This wild mansion located on a private island in Minnesota comes with an especially unique amenity: unlimited underground car washes.
A one-of-a-kind home fit for a mysterious international spy is located on Lake Minnetonka, and has just listed for $15 million. To get to the home, the owner must wheel through an underground tunnel — complete with car wash — to park in an eight-car garage.
Visitors must take a regular bridge to the terraced motor court, but from there, they have the option to enter the tunnel on the right or the garage and car wash on the left. The two sides join and lead to an outlet in a mysterious undisclosed location.
“By [having guests enter] the garage on the side, there is an opportunity to screen the entrance from adjoining properties… another consideration was security,” said the builder, David Erotas, to the Greenwood city council according to 2014 meeting minutes.
“The parking area is intended to be a direct access to the house for family and friends,” the owner, Kam Talebi, told the city council.
The entrance isn’t the home’s only underground tunnel. The two-winged mansion has an oversized glass dome-topped pool house (and heated outdoor pool) that is accessible via a subterranean tunnel as well, according to the listing.
What else do Batman-like millionaires like to do, other than sneak around underground? In this house, they can drink in the bar lounge and wine rooms, or they can puff a cigar in the poker room, according to the listing.
For exercise and relaxation, the home offers an indoor grotto with gold-colored tiling, a full gym, a sauna, a locker room and a relaxation room. The buyer can dry off next to one of the home’s six fireplaces.
The mansion is a hybrid of Mediterranean and modern style. Terracotta roof tiles provide sharp contrast to the huge, arched 80-feet by 18-feet skylight in the center of the house. It is one of the largest glass-enclosed atriums in Minnesota, centered around a steel-cable glass elevator.
“We’re starting to get quite a bit of interest globally” from potential buyers, listing broker Jessica Prudden of Prudden Company told The Post.
This is the scaled-down version?
The completion of the home end caps almost two decades of fraud, false starts and finally, a restaurateur with a vision. Now, for the first time, it is finished and on the market — giving the public a glimpse of the mega-mansion shrouded in rumor.
Beginning in 2003, eccentric onetime-millionaire developer Jeffrey Wirth allegedly spent more than $5 million of his company’s money — fraudulently — to build this mansion in St. Albans Bay on Lake Minnetonka.
He named it the “Isle of Windemere” after Ernest Hemingway’s boyhood summer cottage in Michigan.
But he paused construction in 2006 and listed it for sale in 2010 for $6 million. “The Isle of Windemere” sat half-finished and overtaken by weeds while the price dropped to $4 million.
The city received “a lot of phone calls complaining” about the eyesore, according to City Clerk Gus Karpas, and Greenwood ordered Wirth to finish the exterior by July 2012. But by then, he pleaded guilty to tax fraud and went to federal prison, the Star Tribune reported.
‘Crave’ owner drops a few million to finish the project
He appears to have spent at least $5 million to finish renovating the five-bedroom, nine-bathroom property over the better part of a decade, records show.
“[Talebi is] going to scale down the interiors — which were admittedly pretty over the top… but many of the unusual features he’s going to keep,” Erotas told Artful Living when the project resumed in 2013.
Asking $15 million, the home is listed at about two and a half times more expensive per square foot than other homes in the area, which typically go for about $1.2 million total, according to Realtor.com.
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