Taylor Lake is only part of the scene-setting found at this sprawling 1973 waterfront estate on a point of Seabrook’s El Lago Estates. While the lion’s share of the listing photos feature the tidy grounds and exterior’s grand-scaled impact, the interior delivers quite a cinematic cornucopia of thematic decor — and lighting, such as found in the fuchia glow of the Moulin Rouged bedroom pictured above. Scene it?
War time or Western? An old-timey parlor was inspired by the War Room of Winston Churchill, or so declares the listing description for the property. The home has been on the market at $5.995 million since September 2013.
Low lighting lends a diorama feeling to the cozy, time-traveling space. It also highlights the rubbed finish of wooden paneling, coffered ceiling, and deep case entrance with tile threshold. Prop-wise, decorative figures — both holy and scruffy — in the photo below appear to compare gifts across the coffee table, offering up their gold, frankincense, myrrh — and parrot.
Bedrooms, and there are 8 cited in the listing, include this ornate bunk with overhang that, fitted with the right equine add-on, might be right at home in a Godfather movie. It’s found in . . .
an expansive master suite with enough seating for an entire production crew:
Heavy theater-style curtains track back to reveal the water view within the bedroom’s lobby-sized sitting area, contained within a roundhouse space opening to a promenade:
In its bathroom — one of yes, a dozen in the 13,638-sq.-ft. home — a sunken, walk-in shower shares its curving course with a sprite-supervised spa tub, all beneath a faux circus-tent ceiling:
Upstairs in one of the bedrooms, ruffled textures set up a multi-genre mashup, from jungle to ranch to anime — all with attitude:
A return to the first floor takes in more formal finds, though whimsied up a bit with objets d’art. Do the curls, swirls, and furls found by, on, and under the stairs reference illustrations found in Le Petit Prince?
Even the frames follow the home’s design propensity for arches, whether appearing in a group, such as in this auxiliary sitting room downstairs . . .
or off with its mate in a corner, as in the drama-tinged dining room (below). The kitchen makes no appearance other than in the doorway; it’s described as having a breakfast bar, granite countertops, and electric appliances.
Meanwhile, outside, the back of the home overlooks neatly landscaped grounds with statuary both at grade . . .
and perched atop the rear portico:
Nearby, there’s a Charles Foster Kane-worthy pool and patio . . .
which has a cupola-capped gazebo offering shelter and an outdoor kitchen . . .
and a bunch of fountains, all burbling within view of the lake. Cue Sunset:
A portion of the loggia leads to a detached, 6-car garage:
Guest houses off the brick-paved motor court come with their own small kitchens:
To finish off the estate’s footprint, there’s a private beach amid the 5.59-acre lot’s 1,000-linear feet of waterfront.
A circular driveway leads to the gated grounds’ neatly clipped entry on the east side:
- 401 Lakeshore Dr. [HAR]