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Real (Amazing) Estates

The lowliest of our Top 250 homes is worth just more than $1.5 million. From there, the value soars to $8.5 million. In between you’ll find elevators, infinity pools and houses 10 times the size of the one you live in.
Colleen Mytnick
When it’s time to get cleaned up, he hops in an 11-foot-long, custom-tiled porcelain shower. Afterward, he’ll relax and catch a show or two on the plasma TV that hangs just in front of the plush cushions he rests on.

Only we’re not referring to the man of the house. We’re talking about his dog.

The owner, developer Scott Wolstein, declined to be interviewed for this story. But he did allow Cleveland Magazine an exclusive look into his new 36,000-square-foot mansion, including canine quarters, just completed in Hunting Valley.

Because the home is brand new, county auditors have not appraised it yet. Once they do, it’s a good bet that Wolstein’s estate will be the most expensive home in Northeast Ohio. The land alone, 150 acres in Hunting Valley, was appraised at more than $2.7 million. So, even if he’d just thrown a tent on it, the place would have earned spot No. 29 on our list.

Instead, he hired architect Tony Paskevich, who designs homes for wealthy clients locally and throughout the world, and high-end builder Pistone and Tesauro, which has established a reputation as the Hunting Valley builder of choice. Together, they created Ravencrest, an estate that looks like it belongs in the English countryside; its exterior is made of huge old barn stones, stucco, brick and limestone.

There are other homes on our list designed by Paskevich, other homes evocative of the Old Country, other homes with delights that most of us find only at rec centers or resorts.

What makes Wolstein’s house so special isn’t any one thing. It’s that it has everything: an infinity pool, indoor basketball court, indoor climbing wall, indoor pool with grotto-style hot tub, steam room, sauna and massage room. There’s also a discothèque, craft room, gift-wrapping room, dog’s room, greenhouse, wine cellar and wine tasting room. There is an elevator, an exercise room, sports bar and caterer’s kitchen. There are so many bathrooms that neither Wolstein’s builder nor architect knew how many, and, after giving us a tour of the entire home, everyone was too tired to go back and count them all.

Check back Aug. 1 for the entire story.

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