The royal fairy tale continues for Kate and Will now that they've decided where their permanent home will be. In late 2013 they're moving into the well-appointed Apartment 1-A at Kensington Palace, formerly the home of the late Princess Margaret.
The royal couple need a larger home in order to carry on their royal entertaining duties, and the 4-story, 20-room apartment with its own private garden should fit the bill nicely, especially once the renovation is complete. Naturally a royal nursery is part of the plan. La-ti-da, commoners!
Of course, here in America, that's considered just a shack compared with our own celebrity digs. Heck, we rent bigger mansions just for our reality television stars, like the 9-bedroom mansion rented for American Idol finalists last spring.
Please, isn't Kensington 1-A about the same size as Suri Cruise's $100,000 tree house? Okay, I may be exaggerating a wee bit. But compare that with the 19-bedroom, 51,657-square-foot Connecticut mansion 50 Cent has been trying to unload. That crib has not one but two snooker rooms in case his snooker parties get so big there's overflow.
America's Prince of baseball, Derek Jeter, recently bought a 31,000-square-foot home in Tampa, Florida. He needs lots of room for the zero children he and his girlfriend Minka Kelly have, clearly. At least Eddie Murphy has kids to fill his 40,000-square-foot house, as do David and Victoria Beckham, who rent Steven Spielberg's Malibu mansion in addition to the 13,000-square-foot home they own in Beverly Hills. Private walled garden? Celine Dion has a water park in her backyard.
But all of these houses are nothing compared with Candy Spelling's ca-razy 56,500-square-foot-home, which she recently sold to heiress and socialite Petra Ecclestone for $85 million. The 123-room mansion holds the record as the largest house in Los Angeles County. BIG! We do love the monster mansions here in the States.
I will say this, though. We may rule in square footage but there's something Kensington Palace has that all of these mansions lack: good taste.
If you had money to burn, would you go for a monster mansion or would you sacrifice size for taste?
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