America is often cited as the entertainment capital of the world, and this Missouri mansion is no exception, with resort-style pool offerings and plenty of indoor activities, perfect for even the longest lockdown.
Built in 2001 on more than 20 acres, and located just outside of St Louis in Missouri, the humongous 1453sq m mansion might be the most entertaining house in the US, now listed for a whopping US$20 million.
The seemingly endless array of things to do begins on the lower level, with colourful bowling lanes, a dance room, gaming rooms and an indoor basketball court that seats 100 people.
Heading out into expansive outdoor space you’ll find a resort-style pool, complete with a lazy river, swim-up bar, two water slides, a waterfall covered grotto, and a two-storey pergola overlooking it all.
When it gets too chilly for swimming, there’s a full-size children’s playground and Ferris wheel also available on the property, or you can take a walk beside the private lake. There’s also an onsite private chapel with custom stained glass windows.
It is also one of the country’s best equestrian properties. Equestrian facilities include a riding ring, paddocks and plenty of land to ride horses.
Inside, there are seven bedrooms, 13 full bathrooms and multiple formal living and dining rooms, as well as the informal version of each.
The home also features a two-storey library that looks as though it is straight out of Beauty and the Beast.
There are two professional gyms, laundry rooms on two floors, a boardroom, conference room, large kitchen with two island benches and clerestory windows, an inviting family room off the kitchen and an impressive theatre room with a bar. Scattered throughout the home are eight masonry fireplaces.
An elevator connects the second-floor bedroom level to the lower entertainment floor. In total, the mansion has 29 rooms to explore.
The vendors are Matthew and Janice Bross. Mr Bross is a partner at CloudScale Capital Partners and the former chief technology officer of Huawei and British Telecom.
He reportedly first purchased just three acres—the beginnings of this estate—for about US$3,500 when he was a teenager in the 1980s, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Mr Bross told the publication they spent $13.5 million building their new home and other buildings over the years.