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(Yahoo)   If you have $35 M, your home could be your castle - complete with moat, 12 fireplaces, jacuzzi with a water fall, and the remnants of a zoo   (yahoo.com) divider line
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2021-12-02 9:06:40 AM  
$35M?  That better come with huge tracts of land.
 
2021-12-02 11:20:48 AM  
It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.
 
2021-12-02 11:37:36 AM  
If I had that kind of money I'd build a hobbit hole
 
2021-12-02 11:37:56 AM  
FTA:
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The observation room also has glass floor panels. - Credit: Photo: Tyra Pacheco

Ah yes, just what I always wanted.  A room where I can observe...  Connecticut?
 
2021-12-02 11:38:36 AM  
Looks like you would need a full time maintenance crew to keep that place from falling apart. And that doesn't include the landscaping.

If I was a billionaire that would be my main reservation about buying it. I wouldn't want to have deal constant work being done.

Luckily, I don't have to worry about such problems.
 
2021-12-02 11:41:41 AM  

akya: FTA:
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The observation room also has glass floor panels. - Credit: Photo: Tyra Pacheco

Ah yes, just what I always wanted.  A room where I can observe...  Connecticut?


More like so you can go one level down and looks up female's dresses/skirts.
Not that I'd ever do that of course.
 
2021-12-02 11:41:55 AM  

akya: FTA:
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The observation room also has glass floor panels. - Credit: Photo: Tyra Pacheco

Ah yes, just what I always wanted.  A room where I can observe...  Connecticut?


Yep, CT is still there. Will check again tomorrow.
 
2021-12-02 11:44:21 AM  

koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.


Yeah.  Not even just mansion/castles.  I drive by the 4000+ sqft homes in the new developments and imagine the occupants (mostly just DINKs who can actually afford them) must really love vacuuming, cleaning toilets, and paying high utility bills.

I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.
 
2021-12-02 11:46:22 AM  
I would have to have one room dedicated to each of seven deadly sins.
 
2021-12-02 11:46:23 AM  

akya: FTA:
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The observation room also has glass floor panels. - Credit: Photo: Tyra Pacheco

Ah yes, just what I always wanted.  A room where I can observe...  Connecticut?


That staircase, me & a bottle of Wild Turkey - "Emergency Room, here we come!"
 
2021-12-02 11:46:32 AM  
Give it a year on the market, and it'll be a steal at $2 million.
 
2021-12-02 11:51:48 AM  
I think I'd throw themed sex parties
 
2021-12-02 11:52:10 AM  

zimbomba63: akya: FTA:
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The observation room also has glass floor panels. - Credit: Photo: Tyra Pacheco

Ah yes, just what I always wanted.  A room where I can observe...  Connecticut?

That staircase, me & a bottle of Wild Turkey - "Emergency Room, here we come!"


indeed, i did not even see the staircase.  or as i would name it, the imminent laceration installation.
 
2021-12-02 11:56:26 AM  
I don't understand why more wealthy people don't do stuff like this.  I'd 100% love to live there if money were no object.
 
2021-12-02 11:59:05 AM  
Mark, great-grandson of Chicago steel tycoon Clayton Mark Sr.

This is why old money tries to avoid showy things...well, one of them.  This is also why they say they money is gone is three generations.
 
2021-12-02 12:01:22 PM  

stuhayes2010: Give it a year on the market, and it'll be a steal at $2 million.


For a few million it would be a great hotel with those extensive grounds and all of the weird shiat around.
 
2021-12-02 12:04:26 PM  
I never understand these giant houses with all sorts of very personal touches that then get put on the market not longer after completion.  I mean, if you are a zillionaire and want your own farking castle, knock yourself out, but why (try to) sell it four years after it was finished (if I did the math right-started in 2003, took seven years to build, first listed for sale in 2014)?  You're never going to sell it for what it cost to build.  The more personal the house, the bigger the hit on resale.  This guy will probably lose twenty million or more on this thing.
 
2021-12-02 12:21:32 PM  
Even people from Long Island think that place is tacky ..
 
2021-12-02 12:27:05 PM  

TheYeti: stuhayes2010: Give it a year on the market, and it'll be a steal at $2 million.

For a few million it would be a great hotel with those extensive grounds and all of the weird shiat around.


You'd need to build an airstrip or something. Woodstock, CT isn't even close to anyplace that's close to anyplace.
 
2021-12-02 12:27:38 PM  

TheYeti: Mark, great-grandson of Chicago steel tycoon Clayton Mark Sr.

This is why old money tries to avoid showy things...well, one of them.  This is also why they say they money is gone is three generations.


