What does 22,000 square feet look like?
Ms. Leona's sad story ~~
"The Greenwich, Connecticut estate of the late hotel magnates Leona and Harry Helmsley has finally sold for $35 million. The property was originally listed in early 2008 for $125 million. It was most recently listed at a substantially reduced price of $95 million than $75 million and slashed again to $55 million."
"The 28-room, 22,000-square-foot home called Dunnellen Hall, is on more than 40 acres and was originally built in 1918. In 1989, the Helmsleys were accused of illegally billing their company for more than $3 million in renovations to this property. Leona Helmsley was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison, though she served less than two. Harry Helmsley was too ill to stand trial."
"The Helmsleys purchased Dunnellen Hall in 1983 for $11 million as a summer home." It is rumored to be cursed and haunted.
You have to correctly set the stage so back to the story we go!
What does 22,000 square feet of anything look like? Here's a couple of examples:
The average Schaumburg home is 2,000 square feet - stack 11 of those homes end to end to create your own block! Name the street after yourself!
Just the interior of the home itself is almost half an acre. Picture an entire Schaumburg play park with marble floors.
The entire Town Square Mall (including the library) is only a 27 acre site which is probably only the backyard. Take the whole family to the 'on site' Oberweis for ice cream!
Here's the math ~ Leona, the 'Queen of Mean', knew how to work a deal! Sold for $35 million - $11 million purchase price = $24 million. Subtract another $3 million that you went to prison for because you can't remember who's money you really used = a cool $21 million in your handbag!
Minus commission of course!
Here's the video from Christies during one of the many price reductions!
Another 22,000 square foot house just being built!