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sadconfusion's avatar

If you owned a Mansion, but couldn't live in it. What would you do with it?

Asked by sadconfusion (190points) April 12th, 2012

It’s a bit weird. But just wondering. lol
Would you sell it?
Give it to your family?
Open a retirement home?
Or my all time favourite…An orphanage! :D
Use your imagination. haha
Might be interesting.

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Use it for fund raising parties.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Turn it into a laser tag or paintball arena.

tom_g's avatar

Can I sell it? Donate it? Turn it into a shelter? Burn it down and grow trees there?

sadconfusion's avatar

Anything you want! :D You just can’t live in it.
Cause then that’d be everyones answer. lol

tom_g's avatar

@sadconfusion: “Cause then that’d be everyones answer.”

I’d rather live in a tent than a mansion.

sadconfusion's avatar

Maybe not everyone then. :P
Why’s that?

tom_g's avatar

@sadconfusion – I’m a sick man. Obscene displays of wealth for no possible reason don’t sit well with my conscience. There are 5 people in my family. What possible use would I have for a mansion? My 1100 sq ft house does just fine. I wouldn’t want to heat, clean, or maintain such a monstrosity.

Coloma's avatar

Bed and breakfast run by somebody else and I get the monies from the lease. ;-)

mangeons's avatar

I’d probably just sell it and use the money to buy a nice house that I could live in, or help out my family.

Out of curiosity, why wouldn’t we be able to live in it?

sadconfusion's avatar

I see what ya mean.

I’d use it for something good, like a boarding school for limbless orphans! :D

sadconfusion's avatar

@mangeons
Cause…That’s boring. haha Didn’t want everyone to have the same boring answer.

Bent's avatar

I would sell it, buy a smaller house that I could live in, and invest the rest.

sadconfusion's avatar

@Bent
Damn, this is backfiring on me. lol

tom_g's avatar

@sadconfusion: “Damn, this is backfiring on me. lol”

Hell, I’d just give it to @sadconfusion to cheer him/her up.

Blackberry's avatar

Rent it out? Do people often rent space at mansions? Probably not, I’ll just let my friends and family use it as a vacation spot.

sadconfusion's avatar

@tom_g Aww, that’s so nice. haha
Maybe it’s just me that’s always wanted to open an awesome school?

Sunny2's avatar

Depending on where it was, it would be a multi-purpose mansion. I’d rent it out for meetings, parties, a Halloween haunted house to benefit some school, mystery weekends for as many couples as there are bedrooms, weddings, concerts (if the room was there and the acoustics were good enough) . High rates for the businesses and society events and lower for less affluent groups. What is earned would go to upkeep, insurance, fees, taxes, and the like. There would be a staff that included an excellent chef as needed. I’m enjoying just imagining it.

Bellatrix's avatar

Rent it out to rich rock and film stars who want to look like they have much more than they do.

Or perhaps I could rent it out to organisations to use for conferences and management retreats.

Coloma's avatar

@Sunny2 Lets invest! lol

sadconfusion's avatar

Now we’re gettin somewhere! lol

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I would turn it into an a home for retired Jellies. It would have a big vegetable garden, a screening room for movies, an extensive library, game room…the list could go on forever.

Coloma's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Oooh, I’ll be the hostess, the official wine pourer. ;-)

sadconfusion's avatar

Remember everyone! You can have anything you want, if you believe you deserve it. :D
One day I’ll have that magical house.

Coloma's avatar

The home for abandoned and wayward geese. Pools on every balcony. ;-)

ragingloli's avatar

Fill it with deadly traps and then make it a haunted house attraction for children.

SpatzieLover's avatar

I was thinking of filling the mansion with virtual anime to attract naughty krauts in~

sadconfusion's avatar

@SpatzieLover
cause that’s not creepy in the slightest. o.o

Dutchess_III's avatar

That kind of reminds of of Extreme Home Makeovers. I hear that often these fantastic houses are built for people of little means…and they can’t pay the taxes and have to sell the house.

Bellatrix's avatar

Turn it into a halfway house for people who are homeless, families escaping domestic violence. Young people who need a new start in life.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I’d use it as a secret hideout where I could train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity. In return, they’d all have to refer to me as “Professor.”

sadconfusion's avatar

@SavoirFaire
That sounds oddly familiar…Just. Can’t. Put. My. Finger on it. :/ lol

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

A mansion I can’t live in? I would probably either turn into a really nice homeless shelter, or maybe a posh orphanage or something.

I’m assuming, for hypothetical purposes, that if I have a mansion, that also means I have money. So whether or not it was a homeless shelter or orphanage, the “guests” would have every need met, gourmet meals prepared thrice daily, tons of hot water for showers, five changes of nice clothes per person, and pillow-top beds. =0)

Aethelwine's avatar

I’d give it to the Duggars :P

Dutchess_III's avatar

What I want to know is….who are all these people and what are they doing in my mansion!!! Get out!!!!!