A guy whose stellar work was being popped out of the right vag.
 
2021-12-02 12:28:14 PM  

akya: koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.

Yeah.  Not even just mansion/castles.  I drive by the 4000+ sqft homes in the new developments and imagine the occupants (mostly just DINKs who can actually afford them) must really love vacuuming, cleaning toilets, and paying high utility bills.

I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.


Those who need to snipe dinks for having fulfilled lives without spawning often secretly harbor regrets about their own choices...even so, I think that house is a monstrosity. Anyone who could afford it, though, wouldn't be worrying about the cash for upkeep.
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2021-12-02 12:28:49 PM  

Solty Dog: I would have to have one room dedicated to each of seven deadly sins.


That's rather nice of you, I suppose.  Do you... expect them to stay long?   Diane's going to need an awfully high ceiling....
 
2021-12-02 12:34:04 PM  
I'd rather take my chances catching a case of Caravaggio at the other place
 
2021-12-02 12:42:47 PM  
Pizzi explains that construction on the castle kicked off in 2003 after Mark had spent two years traveling through Europe. There he had gathered materials from old churches, French chateaux and architectural salvage yards, shipping them back to the US in a multitude of containers.

The owner is pictured here

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2021-12-02 12:42:55 PM  

akya: FTA:
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Ah yes, just what I always wanted.  A room where I can observe...  Connecticut?

That

is a table.

I prefer Buster Bluth's version of that chair.
 
2021-12-02 12:51:57 PM  

big pig peaches: Looks like you would need a full time maintenance crew to keep that place from falling apart. And that doesn't include the landscaping.

If I was a billionaire that would be my main reservation about buying it. I wouldn't want to have deal constant work being done.

Luckily, I don't have to worry about such problems.


If you can truly afford such a place, you can afford to hire a property manager to deal with the upkeep.
 
2021-12-02 1:00:00 PM  
The rich have so much money they can build castles and shiat just for funsies?

*guillotine sharpening intensifies*
 
2021-12-02 1:05:04 PM  

Salmon: I think I'd throw themed sex parties


Same, although out of the only 2 RSVPs that come back, 'right hand would show up and promptly demand booze while 'lefty cancels last-minute.
 
2021-12-02 1:07:21 PM  

Breaker Breaker: akya: koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.

Yeah.  Not even just mansion/castles.  I drive by the 4000+ sqft homes in the new developments and imagine the occupants (mostly just DINKs who can actually afford them) must really love vacuuming, cleaning toilets, and paying high utility bills.

I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.

Those who need to snipe dinks for having fulfilled lives without spawning often secretly harbor regrets about their own choices...even so, I think that house is a monstrosity. Anyone who could afford it, though, wouldn't be worrying about the cash for upkeep.
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That's the thing, though, with housing.  The people who could make a strong argument they need the space, can't afford it.  Just seems like a highly inefficient use of a limited resource.  Like lifeboats on the Titanic.  Giant houses sit mostly empty, while just down the street families of 7 live in 2 bed 1 bath apartments.   I mean, I know kids weren't forced on them, but I do think cramped families should get priority for available adequate sized housing over, say, investors and DINKs who don't need the space they are buying.

Lots of words to say capitalism and the basic need for housing just don't mix very well.

I think the closest we can come to fixing it is programs like Habitat For Humanity.  They use volunteer labor (who can receive training in construction), and donations to build homes, then provide families that need more space with a larger, yet still modest home and an interest-free mortgage.  Seems to me like a program that should be expanded.
 
2021-12-02 1:15:22 PM  
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Looks like a great place for parties.
 
2021-12-02 1:16:36 PM  
And I'd be surprised if those daughters grew into well adjusted adults.
 
2021-12-02 1:19:01 PM  

akya: Breaker Breaker: akya: koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.

Yeah.  Not even just mansion/castles.  I drive by the 4000+ sqft homes in the new developments and imagine the occupants (mostly just DINKs who can actually afford them) must really love vacuuming, cleaning toilets, and paying high utility bills.

I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.

Those who need to snipe dinks for having fulfilled lives without spawning often secretly harbor regrets about their own choices...even so, I think that house is a monstrosity. Anyone who could afford it, though, wouldn't be worrying about the cash for upkeep.
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That's the thing, though, with housing.  The people who could make a strong argument they need the space, can't afford it.  Just seems like a highly inefficient use of a limited resource.  Like lifeboats on the Titanic.  Giant houses sit mostly empty, while just down the street families of 7 live in 2 bed 1 bath apartments.   I mean, I know kids weren't forced on them, but I do think cramped families should get priority for available adequate sized housing over, say, investors and DINKs who don't need the space they are buying.

