From the Washington Post: A 25,424-square-foot mansion modeled after the Palace of Versailles is creating a rift in the affluent Washington, D.C., suburb where it is being built.
Some neighbors see an eyesore that is not in keeping with the neighborhood's understated elegance. They also object to the owners knocking down acres of trees to build a home in the Hidden Springs neighborhood that was created to be a wooded retreat, the newspaper said.
“I’m disappointed someone would disturb the natural beauty of Great Falls by building such a showy home here,” one neighbor was quoted as saying.
Builders and real estate agents estimate the cost of the five-bedroom chateau at $15-$20 million, the Post reported. On the third floor, the master bedroom suite will take up an entire wing and consist of a study, sitting room, gallery and four other rooms.
The newspaper identified the owner as 38-year-old Young Yi, who heads a sleep-disorders center. She plans to live in the castle with her husband and children.