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$1,890,000 for a Curious Castle in Chicago




    Near the Serra foothills, the Serra Barn merges rustic beauty with a minimalist aesthetic. Located on two-and-a-half acres of land in the Malibu foothills, the residence was created by architect Michael Kovac and interior designer Vanessa Alexander, and was inspired by a classic Hamptons barn. Reclaimed wood and stone warm up the clean-lined home, which includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a poolside cabana and outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven. (Published Monday, Jul 25, 2011)

    A curious case in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood, this "castle" was designed for local hip hop impressario Rudy Acosta, though he never moved in. Waiting for a buyer's finishing touches, this 7,000-square-foot, 42 foot-high home is unfinished on three of its floors. Situated on an oversized city lot, the four bedroom, five bathroom residence includes two massive terraces and a full-floor master bedroom suite, as well as a recreation room and parking for multiple vehicles. Soaring ceilings, plenty of windows, and wide-open spaces lend a sense of possibility to this truly unique city property. View the listing.