The most expensive house in America

While Hubs and I are focusing on getting the most bang for our buck in our build, I thought I’d take a look at what’s on offer if the budget was unlimited – and came across the most expensive house in America that is currently on the market.

Introducing Gemini – the $195 million tropical compound. Yes, you heard that correctly. $195 million compound.

The estate listing calls it a 15.65 acre crown jewel tropical compound, and a once in a lifetime offering of one of the world’s truly great and rare estates.

So what does $195 million get you?

  • 1 x large, elegant yet invitingly formal coral-clad 12-bedroom main residence, comprising large wings on both the ocean and Intracoastal sides, joined by a unique and irreproducible 15 foot wide residential gallery
  • 1 x 7-bed, 7.5-bathroom guest house
  • 2 x 4-bed guest cottages
  • 1 x manager’s office with work spaces and garages
  • There’s also a bird sanctuary, a botanical garden, and a butterfly garden
  • If you’re into sport, the sports complex features a regulation tennis court, half basketball court, Robinson Crusoe-style tree house and playground, miniature golf course and large-scale model train
  • For the boaties, there’s a private beach and a pier, too.

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Sounds like…. a lot of maintenance. But I suppose, if you can afford the price tag, you can afford a couple of cleaners and groundkeepers!

It looks like it’s been on the market for at least a year, so who knows what it will actually sell for, and if it will actually sell. Let’s just hope it’s built to withstand the weather, with Hurricane Matthew bearing down in the next few days. My thoughts are with all those in the path of Matthew – some of my favourite cities in the world are going to be effected and I can only pray that they come out with minimal damage. I’m keeping a close eye on the weather reports and hoping for a miracle.

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Project Build: designing the floorplan

It’s been a little while since I told you about our building project that we’re embarking on, but since then we’ve been visiting display homes, sorting through design books and scrolling through Pinterest, and we think we’ve finally come up with a basic floorplan for our forever home! Our plan is to make use of a builder and their design service, but figure that we should at least have a reasonable idea of what we want when we go to talk to them. Given the slope of the block (gradual, but it’s there) we won’t be able to go down the path of a project home, and we want something a bit more custom anyway!

High on the priority list were the following:

  • 4 bedrooms – we have family and friends all over the country and the world that we often have to stay with us, so extra bedrooms were a must!
  • A library – hubby works from home at the moment, and we both have a lot of books, so we knew we needed something more than just a regular study. This room will be large enough to have a meeting table in the middle, as well as a desk and be lined with bookshelves.
  • Dressing rooms in the master – I have a lot of clothes and shoes, and we’ve finally just gotten some decent wardrobes in our current home, so I’m not going backwards!! Good storage is a must, with space for natural light and a central display unit for jewellery and bags.
  • Meals corner – I want to have a formal dining room for having nice dinners at, but I also love the idea of something more casual for breakfasts and lunches. A meals corner with booth seating against a window is my dream – I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this!!
  • Theatre room – we want to have a theatre room, but we want it to be multipurpose too. Growing up my parent’s house never had the extra space for teenagers and their friends, and I imagine this will be that space in our house. The idea is that the wall between it and the dining room will be bi-fold, so that we can open up both rooms and use them for indoor entertaining if need be.
  • Split level – we want to work with the slope of the block, rather than cutting and having huge retaining walls everywhere. So, we’ve opted for 2 splits which you can see from the steps in the hallway of the drawing.

Now we’ve put our artist’s hat on and done a rough sketch on the computer – rooms aren’t quite in proportion and we’ve already decided to switch around the master so that the ensuite is overlooking the garage and the bed overlooking the outdoor area – but it’s a good start we think. We’ve been and met with a builder (an update on that will come soon) but we’ve been told it’s a great document to have and they can certainly work with this – yahoo!

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