Versailles-Inspired Mansion

Who knew you could live like French royalty just an hour outside of Manhattan? Today's Long Island estate was inspired by Le Petit Trianon, a small chateau located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France.

Location: Centre Island, N.Y.
Listed By: Debra Petkanas and Laura Zambratto of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty
Price: $17,500,000

The real Petit Trianon was constructed in the 18th century for Louis XV's mistress, Madame de Pompadour. When Louis XVI took the throne in 1774, he gave the chateau to his 19-year-old bride, Marie Antoinette, for her exclusive use. The young queen often used the building to escape from the pressures of court life.

Like its French counterpart, this regal residence features classically inspired architecture and acres of lush gardens. But unlike the real Petit Trianon, the home is perched on a prime waterfront property with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound. The estate was dubbed "Twinight" for the pink and blue light that reflects off its limestone façade at sunset.

Not surprisingly, the home's interior is just as grand as the exterior. Check out the photo gallery below for a peek at the gold leaf-lined entry hall, the mahogany library, and the ornate collection room, which houses the current owner's extensive porcelain collection.

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