Although not yet finished, the ‘largest family home in America’ is now for sale in southwest Orange County, with an asking price of $75 million. The advertisement in the Wall Street Journal describes the mansion as ‘the largest modern day palace under construction in America’. The 30 bedroom mansion boasts its own bowling alley, roller skating rink and Olympic sized swimming pool. 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, which is modelled on the palace of Louis XIV of France in the 17th century. But with almost 18 months of work still to be carried out on the property they have put it on the market. 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.
No expense has been spared on the construction with materials flown in from around the world, including marble and granite from Turkey. As well as 30 bedrooms the home would have had 23 bathrooms with spectacular views over Lake Butler, about 20 miles from Orlando. All 23 full bathrooms have full-sized Jacuzzis, 160 tripled paned windows and Brazilian mahogany French-style doors .
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. Estate agents said there has already been interest from Russia and the Far East for the property in Windermere near Orlando, Florida.
Imagine the commission that the real estate agent charged with selling the biggest house in America will receive when the sale is finalized.