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Mega Home in Connecticut Tops Bill Gates Home

So the Arnold Chase home on Avon Mountain, in Connecticut, will be bigger than Bill Gates' house in Seattle.

Yes, this size of mega home is what you call a McMansion.

On the other end of the spectrum are the micro apartments being built in Japan. And then its not on the level of "The Queen of Versailles", but getting there.

If you're spent time in Europe or pretty much any other part of the world you know how much space we have here in the USA.

Often there's a ton of real estate space and then two or three cars to go along with it, and that are just not necessary. I have a sister who lives in Idaho, and she has a large home with enormous ceilings. I live in the San Francisco Bay area, and sure do like to stop by her house and really appreciate the space and openness.

The city can get a bit claustrophobic almost. But, come on, do you need a house this big, if you have the money why not? I don't know, this seems a big extreme when you take a look around other parts of the world.

And then just think about all the expenses required to keep and maintain a house that big - plus, I'm sure the owners are going to be traveling quite a bit too, on vacation, so they won't even stay there that much:

At nearly 50,900 square feet, the Chase home will be slightly larger than billionaire Bill Gates' home in Washington, about 4,000 square feet smaller than the White House and 20 times larger than the average-size home in America.

The average U.S. home measures about 2,500 square feet - up from 1,995 square feet in 1988 - according to the National Association of Home Builders. But while houses are getting bigger, rarely are they built as big as the new Chase house.

"What you're talking about is mega homes," said Gopal Ahluwalia, the home builders association's vice president for research. "There are few homes larger than 50,000 square feet."

The brick and stucco colonial can be seen easily from the road. But the Hartford-based businessman, who plans to vacate a comparatively tiny 8,900-square-foot home when he moves, doesn't want too many people to know about it. He refused an interview and had a freelance photographer seeking permission to photograph the house for The Associated Press cited for trespassing.

Besides the two-tiered movie theater, soda fountain and men's and women's bathrooms, the Chase home will include a 400-square foot "observatory," five bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and five half bathrooms, according to documents filed with the West Hartford planning office. The game room, in the "upper" basement, will take up nearly 4,900 square feet _ nearly twice as big as the average-size house.

Of course Donald Trump has a house that's pretty HUGE too:

The largest private home ever built in the United States is the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., comprising more than 174,000 square feet. Also on the national list are the 109,000-square-foot Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y., and Donald Trump's 80,000-square-foot Maison de l'Amitie in Palm Beach, Fla.

From the Washington Post

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