“Versailles of Vaughan” is the cheesiest mansion in the GTA
There’s no accounting for some people’s tastes, or how they spend their money, if the Versailles of Vaughan is any indication.
The Star reported Monday that a recently built 24,000-square-foot mansion modeled on the Palace
of Versailles in France, near the village of Kleinburg, is on the market for $17.8 million.
It was under construction for five years, built by two love birds who adored the palace on trips to France and wanted their wedding photos taken in a place that looks like it.
So they commissioned their own palace in Vaughan, used it for the wedding photos and put
it up for sale.
Think about it. These people have so much money that they built it with no intention of living in it, or else they wouldn’t have listed it so soon after it was finished.
And if they were concerned about losing money on the sale, they wouldn’t have put it on the market, or built it in the first place.
By their own admission, it is nothing more than a backdrop for photos.
As incredible as that sounds, photos published with the online story reveal the gaudiest, most over-the-top monument to excess in these parts; I wanted to say the world, but somewhere or other, someone has built something worse.
If there’s a more outrageous shack around here, I’d like to know about it.
The bedroom, with its four-poster bed, chandelier and heavy curtains, would make Liberace blush. The criss-cross pattern in the foyer and on carpeting that covers the grand stairway made me dizzy when I looked at the photo.
It’s hard to believe the owners could think it is anything but hideous, never mind find someone who’ll pay $17 million for it.
They’ll probably have to take a lot less if they want to get rid of it, but there’s probably someone out there who’ll be charmed by the lipstick and won’t see the pig.