Sheree Whitfield: Chateau Sheree still not finished and a contractor sues

Chateau 2013-2015

Chateau Sheree in March, 2013 (above) and Chateau Sheree in December, 2015. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

By RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, December 21, 2015

Sheree Whitfield has been building her Atlanta mansion home she dubbed “Chateau Sheree” for years without completion.

We saw the start of the project season four of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in 2011 before she was cut from the show. On OWN’s “Iyanla Fix My Life” in 2013, life coach Iyanla Vanzant met with Whitfield at the property and used it as a metaphor for her life as being stuck in place.

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Whitfield has returned season eight as a recurring guest and the mansion is still not finished. In the first episode last month, Kenya Moore, a fellow “Real Housewives of Atlanta” mocked Sheree’s inability to finish it and noted she herself was working on her own fixer upper down the street, which Whitfield called “mold manor.”

An Atlanta contractor last week sued Sheree for unpaid bills of about $15,450 and asked for $23,000 after late fees and other charges.  So I decided today to check out the project.

The last time I was there was March, 2013, nearly three years ago. The outside was unfinished at the time as you can see in the photo above. Today, the outside looks largely completed so there has been progress since 2013.

And there were contractors doing work inside.

Chateau Sheree front shot

At least Sheree is now being compensated for her time on “Real Housewives,” though as a recurring character, her salary wouldn’t be nearly as much as if she were a regular. She is also executive producer of a new WE-TV show “Selling it in the ATL” about local real estate agents, which just concluded its first six episode season this past week. A renewal has not been announced.

The lawsuit against Sheree, filed December 17, 2015, in Fulton County Superior Court, comes from Stoploss Specialists, which describes itself as an “emergency response contractor.” The company in the lawsuit said it signed a deal with her on December 17, 2014, exactly one year earlier “to supply equipment, labor and/or materials for the improvement” of the property.

Sheree herself admitted on her Bravo blog last month that she “took on an enormous project with my family and clearly got in way over my head.”

 

 

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