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HGTV to feature Lake Norman mansion

MOORESVILLE Chateau Lyon, a Lake Norman mansion that cost $22 million to build and is fully furnished with 19th-century French antiques, is scheduled to be featured on HGTV across the United States at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The time of Chateau Lyon’s segment is subject to change, however, and viewers should check HGTV’s website, www.hgtv.com, for updates.

Chateau Lyon’s owners, Scott and Denise Smith, paid $4.4 million for the foreclosed southern Iredell County estate and 500 feet of shoreline in 2012. The sale was the highest-priced home sale in the Charlotte area since 2009, according to Carolina Multiple Listing Services Inc., which lists tens of thousands of homes for sale in its 10-county service area.

Chateau Lyon is off Interstate 77 Exit 31, in the gated Alexander Island community, at the end of Langtree Road in Mooresville.

Abigail Jennings, whose Lake Norman Realty firm brokered the sale, has called the estate “an architectural masterpiece” inspired by the French limestone, soaring ceilings and antique ceramic roof tiles the former owners admired on their European travels.

The two-story home's stone flooring was reclaimed from 600-year-old farmhouses bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its grand foyer features a limestone fountain hand-carved in France. The half-bath to the right of the foyer has a sink that was converted from a black marble fountain in Paris.

The home has five bedrooms, six full baths and three half-baths “and is very livable,” Scott Smith said in a 2012 interview.

The home’s colors are watery greens and shades of blue. Its bronze bay windows replicate those adorning Hotel Le Meurice in Paris. The dining room's paneling includes original paintings, sections of gold-leaf paneling and antique fixtures taken directly from an early-1900s reproduction of Marie Antoinette's summer home.

Chateau Lyon has a library, conservatory and theater. The library has a hidden door in a bookcase that conceals a half-bath. The master bedroom has a French antique marble fireplace and antique light fixtures, some covered in 22-karat gold.

The home has 13 air conditioners, and its heating, air-conditioning and security systems are controlled by an iPad.

Its exterior walls are 20 inches thick and covered with French limestone. The roof is covered with 250-year-old tiles covered in zinc-coated copper. Copper is featured in one of the upstairs bathrooms, which has a solid copper tub valued at $65,000. The copper stove on the main floor cost $110,000, Scott Smith said.

The sunsets are stunning, Denise Smith said. The veranda looks westward across the water to real estate mogul Donald Trump’s Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte.

Scott Smith owns Morris Costumes of Charlotte, which his family started 51 years ago in the basement of their home at 5110 Kistler Ave., behind the Amity Gardens shopping center in east Charlotte.

For 30 years, it remained a small retailer and distributor, moving to several locations on Monroe Road over the years. With the explosion of e-commerce and temporary Halloween stores, the company quickly grew 10 times the size and volume, Scott Smith said. The company moved from a 20,000-square-foot facility to a 300,000-square-foot facility, ships 15,000 packages a day and employs more than 350 people, he said.

The company ships to almost every country in the world, from Australia to Russia to South Africa, and maintains $50 million worth of costumes at all times, he said.

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