#1 – Picture #1 – The 48,000 square foot Champ d’Or mega mansion will be auctioned off on March 30th. The estate has been on the market since the day it was completed in 2002, priced from $72 million to $35 million.

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#2 – Picture #2 – This 100,000 square foot mega estate is still under construction. It is being built in the hills of Silverleaf in Scottsdale, AZ. It will resemble both a Mediterranean castle and Italian hillside village.

A tip I just got from a HOTR reader –

Construction is not halted. I’ve personally been to the site, the company I work for is a supplier of materials for certain construction trades. The job is under construction now and is actually expanding in scope. The view is incredible. From what I hear, the house wouldnt have been constructed if a behind-the-scenes agreement on a settlement of the verizon case hadnt been reached in principal – this should be announced publicly within the year. Rumor is that the construction process had originally been halted due to negotiations slowing down between JAWA and Verizon on a settlement, but that once an agreement was in place (again, behind the scenes), the house project was fired-up again. All financials on the project are secure and proceeding as planned. all this is heresay at this point but the reality is that this thing is being built as we speak.

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#3 – Pictures #3,4 – Donald G. Abbey, the owner of the recently listed $78.8 million mega mansion in Bradbury, CA is also the owner of The Shelter Island Estate, a $78 million property on its own island in Montana (once listed at $105 million!) . Wow, somebody with not one, but TWO $78 million+ properties on the market!

 

  • Hüseyin

    This reminds me… Though constructed a long time ago, I wonder how come you’ve never covered Istana Nurul Iman, the sultan of Brunei’s palace. It’s only 2 million square feet.




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    • Joejoe509

      This isn’t Palaces of the Rich. It’s Homes of the Rich. If Kenny highlights that place, he might as well do the White House and Buckingham Palace too (no, I’m not saying the White House is a palace, but it serves a similar purpose in politics). I’ve seen shopping malls smaller than this thing. And no, that’s not a good thing. No thanks.




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  • CincyRob

    I love that an estate looks like an entire village. Easily the best of bunch.




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  • Daniel

    1) Depending on what the reserve/starting bid is, I don’t see this going even at auction unless it is obscenely low (<$10 million). Why such a grand home was built in such a sh*tty location is beyond me.
    2) I'm not a fan of the Disney-esque, 10 different structures theme. Make it the main house, a guest house, detached garage and a pool pavilion. That's all you'll ever need.
    3) Somebody has delusions of grandeur is more like it. Whatever the fascination with the number 78 is, it is crazy in both cases. *Maybe* getting both for $78 million would be a deal….no wait, it wouldn't. Laughable.




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  • Joejoe509

    2.) Looks more like a resort than a home, but it interests me nonetheless. I’m excited to see the final product! I’m especially interested in seeing how all those structures will be connected. Surely there are more transportation options than just via the water. It would be difficult to create a cohesive, integrated home like this.

    I would love a “lazy river” type structure!! In fact I’m crazy enough to prefer it over an outdoor pool! But even with a lazy river, you don’t need your house to look like a vacation resort. All those structures make this house impersonal and inconvenient. Of course I want my guests to have a great time, but I’m not interested in having a spring break party central – even as a vacation home.




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  • lambskin

    Number 2 is ridiculus. For that money you could go to a different resort everyday without the aggravation of upkeep, taxes and finding all of your family for dinner!




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  • NOVA Ben

    Well Champ d’Or is a train-wreck as far as its history and immediate prospects, I think we can all agree on that. It’s a beautiful home, but somebody was off in la-la-land when they decided to build it. That Scottsdale estate is out of control, and I’m not yet sure if that’s good or bad.

    The last two? I direct you to Daniel’s comment on them.




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  • Brian

    The water course theme for #2 is the worst idea since those fake (and sinking) islands in Dubai. Both the concept and architecture look ridiculous, as lambskin says. The structures are poorly conceived individually and have no coherent relationship to each other. Maybe the idea was to create something like Portmeirion, where they filmed The Prisoner, but the execution is far too amateurish to pull it off. I’m hoping it goes up for sale upon completion, like #3 and 4. After sitting vacant for a few decades, it may start to look like something. As it stands, it looks like a complex of franchised Spanish-theme restaurants.




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