It’s nearly impossible to assign a monetary value to living somewhere surrounded by such natural beauty! 694 Mount Leopard is a private retreat on 23.6 acres in Madison County. The sunrises and sunsets over the quiet waters of this 35-acre spring fed trophy bass fishing lake are magnificent. The migrating white pelicans, grey herons, geese, egrets and many other varieties of ducks and birds are our co-habitants. Upon entering the gated drive, you are touched by the serenity. This winding drive arrives at an architecturally master-built expansive family home thought to be among the most notable in Madison County. With over 8,500 square feet, this European Farmhouse pays homage to old-world architecture and workmanship. One immediately notices the heavy slate roof and tall twin chimneys pulling up to the circular drive. This exceptional home includes a number of design 'ingredients' of an A. Hays Town residence. It has over 150,000 genuine antique bricks on the exterior, in the interior and on patios and courtyards. Upon entering the home, the eye is drawn immediately to the massive antique beams in the Living, Dining and Foyer and the 14 ft ceilings showcase them beautifully. Behind the beams is pickled 2 X 4 heart pine siding. These were installed long before shiplap became popular. The reclaimed antique wide-plank (9 inch) floors lend secure footing of perfect proportion and steal the show! On the back of the property, a huge 60 ft long, 14 ft tall iron arbor supports a living canopy of wisteria and is breathtaking when in full bloom. The arbor has 8 eleven-foot stone columns and is floored with Pennsylvania Blue Stone. With 3 sets of French doors opening onto the patio, the 120’ X 20’ area is perfect for entertaining. There is a covered porch off this patio that has bi-fold shutter doors with cremones. A fireplace kiva provides warmth on chilly evenings. The master bedroom has private access to this area that lends magnificent views of the property and lake. Some other features include a large Gourmet Kitchen, a Butler’s pantry that provides excellent hosting and storage duties, 5 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, 2 down and 3 up, plus a private guest quarters with separate entrance. Also, a large media/game room, and a boathouse with two slips, lifts and pier for swimming and fishing. While this waterfront sanctuary may feel centuries away from the everyday, it is only minutes to I- 55, Township of Livingston, and close to all of Madison Conveniences! 694 Mount Leopard is the land where nature renews the soul and families strengthen their connections to one another! Please see drone footage/video.
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