Jersey County Home

Ample space, high ceilings and top-of-the-line finishes are the norm for homes landing in the multi-million dollar market. Homes sitting on a double-lot can have even more appeal. Forty minutes outside of St. Louis sits an estate made for any luxury neighborhood, featuring one large perk most definitely not available in the city: 154 acres.

The main home on the $5.495-million estate boasts more than 10,000-square-feet. Realtor Joe Gizdic of Whitetail Properties says this Jersey County, Ill., property is an outdoorsman’s dream, but could be enjoyed by anyone. Full of custom features and high-end amenities, the estate puts luxury living in a secluded environment. While there are plenty of areas to allow the homeowner to enjoy a view of the bluffs; much of the land, according to Gizdic, is perfect for hunting a variety of game, including deer, turkey and coyotes.

Inside the 5-bedroom home are 6 full- and 3 half-bathrooms, as well as a wine room and wood-paneled office. The home showcases more than $350,000 worth of granite, especially in the kitchen, where it surrounds the copper sinks and Wolfe appliances. “It’s really an executive home,” Gizdic says. “You could find the same home in Ladue, but not in this setting.”

In the lower level of the home, near the spacious gun room with custom Fort Knox door, is a pool table and shuffle board table, as well as a workout facility, complete with tanning bed.

Built-ins can be found throughout, including the 500-gallon basement aquarium. Rustic stone is shown not just on the multitude of fireplaces, but around columns and as arched dividers. The large chandeliers lighting the home add not just aesthetic appeal, but practicality, as the retractable nature of the fixtures simplifies cleaning and bulb changing—truly a benefit, considering the 20-foot ceilings.

Outside the main home, the estate features a multitude of additional buildings. Surrounding the house is a three-car garage with attached nanny quarters; an open-faced storage area; a pool house with kitchen; an 8,300-square-foot storage facility; and a separate, rentable home.

The high estate value comes from more than aesthetics, as the home features fireproof insulation, slate roof and geothermal heating and cooling. A variety of water features pepper the rural landscape, including a stocked, 1-acre pond; 10-person hot tub; and custom saltwater swimming pool.

“It’s totally unique in the setting,” Gizdic says. “It’s close to St. Louis, but you can have total privacy and seclusion.”

On The Cover: An estate in Jersey County, Ill., currently on the market for $5.495 million, is listed through Whitetail Properties.  For more information, call 217-299-0332 or visit

Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC. dba Whitetail Properties | State of Nebraska, DBA Whitetail Trophy Properties Real Estate LLC. | Dan Perez, Broker - Licensed in IL, IA, KS, KY, MO, NE, & OK

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