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->''"This place is huge! Dammit, why do rich people have to live in such huge houses?"''
-->-- '''Hayate Ayasaki''', ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''

A big, well-appointed home is [[ConspicuousConsumption a symbol of wealth and status]] almost anywhere, varying based on facets including its location and relative opulence.

There are many culture specific variations on this these, based on the economics situation of the culture depicted. What is considered an impossibly huge dwelling in one culture may be a standard middle class house in another culture. For more information on how this applies to Japan, see the BigFancyHouse/AnimeAndManga section.

If a house is awe-inspiring for reasons other than size, it ''might'' be a CoolHouse. Compare also to OldDarkHouse and BigFancyCastle. Contrast FriendsRentControl, where the home (or apartment) doesn't have to be all that large or luxurious objectively, but it's enough so for the location that there's no logical reason why the character should be able to afford it. Also the indication of wealth is not always solid if the home was vacated or offered cheaply [[HauntedHouse for obvious reasons]].

* BigFancyHouse/AnimeAndManga


* The Lodge Estate from Franchise/ArchieComics, home of the super-rich Veronica Lodge and her family that's also the biggest house in Riverdale.
* Rich Manor in ''ComicBook/RichieRich''.
** In one cartoon, the father used LONG distance to call eastern part of house from INSIDE the same house...
* Name any rich super hero and said hero probably has one. Except for Iron Fist who lives in a apartment in Harlem.
** Though, to be fair, it's big enough for a dojo, and Harlem has been significantly gentrified in the last decade. So it's got the same net worth as a mansion by now.

* In FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies, the Duke's big fancy house is in stark contrast to the crumbling Domino City around it.
* What little we know about the Smash Mansion in the ''[[FanFic/NewLookSeries New Look Series]]'' makes it look like this. Every Smasher in the house has their rooms specifically designed to suit their tastes prior to their arrival. For example, Young Link's room is a nearly identical copy of his tree house from the Kokiri Forest.
* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', the Hyugas and Uchihas--the two richest families in Konoha Town--naturally each have one of these. The Hyuga mansion is a two-story, 10-bedroom structure on 300 acres of land atop a hill overlooking the town. The Uchiha mansion is roughly half a mile wide and three stories high, with the road from the front gate to the front door being a mile long with multiple small gardens, gazebos, water fountains and trees in between, and the whole property is surrounded by a perimeter wall.
* Dawn's Canterlot house in ''Fanfic/TheDuskGuardSaga'' is a large Gothic-style villa, complete with columns and stained glass windows.
* Nell's house in ''[[FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay A New World, A New Way - Swarm]]'' is indeed big and fancy, but it's the size of the yard that is used as in indicator of wealth.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', the house that Alex and Louise buy in Chapter 25: “She's Good People", is a mansion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on Big Pine Key. And its on stilts.
* In ''FanFic/BrokenSouls'', Harry inherited a sizeable estate from his family when he turned 21, which includes a sprawling tudor mansion named Gwynafor, after a nearby river.
* ''Fanfic/BeyondTheWindingRoad'', a {{Continuation}} fic of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', shows examples of what happened to the properties of the Dukedoms after they were removed from power at the end of the series. One of the main settings is an old [[BlueBlood Barma]] summer house, now the family home of the Tales, and though it isn't exactly a palace, it's big enough to have three stories, a caretaker's cottage, a greenhouse, and a small disused ballroom. A more typical example is Lamontre Estate, the old Vessalius main house, which has since become a museum.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** Mr. Whipple, in the episode of the same name, lives in a mansion guarded by vicious dogs.
** In the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] the Nolans live in a large mansion, complete with a butler and additional servants.
* Frank Lucas, drug kingpin, buys one for [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his mother]] in ''Film/AmericanGangster'':
-->'''Mrs. Lucas''': ...And whose house is that, Franky?\\
'''Frank Lucas''': That is ''your'' house Mama!\\
'''Mrs. Lucas''': ''My house!'' ...and who else's?!
* Wayne Manor in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' is one of these, what with the Batcave in the basement/surrounding caves. However, it burns down, forcing Bruce to move to just a CoolHouse -- though considering that it's a penthouse ''floor'' with a helicopter landing pad and a hidden room with a spare batsuit and equipment, it may qualify as another Big Fancy House.
