Talk about Gilded Age: A 32-room mansion in Bloomfield Township, MI, built in the Roaring '20s, has come roaring onto the market for $3.5 million. Last week, it took the top spot in our ranking of most popular homes in the country.
Dubbed Adams Castle, the French-Normandy -- style estate was built by real estate mogul Harry Stormfeltz, who had bought up 12 acres of land.
Designed by local architect Richard Marr and completed in 1928, the home reportedly cost $1 million to build -- about $14 million in today's dollars, according to listing agent Susan Tedesco.
The house eventually sold in 1965 "and was leased out to 12 bachelors," Tedesco says. Saving it from bachelor pad fate was the current owner (and seller), who bought the home in 1976 and set about bringing it back to its former glory.
And glorious it is. The ornate details stretch on and on from room to room. "It's truly amazing," Tedesco says. "You couldn't reproduce it today."
The home features luxurious details, including a solarium with floor-to-ceiling marble walls and an ornate silver leaf ceiling, a sitting room with hand-painted trompe l'oeil murals, and a marble dining room that seats 14 and looks out to manicured lawns and a pool.
Also on the property: a separate guesthouse, a pool house with kitchenette, a bar, a billiard room, and a sauna. Plus, of course, no castle would be complete without a grand ballroom.
Other eye-popping period-appropriate features include "fireplaces, rare marbles, hand-carved woodwork, fresco ceilings, plaster-relief crown moldings, gold and silver leafing, stained glass, and extensive use of Pewabic tile," according to the listing. "It's museum quality," the agent says.
The period furniture perfectly matches the interiors, and, in fact, the dining room set was custom-made for the space and will be sold with the home. The rest of the furniture will be offered to the eventual buyer, or head for an estate sale if the buyer declines, Tedesco notes.
The sellers are leaving everything behind as they downsize to a smaller living space.
That also means leaving behind four caretakers who oversee the 2.24 acres and, by the way, the seven garages.
While the mansion doesn't come cheap, some things are priceless such as the ability to brag that you live in a castle. And the feeling you get from inhabiting such a famous local property.
"There's such an ambiance there -- it just gets you," Tedesco says. "It's just beautiful."