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2009: Kristine Farra Lists Villa Taj, At One Point, Chicago's Most Expensive Estate Home ( link )

The 45,000 square foot Illinois behemoth was shown to 3 potential buyers on June 4th. If you all don’t know, the home is on the market for $25 million. The builder, who remains anonymous, said that he decided to sell the house because he likes creating palace like homes and sharing the beauty of his creationsn with the public,

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“When walking around the tan and beige home held up by 14-inch-thick concrete walls and surrounded by more than $2 million worth of Jerusalem gold limestone from Israel, guests may feel a luxurious change in temperature. The home has a breezy, Spanish flair on two sides thanks to special touches from a Spanish engineer.

The 4,000-pound, steel-framed double doors ornamented with brass are capped by $180-per-square-foot mosaic Italian tile above.But that’s just the outside.

When entering the home, guests first cast their eyes upon a hand-carved, intricately patterned railing made from wood imported from Mexico that embraces the 22 Brazilian cherrywood steps of the main staircase. Its destination: Five master bedroom suites. The six Algerian and Moroccan doors to these suites on the second floor cost a half-million dollars. Each suite is accompanied by a Jacuzzi and shower, and one particular suite made of gold Jerusalem limestone has an adjacent room used only to store leather, shoes and furs.

The Burr Ridge mansion at 6501 S. County Line Road, known as Villa Taj, was designed and built with the help of eight international engineers. And for a mere $25 million, it can be yours, said Realtor Kristine Farra, now ceo of Gold Coast Exclusive Real Estate.

The 45,000-square-foot palace has generated international interest; three potential buyers were shown the home June 4.

“The inspiration has to do with (the owner’s) world travels and experience — what he’s seen, where he’s been,” said said a friend of the owner.

The owner, who wishes to be identified only as an area entrepreneur, custom designed every intricate detail within the home. The house includes a grand kitchen with exterior double doors to allow caterers access without disturbing parties. It has a formal living room, multiple bathrooms, including a Mexican pineapple onyx power room and a conservatory. A ballroom has been constructed so that the echo from the 38-foot ceiling is silenced. The library has shelving extending along all four walls, and a cigar room and wine cellar adjacent to the kitchen to allow company to relax after enjoying a meal. Other rooms include a dining lounge, formal dining room, a family entertainment room with a 130-year-old door from a Moroccan palace connecting to the hallway, servants living, laundry and bathroom quarters in the basement, a game room and theater that can that can be customized for the future owners and a 20-car garage.

Burr Ridge is a convenient distance to malls, airports and the Windy City.