This gorgeous French Chateau inspired mansion is located at 5540 N 40 Place in Dallas, TX and is situated on 3.29 acres. It was built in 2007 Ventura Custom Homes and took an astounding 7 years to build. It features 15,074 square feet of living space with 9 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Other features include an 8-car garage, swimming pool with spa and formal gardens. It is listed at $12,000,000. If you take a look at the home on a map you’ll see that it’s situated behind a massive newly built 30,000+ square foot mega mansion.

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  • Daniel

    Ugh! I love the dark, foreboding exterior. It seems really cool, especially at night. Damn shame the interior is completely devoid of any character. Tract home all the way. I was expecting a lot of dark wood paneling, brick, stonework, etc. Boo.




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    • Jeff P.

      It’s like you read my mind. 🙂

      But the pool area looks pretty spiffy though. Wonder if the yard has privacy? Those aerial shots make the lot look pretty desolate.




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  • Chris

    It doesn’t stand out, not special in any way, shape, or form.




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  • Grrrowler

    I quite like the outside of this. I think it’s got a ton of character, and it’s nice to see they didn’t just stick the stone on the front facade for the guests to see. It’s probably just me, but picture 14 really reminds me of Norma Desmond’s mansion in Sunset Boulevard; it must be the arches and the pool (even though this one isn’t rectangular).

    The inside is a swing and a miss. I would swear that we’ve seen this exact same interior in numerous houses in Florida, and a few in Arizona, and a couple of dozen in California. The ecclesiastical touches are a real turn off and other than a few poorly-placed splashes of color, it’s way too beige. I cannot understand the light fixture in the master bathroom (pic 11). What a ridiculous idea to hang that in the middle of the room. If this was built in 2007, I can only imagine how many times it’s already been run into.




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  • James

    Luv it!




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  • rob

    The architect did a great job on the outside, like Daniel said. The secluded location and the gothic look are great. The inside looks like a bare meditteranean , with all that tile and white smooth walls. Guess this was staged for the photographer, but the furniture is pretty spartan. I really like the outside and do not like the inside.




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  • mak

    Strange mix of windows.




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  • Brian

    If it took 7 years to build, it was probably because the owner ran out of money after the first year, and didn’t resume work for 5 years. Although the stonework is nice, there is nothing here, especially the interior, requiring 7 years worth of continuous construction. Unless the construction crew was only 3 people.




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  • marc22

    A really attractive front and exterior in general. The interiors are appealing becasue they have great lines and proportions and an interesting variety of ceilings without the usual abundance of compounded mouldings, gilding and multi-coffered ceilings or a double bridal as in every other house posted here. Understated can be a homerun. A very nicely done home.




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  • O.H.C

    This home is simply stunning. I am a fourth year architecture major, and I can’t understand how some people can criticize something so great. I don’t know maybe that’s just me, everyone has different taste I guess. I am absolutely in love with the backyard, rustic cabinets in the master bath, and the mature trees.




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  • king25

    The home was built for Toni and Guy co founder “Guy Mascolo” who passed away in 2009 of a heart attack in the home, so that prolly describes the gothic look. His wife still lives in the home.




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  • lambskin

    I would hit my head on the light fixture in the bathroom




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