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Signature Staircases: 9 Homes with Grandly Designed Flights of Stairs

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Chateau de la Roche is a grand French-inspired manor in an exclusive enclave of Bergen County’s Alpine, New Jersey, ranked as one of America’s most expensive zip codes. The 25,700-square-foot manor house, constructed over four years, features a foyer with a groined vaulted ceiling, crystal chandelier, and grand double staircase with a wrought-iron and gold balustrade. The dramatic great room, with its 37-foot-high, arched cathedral ceiling, has a three-level bay of Palladian windows, several conversation areas, a l club-style bar, and French doors opening to the rear gardens. The mahogany-panelled library, with its built-in shelves and glassed cases, is a scholar’s—or an executive’s—retreat. A vast, gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry serve the elegant formal dining room. Anchoring the home’s southernmost wing is a beautiful octagonal conservatory with a hand-painted double-height ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the grounds. There are seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, including the second-floor owner’s suite. The finished, fourth level traverses the length of the house and could accommodate additional bedrooms or recreation space. The ground level houses a leisure and entertainment complex with fitness center, private spa, theater, pub, and 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Two acres of resplendent grounds feature specimen trees, vegetable and herb gardens, a gazebo, covered outdoor kitchen, and luxurious gunite pool with a cabana.

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