We’ve all heard about  the massive 100,000 square foot estate being built in Arizona, well now there is a palatial 72,215 square foot estate being built in Missouri; out of all places. It is being built at 2700 Woods Fork Road in Highlandville. It is owned by Steven T. Huff who is an engineer and chief technology officer of Overwatch Systems, Ltd, a company that delivers multi-source intelligence to the defense department. The project manager is Steven’s brother. The home is an ICF, which means it’s an insulated concrete form structure. Plans for the home include 15 bedrooms, 1600 square foot library, 1300 square foot master bedroom and a 23,000 square foot basement that will be mostly storage. Construction costs are reported to be near $7 million.

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  • Al Robinson

    I think it’s the coordinates (in Google Earth):

    36°52’47.22″N 93°12’46.74″W.

    All I can say is WOW!! That’s huge. But at least it’s really private.




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    • TEE

      visible from highway 65? doesn’t sound private to me

      horrible location

      most likely horrible quality

      no thank you..




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  • CincyRob

    A bit much. But the price per square foot is amazing. Unnecessary but amazing. It can be gorgeous and not gaudy but the floorplan looked decent.




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  • Barney

    You’d think I’d get VIOLENTLY ILL from the eternally nauseous effect I suffer from repeatedly witnessing such forever-inexplicable, psychotic greed, matierialism and megalomaniacal (I looked it up….it’s a real word & I did spell it right 🙂 excess, but I must be tougher than I thought!

    THIS GARGANTUAN MONSTROSITY IS WRETCHEDLY GHASTLY ANYWHERE ON EARTH, PERIOD.




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  • Grrrowler

    At least know how big Steven Huff’s…oh wait…been there done that.

    It currently looks like a bunker, and based on the small number of windows I can see, it may look like a bunker when it’s finished. Not counting the land, the construction costs come out to less than $100/sq foot. That’s incredibly cheap, even by the standards of this area. The materials simply cannot be high quality. My mother’s family is from just north of here (and it’s a pretty area) and for $100 square foot you get a very average house with very average materials. My uncle used to build nice (but realistically-sized) custom houses in this area and he spent closer to $400/square foot.

    This is just another monument to one person’s ego, and will be a white elephant in a few years.




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  • Tay

    7 million!?!?!?!?!?!? Cheap…




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  • Oliver

    Yeah 1300sf for a master bedroom in a 72,000sf house is kinda sad.. And then hes going to use his 23,000sf basement just for storage??? wow. $7 million is way cheap, Its sounds a little fishy or maybe a bad estimate? I don’t know. Although its not done yet it looks pretty ugly so far. I’m not really a fan of the excessive use of half-moon shaped windows, especially when they’re the only ones in the wall (i.e. not over a normal rectangular window). This guy obviously overlooked one of the most important things about real estate: location, location, location.




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    • William101

      HOLY CRAP, I can’t believe all of the naive, short sighted comments about this home. This guy owns Companies supplying crucial info to the DOD & Medical Industry – “Overwatch, Ltd.”, THINK… he knows something you/we don’t about our future world, and intends to avoid it. This is a SURVIVAL BUNKER top to bottom. Super insulated, thick concrete, tall skinny windows, likely bullet proof, turrets at each corner, and check out the overly long & windy driveway. Notice the cleared hilltop just West of the home, overlooking a slow sharp, uphill curve on the only way to the top of the secluded Ozark hill. A forward post will likely be installed here. Come on people, you really believe the scant details in articles re: total cost, etc.? Silly! I doubt we really know diddly-crap about this house. 23K sq ft basement WILL NOT be for storage. I guarantee this will be the underground area of this SURVIVAL BUNKER. Location could hardly be better for a post SHTF scenario. This guy is a Family man that is planning on his Family & friends surviving the worst. I understand that Radius Engineering has built one of their ~1500 underground bunkers in this area. My money is that it’s under this home. View this and notice the thumbtack on the map in the area of this home–http://youtu.be/dRdSGl4MF8g Get your shit together people, food, water, guns, ammo, Family, Friends…
      Peace!




