This massive 40,000 (approximately) square foot estate was brought to our attention by a HOTR reader. It is located at 1800 S 260 W in Orem, UT and features 2 gated entrances, a circular driveway with fountain, motor court, 33,000+ square foot main house, swimming pool, 6,000 square foot entertainment building and double tennis courts. It is owned by Melanie Bastian, the ex-wife of Bruce Bastian, who is a computer programmer, businessman, philanthropist and social activist. Bruce lives in a mansion that is smaller and less grander than his ex-wife’s house, funny huh?

From the anonymous HOTR reader: 

Its on approximately 4 acres
33,000 plus square foot main house.
3 full floor including basement level (technically 4 including racquetball court)
Full french limestone facade
Slate roof/ copper windows/copper drain spouts/ copper attic vent dormers
Heated driveways, patios, and roof
Separate Recreation House, approx. 6,000 square feet complete with indoor basketball court, weight room, lounge, spa amenties, indoor pool


Main Floor

36′ wide two story grand foyer with double spiral staircase and barrel vault/ half dome ceiling
Two-Story Formal Living room
Library, full mahogany wood panelling floor to ceiling
Banquet Dining Hall w/ see through fireplace to adacent Music room with large bay window for concert grand piano
Large Family Room
Banquet Kitchen w/ adacent full sized Butler’s Pantry connecting to Kitchen
Large Hearth Room & Informal Dining off Kitchen

Laundry / Utility room
Craft Room
Mud Room & Informal entrance
7-car garage


3,000 sq. ft. master suite with private balcony
Guest suite
4 Bedroom Suites each with typical master suite amenities including balconies
Bunk Room
Media/TV room


Dance floor with DJ booth
Kitchen/ 50’s style bar
30+ seat theater
Raquetball court (2nd lower level)
Access to underground hallway connecting Recreation House
two staff quarters
Storage/ Food storage
Boiler Room (commerical grade)


Full Limestone & patina wrought iron gates & wall surrounding property
Two tennis courts
olympic size pool
motor court
entry roundabout w/ fountain
two gated access driveway
tree-lined paths
discrete rear access

  • Nicholas Hinkle II

    I would love to see the architect’s website portfolio photographs of the interiors and amenities of this home. This is Bruce Bastian’s current home, or at least to my knowledge.

    The home is at 1384 N 450 E in Orem, UT. The far less palatial home has just over 18,600 square feet of living space and is set on 3.84 acres.


  • opinionfree

    Really, 2 tennis courts?
    I can overlook all the excesses in this home and I truly don’t begrudge, anyone of anything. However, this 2 tennis courts thing just doesn’t sit right with me.


  • Bill_in_NY

    If anything, I’d probably add on an enclosed walkway to the rec room…uh, I mean recreational pavillion.


  • Daniel

    Stupid location. In the middle of a rather normal looking subdivision. It’s a tear down if she tries to resell it. Is his house the one about 1/4 directly east of this? Also a stupid location for a house of that size. Finally, stupid street names all around. House itself doesn’t look like a tragedy.


    • Daniel

      1/4 mile*


  • DesigNate

    If you read in the description above you’ll see that the main house and rec. house are connected by an underground hallway. The location of the rec house in relation to the floor plan of the main house is off. Normally you’d think the rec house would be adjacent off the main family living area of the main house, but here the rec house is adjacent to the Guest suite. I think the rec house is meant to be more of an extension of the main house. The underground hallway is located in the area where the indoor racquetball court is.


  • JohnnyBGood

    Uh…they failed to list the most important item. They have water slides at the indoor pool. That’s a big oversight. Oh and the dance hall floor is from a Jazz hosted allstar game. Fun times had by all!