Lighter Side: One super mansion to end all super mansions

by Olivia D'Orazio28 Aug 2015
What better way to celebrate your nation’s strong economy than spending a small fortune building the seventh-largest single-family home in the United States?

Cardiologist/philanthropist Dr. Kiran Patel is doing just that with his under-construction super-mansion in Hillsborough County, Fla., that will clock in at about 85,000 square feet.

The 17-acre complex will feature several garages that can hold between 20 and 30 cars, as well as a Hindu temple, a 450-foot-long swimming pool, waterfalls, a glass lotus blossom structure for yoga practice and a replica of the Taj Mahal, which will be carved into a rock mountain.

However, the plans for a helipad were scrapped.

But, it is interesting to note that the property, which also includes an 8,455-square-foot wing for Patel’s son and his wife, and two smaller residences measuring 7,500-square-feet a piece for each of Patel’s daughters, has only one kitchen.

"(One kitchen) is the condition I was really adamant on,” Patel told 10 News in Sarasota, Fla. “That one table to eat (at) is the representation of a family."

It’s a good thing, too, that the doctor isn’t competitive, otherwise he might be frustrated by the fact that his enormous home will be just 5,000 square feet smaller than another under-construction super-mansion. That palace, fittingly named Versailles, was the subject of a 2012 documentary that followed the owners as they lost all their money in the recession (don’t worry, they got it all back).

Construction at Versailles, which is located near Orlando, Fla., picked up recently and is slated to be even larger because the owner’s wife forgot to include her hair salon in the original plans.

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