* The mansion in ''Film/EyesWideShut'' that Bill bluffs his way into once he gets the password from a friend. Of course, the fact that it's gigantic isn't as impressive as the Black Mass-esque ceremony culminating with an orgy ''in every single room''.
* Nicholas in ''Film/TheGame'' has a palatial residence that he presumably inherited from his father, and he is also fabulously wealthy. Apart from his servants, he lives there alone.
* Many of J. Paul Getty’s scenes in ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'' take place in Sutton Place, his 16th-century Tudor estate. It is filled with expensive art.
* Jodie Foster's character in ''Film/PanicRoom'' buys a big, brownstone rowhome in Manhattan for her daughter and herself while she goes to study at Columbia. It's a bit of a spooky place, large for two people, and featuring the title safe room. The real estate agent seems curious about how she expects to afford it and it's revealed that she was formerly married to the chairman of a pharmaceutical company.
* In ''Film/AGoodYear'', the aggressive London stockbroker Max Skinner inherits a beautiful vineyard-estate in Provence from his uncle. Acting on his normal instincts, he prepares to sell the place and make a pretty penny [[spoiler:but eventually falls in love and gives up his old lifestyle in favor of a quieter life in France]].
* The title country estate of Sir William [=McCordle=] in ''Film/GosfordPark''.
* ''Film/FannyAndAlexander'' has the Ekhdahl family mansion, an enormous home filled with ornate furniture, paintings, statuary, huge dining tables. It's like a life-sized fancy dollhouse, and contrasts strongly with the ominously stark Vergerus house that the kids get stuck in after their mother remarries.
* ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'': Croft Manor in the film adaptations of the [[Franchise/TombRaider video game franchise]]. 87 rooms. Eighty. Seven. And a trailer out front for Bryce.
* The mansion of ''Film/TheHaunting1963''. The massive sets were appropriately housed in the hanger for the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever built.
* ''Film/IronMan'': Tony Stark's pad. If '''''[[https://www.forbes.com/2008/12/18/expensive-fictional-homes-forbeslife-fictional1508-cx_mn_de_expensivehomes_slide/#52f96f5d6f8b this]]''''' doesn't count, this whole page is a lie.
* In ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing'', the Robinsons live in a castle, specifically the castle of Sorne.
* Xanadu from ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** Possibly a deconstruction. Xanadu was too big, and it's massive halls too empty. It was symbolic of Kane himself, opulent and garish, but devoid of anything that actually mattered.
* The [=McCallister=] house in the first two ''Film/HomeAlone'' films.
* The Corleone houses in ''Film/TheGodfather''. The most luxurious being the one at Lake Tahoe.
** Also the film producer's California mansion in the first ''Godfather''.
* Tony Montana's Florida mansion in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''.
* Tara Plantation in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
** Mostly averted in the book, where the house is described as a graciously decorated but somewhat haphazard structure valuable mainly for the farmland it sits on, and important mainly because of the emotional connection the protagonist feels toward it.
** The house that Scarlett has built in Atlanta when she marries Rhett may count, although Rhett never loses an opportunity to describe how grotesque the place is.
* The plantation in ''Film/SongOfTheSouth''.
* Adam Kesher has one of these in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' -- a road famous for its Big Fancy Houses.
* [[http://www.ilamhomestead.co.nz/our-location.htm Ilam]], home of the Hulmes, in ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures''.
* ''Film/MrBrooks'' has one, complete with his own pottery studio/hidden serial killer equipment closets.
* The mansion of [[spoiler: Bill Murray]] in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.
* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', the Merovingian lives in one of these. In addition to the "usual" lavishly decorated hallways, WallOfWeapons, and prison located behind a secret bookcase, it also has doors which lead directly into the City as well as a private garage. Noteworthy here because the house is actually located 500 miles away from the city in the mountains (open the doors normally and you go outside into the mountain area, open them with a special key and you enter the city.)
* John has such a house in ''Film/{{Knowing}}'', a huge, rambling, half-ruined place that he was fixing up. He stopped when his wife died.
* Glourie castle from the film ''Film/TheGhostGoesWest''.
* The Balls' mansion in ''Film/EasyLiving''.
* The Pottsdorf palace in ''Film/TheGreatRace''.
* The Seton mansion in ''Film/{{Holiday}}''.
* Amanda's and Graham's houses in ''Film/TheHoliday''.
