There are some architectural styles that just dictate my behavior. For instance, whenever I see a French Norman estate, I feel like I should lower my voice to a whisper and put paper slippers over my shoes before I traipse on in. This is one of those places.
Located in Bel-Air, a Los Angeles community of expensive homes that prefers understatement to exclamation points, the home came on the market at $18 million -- although this is one of those situations where if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it.
One of my favorite features of the 7,500-square-foot mansion is not just that it has eight bedroom suites, but that there is a separate children's wing. How many times have I dragged my weary bones home from work and wished our house had a separate wing for the little ankle-biters?!
The estate occupies almost an acre, most of it spent on creating a mini-park -- all behind gates, of course.
The rooms are of a grand scale: formal and everything looks manicured and perfectly royal -- the way a French Norman home should be.
There is a motor court and a three-car garage.
Joe Babajian of Rodeo Realty has the listing.
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