Tucked into the San Gabriel Valley about 22 miles from Los Angeles, this seemingly castle-like mansion has some quirky and eccentric secrets in store for a buyer with enough whim and the wealth to appreciate them.
Dubbed "Castle in the Sky" by its builder, the mansion (sitting atop four-plus acres) is a "private Disneyland to entertain family and friends" — complete with a pirate-themed splash pad that was featured on HGTV's Extreme Pools in 2014.
While the craftsmanship in the 7,200 square foot, 4 bedroom and 7 bathroom cannot be denied, some might find the Francophile decorating and design choices a bit peculiar — from the somewhat vertigo-inducing and gloomy tromp l'oeil scene of Paris in the bathroom to the fleur de lis-embossed copper sink fitted into the kitchen island.
As Tim Gunn would say, "It's a lot of look." But once you strip away the layers of personal decor, there is a lot of fine workmanship to appreciate underneath: multiple walk-in closet full of mahogany and glass built-in drawers, cabinets, and wardrobes — even a mouse house; a master bath with a jacuzzi tub, fieldstone and river rock walk-in shower cave plus matching fieldstone-surrounded gas hearth; a grand staircase flanked by built-in bookshelves and cabinets; a fully applianced outdoor kitchen surrounding the pool and a chic pergola-topped side patio perfect for an afternoon tea.
The Tudor-style garages even have a separate carport for the owners' antique horse-drawn carriage, leading out onto the grounds, stables, and regulation riding rings — or "Rose Gables Ranch." And the listing boasts "exquisitely landscaped grounds...hundreds of roses, fruit trees, walking paths and shade trees adorn the gardens...plus solar system and water-conserving drip system with careful plant selection to keep the operational costs down and allow you to enjoy all this property has to offer."
But this house really has to be seen in its entirety to be believed. View the full listing for 20224 E Lorencita Drive in Covina, CA — or watch the 2014 video from HGTV about the Pirate Pool. There's even a tiny home.