* The Lord estate in ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory''.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': When the team first arrives at Charles' residence, Erik, Sean, Alex, Moira and Hank have to tilt their head back a little to stare at the impressively large Xavier mansion, which practically looks like a small palace. It's even sarcastically lampshaded by Erik: "[[SarcasmMode Charles, I don't know how you survived, living in such hardship.]]"
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4k6e0w The Xavier estate]] has never looked more beautiful on the silver screen--it's one of the most (if not ''the'' most) breathtaking, old-fashioned residences in cinema. It's practically a five-star hotel for mutants! The land around it is vast, lush and green, and one of its highlights is a stone-lined lake.
* The castle of La Muerte in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
* In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', the newly formed Joint Intelligence Service is head quartered in the Centre for National Security, a brand new (and privately funded) skyscraper intended to replace the damaged {{MI6}} building.
* ''ZabriskiePoint'' by Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni has a finale set in an elaborate modernist mansion carved into the rock of the Arizona desert in a Frank Lloyd Wright {{Zeerust}} design.

* ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' has the Villa Limona, an opulent Roman sea-side house.
* Pemberley in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. Curious, however, in that while by modern standards it's quite flashy, by the standards of the time it's quite a restrained and tasteful property, which is one of the things that indicates to Elizabeth Bennet that Mr. Darcy's HiddenDepths reveal him to be a more modest, humble and decent man than first impressions indicate.
** Rosings Park, the home of his aunt Lady Catherine de Burgh, also appears; in keeping with his aunt's overall foolishness, snobbery and lack of decorum, it's a lot more gaudy and show-offy.
* In the Foundation novels, we see the Emperor of the Galaxy lives on a 100 acre palace on the capital world of Trantor. Noteworthy since the rest of the planet is completely covered in a series of metal domes.
* Manderley, in Daphne du Maurier's ''{{Rebecca}}'', is the Cornish country estate of the wealthy Englishman Maximilian de Winter. It features heirlooms, a full staff, and is open to the public on certain days.
* The Grosvenor Square mansion of the outrageously wealthy financier Augustus Melmotte in ''Literature/TheWayWeLiveNow''.
* A number of extravagant "old money" homes appear in the Literature/JeevesAndWooster stories by Creator/PGWodehouse. Their owners are frequently some relation to Wooster, who is a model UpperClassTwit.
** In another one of his book series ''BlandingsCastle'', the titular house is, as the title hints at, very large and home to a wide selection of characters.
* Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram's titular mansion in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', by Jane Austen. It's quite grand with extensive property. Mrs. Norris still contrives to make Fanny's rooms in the attic cold and uncomfortable, though.
* ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', also the title location, is a well-furnished, comfortable, with nicely updated decor despite the age of the building... this is rather disappointing to Catherine, who was expecting a haunted house to fulfill her Gothic inclinations.
* Literature/HerculePoirot frequently provides his services as a detective to upper-class residents of big, fancy houses. The ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' TV adaptation even has Poirot and his friends reside in a flat at Whitehaven Mansions.
** Also by Agatha Christie, ''The Secret of Chimneys'' is largely set in the big house that gives the novel its title.
* Thornfield Hall, the Gothic estate of the wealthy Edward Rochester in ''Literature/JaneEyre''.
* The wealthy Mr. Toad, of ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', lives in his family seat called Toad Hall.
* The villain in ''Literature/TheGunSeller'' lives in a huge mansion with attached grounds within easy commuting distance of London - the protagonist mentally notes the vast wealth this implies.
* Jay Gatsby's mansion in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', which is supposed to impress Daisy.
* Hell Hall, the ancestral home of the de Vil family in ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
* Misselthwaite Manor in ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''.
* The MouseWorld equivalent: in ''Literature/TheRescuers'' books, Miss Bianca is a pampered pet whose cage is a porcelain pagoda.
* Darlington Hall, in ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay''.
* The increasingly decrepit Hundreds Hall in Sarah Waters' ''The Little Stranger.''
* When an Ugly becomes a Pretty in ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'', they get moved from a dorm to a Big Fancy House.
* Homeward in J.P Martin's ''Uncle'' series. It's so big that the owner hasn't met a tenth of the people who also live there. It has a railway station that he didn't know about until the second book, and the most pimped out library possible, among countless other things.
* Fowl Manor in the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. It's '''200''' freaking ''acres''.
