What Recession? Mansion Modeled after Versailles Going Up in D.C. Suburb

By Staff | April 24, 2012 | 8:28 AM EDT

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.

A view of the Palace of Versailles in France. (From the Chateau de Verssailles website)

“Le Chateau de Lumiere,” as its owners have dubbed it, will be among the largest homes ever built in exclusive Great Falls, Va.  But even in an area where mansions proliferate, this one -- going up on a five-acre lot -- has sparked angry confrontations and spurred a lawsuit, the Washington Post reported.

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.