OAKLAND — A castle-like, medieval-style home that sits on a hill surrounded by woods on more than six acres is one of the most unique homes in Southeast Michigan — and it’s for sale.
Oakland County’s secluded private palace fit for a king and queen is listed at $2.5 million. It is located in a private and secure development of luxury homes.
There is a surprise in almost every room: hidden closets, escape rooms, a hidden spiral staircase that leads to the roof, hidden passages between the walls, a trap door to a dungeon, a hidden underground cave with jacuzzi and a corridor of mirrors.
“It’s a fortress in many ways,” said listing agent Mike Kuligowski of Signature Sotherby’s International Realty.
Enter the castle
A winding path through the woods leads to the castle built in a 15th century Scottish/North English baronial tradition.
With medieval Gothic-style architectural motifs inside and out, the house known as LeBlanc Castle is separately gated with two 27-foot-tall entrance towers at the base of the property. The 60-foot-tall structure, taller than most four-story buildings, is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence.
To access the 4-inch-thick oak front door that weighs 762 pounds, visitors must cross a drawbridge. An armored guard statue complete with a sword greets guests in the lobby.
What does it look like inside?
The house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two partial bathrooms, an elevator, a stone and brick wine cellar with a tasting stand, a Tudor-style pub, a fitness center, a billiards, a home cinema, six exterior balconies and two others inside. The attached four-car garage is themed around the streets of London in the days of Charles Dickens.
Ornate crown and base moldings, hand-painted artwork on the ceilings and kitchen tiles, stone walls, custom woodwork, silk wallpaper and hand-carved cherubs are no exception. just a few of the intricate details of this 26 room chateau which has an estimated total finished living space of 10,781 square feet.
Another 1,200 square foot castle-like structure for storage and workshop space sits next to the house.
Why and how was the castle built?
Built in 1990, the construction of the house was the culmination of a 20-year dream of the late James LeBlanc, who promised his wife Vera on Christmas 1969 that he would build her a castle, Kuligowski said.
“Money was not an object, it was designed to entertain, to get people,” he said.
The White, died in May at age 72was an engineer who ran companies that won federal defense contracts.
The frame was constructed with 60 tons of steel and construction took more than six years, relying on artisans around the world and costing more than $10 million, according to Sotheby’s.
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