Feeling a little cramped these days? Sure you are, what with all the stocking up whenever Costco has a sale on baked beans and rice.
Well, an economic downturn is the perfect time to move on up in the real estate world. People who have overextended themselves -- or maybe have become empty-nesters in their 20-room houses -- are eager to sell.
What are the 10 biggest homes available in the Houston area right now? These. (We're not used to browsing the Houston Association of Realtors website for opulent homes -- for any homes, for that matter -- so forgive us if there are bigger manses out there.)
Bathrooms: Only five, but three half-baths
Square feet: 13,800
Price: $8.6 million
Sure, this 2009 home is not exactly huge, per se -- Reliant Stadium is much bigger, for instance -- but think of all the enjoyable hours you can spend looking at these drapes while working out.
Bathrooms: Seven and two half-baths
Square footage: 14,006
See over there? That's where Jeff Bagwell parked one into the upper level! Who says the Dome isn't being used?
Bathrooms: Five and four half-baths
Square footage: 15,038
This little shed is called the White House Ranch, but don't worry -- We're sure there aren't any socialist Muslims in this exclusive neighborhood!
Bathrooms: Eight and three half-baths
Indoor basketball courts: Just the one, we're afraid
Square footage: 15,446
Price: $3.2 million
What, your home doesn't have an air-conditioned indoor basketball court? Times are tough, we guess.
Square footage: 15,696
Over 100 years old, zoned for residential or commercial use. Sounds like it might be a long walk to a bathroom from some places, though. Best feature, according to the listing: "Very minor damage during IKE."
Bathrooms: Nine and five half-baths
Square footage: 16,173
Bathrooms: Six and four half-baths
Square footage: 16, 801 (Note: includes bowling lanes)
If you have trouble with the mortgage, you can always jack up the price for shoe rental.
Bathrooms: Eight and two half-baths
Square footage: 18,094
Price: $11 million
We think the address is 21 Grand Manor, because apparently $11 mil doesn't buy you vowels -- the listing has it as "21 Grand Mnr." All we can say is at last we are over the 18,000 -square foot mark. Now we've got some room to stretch out. On very ugly bar chairs.
Nine and two half-baths
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That may look like just any other library, but take a gander at the all-caps description from the listing: "2 STORY LIBRARY DONE IN MAGHONEY AND THIS IS THE FIRST FLOOR." You can't get maghoney like this just anywhere.
1. 11682 Arrowhead Circle, Houston
Bathrooms: 10 and three half-baths
Square footage: 26,214
The thing is, this photo shows the Little Kid's Table. We don't have room to show where the Big Kids eat.