Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dream Mansion:- UpdownCourt-- US$175 million

Updown Court is a private residence in windlesham, Surrey, England and is the most expensive private residence that is currently on the market. It is the largest private residence to be built in the United Kingdom since the 19th century and is currently still listed with Savills and Hamptons International, UK. It was launched on the market in 2005 for £70,000,000.

The original Updown Court, built in 1924 and owned by Prince Sami Gayed of Egypt, was severely damaged by a fire in 1987. The estate is set in the center of 58 acres (230,000 m2) of grounds, comprising a stable and lake within its gardens and woodland.

Developer Leslie Allen-Vercoe then proceeded to purchase the property, which was just a burnt-out shell of the property it had been, for the approximate equivalent of $38.4 million. He has since invested a further $60 million, through the backing of an Irish bank, with the new property designed by John B Scholz, an Arizona architect. Notable aspects of the architecture include the double staircase that is modeled on the one that fashion designer Gianni Versace had in his mansion in Miami, its grey-slated rooftops, and the bathroom's honey-colored granite and green Guatemalan marble. It has been described by The Times newspaper as Californian Neo-classical. Updown Court as of December 2008 has several interested parties but none as yet has managed to prove funds to the satisfaction of the owners, Updown Court Limited.

The Estate
Entered by a $3million heated marble driveway, Updown Court has 103 rooms, of which the 24 bedrooms each has its own marble en-suite bathroom. Among other features, it has a two lane bowling alley, five swimming pools, squash court,floodlit tennis court, wine cellar, and panic room in the event of a terrorist attack, 5 acres (20,000 m2) of more than 30 different types of imported Italian marble, expansive terraces, and a 50-seat cinema. It also features an underground garage, with granite flooring, that has enough room to harbor eight limousines.[4] The first floor is the main residential area, featuring 8 generous bedroom suites. The penthouse floor contains two separate penthouses, each with 2 bedrooms and occupying an entire wing of the property.

The estimated cost for upkeep alone is over £250,000 (Over $360,000 USD) per year.

Updown Court is set in the centre of 58 acres (230,000 m2) of grounds, gardens and woodland. Neighbors include Elton John and Sarah, Duchess of York


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