POSTED: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 10:40am
EL PASO - Tonight we conclude our series on the most expensive homes in the borderland and show you the one that tops our list.
Drive into the upper valley and you just may notice the third most expensive home in El Paso. According to real estate website Zillow.com, 5131 Thornton spans across four acres and in the El Paso Country Club neighborhood, appraiser Angelo Amoriello says that land comes with a price tag to match.
"If you're looking at an average of $100,000 an acre, you're looking at over $450,000 to $500,000 just for land," Amoriello said.
Neighbors tell us the home belongs to a real estate developer. With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, landscaping, an electronic gate, fountain, and quality window work, this home comes in at a cool $1.38 million, and at number three on our list.
Just a few blocks away, number 2 is home to another real-estate developer. It boasts landscaping, quality brick work, clay-tile roofing, and according to Zillow.com, spans across 66,000 square feet. With seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, 515 Woodland is valued at $1.7 million and is the second most expensive home in El Paso.
And now, the home that tops our list - 311 Camino Estancias, in an exclusive subdivision on the west side.
"Money was of no object to put it together," Amoriello said. He has been inside and tells us it's like no other home he's seen. It's no wonder it's valued at $1.71 million, with panoramic views and even enough room for the maid.
"The maid's quarters, it was almost kind of like a separate dwelling, but it was attached and part of the house," Amoriello said.
But right now, it's empty. Its owner, Robert Jones, is the former CEO of the National Center for the Employment of the Disabled. He pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in July of 2009.
To see any of the homes we've profiled this week, click on the links below.