Edwards Home County’s Largest:
The house, which includes a recreational building attached to the main living quarters, also is probably the largest in the county.
“The Edwardses’ residential property will likely have the highest tax value in the county,” Orange County Tax Assessor John Smith told Carolina Journal. He estimated that the tax value will exceed $6 million when the facility is completed.
Remember, the market value of a house can be much larger than the tax value.
Knight approved the building plans that showed the Edwards home totaling 28,200 square feet of connected space. The main house is 10,400 square feet and has two garages. The recreation building, a red, barn-like building containing 15,600 square feet, is connected to the house by a closed-in and roofed structure of varying widths and elevations that totals 2,200 square feet.
The main house is all on one level except for a 600-square-foot bedroom and bath area above the guest garage.
The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”
Yowsa. A basketball court? That’s friggin’ huge! Just the basketball court might be bigger than my house.
Aerial shots of the mansion are available at thelink above as well.
UPDATE: Mark Steyn had this to say on The Corner:
[P]lease don’t mock John Edwards’ new mansion. Edwards Manor or Suing-’em Palace or whatever it’s called could so easily have turned out like the two Americas: it was designed as two separate sections – a main wing and a subsidiary building which houses “John’s Lounge”. And yet the Democratic candidate managed to connect these two mansions with a $200,000 heated enclosed walkway lined with photographs of himself and his family.
Don’t you find that inspirational? Imagine if President Edwards were able to connect the two Americas with a heated enclosed walkway.