Monday, September 13, 2004

Chesleys buy big house

Indian Hill property has 27,000 square feet, listed at $11.9M

By Matt Leingang
Enquirer staff writer

Real estate agents had said it would take someone with extravagant taste to buy this house. Enter prominent class-action lawyer Stan Chesley.

Chesley has purchased what is believed to be the most expensive single-family home listed in Greater Cincinnati, possibly ever.

The elegant French chateau at 9005 Camargo Road in Indian Hill, which has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, custom chandeliers and a wine cellar, carried an asking price of $11.9 million when it first went on the market last October.

That's the biggest price ever listed on the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati, which has been around for about 60 years.

Chesley, whose most recent high-profile case is the taxpayer antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League and the Cincinnati Bengals, declined to comment Sunday.

But records at the Hamilton County Auditor's Office now list him as the owner. The county assessed the property at $8.97 million. It carries an annual property tax bill of more than $33,000..

The name of the previous owner is unknown. The house was being sold by a trust, which hid the owner's identity.

According to county records, the house was built in 1999 by Allen L. Davis, a former Provident Financial Group Inc. executive.

The home includes two four-car garages with apartments on top and 27,000 square feet of living space. It sits on 5.3 acres nestled into 300 acres of private green space.

There's also a game room, exercise room, a theater/media room, separate two-bedroom carriage house for live-in parents or hired help and an outdoor kitchen for entertaining friends and family. The indoor kitchen has hidden appliances.

Chesley is married to Susan Dlott, who was appointed a U.S. District Court judge by President Clinton in 1995.

The home even has its own Web site:



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