Oct 1, 2007

Time to step up to a bigger home?

An interesting tidbit floated in through the news wire today at Action Central...

Llenroc Estate, the 20,000+ square-foot mega mansion in Saratoga County, is for sale. The asking price: $12.9 million. Sounds steep; but such a figure is a fraction of the estate's rumored 1992 construction cost of $32 million.

Located near the Mohawk River in Rexford, the ornate castle was constructed by the ultimately - disgraced insurance magnate Albert Lawrence, who modeled the elaborate home after the campus center at Cornell University, his alma mater. Llenroc's name is Cornell spelled backwards.

Crafted from 1,200 tons of Ithaca's Llenroc Stone (the same material used to construct the Llenroc dormitory at Cornell), the elegant home has a first floor master suite with his and her bathrooms, 15 fireplaces, $3.5 million worth of imported Scandanavian marble flooring, hundreds of unique hand-painted Portuguese tiles, a formal dining room featuring 24 karat gold guilded ceilings and moldings, walnut design inlaid hardwood floors, miles of mahogany moldings, a five-floor glass elevator, four galleries, and a servant's kitchen with its own elevator.

Other distinguishing features: a sailboat-shaped indoor pool with separate hot tub, a four-story solarium encased by a teak balcony, a mermaid bar with see-thru views of the pool, sauna, a radiant-ready heated pavers stone driveway, and dancing opera, water and tulip fountains.

Ken Lay of Enron fame would have loved it--but he's dead, too.


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