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Estate featured in “Empire” lists in Illinois for $9.5M

A castle-like estate that was named “the most beautiful home for sale in the state” by Architectural Digest in 2017 has gone back on the market in Barrington Hills, Illinois, for $9.5 million.

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A castle-like estate that was named “the most beautiful home for sale in the state” by Architectural Digest in 2017 has gone back on the market in Barrington Hills, Illinois, for $9.5 million.

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Exterior Screen grab from Realtor

If this 17,597-square-foot mansion looks familiar, it’s because it was featured in the Fox drama series “Empire,” the listing on Realtor.com says.

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Interior Screen grab from Realtor

Sitting on 8.32 acres, the six-bedroom, 9.5-plus-bathroom residence has a wide array of high-end features spread across the property, including:

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Kitchen Screen grab from Realtor

  • Theater

  • Billiards room

  • Game room

  • Elevator

  • Guest house

  • Huge windows

  • Coffered ceilings

  • Full bar

  • Catering kitchen

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Bar area Screen grab from Realtor

The mansion was a setting in the award-winning “Empire” series that starred Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard as Cookie and Lucious Lyon.

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Theater Screen grab from Realtor

“Although the show is mostly set in New York City, the Lyons’ homestead is at 45 Lake View Lane in Barrington Hills, Illinois,” Robb Report said. “A fitting home for the fictional family, it provides them with an escape from their lucrative record-label headquarters and makes many appearances throughout the show.

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Bedroom Screen grab from Realtor

“In fact, the dramatic first episode of season four takes place almost entirely at the property, with a notable dinner scene showcasing the massive pool and romantically lit garden landscape.”

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Bathroom Screen grab from Realtor

The Fox series aired from 2015-2020.

Barrington Hills is about 38 miles northwest of Chicago.

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