I’m sure all of you guys remember this estate. I did a post on it back in 2010 with very little info. Then, in February of last year, I found pics of the interior. Well, the home is now up for sale! The jaw dropping 14-acre estate, dubbed Chateau Artisan, is surrounded by a private lake and gardens and basically on its very own island. It is located at 25791 SW 167 Avenue in Miami, FL and is owned by Miami architect Charles Sieger. The 3-story French chateau style mansion was built in 2007 and boasts roughly 10,124 square feet of living space with 8 bedrooms, 5 full and 5 half bathrooms, 6-car attached garage and much more. Outdoor features include a wrought iron entry gate, wooden privacy gates, long tree-lined drive with enormous obelisk focal point, vast lawns, huge koi pond, BBQ gazebo, covered patio space, swimming pool and a boat house. It is listed at $10,900,000. This is definitely a UNIQUE estate. Would you guys ever want to live in such a fantasy-like place like this? I know that I would!

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  • Justin

    what a dumb house




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  • Grrrowler

    I simply can’t get past the fact that it’s almost $11 million to live surrounded by a mosquito farm.




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    • lambskin

      I wonder if alligators would come via the irrigation channel along the side.




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  • Daniel

    Ha! $11 million? Who in their right mind would drive out 45 minutes WEST of Miami to live in this half-assed castle? File this under “Just as bad as Champ D’Or in terms of location”.




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    • Marcus

      I agree this house is in the middle of nowhere and may take just a long as Champ D’Or to sell.




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  • Nalin

    that landscaping bill must be ridiculous




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  • Jane

    The moot! What is up with the moots! Giselle Bündchen, now this! As someone stated – I want to see what happens with it when a hurricane comes along…




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    • Daniel

      Probably not much. Having lived through several, I can say that this home probably wouldn’t be in such a terrible position. Flooding is almost unlikely as rainfall isn’t a big factor. The home is probably also built on pylons. so it would take a truly major hurricane (cat 5) to destroy it. Finally, the complete lack of any near the homes mean that it wont be crushed by anything.




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      • Jane

        Of course. It was just a bit of irony. 🙂 I just found the moot hilarious. It most certainly wouldn’t flood and I doubt that the strong wind would be able to do much damage by whipping the house with sheets of water.




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        • lambskin

          And why the koi pond in the middle of the property? The house sits on a friggin’ pond!




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    • robungar

      The hell is a moot?




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  • James

    I wonder if the pond/lake stinks from the water being stale? And why isnt the land on both sides of the driveway landscaped? Its deffenately unique.




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  • richvanc

    I love Grrrowler’s response about being surrounded by “a mosquito farm” lol ! and Daniel has enough local knowlege to be credible… so what can I say? Somebody’s silly fantasy is NOT worth 11 million, EVER!!! 😉




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  • richvanc

    Oh, and Jane…the water surrounding the house is called a moat. 🙂




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    • Joejoe509

      By now, it’s a moot point. Hahaha sorry bad joke…




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  • NOVA Ben

    This is somebody’s late-night drunken brainstorm brought to life. The location is HORRIBLE, and that pretty much scuppers this ship by itself, in my opinion. To make matters worse, the interior is so far from being special it isn’t even funny, and even the exterior just isn’t that appealing. The moat is just stupid. This was a terrible terrible idea and shouldn’t have made it past the “sketch on a dinner napkin” stage. I’d have to say that the owner/builder deserves the likely lengthy and painful stay he’ll have on the real estate market. Bring on the price reductions!!




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  • NOVA Ben

    Also, 5 bathrooms isn’t nearly enough for a home that supposedly has 8 bedrooms…that’s an awful lot of secondary bedrooms that have to share baths.




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  • jamar

    On one hand it looks ridiculous on the other it looks fun.As for mosquitoes I’ve seen some mansions with that automatic mosquito smoke that blankets the area.




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  • Tony

    This house looks like its soaking in a tub of toothpaste!!! This house a hot mess!!




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  • Oliver

    Honestly I am surprised at how much crap everyone is talking about this house… I get that its not for everyone, and honestly I can’t say i would every buy it. However it is an amazing piece of architecture.. I understand the flaws, mosquito farm (lol), no landscaping on the sides of the moat despite the fact that the owner obviously went to great lengths to landscape the rest of the property, and no access to that river next to it (that is, if it even goes anywhere, say to a canal or inter coastal or something… not sure of the area) anyways what about the good..
    this is a jaw dropping home, hands down. could you imagine driving someone new up that driveway? the wow factor, its a beautifully built house, solid looking facade, the moat while totally unnecessary is a cool idea… but is a bathroom for every room necessary either guys? no its not. Its practically built and nicely decorated on the inside with a good mix of light and dark colors. I love how good of a job they did in creating an authentic looking french chateau… hes got his strong axis of symmetry running through the entire property, tall steeply pitched roofs, highly manicured back garden typical of a french country house and LOOK they even built a folly on the backside of the property!! (even though that’s technically an English thing not french) but none-the-less its something that people haven’t really done since the grand estates of England. Now that being said i agree that its probably not going to be a quick sell because he designed this house highly personalized to what he wanted and that’s not what sells…. universality is what sells. but regardless i think its great 🙂




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    • NOVA Ben

      Necessary? No. But in a home this expensive and this large, I would say it needs a bath for each bedroom, sorry. And before you go thinking I’m stuck up, I live in a 1,000 square foot apartment with one bathroom, and I still struggle to pay my rent in this shitty economy while I look for a better job. But the truth is, the luxury real estate market is a completely different world from the one I (and most people) live in. In THAT world, a bathroom for every bedroom is damn near a necessity for a 10,000 square foot house.




