square-foot house belonging toWestgate ResortsfounderDavid Siegeland his wifeJackie Siegel. It is under construction at 6121 Kirkstone Lane,Windermere, Florida, in thegated communityof Lake Butler Sound inOrange County, USA. Named and modeled after thePalace of VersaillesinFrance,the completed project will bein the United States.It is designed as the primary residence of the Siegels and their children.
Construction began in 2004. Work stalled in 2009 with 60% completed as Siegels company encountered financial difficulties. The house was susbsequently listed for sale at $65 million.7With Westgate Resorts improved finances as of 2013, Siegel now owns the property outright and construction has resumed. Completion was scheduled for 2016,89although as of March2017updatethe completion date has been pushed back to at least 2019.10Expected to appraise at over $100 million, the project will be the fourth most expensive house in the United States.6
The home and its owners were the subject of the 2012 documentary filmThe Queen of Versaillesas well as an episode of CNBCsSecret Lives of the Super Rich.
Constructed on a man-made hill on 10 acres of lakefront property,711the residence will include 11 kitchens,314 bedrooms,1232 bathrooms, a 30-car garage,2a two-lanebowling alley,2an indoorroller rink,2three indoor pools, two outdoor pools, avideo arcade,7aballroomwith a 500 to a 1,000 person capacity,5a two-story movie theater with a balcony inspired by theParis Opera House, a fitness center with a 10,000 square-foot spa,2yoga studios,2a 20,000-bottle wine cellar,7an exotic-fish aquarium,7two tennis courts,7a baseball diamond,7a formal outdoor garden,7and an elevator in the master bedroom closet.3Because the Siegels children were older, modifications to the original plans included turning playrooms into a yoga studio and a teenagers cave with a second movie theater.1314
Doors and windows are constructed using some of the last remainingBrazilian mahogany,2at a cost of $4 million.37Exterior walls are precast concrete withPavonazzo marbleveneer;7the entryway will feature a 30-foot stained-glass domed oculus;2and the residence will have ten staff quarters, each with a jacuzzi and a kitchen.2
Though not yet completed, the home has been called gaudy2and absurd.15Matt Hickman, writing for theMother Nature Network, called the mansion a wretched excess.11Alyssa RosenbergofThinkProgresscalled it a monument to bad taste and a testament to waste.11
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Versailles in Florida: Construction Resumes on Biggest House in US. ABC News. October 1, 2013
Versailles Lake Butler Mansion by David Siegel. Nine Homes
Boom years are back: Construction resumes on Americas largest house, Versailles
Riefflen, Lauren (May 3, 10 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the U.S.Zillow
Berfield, Susan (March 15, 2012).Versailles, the Would-Be Biggest House in America. Businessweek
Christopher BCs Robert Frank Interview on Secret Lives of the Super Rich
Clarke, Sarah (13 November 2013).Jackie Siegel, Queen of Versailles, to host charity garage sale. Orlando Sentinel
Bilbao, Richard (March 9, 2017).The Queen of Versailles Jackie Siegel: I may want a bigger house now
Last night at the Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singhs State of Commercial Real Estate Event at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, Orlando Business Journal asked David Siegel how the mansion was coming along. He responded with one word: Slowly. However, he said the home is still a couple of years out from completion, which would make it a near 15-year project. Jackie Siegel was a bit more optimistic, predicting 1.5 years of construction to go.
Hickman, Matt (January 24, 2012).Versailles: 90,000-square-feet of wretched excess and shattered dreams. Mother Nature Network
Massey, Robert.The Property Man: Tragedy strikes family building the biggest home in America.
Jackie Siegel, Queen of Versailles, really down to earth Toronto Star.
Whitelocks, Sadie (2013-04-16).Construction FINALLY restarts on vast Queen of Versailles mansion after recession-hit owners raise the $30m needed to complete it.
Juzwiak, Rich (September 26, 2013).The Queen of Versailles Shows Off the Progress on Her Absurd House. Gawker
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