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The Spelling Manor is a house that you probably have heard about. Am I right? Many people know that this was the house of Aaron and Candy Spelling, and after Aaron passed away in 2006, Candy decided that the almost 57.000 sq ft place was a bit too big for herself and decided to put it on the market for $150 million. Yes, you read it right! The construction began in the early 90’s and was really criticized by so many people for its humongous size. The house has over 125 Rooms, a 2-lane bowling alley, a gift wrapping room, screening room, a dog grooming room, 27 bathrooms, 2 pools and space for 100 cars. It is situated on nearly 5 flat acres.

That’s all crazy, but the craziness doesn’t stop there. This huge house was just sold to 22-year-old Petra Ecclestone for $ 85 million. Now you’re asking how a 22 year old has that much money, right? Well, she’s a Formula One racing heiress, my friends! Her father is the billionaire Bernie Ecclestone (worth more than 4 Billion, according to Forbes), and of course she had to have the most expensive house in America. Petra is getting married soon and will spend most of her time between London and Los Angeles.

I wonder how a 22 year old can actually live in a house of this size. I mean, can anyone feel “at home” in a house that could easily fit 34 homes? This girl has the looks and the money, but does she have a brain for spending this amount of money on a house like that? I’m sure she doesn’t care much about the economy, but buying the Spelling Manor for $85 mil when you’re only 22, is it a Cool or Fool thing to do?

I simply can’t wait to hear your opinion on this one!


Arial View

Really beautiful, but who needs that much?

The Spellings Life

Gorgeous grounds.




Really grand, but what else can you expect from this house.

Living Room

Can you picture a 22 year old having tea in this pink living room?


This room is stunning. I simply can’t deny it.

Purple Sunroom

This room is purple. That’s right.

Dining Room

A very, very traditional space.


This is stunning!

So, what would you do? Would you buy this house if you were the daughter of a billionaire? Do you think Petra is being Cool or Fool for buying it?

On another note, I hope you have a fantastic weekend with the people you love and enjoy things that makes you happy.

I’m glad to say that I have no plans for this weekend and that makes me so happy. All I want to do is to relax. I hope my kids read this! 🙂


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* “Cool or Fool” happens every Friday. I’ve started this section where I post “different” and controversial things that I know some of you will love and others will not. The point is to tell us what you really think, regardless of anything. It’s a space where you speak your mind and analyze what you see. Have fun with it and laugh along the way!

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  1. Rachel said,

    I guess if you got it, you might as well use it! Personally, I’d rather buy a beach house, lake house and mountain house that total the cost of this one though. 🙂

  2. I don’t know know, to me anyone is foolish to buy a house for that kind of money. It looks so cold, yes its lavish but it looks more fitting for a luxurious hotel/retreat than a family home. I certainly don’t think a few 20 year old newlyweds need a home of that size or caliber. But the ultra rich do some crazy things and who am I to tell them how to spend their money? If its filled with love and happiness…then the size house is irrelevant. Wishing them the best!

  3. Personally, I would feel really lonely in a house that big. Heck, my family of 6 could be living in the house with her, and she’d probably never even run into us 🙂

    I agree with Rachel. I would much prefer to have several houses for the price of that one. I’d also worry about resale, but of course, the uber rich probably don’t think about that 🙂

  4. Very cool!

  5. i wouldn’t buy it because the tennis court is not a red clay 🙂 I prefer playing on red clay. glad to hear from you, Luciane. great you have no plans for the weekend. i like days with no plans. warm hugs to you

  6. Kerry Rossow said,

    Forget rainy day crazies – my kiddos could play indoor sports here!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  7. maybe it won’t be a typical residence. when you’re wealthy you buy such homes for your friends to stay when they visit or to lease to celebrities for various functions.

    i’ll take my cozy beach house that is small enough so i can get into every corner to scrub and make sparkle!

    relax this weekend, yes!


  8. Claire Marie said,

    I’ve got to say, while of course it is a gorgeous home, its by far not on my favorite list of decorating jobs. I would go so far as to say that it was poorly done. The thought of redecorating (which, Petra must, no?) a house of this expanse leaves me exhausted. The idea of owning a gargantuan home wouldn’t scare me off, if it had charm and grace on its own–I don’t think this particularly does.

  9. Hi Claire!

    I couldn’t agree more with you about the interiors! I had an “healthy argument” (LOL) with my husband about this house. I think it’s a beautiful house but the interiors need a facelift!

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  10. Meera @ firstsense said,

    Who can tell what goes on in the minds of the obscenely wealthy, eh?! A very OTT home, although some think it beautiful, architecturally. I’m all for cosier spaces myself.

