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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

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. Price upon request, this 14,000-

square-foot home has 9 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 2 half baths has now been rebranded for the right buyer. 

 

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