Friday, June 4, 2010

Biggest house in America' up for sale

A house modelled on the Palace of Versailles that will eventually become the biggest in America, has been put on sale for a price of £50m. Versailles is the largest family home ever built in the United States.Time share mogul David Siegel and his former beauty queen wife Jacqueline began kbuilding 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 $75m. Experts believe a further $25m 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.

Estate agents said there has already been interest from Russia and the Far East for the property in Windermere near Orlando, Florida. As well as 30 bedrooms the home would have had 23 bathrooms with spectacular views over Lake Butler, about 20 miles from Orlando.

The hand-built windows for the house cost more than £2m and other luxuries included a ballroom and children's theatre. No expense has been spared on the construction with materials flown in from around the world, including marble and granite from Turkey. There are 3 swimming pools, a garage with enough space for 20 cars, a large boat house, formal gardens, and a one-story gatehouse with an apartment.

There is also a 60 foot by 120 foot Grand Hall with a 30-foot stained glass dome, two tennis courts, a baseball field, two grand staircases, 10 satellite kitchens, a two-story wine cellar, a 37 foot by 30 foot kitchen and a rock grotto with three separate spas behind an 80-foot waterfall.

All the 23 full bathrooms have full-sized Jacuzzis, 160 tripled paned windows and Brazilian mahogany French-style doors.There is also a His and Her office space with a 12-foot two-sided aquarium.

The property was called Versailles as the entrance was modelled after the Palace of Versailles in France. The Siegels are currently living in the Isleworth estate where they are close neighbours of Tiger Woods.

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