Construction Resumes on Nation’s Largest Home

February 25, 2013

Building has resumed on the site of what is believed will be the largest privately owned home in the country at 90,000-square-feet, also known as “Versailles.”

Following the financial crisis of 2008, David Siegel and his wife Jackie’s dream home in Windermere, Fla., fell on the brink of foreclosure. Now, the couple says they are able to resume construction on the mansion, which will boast 10 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a roller rink, two tennis courts, a bowling alley, three pools, and a four-story grand ballroom. Construction is expected to take an estimated three more years to finish. 

“We are finishing it to actually finish it, but we do want to live there,’’ says Jackie.

The home’s construction has been featured in a documentary film, “The Queen of Versailles,” although the couple disputed their portrayal in the documentary. Siegel is owner of the timeshare resort firm Westgate Resorts.

“We never set out to build the biggest house in America,’’ Jackie says. “It just kinda happened.’’

Source: “Construction Resumes on Nation’s Largest Home: Florida Couple’s ‘Versailles,’” NBC Today (Feb. 21, 2013)

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