I live very close to this home and have adored it for years. One of the reasons I love it is because you can tell there is some kind of courtyard inside. You can see the trees from the street rising up in the middle of the house.
So many of the mega-mansions built around here seem to completely forego any kind of outdoor element in favor of fortifying their fortresses. But, this house always struck me as getting it right. There are loads of windows yet it's incredibly private at the same time.
Unfortunately, the house is a bit like the Wonka factory. No one goes in and no one ever comes out. Sometimes a golden retriever sits in the window on the second floor gazing at everyone walking by below like he's the only king in the kennel.
The rumor is that the house is a guest abode for a Hyatt heiress (as in just an extra house she has lying around in case company jetted into town), but that's just a rumor. I have no idea if it's true.
The most wonderful thing is that because it's on the market (at $5.2 million with Heather Bilandic as its listing agent), I got to see some photos of the interior on the web and learn a little bit more about it. It's a 37' x 37' courtyard!
And, check this out. There's a shot with a photo of the dog. (Maybe he is the only who lives there.) Can you see him lying on the floor of the front hall?
And there's a photo that hints at the sanctuary of the interior courtyard.
Oh, to have $5.2 mil.