    Hope you’re doing well, darling, and have a happy relaxed weekend ahead!

    Meera xx

  11. traci zeller designs said,

    Love this post, Luciane! I can’t imagine living in a house like that … but it’s probably similar to the home where she grew up … so it might feel homey to her! The grounds are gorgeous … and the privacy is probably just as important to the super rich as the house. Happy weekend! I hope you get your relaxing in!! How are you feeling?

  12. Splendid Sass said,

    LOVE IT, Luciane. It is stunning, but a 22 year old? That part is fool, but the house is COOL!
    Hope that you have a great weekend planned.

  13. SizzleandZoom said,

    Thanks for finding this and sharing it with us. I’ve always wanted to know what it looked like inside. With this size of a house comes a lot of responsibility.
    I think it’s fool for a 22 yr old and it would be fool for me, too.

  14. Bringin Pretty Back said,

    This is ridiculous! Absolutely ridiculous!
    Have a PRETTY day!

  15. The house itself is quite gorgeous. I would update it just a bit, though. I would be a total fool to let my 22 year old daughter live there. I could barely handle an apartment at 22!!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  16. Sherri @ Inside Out Design said,

    All I can think of is the burden for a 22-year-old to have to manage all that. I would love to know when she moves in where she chooses to live – will she take over just a few rooms, a wing, the guest house? The idea fascinates me. Have a great weekend Luciane, I hope you get to relax as much as you need! Hope you are feeling well! xo Sherri

  17. Marianne {Style For Living} said,

    It seems a bit extreme for anyone, let alone a 22 year old. It’s way too big, too much money and does not feel like a home at all. This one gets a fool in my book.

  18. Karen said,

    Well, if I had that kind of money, and really wanted this place, it would be to convert it to a 5 star boutique hotel, because it feels so far from home for me. I like smaller, unpretentious homes, like the seaside cottage you featured a while back. This palatial residence reminds me of the hotel we stayed at in Spokane recently. 🙂

  19. Karen said,

    ANd oh yes, in a place like this, the tennis court should be red clay or a Hartru surface! 🙂


    hi luciene complelety bonkers ! I dont like anythingabout it ( the entrance hall looks like A SHOPPING MALl TO ME and now that her eparents are divorced i imagine they thought it would be a nice gift !
    SAD ! give me a crumbling caslte chateau anytime ! enjoy the weekend sausage love fay xxx

  21. Kathy said,

    Way, Way fool, in these times….are you kidding me, she could have done so much more with her money, like build some homeless shelters, this kind of turns my stomach….I thought maybe one of the Arab kings was going to buy this place….I have a big house and I dream of downsizing to a small cottage that takes 1 hour to clean so my days are left to stop and smell the roses..this is a big waste of money, can you just imagine the taxes? But I guess easy come easy go with money, she has a lot to learn..

  22. kristin said,

    Ooooh, my goodness! What a beautiful house! Yes, I would buy this. My son could play tennis in the garden..that would be something (he’s addicted to tennis) and I would love it too. If I was 22 years old, I think I would have buyed a luxurious apartment instead, not this big! Sorry for visiting you late, Luciane, I am so busy now…editing my sisters 930 wedding photos and everything else that needs to be done before vacation time 🙂 But I always love to come here. Wishing you an enchanting weekend, dear!!!

    Kristin xx’s

  23. Sheila said,

    Definitely cool! think that if a person has the means to buy a house like this, why not. It’s no different than someone with one child buying a million dollar home that they can barely afford. at least she (her father) has the means to take care of it. All rich kids are not spoiled. But that’s just my humble opinion.

  24. Carmen Achados de Decoração said,

    Luuuuu, querida! ah amiga, que fofa que vc é, pensando em mim, obrigada!! ai,menina, nem te conto! ontem passei MEGA mal, muito mal mesmo! mas hoje tinha que dar um curso, então, logo de manhã meu marido me deu coristina D, diclofenaco sódico, dipirona e paracetamol para eu tomar e conseguir levantar ehehe Passei um dia bem, pois eu amo dar esses cursos, mas confesso que agora quero cama com um bom chá – exatamente como vc me recomendou. Beijos minha linda

  25. Pepe said,

    The intereior does not look like it is for a 22 years old. It would be nice if the young owner will use all the extra spaces for hosting charity events. It is ok to be rich, but also should give back to the society.

  26. Sheila Zeller said,

    It’s definitely not the house for me, but I think in spite of being 22 this is more cool than fool. If this young woman does things right it’s at least an investment – better than abusing her inherited abundance like so many other rich ‘kids’ have done. I think she’s trying to be grown up and responsible… now we’ll see how she handles it.
    xo Sheila

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