Nalin here,

This is The Albemarle Estate. Built in 1985, it is a 24,000 sq ft., 8 bedroom, 13 bathroom estate that sits on over 300 acres near Charlottesville, Virginia. This house is very ornate, private and expensive. The house is listed with Sotheby’s and is currently owned by Billionaire Patricia Kluge. The home was very meticulously crafted by her and architect David Easton to house some of her rare collectibles, which were also auctioned by Sotheby’s recently. The house was essentially designed to be a museum. The home was previously listed for $100 million, but after a year has been reduced to $48,000,000. On the 300 acres sits a vineyard owned and run by Patricia Kluge and enough space for many golf courses (Arnold Palmer has already designed a course for the property if the new owner wants to pay to build it). There are also three ponds, stables, helipad, grotto, pool, pool house, log cabin, a greenhouse and several staff cottages.

With 300 acres, its hard to have any neighbors, but this house actually neighbors Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland, two very prestigious American homes.  I have heard, from somebody who has visited this house, that this house is literally perfectly built. Only the finest craftsmen were allowed to work in this house. Every finish is flawless. I could really only see this house being used as a billionaire vacation retreat, especially with that Arnold Palmer golf course. What do you think?

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  • Daniel

    The furnishings are true antiques, as evidenced by the recent auction held by Sotheby’s. Some INCREDIBLE prices for furniture. The home itself is very classy, very elegant, in a good-but-could-be-much-better location. I don’t see too many billionaires vacationing in Charlottesville (at least I wouldn’t). The home is obviously a masterpiece, albeit an overpriced one.

    BUT HOLY CHRIST – – – Could you imagine watching Titanic or Lord of the Rings in that movie theater with THOSE chairs. Call my chiropractor now!

    I suggest you take a look at the auction results for a few Oh-my-God moments:

    http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotResultsDetailList.jsp?event_id=30171&sale_number=N08657




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    • Nalin

      thanks for the link, that stuff is really amazing. I cant believe she had so many amazing things!




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  • Daniel

    Oh, and for those who didn’t already know, Patricia Kluge is the ex-wife of John Werner Kluge. He is worth approximately $6.5 billion, but at one point was worth over $10 billion. His home is in Palm Beach (89 Middle Road). Could easily sell it for $75 million+ today.

    Here’s a link to a a nice little article dating back to 1990 detailing the divorce. God I wish I had that bi*ch’s divorce settlement!

    http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20118282,00.html




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    • Barney

      Hi Daniel, and Everyone Else……………I’m honestly almost getting a head and stomach ache reading about this woman and her divorce settlement. A BILLION DOLLARS in 1990…….is truly beyond my ability to comprehend. And SHE RECEIVED OVER A MILLION A WEEK, JUST ON THE INTEREST!!!!!!!!!!!
      Who knows what she’s worth now, but if I lived to a THOUSAND years old, I’ll never understand the #1. Desire, #2. THE WORK, #3. the TIME & ENERGY #4. The DISCIPLINE & DETERMINATION, etc., etc., etc. to build a mansion of that magnitude, and decorate it with ALLLLLL the priceless things she did…………FOR NO ONE BUT HERSELF. And now, it sounds like almost all of it’s been auctioned off.
      I think it’s honestly VERY SAD and LONELY to me……..know what I mean? And I honestly WOULD NOT WANT that much money all to myself…….the SUPERHUMAN BURDEN of monitoring, investing, worrying about, counting, and WONDERING if you’re being ripped off by ANYone in ANYway, as a single person would honestly make me sick. It’s also inarguable that you’d need a not-so-small ARMY of lawyers/accountants/stock brokers/financial analysts/assistants and WHOMEVER else necessary to look after a UNIVERSE of money like that…….how could you NOT worry about whether ANY OR ALL of them could be trusted?!?!




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  • Grrrowler

    This is an amazing house that was filled with amazing art and furniture. As Nalin said, everything in the house was only the finest quality. It was built with the same attention to detail as John Kluge’s yacht: http://www.my-virginian.com/

    To give an idea of the work and quality that went into the boat, the cherry trim rings that surround the recessed lights set into the deckhead (ceilings) EACH took 600 man-hours to complete. There are at least 100 of these rings throughout the interior. That’s just one very minor component of the boat but it shows the no-expense-spared approach to Kluge’s living spaces.

    And Daniel, I agree about those chairs in the theater. I thought that when I first saw this house listed…actually I thought: “Whose terrible idea was that?!”




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    • Nalin

      that yacht is absolutely gorgeous




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      • Grrrowler

        It is an amazing boat. When it was first launched the interior had been done by David Easton and was much more formal, and filled with some of the same type of antiques that were in Albemarle. The interior was redone a few years in the “beach house” style it has now. I believe that at the time of it’s launch it was the most expensive yacht ever built. It’s been surpassed many times over since then.




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  • Stewie

    $48 million is still too much. The house is beautiful but the location is just not good enough to warrant that price tag. It could sell for between $20 – $30million but not more than that (my opinion)




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  • Len

    Now that’s what I’m talking about! You can keep all those mega mansions listed in that contest last week on those tiny little lots and no privacy at all. I think this location is awesome. With a heliport you’re 20 minutes from downtown DC. If someone can afford a property like this, the location and transportation is not going to be a problem. There are a ton of mega huge estates in that area because of it’s proximity to Charlottesville and DC and many are horse farms. It’s such a beautiful area.
    As for the home theater seating, it almost seems as if the sofas along the side of the room were meant to be used for the actually seating but they put the chairs there instead for staging purposes…maybe…otherwise I would think they use that room for something else as well so the chairs need to be easily removed. Beautiful room, though.
    And the view from the back ‘porch’ is just amazing. Imagine the crew it takes just to maintain the grounds. They must use golf course equipment just to cut the grass. This place gets my vote.




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    • Daniel

      I see what you mean. I think that room is more than just a dedicated theater. Notice how two of the chairs are facing opposite of the screen. And judging that the floor is marble and not carpeted or tiered, the room seems as if it can be used as a disco. I think that gold orb on the ceiling is a sort of fancy disco ball.

      The only thing that I hate about that room (and it’s my biggest peeve in the entire estate besides the location) is the ceiling. WHAT are all those hi-hats doing? And why are they so scattered and cluttered? I understand it was built in 1985, but fix that pronto!




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      • Daniel

        AND I would NEVER pay $6,875 for the set of 12 chairs in that theater!




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  • Kieran

    Wow thanks for the link Daniel.
    I would never live in VA but I would sure love to stay here for a long while, ride my horses around the property 🙂




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  • Kyle

    Now THIS home folks is one that truly meets my standard! Wow I like this home a lot! That movie theater needs some redesigning though.




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  • NY, NY

    see NY times article. she’s broke, bankrupt, now working for Trump, trying to make wine in NC ???? making $250K per year.




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