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Inside the Making of a 104K-Square-Foot 'Giga-Mansion'

'The One' is under construction in Bel Air, may be priciest home ever

(Newser) - In the hills above Bel Air in Southern California, "The One" is about halfway built. And when construction on the 104,000-square-foot "giga-mansion" is complete, it just might become the most expensive home in the world, the Orange County Register reports. The asking price for The One will... More »

Inside America's Most Expensive 'House' for Sale

The 4.4-acre estate comes with night club, ice skating rink, IMAX cinema, and more

(Newser) - When construction tycoon Robert Pereira got hold of a sprawling ocean-front Florida estate through a trust in 2001, he envisioned turning it into a luxurious home for his family, friends tell the Guardian . But after spending seven years (and $100 million, a third of which was financed by Bank of... More »

Doris Duke's Derelict Mansion to Meet Its End

Commission OKs plan to raze the 67K-square-foot New Jersey home

(Newser) - A 67,000-square-foot derelict mansion on a sprawling New Jersey estate where tobacco heiress Doris Duke lived can be demolished, a panel ruled. The Hillsborough Township Historic Preservation Commission rendered its decision with a 6-1 vote after a four-hour meeting Thursday night, culminating a lengthy hearing process that had taken... More »

2-Month-Old Christmas Tree Blamed for Mansion Fire

Home engulfed in minutes when fire hit dried-out tree

(Newser) - The investigation into the huge blaze that killed a Maryland couple and their four grandchildren earlier this month has pinned the blame on a major fire hazard right in the middle of the mansion's "Great Room": A 2-month-old, 15-foot Christmas tree. Fire officials say an electrical failure ignited... More »

2 Bodies Found in Mansion's Charred Ruins

4 still missing in burned-down Maryland castle

(Newser) - Investigators found the bodies of two unidentified people yesterday in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, a fire official says. Cadaver dogs and searchers found the bodies, and four people remain unaccounted for, the county fire department spokesman says. "I... More »

How Did a $6M 'Castle' Just Burn to the Ground?

Annapolis investigators still have more questions than answers

(Newser) - What started the Monday blaze that consumed a 16,000-square-foot Annapolis mansion that locals called "The Castle"? Why were there apparently no smoke alarms or sprinklers in such a well-appointed home? And, perhaps most distressingly, where are owners Donald and Sandra Pyle and their four grandkids, feared dead... More »

Couple, 4 Grandkids Feared Dead in Mansion Fire

Tech exec Don Pyle, wife lived in 16K-square-foot Maryland home

(Newser) - Technology exec Don Pyle, his wife, and four grandchildren are feared dead in a huge blaze that destroyed a mansion in Annapolis. Some 85 firefighters spent hours early Monday morning battling the fire at the 16,000-square-foot castle-like home, using tanker trucks and a fire boat because there were no... More »

Oops: Oceanfront Mansion Must Be Removed

It got built, accidentally, inside a Rhode Island park

(Newser) - Oceanfront view? Check. Jacuzzi? Check. A proper survey spelling out where this $2 million mansion was supposed to be built in Rhode Island? Not so much. The state's Supreme Court has ruled that a three-story home built in Point Judith in 2010 must be removed because it went up... More »

Archbishop Apologizes for $2.2M Mansion

Atlanta's Wilton Gregory says he failed to consider the 'pastoral implications' of move

(Newser) - Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has issued an apology after reports that he'd built himself a $2.2 million mansion sparked outrage in the diocese. Gregory bought the mansion with a $15 million posthumous gift from Gone With the Wind heir Joseph Mitchell, who wanted the money spent on "... More »

For Sale: Al Capone's Miami Beach Mansion

Gangster died at $8.45M Palm Island estate

(Newser) - Got $8.45 million kicking around? You could buy the Miami Beach mansion where Al Capone died—and from which he supposedly plotted the infamous 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre. Capone bought the 10,000-square-foot Palm Island mansion in 1928 for $40,000 after he was chased out of Chicago... More »