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  • Chance

    To each there own I suppose, but I still see no purpose in ever building a house that size. Secondly, it is really ugly and the price seems awfully cheap for the size.

    On a side note, I’m kinda tired of seeing people bash states and locations like Missouri, Texas, Michigan etc. Not everyone wants to live in Cali, Florida or New York.




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    • Daniel

      While *everyone* may not want to live in Cali, FL, or NY, it seems America’s billionaire’s certainly do. Roughly 44% of the Forbes 400 live in the 3 states mentioned. Missouri only has 4, Arkansas has the Waltons, Michigan has 10, etc. Also, CA, NY and FL are the most populous states in the nation (Minus TX which is ranked 2nd). If I were extremely rich, I just don’t see what the square states or the mid-west would offer; Colorado is the only state that I would seriously consider living other than CA, NY, or FL (okay, I’d love to live in Greenwich too) . I (and I would imagine a lot of people) would want some kind of view to go with their palace, whether its ocean, mountain, lake or river. This craptastic home has none of that, AND it is really located in the middle of nowhere.




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      • Chance

        “I just don’t see what the square states or the mid-west would offer.”

        What exactly don’t they offer that FL, CA, or NY do? If the company you built or run is located outside of these states then why the hell would they build a house there? While we agree that this home and particular location suck, the way you generalize and degrade other states is laughable at best.




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        • Daniel

          They don’t offer the real estate values and prestige. It’s a simple fact. Multiple homes have SOLD in FL, CA and NY in excess of $50 million. When was the last time a house sold for that sum in the square states (minus Colorado) or the mid-west (minus Chicago and its suburbs)? I honestly can’t think of any. I’m not talking about people with $50 million or $100 million net worth, I’m talking about the super rich. Can you really see Donald Trump or some real estate developer building a $100 million house in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Oklahoma, the Dakotas, etc? I can’t. And this is exactly what those states do not offer: other rich people. Ok, so you build a company and end up becoming extremely successful. Great. Now you’re fabulously rich and thousands of time wealthier than people in a 500 mile radius. You *need* other rich people to show off that hard-earned wealth. What’s the point of building a monstrous home in a crappy location dwarfing other homes? The common person will come to the same conclusion whether you spend $50/sq ft or $500/sq ft: you’re rich. My point is, we have seen this SOOOO many times from the states I don’t care to live to, more so than the ones that I do. Sorry if you’re offended by my opinion, but a HOTR should be the whole package…not just the architecture. I recommend you take a look at this list. NY, CA, FL and NJ are the most prevalent – for a reason:

          http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/27/most-expensive-zip-codes-2010-lifestyle-real-estate-zip-codes-10-rank.html

          Out of curiosity, what state do you live in?




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          • Chance

            I actually agree with most of your sentiments but I don’t agree that as a rich person you need to live around other rich people. I also don’t understand the point of needing other rich people to show off your wealth, to me that just seems like a caste system. Also, I find it ironic you pointed me to that Forbes list considering you’ve said in the past you don’t find the lists overly credible and, in your very comment you said you’re not talking about people worth $50 or $100 million, but those people make up 95% of the population in said zip codes. I’m not offended by your opinion though Daniel, I just disagree with it 🙂

            Oh, and I live in The Woodlands, TX; it’s a suburb of Houston.




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          • Daniel

            To his own I suppose. Good catch with my slightly hypocritical statement. I was thinking in the back of my mind about it as I posted it. While I still don’t find them reliable for *cities*, I do for states…convenient, I know 😀

            When you live in an area where a $5 million home is VERY common, then I guess you expect a lot more out of homes and other locations. I wish I had the problems deciding between FL or CA, Monaco or St Mortiz. One can dream…




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        • Venom

          Chance,

          If you have anything over $10 million in your pocket, you should live in California and nowhere else.
          You should keep a place in NY also.
          With regard to your comment about if your business is in a certain place why would you live anywhere else, I will answer it simply as they are nicer with better weather.

