This year's neo-Dynasty breakout hit Empire is anchored in its big personalities (). Hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon's business might have had small and shady beginnings, but when we meet the Empire Entertainment family, they're larger than life. So, of course, the show needed an equally major set to match.
Empire found the Lyons' on-screen home in a castle-like 20,000-square-foot mansion in Barrington, Illinois. It was about a year ago, and was for $13 million, so the listing photos offer an inside look at one of TV's most buzzy sets.
Even without the commanding presence of , this home makes a big statement. With vaulted ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and cushy furniture at every turn, it doesn't shirk on the opulent and over-the-top. It's the kind of home with more bathrooms than bedrooms (nine versus five, if you're curious), endless seas of marble and wood panelling, and of course, a party-ready pool for an owner with tons of friends in high (and low) places.
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