Luxury Real Estate: Whatever your views on the French, they deserve props for perfecting the art of rich living. If you've ever had the out of body experience of eating a croissant fresh out of the oven you know what I mean.
Opulence is not a new lifestyle for our former allies. Louis XV, for example, (whose great grandfather built the over-the-top, oozing-with-extravagance Grand Trianon Palace of Versailles), was widely known for his shameless self indulgence and then there's Madame de Pompadour, the insatiable king's second wife, who didn't let a birth name like Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson (yes, that's French for fish) stop her from gaining the king's favor, allowing her to commission construction of the Petit Trianon Palace at Versailles.
A century later, the Koshland family decided to build their own Petit Trianon, which at 17,800 square feet, doesn't come close to catching up with the Grand Trianon's imposing size. Even at its downsized proportions this San Francisco estate is one of those places the average bloke can only dream of setting foot in, let alone live.
What most of us wouldn't give to get a peek at the carved marble benches inside the entrance of the mirrored ballroom (a ballroom!) with actual musicians' balconies, or the marble rotunda flanked by conservatories. We'd give up Strawberry Nirvana smoothies to walk through the sitting room and touch the mahogany moldings, plastered alcoves, and concealed bookcases. But if you have $22,800,000 looking for a new home, you could tour this magnificent dwelling. And when you do, be sure to share the details with the rest of us.
Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate
For LxM Amy Covington
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