* Baskerville Hall is probably the most well-known example in the Literature/SherlockHolmes canon, but there are several instances of him visiting the sprawling country homes of the rich and powerful (and, occasionally, criminal).
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", Nabonidus lives in one -- which makes his lack of servants all the stranger.
* In ''Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}}'', Thomas builds one, but later feels exhausted and regrets building such an expensive home. Even the house the family moves in later (after their downfall has become obvious) would probably qualify.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Malevil}}''. The titular Malevil is a large English castle from UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar, sitting on a cliff with accompanying grounds. Emmanuel is not a wealthy man, upper-middle class at best, and nor was his uncle who left the inheritance he buys Malevil with. The property was sold "cheap" being considered a bad investment; the castle officially condemned and the grounds too unkempt to be worth the expense and hassle of restoration or clearing.
* In ''Literature/TheGoodEarth'', the rich family on the outskirts of the protagonist's home town and the rich family in the city both have this. The one in the city is so big that an entire tent city is spring up leaning on the wall around the estate.
* Notably in the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' series, Penford Hall, seat of the Duke of Penford in ''Aunt Dimity and the Duke''; Hailesham Park, the seat of the Earl of Elstyn and the setting for ''Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday''; and Dundrillin Castle, Sir Percy's Scottish island retreat in ''Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea''.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the group breaks into the mansion of Joe Bob Fenestre, a near- CaptainErsatz of Bill Gates, who has a ton of security measures in it. It gets burned down in the end.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the eponymous heroine has acquired several through the course of the series. Harrington House on Grayson (which doubles as headquarters for the local government), her house on Manticore, her duchy on Gryphon, and her family's not-inconsiderable home on Sphinx.
* Brandham Hall in ''Literature/TheGoBetween''.
* Hoffmann's house in ''Literature/TheFearIndex'' is truly massive and costs around sixty million dollars. As Hoffmann is a recluse it's completely unnecessary but he bought it because that's what you do when you're rich.
* Foxworth Hall in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' is so big that when the grandmother arranges to have the children locked away, she can lock up a whole wing just to make sure no one hears them.
* Kyle in the ''Literature/MercyThompson'' books has one. While a Big Fancy House isn't a surprise when you're a successful divorce lawyer, Kyle's home also doubles as a shelter for his clients in cases involving DomesticAbuse, with all the creature comforts needed to distract the kids and state-of-the-art security systems in case angry husbands show up.
* Belle Rive in ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' is ''the'' most desirable address in Bon Temps. It's mentioned that there are many women in the town who would marry Andy Bellefleur just to be able to live there. His eventual wife Halleigh wants much more modest accommodations, though.
* The Bosses' mansions in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick'', which are made even more impressive by the fact they're built inside mountains. The one shown was said to include everything from the mercenary's quarters to swimming pools to indoor gold courses. The main level where the Bosses reside is made to resemble a luxury hotel with a courtyard. Said courtyard includes multiple hot tubs and golden fountains portraying Hope, her dress embedded with dozens of jewels. Above it all is a ceiling perfectly made to look like a starry sky. The mansion is also the only place shown that features futuristic technology appropriate for the novel's setting of five-hundred years in the future. For example, there are holographic control panels that can be summoned by the Bosses making a certain gesture.
* There are a fair few in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series, although they're all in the best of taste and rather restrained, really, dontcherknow. The Duke of Taunton, naturally, has several: Wolfdown House outside Wolfdown Abbas being his primary seat. His father wisely bought in the rectories and vicarages, to preserve them, during the Great C of E Fire Sale, so the Rector is as comfortably housed as is Sir Thomas Douty at Davill Court or the Salmons at Charltons or Teddy and Edmond at Chalkhills. The Mirzas and the patriarch of that family, HH the Nawab, have, like the Duke and all his titled relations, several all over the UK. And the Duke manages to claw back old Lord Mallerstang's ancestral hall for him – ''from the National Trust'' – when it becomes clear the Duke's nephew will be inheriting that title as well as the dukedom and Mallerstang wishes to leave the lad something.
* Dennis Howl's house in Literature/WhaleMusic, although it's gone to seed and Dennis has become a hermit. TheFilmOfTheBook is set in a gorgeous area of BC, so lots of SceneryPorn in addition to the Big Fancy House.
* The Wylers in the opening scene of ''Literature/TheScream.'' [[spoiler: Everyone at a WildTeenParty is slaughtered and the owners' daughter taken hostage.]]
