Plans for the home include nine kitchens, 30 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, three pools, two bowling alleys, a disco, roller rink, two tennis courts, three hot tubs, a 30-car underground carport, an expansive wine cellar, a bomb shelter and two movie theaters.
FORT LEE, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
The recent release of “The Queen of Versailles” on Bravo TV brought Bravo host Andy Cohen face to face with the queen herself, Jackie Siegel on “Watch What Happens Live”. In the latest blog from LittleMissBravo.com titled “A Visit with ‘Queen’ Jackie Siegel", guest blogger Liz Ernst brings readers highlights from the colorful Bravo host and the equally colorful wife of Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel.
“The Queen of Versailles” is a fascinating riches-to-rags documentary that follows the lives of David and Jackie Siegel, a nouveau riche Orlando, Florida couple who were famously interrupted while building the largest home in America by the 2008 economic downfall. The house is designed to be a 90,000 square-foot replica of the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris. David Siegel, owner of timeshare sales company Westgate Resorts, was a free-spending billionaire when construction on the home began in 2005. But while documentary cameras were rolling back in 2008, the bottom fell out of the stock market, lenders and banks went belly up, and Westgate Resorts’ cash flow dried up.
Construction on the house was halted, and the film became about watching the Siegel family try to survive as their empire began to collapse around them.
Cohen sat down with Jackie Siegel after “The Queen of Versailles” made its television premier on Bravo, to catch audiences up on the family’s happenings since the documentary cameras stopped rolling in 2010. During the interview, Siegel assured Cohen that Westgate Resorts was back on its money-making track.
“Jackie Siegel said that Westgate just had its best year in 33 years of business, and that they have even resumed construction on Versailles, Ernst says. “The house won’t be completed for three years, but Jackie intends to throw a party there in 2015, to celebrate David’s 80th birthday.”
The original plans for the home, which includes nine kitchens, 30 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, three pools, two bowling alleys, a disco, roller rink, two tennis courts, three hot tubs, a 30-car underground carport, an expansive wine cellar, a bomb shelter, two game rooms and two movie theaters, remain intact.
Shooting on the award-winning documentary began as the Siegels started work building their mega-mansion. Halfway through construction, when Westgate Resorts tanked, the Siegels were forced to place the unfinished property on the market for $75 million as they faced the possibility of bankruptcy. With no buyers in sight by the time Siegel managed to turn things around at Westgate Resorts, Versailles construction resumed with a target date of 2016 for completion.
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