          I live in Michigan and I will give you 2 examples of people from my town.
          My friend’s dad has a large company here and has a nice house that is maybe $500,000. He has another house in Palm Beach and that is $25 million.
          A car dealer here in town has a nice house, maybe a million dollars or so, but has another house in Jupiter in FL and that is over $6 million.
          There are numerous other super wealthy people here too that have much more expensive homes in California also.




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          • Chance

            That makes perfect sense, but I guess my whole original point was don’t knock places just because they aren’t CA, FL or NY. Maybe this guy has homes in those states, but he’s building this monster house relatively cheap and he’s getting a lot for the price. Speaking personally, I would never build a house this size but to each there own.




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        • Kyle

          I thin what it is are things like night life, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, etc…you find the absolute best of these in California, New York, and Florida because of cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, New York City, etc…also in states like Colorado (Denver) and Illinois (Chicago). There isn’t much in New Jersey, but there is quite a bit very close to New Jersey, such as Philadelphia and New York City. Texas is moving up with cities like Austin, Houston, and Dallas.

          States like Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, etc…are nice, but they simply lack all of the amenities and experiences of the other cities.




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          • Kyle

            AHEM, I mean states like Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, etc…are nice, but they lack the amenities and experiences of the other states.




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        • Socratic|Sardonic

          Mid western states normally only have one biome, not a lot of variety in the landscape. Whereas most coastal states have multiple biomes; here in Oregon we have deserts, rain forests, normal smaller forests, beaches, mountains, high plains, and midwestern looking corn field areas. You can drive 2-3 hours in any direction in Oregon and end up in a totally different looking biome. California is similar. The only land locked states I’d consider living in are CO, WY, & MO. Or maybe the lake states wouldn’t be so bad.

          There is a reason some states are called “fly overs”… I’ve been to most states, people are great everywhere, but some states really do have better environments and opportunities.




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  • Marie

    Total overkill, I like mega mansions but this one just reeks of waste of time and money to deal with.




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  • Caleb

    Does anybody know where i can see some real floor plans of the house?




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  • Rob

    Hey, don’t know if you have this one already but it is pretty amazing.

    http://www.luxist.com/2010/05/06/above-the-clouds-estate-of-the-day/




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  • Caleb

    umm wake up people that house is old news!




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  • Venom

    If anyone believes that this house cost only $7 million to build, I have a bridge to sell you too.




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    • Oliver

      How much for that bridge :p




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      • Venom

        How much you have? 🙂




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    • Socratic|Sardonic

      I know this is years old, but you were absolutely right
      They are now talking about having to redo the house due to fraud on the builders behalf, with an estimated cost of *65* million for just the fancy helix concrete they’re using. I’m guessing it will be 85 million plus once they finally finish this monstrosity.




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  • Mark

    Did anyone say overkill….this is gross consumption at its worst. Who needs a 15,000 sq foot master bedroom? This goes beyond ridiculous…no further comment necessary




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  • Nick

    Like others said, I find the cost ($7 million) of this mansion too cheap with regards to the fact that its size is 72,215 square foot.Let’s hope that the interior won’t be a mess…I highly doubt about the cost…$7 million for such a huge house? Never mind, it remains a spectacular real estate event from every aspect.

    Excellent post Kenny.




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  • Lisa

    This home is in the Ozark Mountains and would likely be visible along highway 65 anyway simply because of the size and the terrain. It is in between Branson and Springfield and though it will be a very expensive home it certainly won’t be the only. It is not uncommon to find million dollar homes there. The area is beautiful, low crime, tons of outdoor activities, shopping, and lots of privacy. Many celebrities live there or came from there, like Brad Pitt and they are pretty much left alone.
    The type of building material has many great qualities, it will be a sturdy, environmentally friendly house. Also great protection from tornadoes which they do see quite a bit of!

    But I do agree, that house is way too big!




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  • sherry spiker

    As a person who has traveled the globe extensively, I can tell you that I have visited the Ozarks many times. It is quite simply a beautiful area.
    And as far as multi-million dollar mansions go…..you will find many in the area , hidden among the Ozark hills and all along the bluffs of Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.
    There are many celebrities, renown authors and artists who have homes in that area and are afforded the beauty of the Ozarks as well as privacy.




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