Massive Mansion in Colorado Up for Auction, With No Reserve

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Courtesy of Supreme AuctionsSerenity Ridge in Parker, Colorado, is the largest private residence in the U.S. to be sold at a no-reserve auction.
By Christine DiGangi

If you're in the market for a mansion and looking for a bargain, there's a property in Colorado you'll want to check out. An estate previously listed for $22 million is set for a no-reserve auction Sept. 27, meaning the property will sell, regardless of the price.

The property, called Serenity Ridge, is a little more than 20 miles southeast of Denver in Parker, Colorado, and is the largest private residence in the U.S. to be sold at a no-reserve auction. And large it is: There are 11 en-suite bedrooms, two connecting apartments, four kitchens and a master wing (yes, wing, not bedroom) with its own library, kitchenette and conference room.

It's the kind of mansion fit for outdoorsy types: This massive home sits on 70 acres of land with mountain views, multiple patios and two ponds (which are described as fishing ponds -- swimmers can head to the indoor pool with a locker room, steam room and sauna). You don't really have to leave the place if you're looking for entertainment: There's a movie theater, bowling alley, billiard room, arcade room, performance stage and bar.

Don't worry about filling the 50,000 square feet of living space, either. Serenity Ridge comes fully furnished, which takes a huge chunk out of those new-homeowner expenses. The garage, however, does not come with the 12 or so vehicles that it can store. You have to bring your own.


You may be able to get this estate (which one of the listing brokers describes as "intimate") on the cheap, but you won't get a discount on all the other costs that come with buying a house: Utilities for Serenity Ridge will likely take a huge bite out of the monthly budget, and don't forget about property taxes, either. It's easy to overlook those details when buying a home, whether it's a two-bedroom in the suburbs or a secluded, luxurious mansion. Make sure you know what you're getting into, because inability to pay your mortgage and associated costs can destroy your finances for years.

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jnel713

Liberals hate all that's good and pure. It must totally suck to live their miserable, hateful life!

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alfredschrader

The problem with those mausoleums in the middle of nowhere is they're in the middle of nowhere.
Closest neighbor is 1/8th of a mile away.

July 12 2014 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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donc703

Anyone that builds or buys a home on 70 acres doesn't want neighbors close by.

July 12 2014 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

This house is so huge it has it's own zip code. Wow !!! What a monster. I'll bet the monthly electric bill is more than my mortgage.

July 12 2014 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ElectricXebra

This is how some people live while other people starve to death in the world... very sad!

July 12 2014 at 2:57 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
skicar1

I used to live in Parker. I never heard about nor saw this place !! I wonder if this was the home of the cable TV guy who lived in Parker. He had tons of money.

July 12 2014 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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donc703

Actually, the owner is the former CEO of Dollar General. His father and grandfather started the company.

July 12 2014 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hpeery95

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE FOR A SMALL SPA RESORT....WISH I HAD THE RESERVES TO BUY IT AND GET IT UP AND RUNNING.

July 12 2014 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
savannahswithgod

Forget the auction it is mine. Never have to clean up cat poop again!

July 12 2014 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marcia

Who built this monster and lived in it?

July 12 2014 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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virtualblair

former Dollar General CEO Cal Turner - lots o money in cheap crap

July 12 2014 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

Imagine what it costs to heat this white elephant.

July 12 2014 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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savannahswithgod

Or imagine how cold the nearest residents in the area get when they turn on the heat! Only so much the power-grid can take.

July 12 2014 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply