"Crown Jewel of the Midwest" Now 75% Off

America's "Taj" boasts a 2,400 square-foot ballroom, bowling alley, and a for sale sign

By Susan Ball
|  Thursday, Oct 15, 2009  |  Updated 3:11 PM CDT
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Go Inside the Villa Taj

Chartwell Group

The 2,400 square-foot central ballroom has 38-foot ceilings and gold-leaf ornamental wall detailing.

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The palatial Villa Taj estate in Burr Ridge has a 4,000-pound front door -- but no buyers are knocking on it, so the owner is slashing the price.

First listed at $25 million -- at that price, the most expensive home in Illinois -- the private residence at 6501 S. County Line Road made is now going for $6.25 million.

The Chicagoland doctor who owns the fancy manse is dropping the price because he's leaving the Windy City for warmer climes, said Real Estate broker Michael Berland.  (No mention was made of that whole housing market collapse thing.)

The home -- known as "the crown jewel of the Midwest" for its 160 tons of imported Gold Jerusalem stone, 20-car heated garage, and 15,000 square-feet of terrace space -- has been on the market for better than a year.

Affordable or not, the huge structure (behome-eth?) rocks some truly lux amenities, including:

  • five master bedroom suites, each with bathrooms, walk-in closets, fireplaces, and handcrafted ornamental doors
  • Jacuzzi-equipped bathrooms
  • Conservatory, library, cigar room, wine cellar, dining lounge, formal dining room, grand kitchen, family entertainment room, and a 2,400 square foot central ballroom
  • two-lane bowling alley
  • 14 inch thick outer walls
  • All floors finished with either Brazilian wood, Cherry wood, Italian marble, or gold Jerusalem limestone

So you know. Modest.

Before the Nov. 4 auction at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel, the residence will be shown every weekend during the month of October from noon to 3 p.m.

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