What's the word in mansions this week? Well, we heard that house size is declining overall, but the Wall Street Journal reports that MEGAmansions are more popular than ever (draw your own conclusions about trends in the distribution of wealth). Offered as evidence: the recently-completed compound of Anthony Pritzker (Hyatt heir and nephew of Jay Pritzker, who lends his name to the architecture prize), which sits on Angelo Drive, just across Benedict Canyon and up a ways from the aspiring megacompound of Saudi Prince Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud. The 49,300 square foot house, "designed by an architecture firm in Paris," has a two-level basement, bowling alley, game room, bar, media library, hairdressing area, gym, and an arts and crafts room. The property also has a detached rec room, a guesthouse, a huge skylight (see the photo), a pool, and lawns. The buildings total 53,000 square feet, a little bit bigger than the 52,000 square foot spread the prince is hoping to build on Tower Lane (and which neighbors are pitching a fit about). Well, at least it has solar panels?
· Living Very Large [WSJ]