An urban explorer was shocked when he entered a $12,988,657 abandoned mansion and found an unopened $12,370 designer shoe collection left behind, plus luxury cars worth $98,926 left to rust.
The expansive 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom property was left unfinished and abandoned in 2016 after one of the owners died in a plane crash, leaving the remaining members of the family unable to afford the $61,828 a month mortgage.
Explorer Jeremy, a 34-year-old filmmaker and photographer from Nashville, Tennessee, captured photos of the mansion and showed that the unnamed owners left behind vintage cars, including a Mercedes Benz and a Volkswagen Bug.
He even shared a haunting image of a collection of shoes from brands including Nike Air Max, Chanel and Christian Louboutin – all still in their dust-covered boxes.
An urban explorer was shocked when he entered an almost $13 million abandoned mansion and discovered more than $100,000 worth of cars and designer clothes
Photos of the mansion showed that the unnamed owners left behind vintage cars including a Mercedes Benz, a Volkswagen Bug and Land Rover
The expansive 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom property was left unfinished and abandoned in 2016 after one of the owners died in a plane crash
The 27,000-square-foot property was built by a local surgeon with multiple medical offices in the area.
The surgeon moved into the home with his family while it was under construction, but just six months later he and his 15-year-old son were killed in a plane crash, according to the urban explorer.
He left behind a wife and three other children, but the surgeon had not been paying the premiums on his life insurance and thus all financial support was removed from her.
At that time there was still $9,892,600 owed on the mansion and the mortgage was nearly $62,000 a month. Within three months the bank seized the property, it was 90 per cent finished and has been left to the elements since.
Jeremy captured the mansion in Northeast America, on his Sony A7IV with a Sony G Master 12-24 2.8 lens, he filmed in the freezing cold location for 11 hours.
‘I found the location during a Google Map search of rumored abandoned mansions in the area,’ Jeremy said.
‘The man who built this mansion was very accomplished, graduating from one the nation’s finest medical schools, he became a surgeon, a father-of-four, and even a recreational pilot.
‘Having built a thriving empire with nine medical offices, in 2006, he decided it was time to build a dream mansion for his family.
Explorer Jeremy (pictured), a 34-year-old filmmaker and photographer from Nashville, Tennessee, captured photos of the abandoned mansion
Images also showed a haunting shoe collection including Nike Air Max, Chanel and Christian Louboutin – all still in their dust-covered boxes
A pair of Nike shoes and many heels were also left behind in the property that was abandoned in 2016
The mammoth property was built by a local surgeon with multiple medical offices in the area
‘He was by no means a flashy man but no expense was spared in the elaborate design of this 27,0000-square-feet luxury villa.’
Jeremy says the white-marble mansion is made up of three stories with a full basement as well.
Along with the 11 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, it boasts a visitors’ quarter, an indoor pool, an outdoor sports complex, a four-car garage, a mahogany library and an elevator, according to the photographer.
After the tragic plane crash, the mansion remained unfinished, he said.
‘But the mystery of this mansion lies in the huge amount of valuables left inside including luxury cars, lavish furniture, expensive designer clothes and so much more,’ Jeremy added.
He moved into the home with his family while it was under construction and just six months later he and his 15-year-old son were killed in a plane crash
He left behind a wife and three other children, but he had not been paying the premiums on his life insurance and thus all financial support was removed from her
‘I remember the house being so reverberant as the sound of my footsteps echoed throughout the halls like I was in a temple. The smell of each room was different.
‘Some had a pungent scent of perfume and soap while others were musty and even stunk of dead rodents. The lighting inside the white marble home bounced off every surface evenly and gave it a satisfying glow throughout each room.
‘When I arrived, I quickly discovered I wasn’t alone in the mansion. I could hear a homeless man on the second floor moving about after I had apparently awakened him when I had closed the front door.
‘I hid from a vantage point and waited for him to finally leave out the back window. I then began my exploration and filming my experience.’
As continued with his exploration, Jeremy said his excitement shifted to a ‘feeling of sadness’ and ‘reverence for the family who had lived there and watched their dreams come crashing down along with the plane that killed their father and his son.’
‘It felt as though I was walking through a memorial of the life and the love that once dwelled there but was forced to leave under the most tragic of circumstances,’ he said.
‘The strangest things I found inside weren’t the luxury cars, the lush furniture, or even the flat screen TVs.
‘What I found so strange to be inside were the small items like the designer clothes with the tags still on, or the Dior shoes in the closet, or perhaps the jewelry and mounds of expensive makeup in the bathroom.
‘It makes no sense to me why these things were left behind as they could have easily been packed up and transported out of the home whenever the family left.’
‘He was by no means a flashy man but no expense was spared in the elaborate design of this 27,000-square-feet luxury villa,’ Jeremy said of the owner
‘I remember the house being so reverberant as the sound of my footsteps echoed throughout the halls like I was in a temple. The smell of each room was different,’ he said
‘It makes no sense to me why these things were left behind as they could have easily been packed up and transported out of the home whenever the family left,’ he added
Jeremy said he loved that he could document so much with a single image.
‘Not only does it show how beautiful the world of decay and abandonment can be, but it also holds a mirror up to all of us and shows how truly wasteful we can be,’ he said.
‘What I love most about exploring is that it’s like walking throughout a museum of someone’s life. Even if you don’t know their story, you can piece together who they were, who they loved, what they valued, and where they came from.
‘All from observing what they left behind. It’s almost like archeology and I feel like I learn so much about myself and humanity by exploring where we came from, even if these places are now forgotten.’
Jeremy said he left feeling ‘every emotion’ after this exploration.
‘There’s nothing in the world that brings me so much joy and yet sadness to step inside a place like that,’ he said.
‘The insurmountable waste that people produce and the amount of resources that are abandoned every day is mind boggling. This house is an excellent example of this.
‘People generally have the same reaction as I did when I first discovered this mega mansion- they respond in absolute amazement and at the same time, sadness for the family and the home that has begun to be consumed by nature.
‘It’s beautiful to see people respond with such empathy for the family and shock at the amount of waste of such an amazing home with so much valuables left inside.
‘I’ve also had a few people respond with disbelief, claiming these images are staged and the story is fabricated.
‘Each location I publish there’s always a handful of people who can’t wrap their mind around the sad reality that things are in fact abandoned at even the most astronomical scale; whether it be of historical, monetary, or sentimental value.’