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I’m sure many of you know of this home already, but if you don’t, then here’s some information on it. Ladies and gentlemen, this magnificent one-of-a-kind home is owned by one of my friends whom I met through this blog and it is one of my favorite homes ever built. The owner gave me a tour of it back in July of 2010 and it was absolutely stunning. Pictures, no matter how great they are, do not do it justice!

This gorgeous French Chateau is located at 5 Buckingham Drive in ritzy Alpine, NJ and was designed  by renowned architect John Henry. It boasts roughly 14,000 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms, sweeping grand staircase, formal dining room, wood paneled library/office, 2-story great room with 3 sets of French doors and 2-sided fireplace shared with wood paneled billiards room, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, elevator, custom wine cellar, mirrored gym, 2nd full size gourmet kitchen in lower level, home theater, recreation room, 4-car garage,  large terrace and patio space, free form swimming pool with spa and more!

It was last on the market in 2010 with an asking price of $14,750,000. After a couple of months, the owner and his family ultimately decided to live in the house. They added antique furniture to some of the rooms as well as beautiful carpeting on the staircase and hallways. Even though they’re living in it now, he told me that he might put the house back on the market some time this Spring.

If you’re interested in purchasing this home, please send an email to contact@homesoftherich.net

Serious inquiries only!

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  • Kenny Forder

    You guys should see the lower level! It’s almost twice the size of the average American home!! 0.o




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  • Sam

    I always imagined this being decorated differently, I dont know why, I think it left more to the imagination when it was unfurnished. The interior is very suburban mixed with old world, it suites the home very well but I’m not sure its my cup of tea. The landscaping is stunning, especially the pool area. No fault in the exterior and the house itself.




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  • lambskin

    Beautiful home and the decor is lovely as well. Minimal number of furniture, carpets and art…




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  • Daniel

    Bleh. Those photos make me queasy. Interior is not bad but nowhere near the level I would expect in a $15 million home. I don’t like the front entrance; they should have left the roof line alone and not included that dormer with the window.




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  • JD

    The tiny mosaic in the master bath looks like carpet at a glance.




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s got some attractive features on the exterior, but there are some weird things happening with scale. The dormer on the far right makes the tower and the garage doors look miniature. Actually, on second glance, it’s worse than I thought. Realizing that the front door is probably designed for normal people and not giants, many elements are out of proportion. The height of the columns makes the first floor look as if it sunk compared to the height of the second floor. The dormer above the door doesn’t help; it sort of looks like a Phillip Treacy hat stuck on the top, and the shape of its arch has nothing to do with anything else.

    The interior is nice enough, but it’s predictable. I’ve seen that same interior about 50 times in the Bellevue, with some variation in color and size.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Some nice features, but it’s underwhelming after the hyperbole of the description. The quality is there, but the facade is very very busy, and the proportions are off, as others have said. I love the landscaping, the driveway, the gates and all that good stuff, they’re very attractive, but the exterior of the home itself needs to calm down a little.

    Interior is very run-of-the-mill for a suburban mansion…again, quality is definitely up to par, but it just doesn’t break any new ground, especially the far too predictable 2-story great room area. The layout of the kitchen is odd, but I love the butler’s pantry/catering kitchen. The master suite isn’t thrilling either, with the exception of the walk-in closet which is pretty spectacular. I love the woodwork in the library, it’s a wonderful room overall. The basement is pretty predictable, albeit pleasing. Overall a little disappointing.




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  • jay

    You really have to see this house in person to truly appreciate it. Pictures do it no justice at all!Quality!Quality!Quality!




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    • Kenny Forder

      Amen! What date did you tour the house? I toured it in July of 2010.




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  • jay

    Ive watched it from start to finish….. but the last time i was inside hmmm about a yr ago, definitely one of alpines finest builds…. believe me ive toured many in that area…..




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    • Kenny Forder

      Nice nice. Check your email, I just sent you a message.




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  • Tay

    I want to like it but I’m just so confused by the roof lines and blended styles. It is like a miniature castle. And castles aren’t meant to be miniature. I do really think this house is top quality and the interior( besides the strange millwork and moldings) looks to be fantastic, landscaping too!




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  • mattc.

    Great home.
    The setting on the lot is also spectacular.
    One of the best on HOTR so far !




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  • smarttiger

    I won’t comment on the design of the house itself (neither the interior). However, the interior work (regarding the craftsmanship) is outstanding. You can really see the difference. The moldings, door frames, etc. Really nice.




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