Back from French Rd – it’s beautiful

Who knows what a new mansion should sell for these days but the one at38 French Road at least looks as though it should cost a lot. It’s a Georgian made from antique brick , set way back on the lot down a long driveway and, to my mind, will only look better in twenty years, as opposed to many of our new spec homes that are already looking silly and outdated. The rooms are beautifully proportioned, by which I mean the architect eschewed the airplane hangar look, and the quality of construction appears to be superb. If there’s a quibble here, I’d say that the back yard is a wee bit small for this price range – no nude sunbathing by the pool unless you don’t mind shocking your neighbors, but you aren’t going to get fifteen acres this close to town – life is compromise.

So will it sell? It certainly should, and, at the very least, it will kill other spec houses in its range (and there are a number of those). This one is the cream of that crop.


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6 responses to “Back from French Rd – it’s beautiful

  1. Dan

    That’s great you like it and I love the location, but what are the specs (size, price, etc…)? Are they trying for Mad Monkey’s $1K a foot like most spec houses or something more reasonable that might make it move? I suppose the 70% rule value of $3.4M pertained to whatever structure previously stood there…

    • christopherfountain

      Price is $12.7 million, acreage is 2.5 or 2.8, square footage is 13,000, at least 2,000 of which is underground and probably more, paid $3.5 for the land in February 2008 (last time that happens for awhile, I’ll bet), 7 bedrooms, 9 1/2 baths.

  2. Dan

    Wow. That’s a lot of house for a lot of money. It will be a great data point to see what this goes for when (eventually) the big money comes back… I love the architecture.

    • christopherfountain

      It really is a beautiful house and you’re right – it will be very useful to see what it sells for because, in its range, everything else should sell for less, giving consideration to location, appearance and quality.

  3. Anonymous

    Hey chris how about a picture?

  4. fred

    8.25 mil max