How to Stay in One of These Homes

Believe it or not you can rent a home like one of these magnificent mansions for a short period of time for a vacation or a special event.

The most famous portal doing this type of rental is airbnb.com

For example take a look at  this home:

You can rent the mansion above for $9,873.00 a week.

For more information on this property click here:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1362254?check_in=2017-09-12&check_out=2017-09-19

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Largest Mansion in Florida

The Grandest Mansion in Florida is:

Versailles

This is a 90,000 square-foot house belonging to David and Jackie Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts.

Construction started in 2004 but then it stalled in 2009 when Siegel had financial problems. Once completed it will one of the largest single family home in the United States.

The house is being constructed in Orlando, Orange County in the center of Florida.

The address of this impressive mansion is 6121 Kirkstone Lane, Windermere, Florida, in the gated community of Lake Butler Sound in Orange County. USA.

Named and modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, the magnificent property is being constructed with much care and detail to the max.

Construction began in 2004 and stalled in 2009 when 60% completed as Siegel’s company encountered financial difficulties. The house was susbsequently listed for sale at $65 million.[6]

With Westgate Resorts’ improved finances as of 2013, Siegel now owns the property outright and construction has resumed, with completion scheduled for 2016.[7][8] Expected to appraise at over $100 million, the project will be the fourth most expensive house in the United States.[5]

Designed as the primary residence of the Siegels and their children,[6] the home and its owners were the subject of the 2012 documentary film The Queen of Versailles as well as an episode of CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich.

The Bigger the Better

Mrs. Siegel jokingly mentioned needing a bigger house after this one is built. Since they have 7 kids (alive, one of their daughters passed away at 18 in 2015 due to an overdose) they will put the huge size of the house to good use.

Many of us are looking forward to being able to see this house to be completely finished. We do wonder how much do they pay in homeowners insurance. Since they do not have a mortgage legally they are not required to have it but with the hurricane season lasting 1/2 a year it makes sense to have it.…

Sarasota, FL – Ca’d’Zan

Ca’ d’Zan

A Mediterranean Revival residence in Sarasota, Florida, that was the winter home of the American circus owner, developer and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable. Lovers of the Venetian aesthetic, the Ringlings chose the site overlooking Sarasota Bay for its vista, which reminded them of the lagoon of their favorite city. The name of the residence is Venetian for House of John. The Ringlings decided to purchase some of the land to build a permanent winter headquarters that would include a residence on the bay and a museum for their extensive art and artifact collection.

 

Original Owner

John Ringling was one of the five brothers who owned and operated the circus rightly called  “The Greatest Show on Earth.” In 1911, John and his wife, Mable, purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota. In 1912, they began spending winters in what was then still a small town. After a few years the couple decided to build a house and hired the noted New York architect Dwight James Baum to design it. Mable, wanted a home in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzi in Venice, Italy, with Sarasota Bay serving as her Grand Canal. Construction began in 1924 and was completed two years later. Five stories tall, the 36,000 square foot mansion has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.

 

The Decline of Ca’ d’Zan

When John Ringling died in December of 1936 he bequeathed his estate to the people of Florida, but legal wrangling with his creditors went on for a decade until the property finally passed unencumbered to the state. During this time Ca’ d’Zan remained closed. Finally, in 1946 it was reopened to the public. But the care that older buildings require was neglected due to a lack of funds, and by the late 90’s, Ca’ d’Zan was in such a state of disrepair it was used as the location for Miss Havisham’s decrepit mansion in the 1996 Hollywood remake of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations.

 

Ca’ d’Zan Today
In 1996 the mansion was closed so that a comprehensive restoration and conservation project could be undertaken. Archival photos were used to determine the original look of each room. Paint samples were used to match the original colors of the walls. Original paintings and furnishings were retrieved from storage and restored. The ceiling murals by Willy Pogany, the set decorator of the Zeigfeld Follies, were restored by a group of international conservators. Original moldings were cleaned and repainted. Carpets and rugs were conserved or replaced. Even clothing from the Ringlings’ wardrobe was returned to closets and drawers. In 2004 and 2005, the home’s original gate house was restored as the entrance of the new Visitor Pavilion, making the welcome visitors receive more authentic and true to the original design.

