Purchase a Massive, Freshly Remodeled French château for $11.4 Million

When interior designer Timothy Corrigan purchased château du Grand-Luc, an 18th century neoclassical estate in France's Loire Valley, for 2.2 million ($ 2.46 million) in 2005, "I figured I 'd be there at least one weekend a month," he stated. "Last year, I was there a total of six days. This year, I have not existed as soon as."

Now he's putting the château on the marketplace for $11,400,400. "It's in fact noted at two prices," Corrigan stated in a phone interview from his office in Paris. "10 million [$ 11.4 million] for the house empty, and 13 million with everything in it."

By "everything," Corrigan is referring to the $10 million, six-year remediation he undertook instantly after purchasing the property. "I invested a solid three-and-a-half years to get the very first 10 bed rooms prepared, along with electricity and plumbing," he stated. The next two years saw the remediation of an additional 5 bed rooms and the chateau’s chapel, a painstaking job that was documented in Architectural Digest. "I've had all these other château owners over, these old French aristocrats, and they come in and say, 'This is how a château need to look like," said Corrigan. "They're constantly so astonished an American has done it."

It has an elevator, two wine cellars, and most importantly, wireless Internet; Corrigan stated that was no little accomplishment, given the house's enormous stone walls. "I had to put all these transmitters all over," he said.

Abutting the primary house is a horseshoe-shaped substance that houses the orangery and staff houses. (Corrigan utilizes five full-time caretakers.) The previous stables were converted into a theater, and a nearby structure houses a gym and game room. There are likewise 2 greenhouses and six garages on the property. Indoor space totals roughly 40,000 square feet.

The premises, about 74 acres, consist of manicured gardens and rolling fields. The front of the house faces a town. "The town grew up around supporting this chateau, so you leave the front gates and you're in this charming little French village with 2 boulangeries and a drug store," Corrigan stated. "But then you go through your home gates and you're in this Eden." A helicopter pad rests on the property, a 20-minute flight from Paris. A train trip takes about 45 minutes.

Astute observers will keep in mind that the list cost of $11.4 million is really $1.4 million less than exactly what Corrigan said he spent purchasing and refurbishing the property. Chateaux are always a purchaser's market," he said brilliantly.