* The books Goneaway Lake and Return to Goneaway Lake are about a couple of kids finding an abandoned summer colony full of these.
* Vanilla Créame's family live in a rich mansion in ''Literature/ThePlatinumKey'' books.
* Common in Creator/VCAndrews books, though they have more than their fair share of dark secrets.
** Foxworth Hall in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' and the majority of its sequels.
** ''Literature/MySweetAudrina'': Whitefern used to be this back when the family of the same name still had power, but by the time the story takes place it has been falling apart for years. Damian begins to have it repaired later in the book [[spoiler:after getting more money from less-than-legal stockbroking practices]].
** Farthinggale Manor in the ''[[Literature/TheCasteelSeries Casteel]]'' series. Tony proudly proclaims that each generation of the Tatterton family makes an effort to improve it. However when it is revisited in ''Gates of Paradise'', it has fallen into ruin due to Tony's declining sanity.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' titles, the Malfoys live in an extravagant mansion and estate known as "Malfoy Manor." In the final book, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', it becomes home base for many of the Death Eaters.
* In ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'', the Steerforths live in one. Once James leaves, abandoning his mother, it becomes and OldDarkHouse

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* PBS "Secrets Of" series explores such residences, including Highclere Castle (mentioned below as the setting for Series/DowntonAbbey), Chatsworth, and the Home of Henry VIII. The kitchens alone have to be seen to be believed. Bonus points for the couple who live in the Tower of London and take care of the crown jewels. There is also an episode called "Secrets of the Manor House," which [[http://www.pbs.org/program/secrets-manor-house/ explores]] the lifestyles of British aristocracy.
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** Mr. Whipple, in the episode of the same name, lives in a mansion guarded by vicious dogs.
** In the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] the Nolans live in a large mansion, complete with a butler and additional servants.
* Par for the course for rich superheroes[[spoiler:/[[AristocratsAreEvil villains]]]], The Queen Mansion and the Merlyn home in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''.
* In ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'', Lionel's father gives him a country house in Hampshire complete with a full-time housekeeper, however most of the time he lives with Jean in her nice London home. Lionel is practically LandPoor, however, and at one point suggests they sell the infrequently used house, which leads to an awkward situation where his father offers to buy it back from him.
** Alistair, Lionel's highly successful publisher, hints several times about his prized penthouse overlooking the Thames, but little of it is seen.
* Gu Jun Pyo's house in the KoreanSeries ''Series/BoysBeforeFlowers'' comes complete with many many housemaids.
* Likewise, in ''Series/TheCityHunter'', the house that Yoon Sung grew up in includes extensive grounds, many servants, garages filled with vehicles. Oh and a terrorist-style training camp, all paid for with drug money.
* Collinwood Mansion featured in ''Series/DarkShadows'' is also known for being {{haunted|Headquarters}}.
* Niles Crane, in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', is shown living in two Big Fancy Houses: Maris's mansion and his later apartment at The Montana. Various jokes are made about the ridiculous size of his place at The Montana, especially for one single man, with Martin once getting lost on his way to the bathroom. It has at least three floors, a study ''and'' a library, and a gift-wrapping room.
** Later, when he's hooked up with Daphne, they have a minor disagreement about how many things Niles should pack if he's planning on staying over with her at Frasier's apartment. It takes them a surprisingly long time to reach the conclusion that it would probably be much easier if she moved into his massive apartment with him.
* The Banks' mansion in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' - which in addition to the mansion, features both a swimming pool and a poolhouse that characters use as an apartment in later years.
** On the other hand [[MediumAwareness it has no ceiling]].
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Emily and Richard's home [[spoiler: that's later sold by Emily after Richard's death]]. Sookie is impressed when she and Lorelai do a job there for Emily.
** Same thing happens when Rory takes Lane to a Chilton party at Madeline's house, then Lane asks Rory whether her grandparents' house is just as big.
** The Huntzberger Mansion, home of Rory's rich boyfriend, Logan.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': The Vanderbilt Mansion, home to Nate's maternal grandfather. Dan is very impressed by it when he gets there.
--> '''Dan''': You told me your grandfather lived in a mansion, not a ''country club''.
* Francis Urquhart, in ''Series/{{House of Cards|UK}}'', has a very nice house in London, and an impressive estate in the countryside, where he shows off some of his Conservative "Old Boy" values.
