The “Queen of Versailles” Will Finally Finish Building The Biggest House In America
The 2012 film The Queen of Versailles followed the luxurious life of billionaire David Siegel, his posh wife and kids, and — most prominently — the construction of America’s biggest single-family home. Unfortunately, the economic downturn tightened the Siegel’s finances and the house remained undone. But now, Jezebel reports, the Siegels are resuming the house-building process.
“I’m really looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life and moving into my palace, finishing it and throwing lots of parties — anxious for the world to see it,” Jackie Siegel, David’s wife, told The Insider.
The Siegels began building the massive Florida 90,000 square foot mansion during the credit-boom days of 2004, but four years later, the housing bubble burst and the construction process came to a screeching halt. Work on the home was suspended in 2009, and even though the house was unfinished, the Siegels put the mansion on the market for $100 million, according to the NY Daily News. Unsurprisingly, no one took the bait.
The price later dropped to $10 million, but still, there were no buyers.
Fast forward to 2015 and business has picked up for the Siegels, which is not much of a shocker since it was the wealthiest one percent who recovered the fastest from the recession. A whopping 95 percent of income gains between 2009 and 2012 went to the upper crust of American society.
The mansion, dubbed “Versailles,” is now off the market and will get back on track. In fact, Jackie was hoping that it would have been completed this year on May 3, David’s birthday, to throw an 80th birthday bash for her husband, but that’s all wishful thinking.
“The Insider notes that recent pictures don’t seem to show much progress, but hey—Neuschwanstein wasn’t built in a day,” Jezebel wrote.
The 30-bedroom super-mansion, located in the Orlando near Disney World, is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
“If I have my way, it’s going to be bigger,” Jackie said.
And if you haven’t seen this movie, please check it out. You’ll never see a gaudier abomination in your cinematic life.