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Location: St. Helena, Calif.
The Skinny: Occupying 43 acres in Napa Valley wine country, this seemingly vine-less estate was modeled after a "Bavarian Hunting Schloss" and certainly pays homage to Deutschland, inside and out. Rendered in a glaring orange color, the sprawling, 5,100-square-foot manse only manages to squeeze in three bedrooms, while leaving plenty of space for vaguely German antiques, hunting horns, and mounted trophies. While the taste may be a bit questionable, there's no doubting the owners' commitment. Historic details include "17th Century brick roof tile, walnut cabinetry, parquet & floor tile, 15th C. Gothic wood beams, 16th C. Renaissance stone & zinc windows, and nine fireplaces from the 16th,17th & 18th Centuries." While prices are certainly stratospheric in this part of Napa, and the old world detailing quite unique, the schloss still seems overpriced at $25M.
· Exceptional Hunting Schloss [Sotheby's International Realty]