* The Scottish estate Glenbogle plays a significant role in ''Series/MonarchOfTheGlen''. Its owners, though, are LandPoor, which is a source of struggle in the stories.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The mansion of CorruptCorporateExecutive and vampire Russell Winters.
** In ''After the Fall'', Spike takes over the Magazine/{{Playboy}} Mansion and uses it as his residence after dusting a vampirized Hef.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Angel had a mansion, though not in the typical rich guy sense. He shared it with Drusilla and Spike.
* Andrew Hartford's mansion in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has a [[CoolGarage Zord bay]] beneath the house, 27 bathrooms on the first floor alone, and yet he can't make a security system to keep the villains out.
** Maybe the sheer size IS the reason it's such a nightmare to secure.
* The comedic tension in ''Series/ToTheManorBorn'' focuses on Grantleigh Manor, which the LandPoor Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton sells to the wealthy SelfMadeMan Richard [=DeVere=].
** One example of the sheer size of the place is the fact that he has a rather large room ''just'' for his antique china collection.
* ITV's smash hit, ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', concerns the Abbey itself (exterior shots are of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highclere_Castle Highclere Castle]] in Hampshire). Downton is so [[UpToEleven so fantastically big and fancy that requires a full time staff of almost twenty people to clean and maintain]]. Much of the plot frames the Abbey as an obligation and a money drain, creating tension for everyone.
* Southfork Ranch in ''Series/{{Dallas}}''.
* Drummond's Manhattan penthouse in ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''.
* Jed Clampett's mansion in ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''.
* The beachfront Robin's Nest estate in Hawaii in ''Series/MagnumPI''.
* On ''Series/TheSopranos'', a female friend of AJ's is reluctant to invite him to her home. When he finally goes there, he sees a house he thinks is normal-sized, if a bit smaller than his own. Turns out that was just the guard shack out at the gate; the house, set well back from the road, is orders of magnitude bigger than his own. It's kind of an eye-opener for him, as he had always believed his family was wealthy and that his family's house--a sizable [=McMansion=]--was quite large.
* The Darling family of ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'' lives in the Imperial, a townhouse in the upper east side of Manhattan, that stands about eight stories tall and takes up an entire city block.
* Yonk and Nicole in ''Series/TheClass''.
* Hodgins' mansion has popped up once or twice in the seven seasons of Series/{{Bones}}.
* The eponymous ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', which is a huge castle located just outside of New York City that houses an organization which keeps and investigates supernatural creatures.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** The house in Florida owned by Harriet's parents, seen in "Yesterday's Heroes".
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' June's New York townhouse is shown to be pretty fancy.
* The Grayson Manor from ''Series/{{Revenge}}''.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', the artificial inteligence ALIE seems to be based out of a pristine mansion on a remote island. Given that everyone else in the series is living out of tents, underground bunkers, or crashed spacecraft, the opulence is on a whole 'nother level.

* Music/{{Blur}}'s bright and shiny-sounding song "Country House" describes a successful man who moves from the city into one of these, and [[LyricalDissonance the emptiness he feels in spite of his success]].
* The Titular ''Two Story House'' in the George Jones/Tammy Wynette song about a couple that buys one and then finds their marriage falling apart.

* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/HauntedHouse'' takes placed in one of these. It's represented in-game by having a table with three playfield levels.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} '': The residence of The God-Emperor of Mankind. All anyone knows is that it was visible from space, and fans have jokingly concluded that many millennia ago [[WildMassGuessing it was called "France"]].
** IIRC, the third edition rulebook stated that it covered about half of Terra.
** From what I know, the Imperial Palace covers all of North America.
** From the deptiction in Draco, the Imperial Palace appears to be a massive city. It doesn't just house the Emperor, it houses the central imperial government and the surrounding population of butchers, cleaners, guards, priests etc, as well as being a massive shrine to the history of the imperium, the deeds of the imperial military and the lives of all the saints. Even so, the bit where the emperor does live is pretty big - the front door is guarded by a pair of Imperator Class Titans.
** In a sense, all of Terra itself could be considered the Emperor's house. Terra is entirely covered by a single city. The planet (and indeed the whole Solar System) is one enormous fortress and shrine whose primary purpose is to protect the Emperor and power the Astronomican (the beacon that allows Warp travel).
* The Board Game ''Mystery Mansion'' takes place in one of these.

