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The Shawn Esfahani Estate • A Man’s Home Is His Castle

The Shawn Esfahani Estate • A Man’s Home Is His Castle

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When it came to designing his forever home in Alabama’s exclusive Steelwood community, Shawn Esfahani said the grander, the better.  

Shawn Esfahani is the mastermind behind several automobile dealerships, including the new Eastern Shore Luxury Cars in Daphne, Alabama, which deals with used, vintage, and collectible automobiles that appeal to the knowledgeable car buff. Esfahani displays these vehicles along with cars from his personal collection in a showroom that exudes luxury and comfort. But this isn’t the only place where he exhibits his discriminating taste and affinity for luxury and comfort. His home, located in the exclusive Steelwood community in nearby Loxley, demonstrates his love of beauty and his hospitable spirit. 

Esfahani chose Steelwood as the spot to build his forever home because of its location near the interstate and his businesses, and its incredible amenities. “There’s a golf course and lovely club, beautiful grounds, lovely ponds and trails, access to hunting and fishing, and plenty of wide open space,” he says. “It just offered so much, plus the people who live and work there are wonderful.” The home sits on three lots, and took about two years to design and build, plus nearly two more to complete the pool, outbuildings, and landscaping. “It’s truly my dream home,” he says. “It has everything I want, and I wouldn’t change a single thing.” 

The six-bedroom, eight-bath home is built on three levels and has a pool house and an attached three-car garage for the family cars, plus a 14-car garage for Esfahani’s collection of classic automobiles. Even his garages are heated, cooled, and thoughtfully decorated, right down to the original artwork and sports memorabilia on the walls. “I love art, and I am a bit of a collector.” says Esfahani, “But my most cherished works are by my sister Paria, who is an accomplished artist. I like to support her painting career and display her beautiful work wherever I can.”  

The home was designed for entertaining, with a main-floor living area that’s spacious, open, and has great traffic flow. The kitchen is at the heart of the area and boasts the finest top-of-the-line appliances, including two enormous Sub-Zero refrigerators, a commercial-quality cooktop, and multiple ovens. “We have entertained up to 300 guests at one time, and everyone was comfortable and happy,” says Esfahani. “It’s a great party house!” 

The living area features multiple seating groups, expansive windows that bring the outdoors in, and plenty of doors so that guests can enjoy the patios, pool areas, and landscaped grounds dotted with dramatic outdoor sculptures. “I like to call this the Freedom Room,” he says. There are eight separate places for dining, each with its own welcoming vibe and unique style. 

The master suite, complete with ornate tray ceiling and dramatic chandelier, has a private terrace, spectacular views of the lawn leading down to a small lake, and ample space for quiet conversation. The master bath is anchored by a dramatic freestanding tub, oversized walk-in shower, and lighted makeup mirror and vanity. There are his-and-hers closets, each the size of a spacious bedroom, with floor-to-ceiling built-ins designed by master craftsman and cabinetmaker Julian Brock, who provided cabinets, millwork, and trim throughout the home. Library-style ladders provide access to the upper levels, and a center island in each closet offers additional storage for personal items. 

Esfahani’s man cave, called the Churchill Room, boasts a fully stocked bar and multiple televisions situated for comfortable viewing for a crowd. The room has a stunning tortoise-shell-patterned ceiling. Another special-purpose room is the rather formal and sedate office, which has the feel of a private British library or study, lined with bookshelves set into rich wood paneling. Many of the ceilings throughout the home are arched or domed and boast unique patterns in metallic foil or faux painting.

Brock’s company, Brocks Cabinets South, based in Summerdale, Alabama, was involved in the Esfahani home from the very beginning. Brock recalls the project fondly, saying, “This client was a real pleasure to deal with. He knew exactly what he wanted and was able to articulate it well. He wanted a house with timeless, classic beauty, and he spared no expense in making it a reality.” 

Brock believes that the house will stand the test of time due to the care taken in the design process and the high quality of the materials involved. “My biggest challenge was the wine cellar, which the owner calls the Tuscany Room,” he remembers. “The arched tops of the wine storage units, the intricate millwork, and the arched brick ceiling were tricky to design and implement, but we made it work. It is impressive indeed.”

The pool, heated for year-round use, is situated amid lush landscaping and provides ample deck space for sunbathing and socializing. The adjacent pool house has every imaginable amenity and provides privacy and shade. Dramatic fountains and sculptures dot the property, and each eye-catching, thought-provoking piece anchors a space for relaxation, conversation, or solitude. 

Shawn Esfahani has created his own private paradise, and while he enjoys the privacy and seclusion it affords him, he also thrives on frequently sharing his home with a broad spectrum of friends and business associates. Says Shawn Esfahani: “This is truly my paradise.” 

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