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    • Daniel

      The wow factor may be there, but to get to the damn place takes a half-hour drive through farms and nothing else. You need to realize that the closest house within this price range is 45 minutes away.




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      • Oliver

        I totally hear what you’re saying guys… and i dont think your stuck up NOVA, although i said its unnecessary to have a bathroom for every bedroom i can totally agree that when you shell out for a house of this size and price you’d pretty much expect it to come fully loaded… i’m just saying depending on the layout of the house it wouldn’t be AS big of a determining factor for me 🙂
        and DAN, i just looked it up on google maps and i see what you’re saying, location leaves something to be desired… i guess if you were retiring in this home it wouldn’t be as big of a deal if you really liked the area, but if you had to commute…. well all i have to say is NO THANKS! hah




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  • Rocco

    It would make a great supervillian lair!

    Sharks with frickin lasers! LOL!




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    • Rocco

      It would also make a good movie set for something like the Hunger Games sequel. With some cgi’d background it’d be a good fit.




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    • Jeff P.

      I was thinking it looks like the kind of place a Colombian drug lord would live.

      Also, in Miami, I think a pool is a necessity. This home generates its own humidity. No thanks.




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    • Joejoe509

      Lol. Along the same lines, I was thinking this would make a fantastic setting for a horror movie! Throw some aligators in that water and there’s only one way out!

      Also, I’m thinking this could be relatively Zombie-proof. With proper supplies and ammunition, you could hold off a decent siege. Sorry… my geek is showing… 😉

      Why does this remind me of Super Mario?




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  • Joejoe509

    Wow… where to begin? I’ll be nice to start. This is is so insanely unique. You will never see anything quite like this anywhere in the nation – probably the world. This house goes beyond being a simple fancy residence and becomes a wonderland of adventure. You could really lose yourself here and forget that the outside world exists. There aren’t too many other properties that achieve this level of fantasy. For that, I applaud them. Kudos for breaking the mold and trying something new – something that THEY wanted, not trying to appeal to what society wants.

    I liked the comment about this shouldn’t have gone beyond the “idea on a napkin” stage. I’m fairly sure I’ve seen a few houses just like this that someone built in The Sims. It’s all fantasy and it should have stayed there. No one is actually supposed to build this house.

    Now… I’m not saying the idea itself wasn’t a bad one. I’m saying the execution is terrible. I actually like the idea of a world that you can escape to and lose yourself. But this is so… bland. It’s so Disney. It’s so unreal that it actually looks fake. The lake is too round. The house is too symmetrical. If you’re going for a castle look, it should have been a quality castle not this Halo/Hunger Games/futuristic French estate design. And please stay away from anything that resembles Disney.

    My biggest complaint: I really think that they should have found a way to make this blend in with the environment just a little better. Maybe they should have found some small remote mountain lake and just built a house in the middle of it. Kind of like that Flathead Lake mansion in Montana except maybe on a smaller more private island. http://homesoftherich.net/2012/02/the-whispering-rock-estate-re-listed-for-78-million.html

    Anyhoo, the interior is incredibly boring especially in contrast with the exterior. Other than the “cool” appeal this house doesn’t appeal to me in the least. I’m sure some Michael Jackson-esque dude with more money than necessary and a desire to be a kid again will buy this home in about five years. Otherwise, it’s far beyond 99% of the buyers out there.

    P.S. Can we start up a Laser Tag/Capture the Flag game at this house? That would be unbelievable!!




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    • Oliver

      Keeping with the French Country estate aesthetic requires everything to be symmetrical and man-made looking. When i think of French estates i think of Versailles as it is the epitome, The French wanted everything to look man-made, it was their way of showing man dominating nature.. hence the axis of symmetry running through the entire estate, the highly manicured gardens, and just the sheer fact that everything looks so “fake”.
      English country estates on the other hand were made to blend with nature, they were man-made but the goal was that you couldn’t tell. They did this through the use of no axis of symmetry, rolling hills, and various follies, etc…

      So while its not as exciting that everything looks so man-made, it just goes with the French theme.




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      • Joejoe509

        Well I don’t think this house is exactly a prime example of French architecture any way we look at it… At its very best it’s just a cartoony impression of a French estate.

        I hear ya and totally understand. Old World estates tend to be symmetrical. Symmetry is one thing – symmetry can encourage stately connotations. This kind of symmetry is the wrong kind. It doesn’t come off as fancy or stately. It’s just… weird… and kind of lazy. By “fake”, I mean blank or devoid of adornment. I see it as made of cardboard paper (or lots of cement) instead of quality stonework. I see it as an early computer rendition of what the basic structure would look like, but they just decided to run with it instead of improving. If you took away the amazing “gardens” and “landscaping”, you’d be left with a rather boring cold structure. I don’t that that is true of most European estates. I think the house can stand its own.

        I still think a more traditional (not Disney) castle structure or even a full on modern home would have been better. I would have accepted a geeky space-age Duck Dodgers/Tony Stark futuristic home more than a strange looking concrete clad attempt at classic design.




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      • Atlanta Resident

        French Chateau? REALLY? I think you seriously need to puchase somebooks on french architecture. Yes, I get it, the house is symmetrical. That i where the similarities end. French Chateaux were built with immaculate attention to detail, high quality craftsmanship, and followed the ancient Greek, Roman, and Palladian principles. Saying this house is in ANY way similar to a French chateau is like comparing a meal at McDonald’s to one at Per Se. The Toll Brothers do a better job at creating an “authentic French Chateau” than whoever designed this house.




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  • lambskin

    The only way this house is going to sell is as a banquet facility. I can see weddings here.




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  • Teddi

    I thought this was built as someone’s dreamhouse. They made it unique to live in a place that would make them happy. But to put it on the market so very soon after being completed? Insanity. Unless they went bankrupt building it.




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