Carmel mansion is history

June 6, 2007
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In the market for a 20,000-square-foot mansion with 4 bedrooms, Carmel Mansion7 full baths and 5 partial baths? Too late! The former home of Dr. Donald Perez and his wife Karen, built in 1990 along 131st Street in Carmel, is no more. Locally based Brenwick Development finished demolition this week to make way for 26 luxury homesites, including several on Hourglass Lake. The property is adjacent to the Village of West Clay. (This pre-demolition photo is from Microsoft Virtual Earth.) The Perez House and the surrounding 24-acre estate were last appraised at $3.3 million. Something tells me 26 Carmel homesites will fetch a bit more than that.
  • What happened to the Perezes?

    That house had SOLID STEEL walls!
    • 4 bedrooms and 12 baths? That seems a bit impractical. But I guess if you have unlimited funds and incontinence, that is one way to solve your problems.
      On a side note, its sad that MS's Virtual Earth so behind Google Earth on Indiana images. Last time I checked my neighborhood, built in 2003, was still a cornfield. The only references I ever see to Virtual Earth are when people are looking for historic pictures like this.
    • Does anyone know the Perez family and had maybe been in this house or know anything else about the house?

      This makes me wonder if the Hilbert Mansion could suffer the same fate. While Hilbert's house is larger than the Perez House (27,000 SF vs. 20,000 SF), they are in the same category in my opinion. Plus, the Hilbert estate is on quite a bit more land in an even more desireable area. I'll bet it'll come down also. Any thoughts?
    • It was a beautiful house, but when it was built, the property wasn't worth much.

      Times change.

      Google Earth is divine.
    • What a shame if the Hilbert mansion were to be torn down. It would make a great art museum for the city of Carmel or even a really interesting conference center/hotel.

      I'm also curious if Paul Shoopman's mansion (on the Hamilton County line west of Shelbourne Rd between 116th and 121st Street) is going to be torn down. He's been planning for some time to build luxury houses there. That would probably be the second largest home in Hamilton County now that the Perez house is gone.
    • I'm told the Perezes built a new home in Clay West.
    • An Art Museum for Carmel?! Give me a break... people can't support the one we have in Indianapolis. Why does Carmel all of a sudden think they need to compete with Indianapolis and develop their new downtown, performing arts center, stadium and whatever else the mayor wants. The rest of us are sick of hearing about how great Carmel residents think they are!
      • It would be a good and proper thing for the Hilbert house to be demolished. It had no architectural value, despite being an interior decorator's wet dream.

        Which raises the question, when does the interior become more important to you than what your exterior looks like to your neighbors?

        Real architecture is never designed from the inside out.
      • Yeah Ok....
        Ok goofball! Carmel is way better than Indianapolis, which by the way is a total slum! Carmel Rules! End of story. Problem?
      • Didn't have Steel Walls
        From all I know, the walls were NOT solid steel. I worked on this house; and, it was wood frame throughout.
      • Former Nanny
        I was a housekeeper for the Shoopman's. Their house had a 2 lane bowling alley, the largest private aquarium I've ever seen and multiple garages that housed his classic car collection. I was a nanny for the Perez children when the house was under construction. It had 7 bedrooms. One for each child and the master, in addition to a guest room. There were a total of 18 bathrooms and 11 fireplaces, a 7 car garage and 2-story library. The house was a work of art in progress but I'm uncertain if it was ever totally completed inside.

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