If security and privacy are high on your list and you've got big bucks, this could be your dream home!

A grand estate in Michigan which claims to have hosted U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries is now on the market.

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Built in 2000, the Classic European-style mansion, known as Castello Montebello, spans over 15,000 square feet.

Patricia Prose, Sotheby’s International Realty
Patricia Prose, Sotheby’s International Realty

Sitting on 2.1 gated acres, Castello Montebello has the highest elevation in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties. It's also with walking distance to Historic Downtown Northville.

Now, about those famous guests... according to the listing, the home which allegedly has been called "the most extraordinary property in all of Michigan" has a "history as the former consulate of the Czech Republic and a prestigious guest list that includes U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries."

Curious, I did a little digging. According to Curbed Detroit the original owner is Dr. Thomas Prose, a former medical director of Cigna who then went on to run his own chain of nursing and acute care facilities. In 2004, Prose "willed [the estate] to the Czech government, got himself appointed 'honorary consul for Ohio and Michigan,' and asserted that he didn't need to pay property taxes because the estate was technically on foreign soil."

Curbed continues:

Prose failed in his attempt at diplomacy, and owed $200K on the property in 2005 when both the US and Czech governments called his bluff.

Well, that's pretty wild.

It does sound like this estate has security on lock, as the listing says, "discerning buyers will revel in the complete privacy and extensive security measures afforded by this estate".

In addition to seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms bathrooms, the residence also boasts:

  • A guard house
  • 4-floor floating circular stairway
  • Elevator
  • Two Diebold bank vault doors
  • Wine cellar
  • Staff quarters/guest suites
  • Attached three-car garage
  • Additional four-car garage
  • Eight fireplaces

In checking out the photos, I have to say, what really stands out to me is the incredible woodwork and floor-to-ceiling windows!

Patricia Prose, Sotheby’s International Realty
Patricia Prose, Sotheby’s International Realty

And honestly it seems like there is a whole restaurant in the basement, complete with cozy booths and a bar.

Perhaps most impressive though is the 13-seat theater, which is a replica of New York's iconic "Paramount Movie Palace" theater.

The listing claims the new owner will "experience the epitome of luxury living in this extraordinary estate- a true masterpiece that combines history, security, and the highest level of craftsmanship to provide an unparalleled lifestyle."

Take a tour of Castello Montebello and check out the price in the gallery below!

Grand Michigan Mansion, Former 'Czech Republic Consulate', For Sale in Michigan

An opulent estate in Northville, Mich., known as Castello Montebello is on the market. The listing claims it is a former Czech Republic Consulate that has hosted U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries. The 7-bedroom, 9-bathroom home boasts a a guard house, 4-floor floating circular stairway, Two Diebold bank vault doors, wine cellar, a 13-seat theater that is a replica of New York’s paramount theater, and more. The mansion is listed for $4,490,000.

Gallery Credit: Janna

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Gallery Credit: Janna

See Lavish Luxury! $4.8M Estate Has Unique Glass Wine Tower & Resort Style Pool

 Currently offered for $4,795,000, the home is what dreams are made of. Situated on 2 acres of prime property, the 10,000-square-foot masterpiece has 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms paired with amenities that complete any bucket list.
As you venture indoors, prepare to be captivated by the pièce de résistance – a one-of-a-kind multi-level wine tower that stands as a testament to sophistication and refinement. You'll also find an elevator, a media room with a theater projector, two library/studies, and a music room. Walk through the 12ft sliding glass door wall that will lead you to a one-of-a-kind 4-season loggia. Gaze upon the grounds which include a mesmerizing infinity edge pool, sports court, gazebo with TV & outdoor fireplace, garden oasis sound system, and multiple seating & lounge areas making it the perfect place to entertain.

Gallery Credit: Zillow: Kyle Matta @properties Christie's Int'l R E Rochester 248-218-0234

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