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Friday, May 28, 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 up for sale - at a bargain price of £50m.

Versailles, the largest family home ever built in the US.
Versailles is the largest family home ever built in the US.

The 30 bedroom mansion boasts its own bowling alley, roller skating rink and Olympic sized swimming pool to make it the largest family home ever built 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 $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 is a garage with enough space for 20 cars, three swimming pools, a large boat house, formal gardens, and 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.

All 23 full bathrooms have full-sized Jacuzzis, 160 tripled paned windows and Brazilian mahogany French-style doors that alone cost pds2.million.

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.

Mrs Siegel,42, who won the Miss Florida beauty title in the 1990s, is well known on the social circuit in Florida.

She has a team of five nannies to help her look after her children aged from four to 15.

Local estate agent Kelly Price said "Versailles will probably be a house that will appeal to the uber-wealthy that don't ever think about the issues of money.

"It might be a second or third. For all we know, it could be a seventh or eighth home."