Vegas Mansion Could Go for $8M—in Bitcoin

Plan adds 'some notoriety' to offer: developer

(Newser) - A casino owner-turned-commercial developer is asking $7.85 million to sell a Las Vegas home, and he's willing to accept the online currency bitcoin for the deal. Jack Sommer says he got the idea to seek bitcoin for his 25,000-square-foot mansion from two of his sons, who've... More »

Stoned Ghost Hunters Torch Historic Mansion

Cops say trespassers got frustrated over no-show spirits

(Newser) - The owners of an abandoned Louisiana mansion are facing criticism after the house was burned down last week, allegedly by stoned ghost hunters, the Times-Picayune reports. "We made our best efforts to secure the land from trespassers," say the owners of the LeBeau Plantation near New Orleans. "... More »

Cops: Husband Brutally Beat Wife in Conn. Mansion

Diane DeMaio in coma after baseball bat attack

(Newser) - When police arrived at the DeMaio family's $7.3 million mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, Tuesday night, they found Diane DeMaio lying unmoving in a bedroom-size closet, blood pooling around her, head resting on ice packs. "That monster hit her and she's dying," the 54-year-old's mother... More »

Outrage Over Couple's Plans to Build 'Versailles' Near DC

25,424-square-foot mansion not going over well with residents of Great Falls

(Newser) - A man's home is his castle, nowhere more so than in the ritzy Washington, DC, suburb of Great Falls, Va. That's where one couple has elected to build their 25,424-square-foot mansion, dubbed "Le Chateau de Lumiere" and fashioned after the Palace of Versailles. The only thing... More »

Katharine Hepburn Estate: Yours for $30M

Price of Connecticut mansion has gone up $2M in a year

(Newser) - Katharine Hepburn's former mansion on Long Island Sound in Connecticut has sat on the market for a year at $28 million. It's now available for ... $30 million, reports the Wall Street Journal . The current owners have jacked the price because they're building a fancy new gatehouse. The... More »

Romney's Mansion to Have Elevator ... for Cars

Politico takes a closer look at the plans

(Newser) - Not only will Mitt Romney's proposed new beach house have a 3,600-square-foot basement , it will have a split-level four-car garage … with an elevator for the cars. Politico procured the 2008 plans for the renovation (by way of a rival campaign), which involves tearing down the existing California... More »

Buy Whitney's Old Mansion: 'Great Conversation Piece'

Broker's ad: This is where it all went bad

(Newser) - Another entry in the department of questionable marketing strategies in the wake of Whitney Houston's death: The broker trying to sell her former New Jersey mansion has updated the listing "with a heavy heart" to note that "this house was also the scene of the activity that... More »

Tiger Woods' Ex Tears Down $12M Mansion

Elin Nordegren now planning 'dream house' on Florida site

(Newser) - Somebody's got too much money. Tiger Woods' wronged ex-wife wasn't quite happy with the $12 million, 9,000-square-foot North Palm Beach mansion she purchased last year—so she's knocking the whole thing down, reports TMZ . Elin Nordegren plans to build her "dream house" on the same... More »

America's 5 Priciest Zip Codes

New Jersey, California, and New York neighborhoods top the list

(Newser) - 90210's claim to fame extends beyond Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty. The zip code is also one of the five priciest in America. With the help of Altos Research, Forbes crunched 20,000 zip codes' worth of real estate listings to zero in on the poshest geographic areas in... More »

Scott Walker Invites You to Pay $1K to Restore Mansion

'Wine and wickets' fundraiser doesn't sit well with everyone

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is used to catching flak over all things monetary , so when he and wife Tonette decided to renovate the governor's mansion to its former glory, they (probably wisely) decided to do it without making taxpayers foot the bill. Unfortunately, they're not getting off scot-free.... More »

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