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Eccentric Lion Gate Estate in Grixdale Farms reduces price to $249K

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This wild house is being sold with everything in it, including two custom-built cars

Photos by Marc Gregor Photography

In Grixdale Farms, north of Highland Park and near the State Fairgrounds, a museum-like home—and everything in it—is for sale. Called the Lion Gate Estate, it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen.

Where to start? Perhaps in the Liberace-inspired living room. Possibly in the nostalgic diner in the basement. Or maybe in the garage, where two custom-built cars were designed by the owner, a retired auto designer who’s owned the house for decades.

The whole estate on West Grixdale Avenue first hit the market in 2018 for $550,000, but has been steadily reducing its asking price. It recently got reduced again and is now listed through Keller Williams for $249,500.

In an ideal world, the new owner will preserve this estate and possibly turn it into a museum (admit it, you want to see this). The automotive artifacts alone would be worth the price of admission.

Aside from the baby grand piano, original 1950s appliances, 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan, and 1974 Lincoln Mark IV Coupe, you’ll find three bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms with a statue-filled backyard to match the interior