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The architect of this week’s featured home on Innsbruck Avenue in Great Falls clearly was inspired by the chateaux of Normandy, France. But for all its old world elegance, this country estate appeals to both young and old.

As you enter the grand foyer, your eye is immediately drawn to the floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room and the backyard panorama.

“You walk into the home and the views of the pond and the pool are spectacular,” said listing agent Penny Yerks of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s a beautifully decorated home. It has a European feel to it.”

Touches of glamour and luxury, courtesy of Washington-based designer David Herchik, are evident throughout the house.

Besides the gourmet kitchen, there’s a fully equipped, adjacent catering kitchen. The master bedroom suite comes with a terrace that overlooks the back yard.

The downstairs great room, with its gas fireplace, coffered ceiling and stacked stone walls and columns, is a perfect space for entertaining young and old. For the adults, there is a wet bar with a stone fountain and a climate-controlled wine cellar. The kids have their own ice cream parlor. Everyone can enjoy movies in the home theater.

The 10,000-square-foot home, built in 1995, is surrounded by five acres. There’s a three-car garage and a carriage house that has room for four more cars and features a hydraulic lift and a sound system.

Outdoors offers many options. Adults can play tennis on the courts, take a dip in the pool or stroll around the private pond. For the kids, there’s a brick playhouse whose design was inspired by the children’s book, “The Secret Garden,” and a tire swing on an old oak tree.

The house is on the market for $4.795 million.

Listing: 505 Innsbruck Ave., Great Falls | video

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