Pull in front of 28 Westwood Drive in Worcester and you may think you’ve fallen through a wormhole and ended up in France.
Well, not modern-day France.
The current owners and designers, Dr. Endre Tamas and Dr. Eva Sovago-Tamas, are Hungarian anesthesiologists who lived in Paris for a few years and loved the architecture. So, when they moved to the United States a little more than 20 years ago, their time there inspired their home’s design.
“They wanted to build a house for themselves and wanted to have a piece of historic background with them here,” said Arman Mavai, sales and leasing associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.
So they constructed this 5,419-square-foot Rococo-style chateau with five bedrooms and 5.5 baths on a half acre of land. The first-floor decor and design span three French eras, ranging from Louis XIV to Louis XVI.
It’s exterior was inspired by the Place des Vosges in Paris.
Now the home, which was built in 2001, is listed for $2,188,000.
Enter through the foyer and imagine Louis XIV is ruling France. Here you will find a grand staircase, detailed moldings, mirrored doors, and a 34-foot domed ceiling.
Walk into the dining room and you may think Louis XV is back in power. The space has 22-karat gold leaf trim, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, and decorative wall panels.
Louis XVI’s reign is commemorated in the library, which is modeled closely after the French ruler’s personal library. Here you’ll find a fireplace, built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a reading nook, and a spiral staircase to the master suite.
“The house was designed by Endre himself,” Mavai said. “He did all the drawings.”
Mavai noted that Endre loves architecture and read several books and visited museums to make sure every detail in the house fit the style. The couple found most of the furniture in Europe and some in antique shops in New York and Boston. The home does not come furnished, but the owners will consider offers for some of the pieces.
“I don’t think the pictures and video do it justice,” Mavai said of the home. “Your eye just keeps moving from one area of the house to another and all the detail that went into it.”
Mavai said he wouldn’t call the kitchen “modern,” but it definitely has the amenities today’s buyers want. “It’s disguised by the theme of the house,” he said, with sage-green cabinets and floors inspired by the Palace of Versailles.
Other amenities include an indoor lap pool, a sauna, an elevator, and ceilings painted to match the sky.
Outside, you’ll find manicured gardens, statutes, and a cherub fountain.
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