Real Life. Real News. Real Voices.
Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
Join HuffPost Plus
THE BLOG

Tour A $39 Million French Château On The Jersey Shore

This exquisite 18th-century French château is not located in a quaint village in the Loire Valley. In fact, it's nowhere near Europe at all, but in Long Branch, on the Jersey Shore. The oceanfront home, known as Belle Mer, is a complete re-creation, with all of its material imported from France.
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

For Architectural Digest, by Jennifer Tzeses.

2016-07-20-1469031831-9818211-1jerseyshore01.jpg

The home sits behind an expansive motor court with a fountain.
Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

This exquisite 18th-century French château is not located in a quaint village in the Loire Valley. In fact, it's nowhere near Europe at all, but in Long Branch, on the Jersey Shore. The oceanfront home, known as Belle Mer, is a complete re-creation, with all of its material imported from France. It was built over the course of four and a half years by Anthony Ingrao beginning in 1993, and the home received a face-lift in 2007. A gated drive leads the way to the limestone residence, which sits behind a motor court centered on a fountain. Inside, there's a grand foyer with a central staircase, a wall of windows in varying shapes, and a ceiling mural. Highlights include a formal living room with French doors that open onto an expansive terrace overlooking the ocean, a card room with a marble-clad bar, a formal dining room, a breakfast room with beach views, a window-lined sunroom, and a billiard room with vaulted ceilings. The two-acre property features manicured lawns, a swimming pool and cabana, and two garage cottages. Listed for $40 million, this 14,000-square-foot home has 9 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 2 half baths. Contact: Douglas Elliman, 212-891-7259; elliman.com

The ornate foyer features a grand staircase.

2016-07-20-1469031960-8363034-2jerseyshore02.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

French doors line the formal living room.

2016-07-20-1469032016-1192508-3jerseyshore03.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The billiards room has arched ceilings.

2016-07-20-1469032060-11972-4jerseyshore04.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

There's a large marble bar in the card room.

2016-07-20-1469032100-5450379-5jerseyshore05.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Guests can lounge in the sunroom for beautiful ocean views.

2016-07-20-1469032146-4036413-6jerseyshore06.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The formal dining room is exquisitely detailed.

2016-07-20-1469032189-4931197-7jerseyshore07.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the breakfast room.

2016-07-20-1469032281-4318334-8jerseyshore08.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The large pool area looks out over the water.

2016-07-20-1469032327-6572414-9jerseyshore09.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

More from Architectural Digest:

Also on HuffPost:

Celebrity Kitchens