I have to admit, in beginning to write this post, I am at a loss for a place to start. Nonplussed, really — for the home that I am about to show you defies classification. Any single adjective refuses to cling to its indescribable fa

Editor’s note: The following item is republished with permission of Realtor.com. See the original article: King Richard’s Indescribable Indiana Castle Is Up For Sale.


I have to admit, in beginning to write this post, I am at a loss for a place to start. Nonplussed, really — for the home that I am about to show you defies classification. Any single adjective refuses to cling to its indescribable façade. Instead, I find myself dumbstruck in the sheer overwhelming ‘it-ness’ that is this awe-inspiring mansion.

Main Hall King Richard Mansion House Carmel IN

Where to begin? Well, how about just inside the front door:

Front Entry Staircase King Richard House Carmel IN

See what I mean? What can be said?

You are now in the foyer of what is quite likely the largest home in Carmel, Ind. This is the former abode of Indiana native Richard Deer, founder of King Richard Cigars. Apparently the market for the smelly sticks is booming, because King Richard and his wife have relocated to Miami, leaving behind this … house. Priced at $5.5 million, it is sure to attract just the right kind of buyer.

The 23,000-square-foot manse is an amalgamation of every good thing in the book, from the granite-pillared central entry to the walk-in humidor to the pair of themed basement bars. Oh, don’t worry — we’ll get there. But let’s continue with the tour of the upper stories first.



Jester-themed dining room, woody office

Jester Dining Room King Richard Mansion Carmel IN

From the central entry of the home, we will travel into the main living areas. Here, we have the vintage-style black-and-color-blocked kitchen (does 30 years qualify an item as "vintage"?). We also see the jester-themed dining room and the wood-paneled office, which may just be the most conventional room in the whole building.

Wood Panel Office King Richard House Carmel IN

If you’re a collector of pricey smokes, there’s a large walk-in humidor, whose general ambiance is diametrically opposite to that of the large gym just down the hall. 



Bathroom armory, purple-plush bedroom

Bedroom Master House King Richard Carmel IN

Back to the main living room, let’s venture upstairs and check out the master bedroom (just the master — I think viewing all four bedrooms and eight baths would exhaust you (and me)). The master suite is one large, long, purple-carpeted room. For sleeping, there’s the bedroom portion, with its wide windows and sitting area.

Armory Bathroom King Richard House Carmel IN

Past the free-standing fireplace is a whirlpool bath, of which the best description might be "Elysian." But even that falls short. Another sight to leave you speechless: the armory-come-bathroom and the purple-papered dressing room.

Bath Master Bedroom King Richard House Carmel IN



Darth Vader drink

Whew. OK, let’s check out the bars, shall we? Carmel has no shortage of well-reviewed nightlife spots; however, if you’re not really down for a drink at The Stacked Pickle, why not head to the basement? The urban speakeasy is modeled after Chicago’s Rush Street nightclubs, and includes gaming tables set beneath gritty neon lights.

Rush Street Bar King Richard House Carmel IN

If the city ain’t your scene, maybe another galaxy is. The only earthly thing about the Star Wars bar is the billiards table centered in front of the space-age window. Otherwise, you can belly up to the bar next to Darth Vader, trade stories with a Storm Trooper, and hey, isn’t that R2-D2 hanging out next to the pinball machine?

Star Wars Bar King Richard House Carmel IN

Star Wars Bar King Richard House Carmel IN



Chilling with the Predator

Movie Theater Home Predator Carmel IN

But perhaps you want to really kick up your heels. In that case, head over to the 4,000-square-foot juke joint ballroom, where you can dance the night away. Or catch a flick in the home theater — just don’t get freaked out by the Predator lurking in the corner.



The English language is inadequate

Exhausted from our little tour? Come, let’s go hang out by the pedestaled pool and contemplate the inadequacy of the English language.

Pedestal Pool Mansion Cabana Carmel IN

Source: Realtor.com

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