Depending on where in Washington, Utah, you are standing, the brightly colored LED lights illuminating the 55-foot-tall glass atrium of 1445 West Grande Circle may be visible. From far away, the "bat signal," as real estate agent Joe Allen jokingly calls it, is quite impressive. The adjustable lights can be programmed for red and green at Christmas or orange at Halloween, Empire State Building-style. They are just one of the outrageous goodies stocked inside the $7 million Tuscan-style estate.
"This is the ultimate playground for kids and adults," says Allen, the Realty Absolute agent peddling the property. "The family never really has to leave the house."
Flanked by palm trees and encompassing 24,500 square feet, the St. George-area mansion feels more like Las Vegas than the Utah desert. It has not one but two home theaters (a brightly hued kids theater and a more refined main one), a sports pub equipped with its own kitchen and suspended scoreboards, an arcade room, and a two-lane bowling alley lit by your choice of neon or black lights. Don't feel like waiting for the elevator to access those rooms? Take the wooden slide that spirals down from the main living space down to them.
It's almost a given that a newly listed multimillion dollar mansion will have a home theater, a wood-paneled library, an appliance-lined commercial-grade kitchen, and a swimming pool. Even massive walk-in closets, outdoor kitchens and exercise rooms have become somewhat commonplace in the world of high-end housing. But some owners have gotten exceedingly creative with the dream home extras. With the help of Realtor.com and Trulia.com, we sorted through luxury home listings to find the most outrageous amenities currently gracing the sale block.
Some wealthy owners incorporate massive sports complexes into the layout of their estates. Basketball courts, hockey rinks, baseball diamonds, putting greens, even archery fields, can be found on the sale block right now, including several properties (perhaps not surprisingly) owned by pro athletes.
Other outrageous offerings include subterranean nightclubs equipped with dance floors and DJ booths, soundproofed indoor shooting ranges accessible by finger-print identification, and outdoor life-size garden mazes and labyrinths.
Check out these outrageous amenities in homes for sale:
This 24,500-square-foot party palace is loaded with entertainment options including two home theaters, a sports pub equipped with its own kitchen and suspended scoreboards, an arcade room, and a two-lane bowling alley with both neon and black lights. A wooden spiral slide offers an alternative mode of transportation between floors.
Visitors to this 12-acre Louisiana plantation-style estate can come and go quickly thanks to a lighted, paved private airplane runway and an oversize storage area with bathroom. The property also boasts a lanai with cascading tri-level pool and an outdoor kitchen and dining area.
Tucked behind two sets of private gates, this Denton County 50-acre equestrian estate is loaded with goodies. The interiors house a top-floor man cave that has an arcade room, an antique coin-op display area, a poker lounge seating 32 and a cigar closet. The basement has a 4,000-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar with separate wine fridge and dining for 10 people. And in addition to the stables and riding rinks, the grounds host a professional Zip line and a massive jungle-themed tree house.
This 10,500-square foot estate is chalk full of goodies but some of the most most impressive lie in the backyard. The living room's telescoping doors open onto a 5-hole golf-course, two spas, and a waterpark-esque lazy river pool with stone slide.
This 21-acre Rocky Mountain ranch sports a 13,000-square foot standalone fitness facility housing a regulation NBA Basketball court, a tennis court, a racquetball court, and a second-story indoor track. There's also an 8-stall stable and a main house peddling a steam room and an entire children's wing.
Old Mill Farm, Greenwich, CT
List Price: $33 million
The Tudor formally owned by Mel Gibson sits on 75 acres that include a hedge maze, a giant life-sized chess set, a tennis court with stone hut, a greenhouse, and horse stables.
This 20,000-square-foot Bel Air Country Club estate has an entire floor dedicated to resort-like folly. Besides the gym, there's an exercise pool, an exercise-yoga studio, a steam room, a Jacuzzi and a beauty salon with a hair-styling area and manicure-pedicure station.