A ballroom is the ultimate status symbol of wealth and class. They are a rarity when it comes to being inside a private residence. Most ballrooms have large windows and or French doors, high ceilings, beautiful hardwood or marble floors, crystal chandeliers and more. They are used to host extravagant parties and charity events. Out of the 8 ballrooms pictured above, which one is YOUR favorite?

Ballroom #1 – This ballroom is located in THIS French inspired home in Corona, CA.

Ballroom #2 – This ballroom is located in THIS $14 million French Chateau inspired home in Cresskill, NJ.

Ballroom #3 – This ballroom is located in THIS 21,000 square foot mansion in Colts Neck, NJ.

Ballroom #4 – This ballroom with 38 foot ceilings is located in the Villa Taj estate in Burr Ridge, IL.

Ballroom #5 – This ballroom is located in THIS  Alpine, UT mega mansion.

Ballroom #6 – This ballroom is located in the $52 million Stone Mansion estate in Alpine, NJ.

Ballroom #7 – This ballroom is located in the Le Reve estate in Cumming, GA.

Ballroom #8 – This ballroom is located in the Champ d’Or estate in Hickory Creek, TX.

  • Marcus

    Number 7 is the Champ d’Or in Texas and Number 8 is La Reve in Georgia.




    0



    0
    • Kenny Forder

      Yeah, sorry, I had the pictures mixed up.




      0



      0
  • Daniel

    I really think a ballroom in a private home is a gigantic waste of space. If you live in an area where a ballroom in a house *may* be appropriate, then there is probably a 4.5 or 5 star hotel nearby that can accommodate any sized gala you would want to throw. If I had to choose out of these 8, I think number 5 or 6 would be my choice. However, house number 5 is crap and number 6 is waaaaay overrated. As much as I love huge homes, a ballroom in my eyes could almost never be justified, regardless of how many parties or charity events I would throw in a year. If I did throw parties for dozens of people regularly, I think you are better suited to incorporate more open spaces throughout the entire home, rather than in one room. For example (can any of you guess the home 😉 ):

    http://petermarinoarchitect.com/www/#/search/palm-beach/107

    Perfect example of incorporating a large, open space that actually serves a purpose in the home (in this case the central axis).




    0



    0
    • Iemand

      Number 6 isn’t overrated, it’s overpriced 😉
      Well maybe a bit overrated; the interior is pretty boring; to bad since the exterior looks very good.

      I think a combination is the answer too.
      The photo you mean (3rd one I guess?) looks good, maybe a bit small.
      If I would host a party I would do it like this:
      #1: basement with bowlingalley’s, bar/pub, billiard room something like that.
      #2: first floor with a grand foyer (you know the part where the girl goes down the stairs (must have for a party like this)), library, hallway’s (like photo #3 you posted), living room/family room.
      #3 outside, either just on a huge lawn with the pool in the back, or put some big tents on the lawn.

      So a ballroom? No thanks…




      0



      0
      • Daniel

        Yes, the picture does not do that home justice. However, from the looks of it, that hallway is at least 120-feet long, if not 150-feet. As judging from these pics, the 100-or-so people attending one of the owner’s events don’t seem to be complaining of lack of space:

        http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/212627

        Obsessed, I am 😀




        0



        0
  • Hugh

    Def #6
    Classy, great wood floors




    0



    0
  • Grrrowler

    I don’t like any of them, but if I had to choose I’d pick #1, purely for its theatricality. Numbers 2 and 3 make me gag a little. Number 4 looks like a mosque. Number 5 is just boring. Number 6 is nice, but looks too small; why put a small ballroom in a private house? Numbers 7 and 8 have ceilings that are way too low which makes their proportions look terrible.

    To echo Daniel’s thoughts, a ballroom is a big waste of space and money in a private house. I would also prefer something like a large gallery that serves as an axis for the large public rooms that could also be used for large gatherings.




    0



    0
  • george

    Being if you own the ballroom you have to own the the rest of the house, the only ones to consider are 1 and 6. I would choose 6 if is still standing after the storm. To everyone on the east coast a safe 48 hours.




    0



    0
  • NOVA Ben

    I agree that, in general, ballrooms are a waste of space and money. You really need to entertain a massive amount for it to be worth it.

    Home 1: So far over the top I find it hard to criticize, just for its sheer dedication to its over-the-top-ness.

    Home 2: Very traditional and a little boring.

    Home 3: Looks cheap and has way too much going on visually.

    Home 4: Agree w/ Grrrowler that it looks like a mosque.

    Home 5: For some reason this one reminds me a lot of the NYC ballroom depicted in the movie “Eyes Wide Shut”. Could just be the lighting though.

    Home 6: Very plain and underwhelming, although I do like the curved wall with french doors.

    Home 7: Looks like a semi-upscale conference room in a hotel.

    Home 8: Interesting and has potential, but I’d like to see additional photos from other angles.

    I guess ballrooms just aren’t my thing…




    0



    0
  • rob

    NO. 1. Their majesties can sit on that little dais at the end of the ballroom and observe all the lords and ladies. While other people are dancing the nobility can linger behind those pillars and gossip. The older dowager duchesses can hang out on the balconies and look down on everyone and see who is hooking up with whom. Definitely 1




    0



    0
    • organbrett

      Picture #1 is not referred to as the ballroom but rather the Grand Foyer. If you look at this website: http://geronsinteam.com/featured/1111-casper-circle/ it has 56 pictures with links to higher resolution photos on Flickr. The room which is called the ballroom is actually referred to as the Entertainment Room and has a bar and an octoganal floor. The ‘dais’ is actually the raised floor entry foyer and the Grand Foyer is used like a formal living room. But I did get a chuckle out of your description Rob!!!




      0



      0
      • Kenny Forder

        Yeah, I knew that, but I just decided to call it the ballroom since it’s definitely big enough and opulent to be one 🙂 haha




        0



        0
  • Venom

    Ballrooms are a complete waste of space and money.
    No one I know barely has anyone over anymore these days.
    I went to one of my neighbor’s son’s graduation party and he has a huge house with an indoor pool and everything. Did he have anyone inside? No. He set up tents outside with the food and everything and had no one inside.

    Most of the big parties are held at halls or hotel facilities or places like that these days anyway.




    0



    0
    • NOVA Ben

      I see what you’re saying, but there’s a big difference between a graduation party for a high school (or college) kid at a big house, and a large-scale charity event held at a billionaire’s estate. The latter is much more likely to involve the use of a ballroom. Granted, the number of ballrooms in homes vastly outstrips the number of large-scale charity events held, but still.




      0



      0