Mansion Owners Upset with Megamansion

Quick: how do you get hundreds of really rich people upset? Try building a megamansion near their own mansions (which would be reduced to mere 8,000 square foot hovels in comparison).

In the curious world of rich people, apparently there's nothing more annoying that knowing someone else has more money. Waaaay more money:

In a neighborhood whose residents include Bruce Springsteen, Jay Leno, Michael Ovitz and David Beckham, this mystery landowner is preparing to build an 85,000-square-foot family compound, fit for royalty.

The proposed complex is an eclectic mix of European architecture in the coveted 90210 ZIP Code. Although the area teems with mansions boasting swimming pools and tennis courts, residents say the scale of this "megamansion" pushes the bounds of common sense and decency.

If the owner gets his way, the real estate will host a 42,681-square-foot main house, a double-winged "son's villa" of more than 27,000 square feet, a 4,400-square-foot guest house, a 5,300-square-foot staff quarters and a 2,700-square-foot gatehouse. Those and other proposed structures would occupy a combined area larger than Griffith Observatory.

I think my entire house can fit in the megamansion's closet. Martha Groves and Janet Stobart of the Los Angeles Times have the scoop: Link (Photo: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)


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I live in a 250' studio apartment. I am happy.

2,700' GATEHOUSE? The 2 story, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse I lived in once was 1,200'. Whyyyyyyyyy? I can't even comprehend how huge this estate is going to be.
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