Eric Barton, president of Vanquish Worldwide in Knoxville, bought the property in 2016 and has spent the past three years restoring it and improving its energy efficiency. According to Knoxnews.com, Barton has replaced the 7,600 light bulbs in the home with LED lights; installed new HVAC systems, water heater timers and windows with automatic shades; and added a tech system that controls the home's lighting, thermostat and HVAC.
The improvements have reduced the monthly utility bill from about $7,000 to $2,300 in the spring, and about $4,800 in winter and summer, Barton said.
Built in the Italianate tradition, the mansion has 86 rooms, including eight bedrooms, 11 full baths, five half baths, a three-story library, 11 fireplaces and 2,600-square-foot wine cellar.
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The master suite was featured on HGTV's "Million Dollar Rooms." The $5 million suite is divided into seven areas: a master bedroom, master bathroom, sitting room, his and her dressing rooms, meditation room, and a craft room. All of the lighting fixtures, including the Swarovski crystal chandaliers, were imported from Italy and cost $300,000. The gold inlay crown molding in the suite was $200,000.
If that weren’t impressive enough, the mansion also has indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a spa and sauna, a dance floor, elevator, home theater, six-car garage, secluded guest suite, and staff quarters.
Barton doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to sell the property.
"If we get the right price, we will sell it," he told WVLT in Knoxville. "If it doesn't sell, we plan to keep using the property as we have for fundraisers and my residence."
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