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Sunday Mansion Touring With One Serious Price Chop

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An 18,158 square foot mansion! A whiskey fortune lost in the great depression! And a current sale price of $2.5 Million! Sunday's Free Press Real Estate section took readers on a tour of sumptuousness for sale in Grosse Pointe Farms.

The Vendome Mansion, as this whopper prefers to be called in formal conversation, has been listed before and for a much heftier sum. In 2006 it was listed for $5.5 Million. That is $3 Million off! And thus the biggest Price Chop in Curbed Detroit's young history to date. Other fun facts from the Free Press tour:

· The second owners used this massive space to raise 10 children. Looks like the brood had an ideal place to master the arts of mansion hide-and-seek both inside and out; the lot is 2.29 acres.

· Mansion amenities include: a maple-paneled library, 14-foot ceilings on the first floor, a tennis court, an eight-car garage, and 10 fireplaces.

· If you are planning a sleepover here, everyone will be quite comfortable. There are six full bedrooms and six full bathrooms and two apartments for live-in staff or guests.

· Price chopping might not be over yet! Another area home by the same architect with 15,000 square feet sat on the market for five years before selling at auction. The last list price was $1.69 M.

· Whiskey heir F. Caldwell Walker, grandson of distiller Hiram Walker, commissioned the home but lost it to the bank in the great depression before construction was complete.

· Vendome Mansion at $2.5M in Grosse Pointe Farms [Freep]
· 211 Vendome Road Listing [Trulia]

211 Vendome Rd, Grosse Point Farms, MI