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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:38 pm | Updated: 4:38 pm, Wed Dec 5, 2018.

More than one million people visit the Biltmore Estate each year. The grandeur of mansions fascinate people all over the world. While Americans use the term mansion, Europeans use the word manor, making them interchangeable. The definition of a mansion varies depending on size and location.

Realtors commonly define a mansion as a home with approximately 8,000 square feet; however 3,000 square feet can be disguised as a mansion if its address is in Manhattan.

A modern mansion may not necessarily be limited to a single house standing alone, mansions may be compounds, like the Kennedy Compound, for example.

Until the 20th century, a European mansion contained one or more libraries, a ball room, billiard room, several salons, breakfast room, dining rooms, playrooms, music rooms and a dozen or more bedrooms, but were often short on bathrooms.

These days, the presence of a room designated as a home gym or theatre is considered the norm, and every bedroom is generally accompanied by a bathroom. Today’s mansions are usually accompanied by infinity pools and home technology that controls nearly every aspect of the home, including a hi-tech security system.

One of the largest homes in America currently for sale is a 90,000-square-foot Florida residence known as the American “Versailles.” The mansion is not completely finished, but buyers can pay $100 million for the completed structure or a lesser $65 million for the property as-is.

The largest residences in the world include; The Sultan of Brunei’s 2,152,782-square-foot palace. A $2 billion home known as Antilia, which is a 27-story skyscraper with 400,000 square feet in downtown Mumbai. Bill Gates’ 66,000-square-foot residence, but multiple buildings make up Xanadu 2.0.

It is notable that mansions are generally named, as if they needed verbal distinction from other homes. While it is fun to tour a behemoth of a home, it should be remembered that the more one owns, the more one has to take care of and that, “home is where the heart is.”

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