Biltmore House

Now, this one will not find advertised in the classifieds. Biltmore House is a mansion near Asheville, North Carolina in the United States. It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1888 and 1895. Biltmore house is the largest privately owned home in the United States. It occupies 175,000 square feet (16,300 square metres) and features 250 rooms. Biltmore House is still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants. The house is one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age. In 1956 the house was permanently opened to the public as a house museum. In 1964 Biltmore House was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Biltmore House attracts about 1 million visitors a year from all over the world. Biltmore House features as 70,000 gallon (265 cubic meter) indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, turn-of-the-century exercise equipment, a 2-storey library, other rooms filled with artworks, furniture and 19th-century novelties such as elevators, forced-air heating, centrally-controlled clocks, fire alarms and an intercom system. Biltmore House has also been used in the movies. Biltmore House has been featured in National Treasure, Hannibal, Patch Adams, My Fellow Americans, Richie Rich, Forrest Gump, Last of the Mohicans, Trading Places, to name just a few films.


This is one impressive house. If this was a property for sale, I would probably not be able to afford it. Style and luxury like this are way out of my pricing range. One is allowed to dream though. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t need a lot of space, so 250 rooms would be way too many for your’s truly. I just 3-4 rooms, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, kitchen, bathroom and braai area and I would be more than happy.


~ by runningwolfsa on August 18, 2009.

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