Skip to comments.Family's $ million medieval-style dream mansion that took three years to build burns to the ground
Posted on 01/11/2014 11:16:58 AM PST by EveningStar
'There is nothing left': Family's $4MILLION medieval-style dream mansion that took them three years to build burns to the ground
A sprawling $4 million mansion built by an Ohio family has been gutted after a fire broke out on Friday afternoon.
Homeowner Maria Decker, who had only added the finishing touches to her family's dream home last year, was on vacation when the fire broke out.
Plumes of smoke and flames as high as 30ft could be seen as the fire ripped through the 22-room stone-built mansion.
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Did the first one fall into the swamp?
That place looks like something out of Citizen Kane. How awful for them.
It’s not that the mansion cost $4 million, or so I thought. But when I found out that it cost $4MILLION, I took notice.
If I had $4 million to spend on a house, it would be made mostly of concrete and would include a sprinkler system.
Yes sad, I wonder how the family business was doing? Bet that’s one of the first things the police will look into.
we need more castles and dungeons in America!
Sorry about their loss, but it was ugly. And what are you going to do with all those rooms?
If I could have a fantasy house, I’d want an indoor pool, gym, bar/rec room, and movie room.
Isn’t that where Hillary lives? She sleeps in her coffin in the basement?
My buddy is just finishing his house, bigger than that one and costs more, I think it’s a bit much, but it’s his money. He has a fire system.
The good news from this is that nobody was hurt, always be thankful for what you have.
Some people do have to worry. Ya can get castles pretty cheap[Europe]. Cheap is always subjective.
That’s what I never understood, why someone would want to live like that? It’s like living in a hotel with no guests, just creepy.
I’d be very happy with a 6000 sq ft spread and weather insulated to the max. A little detached workshop and some land to garden on and its a mansion/plantation.
It’s mostly jealousy and envy in the comments at the site. If it took them years and years to build they can’t be THAT rich. And how do those commenters know whether this family donates generously to charities? Plus they probably think that their celebrities that live in WAY more expensive houses are A-OK. Whether it is arson remains to be seen. I feel sorry that they lost their personal articles.
The home is quite unimpressive. Actually it’s on the tacky side. If I was going to build a $4 million medieval style home, that would not have been what it looked like.
"Because the two-storey home was set back from the road, in five acres of land, and didn't have a sprinkler system, the firefighters struggled to control it.
A fire hydrant that was on the property didn't have a large enough supply of water to tackle the flames, WCPO reported."
I call that very bad planning.
"... 22-room stone-built mansion." Unless it was a misprint, and they meant the contractor was named Stone.
BTW, didn't QEII suffer a devastating loss in one of her rock/stone castles a decade or so ago?
From Les Visiteurs:
"Jacquasse, look how they changed our beautiful castle!"
"Windows galore! We're defenseless!"
"A godsend for the Visigoths."
"And the Huttes."
"Pray that the dungeon is intact!"
The cost of upkeep and stuff is likely prohibitive, those peasant workers want to be paid these days...
LOL! Yeah. The Daily Mail does that sometimes. :)
Um, doesn't his nifty at first "water house" have problems caused by the water?
If I had that kind of money I’d make sure as few people knew about it as possible. My biggest expense would be in property where I would plant a modest home surrounded by a high fence and electronic security. I’d continue driving decent used cars.
You remembered to mail that insurance premium, .right?
1992 Windsor castle burned.
True, rocks do not burn, but what is inside does
That was my first thought, Doc.
something tells me if they had 4 mill to spend on a castle, they have another 4 mill for a 2nd castle.
“If I could have a fantasy house...”
I would guess that each of us would finish that statement differently.
Exactly. Get a nice house on the water, or in the mountains. I don't get the empty room thing.
Some folks my call it Jewish Lightening that caused the fire.
Is it just me or ...
Which one does not belong:
“The sprawling five-bedroom home, which had an elevator, flag pole and outside pool, was built in 2006”
was someone who lived there very elderly or disabled?
Seriously if you are going to build a castle put in a modern sprinkler system. I mean come one have some modern technology to boot.
Sad to hear they lost their home to a fire...but was there a sprinkler system...and the fire hydrant with too small pipe outlet/pressure. What!!! As for me it’s looks like just another mcmansion. Architecture should sing...be a feast for the eye...and comfort for the body. IMHO.
I’d call that a strategic defensive position.
Talking Heads Burning down the house
Yep. If you build one from scratch you really need to include all of the safety and technology features. Even if you want to hide them behind a faux-brick wall.
Ain’t nobody sneaking into that daughters bedroom at the top of the tower.
You’d think the insurance underwriters would have demanded a sprinkler system.
A 22 room house with only 5 bedrooms. I wonder what all the other rooms were.
If you select “Indian Hill, OH” in the Google Maps search, it shows the boundary of this area, within which you can see a number of similar estates, some under construction at the time of the image. In fact I picked out the wrong one until I found a street address in a news item.
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