* In ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', Gremio and Tranio argue over who has more of these to offer Bianca, the girl they're wooing. As it happens, Tranio [[MockMillionaire isn't really wealthy]]--he's a servant impersonating his master and playing the role to the hilt.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Valentine Mansion, London - home to the English Countess Isabella "Ivy" Valentine from the VideoGame/SoulSeries. The grand staircase and library are used as fighting arenas in ''SC 1'' and ''SC 3'' respectively.
* Yai's house in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games -- though it appears [[{{Hammerspace}} roughly the same size as her neighbors' houses from the outside]].
* Croft Manor in the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series.
* A huge mansion is the backdrop of a field, the Webber Estate, in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]''.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand'':
** The ''VideoGame/WarioLandII'' version of Wario's castle/house has tons of rooms, is probably the size of a small town when mapped out, and has TEN LEVELS set in the building. Getting to his alarm clock requires going through about twenty rooms for goodness sake!
** Wario's Castle in ''VideoGame/WarioWorld''. It's a solid gold castle people, complete with fancy throne and lots and lots of treasure lying around just about everywhere.
* The Shinra Mansion at Nibelheim in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', considered to be the largest house in the game, with 2 wings, 2 floors, and a deep underground basement. Gets further expanded in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' to have larger rooms, a huge entrance hall, wider corridors, and 2 levels of basements. Funnily enough, for a former scientist's base, the only room to contain anything actually scientific is the deepest, furthest room in the basement.
* ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}'' begins with a young couple moving into a gothic castle. It's never explained how they could possibly afford it, or why the original owner's belongings are untouched decades after his death.
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''. Okay, so it's a bit haunted, but you can literally vacuum money and pearls right out of the furniture!
** If you get enough money in the course of the game, this also applies to the house Luigi gets after the haunted mansion vanishes.
* VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s Eientei and Scarlet Devil Mansion. Both are also cases where they are BiggerOnTheInside. Interestingly, the Scarlet Devil Mansion is a..well, [[ShapedLikeItself Western-style mansion]], while Eientei is very much Japanese.
* VideoGame/MassEffect2: Donavan Hock has a ridiculously large house, especially after you get through the large room where the party is held, the balcony, the vault that's large enough that the Statue of Liberty's head is a display on one end, the underground security bunkers, the [[HumongousMecha YMIR mechs]], the [[UpToEleven garage full of tanks and fuel canisters]], the secondary landing pad...and that gunship and the rest of the squadron Hock talks about had to have come from somewhere...
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' and [[VideoGame/FableIII 3]]'' have Fairfax Mansion and Bowerstone Castle respectively. Both are huge, contain any kind of real world room you could want. Both however seem to have large, rather complex escape routes that are actually filled with danger.
* Dorne Manor (the Operation Repunzel level) in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Frontline''.
* In the backstory comics for VideoGame/TeamFortress2, we see that the Demoman lives in a very fancy mansion with his mother. The Heavy also seems to live in a big fancy cabin.
* The Tohno mansion of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', big and fancy even for Japanese standards.
* In Battlefield 3 the Russian protagonist storms a mansion positioned on a cliff side overseeing an enormous beach spanning as far as the eye can see and a breath-taking view of the ocean. The reason why is that there is a well-known arms dealer suspected of having given away nuclear weapons so they are trying to capture him and find out what he knows. As for the mansion itself there are numerous sections one after the other that could be considered houses into their own right, lavish gardens, multiple pools, and an entire underground Military facility. This arms dealer must be banking to have been able to afford a house that beautiful.
* ''VisualNovel/KiraKira'': Due to being extremely rich, Sarina's family have several of these.
* ''[[Videogame/TheIdolmaster2 The iDOLM@STER 2]]'' - Takane's has one.
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'': Being the head of a mafia crime family it's not surprising Jackie Estacado lives in a large mansion. What is surprising is that said mansion is located on the top of a skyscraper in New York City.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' the first Act revolves around Hawke trying to gain enough money so he/she can reclaim the Amell Estate for his/her mother Leandra after his deadbeat uncle hid the Will that revealed everything was left to his ''sister'', spent the entire family inheritance on himself and then finally sold the Estate to ''slavers'' in order to cover his extensive debts. After Hawke regains the family fortune and Estate in Act II, the uncle was ''not'' allowed to live there.
