06/26/2012 10:44 am ET

$12.5 Million, 27,000 Square-Foot 'Chateau' For Sale In Suburban Virginia

Ron and Cheryl Hubbard live in a chateau. Their 27,000 square-foot home, with a three-story grand foyer, seven bedrooms, nine baths, and an art gallery, was inspired by classic European architecture. It is their dream home, a gated, private retreat off a pastoral road in Clifton, and it was all designed by Ron.

But after over a decade of living in the chateau, the Hubbards have decided to downsize, and hope to find a lakeside property to build a smaller home.

“We thought we would live here forever,” Cheryl said. “We didn’t think about maintenance and taxes and being so tied to the house.”

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