 

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Coconut Grove’s Historical Gem – Vizcaya

 

Villa Vizcaya

Driving down south miami drive you wouldn’t expect an architectural masterpiece to be nestled away just beyond the tree line. But once you go down the driveway you are transported to the glory days of old Miami when money was no object. The early 20th century Vizcaya estate also includes: extensive Italian Renaissance gardens; native woodland landscape; and a historic village outbuildings compound. The landscape and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style, with Baroque elements.

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Original Owner

 

James Deering (1859–1925) was a retired millionaire and a bachelor in his early fifties when he undertook the challenge to build an elaborate estate in South Florida. He was afflicted with pernicious anemia, a condition for which doctors recommended sunshine and a warm climate: Vizcaya became the place where he hoped to restore his health. He loved sailing and boating—he owned three yachts—and was greatly interested in landscaping and plant conservation. Both hobbies were to play an important role in the design of Vizcaya. The project began modestly, but it grew to become the engrossing pastime of the last years of Deering’s life.

 

Life at Vizcaya

James Deering’s occupancy of Vizcaya began officially on Christmas Day, 1916, when the Main House was finished. From then until his death in 1925, Deering typically resided at Vizcaya from the end of November to the middle of April, often in the company of guests. In addition to his family and close friends, he hosted several well-known figures of the time, such as film star Lilian Gish and President Warren Harding. A large staff was required to care for the estate throughout the year. Between sixteen and eighteen staff members maintained the house, and at least twenty-six gardeners and workers remained to manage the estate in Deering’s absence.

Vizcaya Today

The Estate is now known officially as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which consists of 50 acres with the villa and the gardens, and the remaining native forest. The estate is a total of 50 acres, of which 10 acres contain the Italian Renaissance formal gardens, and 40 acres are circulation and the native ‘hammock’ (jungle forest). The villa’s museum contains more than seventy rooms of distinctive architectural interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th century European decorative art and furnishings. Currently owned by Miami-Dade County and governed by the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust (formed in 1998), Vizcaya is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue in Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, and is open to the public daily except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. It has accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

 

Mansions Stories

Mansions were found in the nineteenth century like Pompeii or Machu Puchu. These were settlements that were left to rot or fall apart with time passing by. These stood as eerie monuments, and some have even found a second life by being converted into hotels or heritage sites. Let us take a look of a few mansions that created history for the wrong reasons in time.

  1. The Pripyat at Ukraine is remembered for the catastrophic meltdown that took place in a nuclear reactor number four at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. The explosion sent radioactive material high into the sky, and it took thirty-six hours before the forty thousand residents could be evacuated from the city. This affected the health of thousands due to the exposure. The Soviet Union sealed off eighteen kilometers of the area surrounding Chernobyl. It has three decades for people to return to their homes or mansions if one can call it. Apartments, amusement parks, sports complexes, and markets had a dilapidated look. Researchers say that it will take many centuries before this city can come back to normal.
  2. Sandringham is a hundred miles from London and Buckingham Palace and is closest to the heart of the royal family. Edward VII built it in the year eighteen hundred and seventy, and since then it has been the home to four generations of the royal family. This private country residence provides the Queen a getaway place for privacy and quietness from the hustle and bustle of the palace.

Stunning Buildings

Miramare in Italy was built in the nineteenth century by Maximilian who was the emperor of Mexico. He was deeply involved with the construction of this mansion and was very particular about its interior decoration. The mansion was a true reflection of its owners as it was filled with mementos collected from around the world. It housed the rarest of paintings and even though the emperor did not live to see it completed but still his spirit lives in that mansion.

The lake palace Hotel at Udaipur stands tall on four acres of rock in the middle of a lake. It is the private residence of the Maharaja. It has a balanced design and looks more like a delicate rose in the evening dusk

Monticello in Virginia was the dream of President Jefferson in the year seventeen hundred and sixty – nine. Even though he was an architect, he was also a political thinker. He favored vernacular material like red brick and white wood. He was very attentive to the landscape, and it was one of the most remarkable mansions in that era.

Tai Fu Tai is the mansion in Hong Kong which was built in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-six by a merchant and philanthropist. His skills were exceptional, and it is one of the most exceptional buildings of that era and was declared a heritage site in the year nineteen hundred and eighty-seven. The mansion went through a restoration in the year nineteen hundred and eighty-eight.