Interested in a cozy 8,702-square-foot house on a 40-acre lot designed to replicate President Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home in Virginia?
But like anything, it comes at a price. This listing for the seven-bedroom, six-bath home is $3.4 million.
The estimated 30-year mortgage payment would be — gulp — $12,580 for each of the 360 months of the mortgage. That figure factors in the annual $15,000 of property taxes and property insurance as well.
The Bourbonnais property along North 3000W Road is owned by businessman and author Gary Moore and his wife, Arlene, and has been listed for about two weeks. The house was built in 1996.
"I turned 60 this year, and it's a really big house. It takes one full day just for lawn mowing. It's time for us to simplify our lives," Moore said.
The property is known as Fox Moore Farms. It features a pond, Olympic-sized swimming pool, horse stable, gazebo and back deck that can accommodate 150 people.
"It's the perfect house for entertaining. That's what we had in mind when we built it. We've had 200 people in the house, and it was quite comfortable," Moore said. "We picked out everything down to the door knobs."
The property is being marketed not only across the country but worldwide. In addition to websites and magazines, the property also is listed in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly, Moore said some interest has been shown locally.
The property was constructed out of bricks imported from Virginia. It has Amish hand-carved woodwork, imported granite countertops, a theater room as well as a full basement.
It includes five acres of lawn and 35 acres of hay fields. The rear of the property looks out to wooded park property.
"We realize this won't sell overnight," Moore said. "Who knows, it might not sell at all."