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Open House: What's Your Dream House?

Open House: What's Your Dream House?

I was reading about the Albemarle House, an eight-bedroom, 13-and-a-half bath estate on more than 300 acres in Charlottesville, VA, which is on the market for $48 million — originally listed at $100 million! — and felt really baffled. The neo-Georgian house was designed by architect David Easton for winemaker Patricia Kluge, the ex-wife of billionaire TV mogul John Kluge. The house is beautiful but also ostentatious, dripping in gilt furnishings, outfitted with a helipad, polo grounds, a home theater, and more, and, according to the listing, built with "only the finest materials and accomplished artisans and craftsmen."

The thing is . . . I don't really understand why someone would build a house like this. We all have different tastes, and to each his own, but owning this property seems like such a headache! Not to mention, Ms. Kluge is going to have a heck of hard time selling it — and she already dropped the price by $52 million!

So I'm wondering what your dream house would be? If you had billions to spend on craftsmen and artisans, would you? What style of house would you build? Or would you prefer to buy a home? Where would you live? Tell me by commenting below!

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