A gigantic mansion fit for a queen, or a lawsuit, is getting its second story. With a Kennedy.
Last we heard, litigious neighbors had derailed plans for a 25,000 square foot house modeled on Versailles to be built on five acres in a tony Virginia suburb, where modesty trumps Marie Antoinette.
“It’s going to put a spotlight on the neighborhood,” one Hidden Springs resident told the Washington Post. “I’m disappointed someone would disturb the natural beauty of Great Falls by building such a showy home here.”
Even then, the owner of the company designing and building "Le Chateau de Lumiere" was vowing to see the mansion through -- somewhere else.
"This house will be built," Mike Mafi of The Building Group Inc. told The Huffington Post in May. "This time we're going to be careful and build on 10 or 20 acres."
A bigger version of the palace -- 30,000 square feet -- is now on the market, set to be built on Ted Kennedy's Northern Virginia estate.
Check out what the house could look like, with interiors designed by Mandy Mafi. Story continues below...
That new price includes a tear-down house, where the late Senator lived, and the palace, which will be built to the buyer's specifications. "Any design they want," says Mafi. "If you spend $45 million, you have all the flexibility you can get."
Mafi says he's not concerned about lawsuits this time around, given the property's size and privacy, and given what he says is the area's friendliness to grand architecture that might seem out of place elsewhere.
"I'm certain the neighbors will love it," he says. "I have a good feeling."
Here's the listing -- tell us in the comments what features you'd want in your $45 million home!
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