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  • Daniel

    It probably is one of the most unique homes in Florida, and for good reason. While I admire that someone had the guts to REALLY think outside the box when building their dream home, I think Mr. Sieger (the owner and architect; Sieger-Suarez Architecture) really couldn’t have found a worse location if he tried. This is literally out in the middle of nowhere. You are at least an hour from another millionaire. This is not about privacy or seclusion; it’s a hassle.

    The home architecturally is reminiscent of a haunted house. The exterior is actually quite bare…the details are minimal. The interior is SO WHITE. Jesus, no color on the walls anywhere?!? I was expecting a dark interior with black, dark purple and crimson walls/accents. The moat/pond surrounding the house still puzzles me. Is there a filtration/aeration system in place? I doubt the water will remain as crystal clear as we see in the construction pics.

    Overall, this would be a cool home to visit, but I would never live here. If it had been built in Coral Gables, it may have been one of my favorite homes. But since it takes a entire bottle of Off! to venture outside, I would rather get something less unique (a Mediterranean on the bay) in lieu of this place.

    I found this link where the homeowner is apparently willing to trade a 150′ yacht for the place. Seems the owner thinks this place is worth $22.5 million. I find it hard to believe that someone with that much wealth would consider this place.

    http://www.tradeassets.com/search_view.php?asset_key=531d62f7




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    • NOVA Ben

      Agreed, I remember looking this place up on bing when Kenny did the first post on it, and thinking “whaaaa….??”




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  • Randy W.

    ‘Jaw Dropping’ refers to the alligators mouths in the moat . *note – the shrubs on the hill leading up to the gazebo look like gators laying in the sun . eeeks !




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  • Iemand

    Jaw dropping? In what way, of uglyness?




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  • Grrrowler

    Gosh, there is just nothing about this place that I like. And what a brilliant idea to put a house in the middle of a body of standing water, in Florida. Mr. Sieger must have a fondness for mosquitoes.




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  • mak

    I love it. It has a spiritual quality about it that captivates me. The starkness and geometric symmetry relaxes my eye.




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  • rob

    I am with Mak on this one. I love it. I have been looking for this house since I saw it in a 50 cent video ( I think) Love the moat, love that weird ultra-modern post apocalypse shrine thing in the back. I don’t like the interior decorating. Very bland. It looked a lot more gothic and spooky in the video. Pretty worried about Daniels assesment of the mosquito issue. I know it would be no fun to have a house out in the wilds of Florida where mosquitos are not treated. I think this is a cool house. Ahem……Mak, did you miss something?




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    • mak

      Why yes, I guess I did! The view out the back over the pool across to the sculpture sited on the hill is iconic. Its very rare for an estate to have this kind of relationship with the land anymore. In a sense, it ties the inside of the house to the outside.

      hehehe….




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      • rob

        Ahem…….something else, maybe?




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  • Sam

    I completely agree with NOVA ben, the house is so distinctive it would be instantly recognizable if it was used in a film more than once. I don’t think that if i was a millionaire it would have occurred to me to build my house in a giant pool, still I think its stunning but would dread to think how much it costed. The house itself has some fantastic features, particulary the garden sculpture, and the swans around the house makes it look enchanted. Would definitively make my top ten.




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