Biggest House In America Up For Sale
May 28, 2010 - Florida
A house modelled on the Palace of Versailles that will eventually become the biggest in America, has been put up for sale - at a bargain price of $75 Million.
The advertisement in the Wall Street Journal describes the mansion as "the largest modern day palace under construction in America."
At more than 90,000 square feet it is the equivalent in size to almost 50 average family homes in the US.
Time share mogul David Siegel and his former beauty queen wife Jacqueline began building the huge estate three years ago.
But with almost 18 months of work still to be carried out on the property they have put it on the market at $75 Million. Experts believe a further $25 Million needs to be spent before anyone can move in.
The shell of the house has been completed, but all the interior work including fixtures and fittings have yet to be installed.
As well as 30 bedrooms the home would have had 23 bathrooms with spectacular views over Lake Butler, about 20 miles from Orlando.
Among the numerous amenities are a 20-car garage, three swimming pools, large boat house, formal gardens, a one-story gatehouse with an apartment.
There is also a baseball field, two tennis courts, a 60 foot by 120 foot Grand Hall with a 30-foot stained glass dome, two grand staircases, a 37 foot by 30 foot kitchen, 10 satellite kitchens, a two-story wine cellar and a rock grotto with three separate spas behind an 80-foot waterfall.
Additionally, there is a complete fitness center with spa facilities, a two-lane bowling alley, an indoor roller skating rink, a video arcade, a half-acre main pool deck, a children's wing with a family room, a movie theater, an activity room and a separate computer room.
The amenities don't finish there. Also constructed is an adult movie theater with a balcony, four fireplaces, a formal dining room that seats 30, all 23 full baths with full-sized Jacuzzis, 160 tripled paned windows and Brazilian mahogany French-style doors that alone cost $4 million.
The banquet kitchen features two large commercial gas stoves, four commercial built-in refrigerators and a Japanese-style steakhouse island that seats 12.
The property was called Versailles as the entrance was modelled after the Palace of Versailles in France.
"We've gotten interest from all over the world," said Barrett, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. "We actually are getting more than I thought we would of ... people who can afford the house."
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