Too Big To Believe

46-bedroom Texas megamansion requires a very special buyer

46-bedroom Texas megamansion requires a very special buyer

News, Shelby, 46-bedroom house, May 2015
Nine garages await a millionaire's fleet of wheels. Courtesy of Christy Buck Team at RE/Max Top Realty
46 bedroom mansion Manvel Texas
Crazy-big house in Manvel built as a live-in rehab facility. Photo courtesy of Christy Buck Team at RE/Max Top Realty
News, Shelby, 46-bedroom house, May 2015
Flat as an ironing board, the rear view has no curb appeal. Courtesy of Christy Buck Team at RE/Max Top Realty
News, Shelby, 46-bedroom house, May 2015
46 bedroom mansion Manvel Texas
News, Shelby, 46-bedroom house, May 2015

Somehow this 60,175-square-foot property on a county road outside of Manvel, Texas, missed Mother Jones' "Top 10 Mega-Mansions of the Filthy Rich." Probably because the 46-bedroom house, with a list price of $3.5 million, wasn't actually built as a private residence. But it's a humdinger.

According to Good Morning America, a doctor and his wife envisioned the Brazoria County property as a live-in rehab facility for his patients. Apparently, that idea went south before the house was completed.

Nevertheless, with all of those bedrooms, 26 full bathrooms and a nine-car garage, the place has possibilities. Sitting in the middle of 15 acres, it seems just right for one of the Lone Star State's wacky religious cults or perhaps a zillionaire with an unbending bigger-is-better philosophy.

Amenities, yet to be finished, include large, open living areas; indoor gunite swimming pool and spa; and elevator. The house is listed by the Christy Buck Team of RE/MAX Top Realty.

For the record, the 10 mansions in the Mother Jones report are more in the 30,000- to 48,000-square-foot range. Though there was a 100,000-square-foot behemoth in Sagaponach, New York, and a 90,000-square-foot mansion in Windermere, Florida.