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I’d turn it into a recording studio and let musicians use it for free (as long as they’re good…)

JustPlainBarb's avatar

I turn it into a bed and breakfast! People are always looking for places like that to just get away for awhile and be pampered!

TexasDude's avatar

Pick it up with a dozen forklifts and drop it in the ocean to make a pirate ship out of it.

jca's avatar

I would probably rent it out.

Berserker's avatar

Pick it up with a dozen forklifts and drop it in the ocean to make a pirate ship out of it.

I was going to say something, until that sentence up there happened.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard The cannon portal and musket choices would be amazing. It’d be tough to beat, if you could get it to manuever.

DominicX's avatar

Rent it out at an exorbitant rate :)

JLeslie's avatar

Sell or make it into a B&B/Inn.

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AshLeigh's avatar

Rent it out. :)

ucme's avatar

Arrange murder weekends utilising deranged, blood thirsty nutters & recently released paedophiles….lights, camera & action!!

JLeslie's avatar

How big is a mansion anyway?

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: I would think of a mansion as being at least 4,000 square feet of living space (meaning, not including garage, patio, unfinished basement). Does everyone agree?

JLeslie's avatar

@jca That is the average house where I live, right around 4000 sq ft living. Tons and tons of houses. A mansion for me would be much bigger, I would say more like 8,000 sq. ft.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca But, cost of houseing where I live is inexpensive compared to other areas around the country.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Turn it in to a hotel

OpryLeigh's avatar

I need the money more than a home so I would sell it and use the money to enjoy life a little more. I would pay of my debts and then my boyfriend and I would do as much travelling as possible.

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: It’s an interesting question “What’s the technical definition of a mansion?”

DominicX's avatar

According to Wikipedia, US real estate brokers define a mansion as a house over 8000 square feet. I always thought it meant over 10,000, but still. It’s up there. Tranquility House in Zephyr Cove, NV would be a mansion: 20,000 square feet plus 7 outbuildings…

JLeslie's avatar

Ok, I googled, here is the wikipedia on Mansions.

Seems my guess agrees with wikipedia. To me 4,000 sq ft is just a big house. Of course some of it is relative, to my sister who lives in a small NY apartment and so do all of her friends, 4,000 sq ft is huge. But, the distinction of mansion kind of means to me there are not a lot of them, it is a more unique house, unique in size and layout.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Who in the hell would want 4000 sq feet??? Do you know how long it would take to clean it every week???

SpatzieLover's avatar

Just sayin’: there are several mansions within a mile of my home. Many of them are over 10,000 sq ft. One is 17,000 sq ft. All of them look ridiculously large IMO. Most of these are owned by 50yr or older couples (just 2 peeps per home).

Dutchess_III's avatar

That makes NO sense to me! Why? I mean, two people…one living room, one bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom. Maybe an extra guest room and bathroom. What would anyone want with anything more?

SpatzieLover's avatar

I have ZERO idea @Dutchess_III. One, was built by an oil heiress. When she was tore down her parent LARGE home to build it, the rumor on the street was that her newly divorced daughter & 8 grandkids would share the home with her. It’s five years later & I haven’t seen them visit for more than a day. She lives ALONE in the house, with her home caretaker in a large apt above her garage.

Another one is referred to as the castle. It took about 4 yrs to build. One surgeon & his wife lives in this monstrosity that looks like a knock off version of some castle in Belgium…they’re rarely ever home

It’s a sick waste of space & money if you ask me. There are several more…one just finished last year. They tore down a tudor mansion & put up a ginormous colonial mansion with a 6 car garage. Another across the street from that one tore down a tudor mansion & put up a tudor mansion…it’s just slightly more sprawling than the one they tore down.

Meanwhile, I live in a 2100sq ft home with 3 adults, one kid and a multitude of rescue animals ;) We could use a reno to make better use of our space, but that won’t occur for a long time!

Dutchess_III's avatar

You can have my Mansion, @SpatzieLover. For your rescue animals. :)

SpatzieLover's avatar

Thank you! :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just can’t imagine wanting or needing anything bigger than the ones shown under the “cottage” description of this website.

jca's avatar

One advantage of a house with a few extra rooms to spare would be a room for all my books, and a room for crafts/wrapping/holiday stuff. In my dream home, that’s what there’d be.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Basements are good too!

JLeslie's avatar

You don’t have to clean every room completely every week if nothing is being done in those rooms. There is even minimal dust because people are not in there.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is the point of having 8000 sq feet of house, especially if it’s just two people?

JLeslie's avatar

8,000 is a lot of space. I have 5,000, and I never wanted more than 3,500. 3,500 would be my happy place, with 2,900 in the main house, and a guest house with 600. More or less.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think about 15 to 20 would be good for me.

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