Lots of words to say capitalism and the basic need for housing just don't mix very well.

I think the closest we can come to fixing it is programs like Habitat For Humanity.  They use volunteer labor (who can receive training in construction), and donations to build homes, then provide families that need more space with a larger, yet still modest home and an interest-free mortgage.  Seems to me like a program that should be expanded.


Indeed, well said.
 
2021-12-02 1:25:33 PM  

koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.


I live in a "moderate" sized house, and it sucks. Most of my free time on weekends is either spent doing yardwork, cleaning, maintenance, or moving crap from one room to the other.

This is now my dream house: Contemporary Style House Plan - 1 Beds 1 Baths 400 Sq/Ft Plan #917-2 - Houseplans.com
 
2021-12-02 1:26:38 PM  
Silly, you don't need $35m, you just need to be able to get a loan for that amount.  Then you sit on the property for a bit and sell it for $50m, negotiating down to $40-45m, and on to the next property.
 
2021-12-02 1:42:42 PM  
This is why the French Revolution happened.
 
2021-12-02 1:48:29 PM  
Here's his daughter's TicTok, btw. Doesn't look like he's raising them to be medical school graduates or engineers: https://www.tiktok.com/@ch​rismarkcastl​e1?source=h5_m
 
2021-12-02 1:58:43 PM  

akya: Breaker Breaker: akya: koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.

Yeah.  Not even just mansion/castles.  I drive by the 4000+ sqft homes in the new developments and imagine the occupants (mostly just DINKs who can actually afford them) must really love vacuuming, cleaning toilets, and paying high utility bills.

I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.

Those who need to snipe dinks for having fulfilled lives without spawning often secretly harbor regrets about their own choices...even so, I think that house is a monstrosity. Anyone who could afford it, though, wouldn't be worrying about the cash for upkeep.
[Fark user image 700x727]

That's the thing, though, with housing.  The people who could make a strong argument they need the space, can't afford it.  Just seems like a highly inefficient use of a limited resource.  Like lifeboats on the Titanic.  Giant houses sit mostly empty, while just down the street families of 7 live in 2 bed 1 bath apartments.   I mean, I know kids weren't forced on them, but I do think cramped families should get priority for available adequate sized housing over, say, investors and DINKs who don't need the space they are buying.

Lots of words to say capitalism and the basic need for housing just don't mix very well.

I think the closest we can come to fixing it is programs like Habitat For Humanity.  They use volunteer labor (who can receive training in construction), and donations to build homes, then provide families that need more space with a larger, yet still modest home and an interest-free mortgage.  Seems to me like a program that should be expanded.


HFH is awesome, but the best way to combat this is education so women don't feel the need to have seven kids.
 
2021-12-02 2:01:27 PM  
OK, last post on this - the guy who built this is a creep, and did creepy things there. The next owner needs to sanitize the hell out of the place. https://archive.curbed.com/201​4/9/9/10​049746/woodstock-castle-for-sale-chris​topher-mark
 
2021-12-02 2:20:04 PM  

akya: koder: It's weird... The more money I get / more grown up I've become, the less I want a mansion.  Like the idea is cute as a kid / someone who can only dream of a large house, but like, in reality, it's just a completely stupid idea.  Anything you'd "need" dozens of rooms for is more easily available on a rental basis literally anywhere.

Yeah.  Not even just mansion/castles.  I drive by the 4000+ sqft homes in the new developments and imagine the occupants (mostly just DINKs who can actually afford them) must really love vacuuming, cleaning toilets, and paying high utility bills.

I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.


Would need a large garage/workshop for a 1600 square foot house to work. I currently live in about a 1300 with the same number of family members. It is very cramped. Bought the place for the land and had planned to build something until stuff got stupid with COVID. If my mother didn't live down and have extra space (she has a garage/shed that she lets me use exclusively) I'd go crazy. I want about 2400 square feet and a nice barn (currently have a barn but it needs utilities run out to it).
 
2021-12-02 3:25:54 PM  
akya:
I live in a 1600sqft house with my wife and 3 kids.  I don't feel like we need more space.

Do your wife and kids feel the same way?
Are your kids teenagers yet?

Hubby and I live in an 1800 sq ft house with a dog and cat and it's just about right.

This house is beautiful and I'd love to have the money to buy it.
Not that I would, I just would love to have $35M.
 
2021-12-02 3:46:07 PM  
Best place for a Mazes and Monsters game

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2021-12-02 8:00:36 PM  
 This is CT?  Mah Gawd, can you imagine the property taxes? O.o
 
2021-12-03 3:06:56 AM  
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