** While only a fraction of the house is seen in game, just how big is the Estate? Its vast cellars are mentioned as extending all the way from Hightown, right through to the former mine tunnels that running beneath the city, Darktown.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' most of the houses in Solitude including Proudspire Manor which is the one the player can buy and the most expensive of the player's options. It would be big and fancy by modern standards but even moreso in the context of the setting.
** Castle Volkihar in the ''Dawnguard'' DLC is a huge castle on its own island that is home to over a dozen vampires, including yourself if you choose to join them.
** The ''Hearthfire'' DLC allows you to design and build your own Big Fancy House from the ground up. Once completed, it can house you, your spouse, two children, a steward, a housecarl and a bard. Depending on your preferences, it can have towers, a greenhouse, an armory, a kitchen, trophy room, and extra bedrooms.
* With enough money the players in "VideoGame/TornCity" can upgrade all the way up to an entire private island!
* In VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: KYO RPG game, the players get again to see [[TheProtagonist Kyo Kusanagi]]'s home. [[ContinuityNod It's still]] the same and very big traditional complex from the KOF: KYO manga, TheThingThatGoesDoink included.
** There's also [[MsFanservice Mai's]] house aka the Shiranui dojo. It's a just as big Japanese mansion, including a tea ceremony pavillion.
** The backstory for KOF XIII implies that [[YamatoNadeshiko Chizuru Kagura]] lives in a similar traditional house, possibly attached to the shrine that she's a {{Miko}} for in KOF: KYO.
* VideoGame/FallenLondon has the option to buy a huge mansion for a substantial fee. They can then convert parts of it into either an Orphanage or Salon (and even have the choice about whether it's an OrphanageOfFear or OrphanageOfLove)
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' you get to check out the right side of the Merovingian's dungeons, and find out that the house is '''even''' bigger due to having it's own AnotherDimension with a whole maze inside it.
* In ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix'' you get to explore the left part of the Merovingian's dungeons and depending on who you play as either the library as Niobe or the roof as Ghost, along with a lot of other rooms.
* The majority of the games in the ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series include a sprawling mansion that the player must navigate and escape. The first game centers around trying to explore and escape Himuro Mansion, while the sequels usually involve at least one mansion the player has to enter. All are traditional Japanese manors, in major disrepair.....oh, and ''filled with cursed spirits that want to kill you''.
* The titular mansion in ''VideoGame/MysteryOfMortlakeMansion'', although not all that big, is certainly fancy, even in the run-down state in which it is found.
* The Koryuuji estate from ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' is ''huge''.
* Petra's stage in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''. Justified since she is an [[TheOjou Ojou]].
* The world "About the House" in ''VideoGame/MonkeyShines'' is set in a big house with [[AnimateInanimateObject moving household objects]] as enemies.
* A common setting in the [[VideoGame/NancyDrew Nancy Drew]] computer games, such as ''Message in a Haunted Mansion,'' ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor'' and ''The Ghost of Thornton Hall.''
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** The ''Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind'' OAV and the proper ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' game show Ken's house, a ''lovely'' mansion where he and his wife Eliza take residence [[spoiler: and, in ''Super'' are joined by their newborn son Mel]].
** While the non-canon manga ''Sakura Ganbaru'' had shown [[http://streetfighter.wikia.com/wiki/Kanzuki_Estate Karin Kazuki's massive state]], it's not until ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' that it's seen in all its glory in the official games. And it's very, '''very''' worth the wait.
* The Spencer Mansion in ResidentEvil comprises the 'resident' of "Resident Evil." It is massive and lavishly furnished... and full of biological horrors and deathtraps.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]]'' includes some of these, located in the very rich [[CrapsaccharineWorld and very corrupt]] Nagasaki from the last isolation days:
** The Meiko Salon is not only a LocalHangout but it's set on the front of a ''big'' traditional house in the merchnt district, and there are several back rooms used for storage and as the living quarters of [[TheLeader Makoto]], [[TheQuietOne Kagura]] and the PlayerCharacter. According to Kagura, Makoto purchased and outfitted it ''solely with the earnings from his artwork''; the guy is '''that''' rich.
** There are several homes like this, actually, like Suetsugu's just as fancy (if not more) Japanese-style mansion and a Western one that houses some Dutch merchants that work in the Dejima harbor (and where Eduard, as a Dutch-Japanese interpreter, seemingly lives in).
** Yuzuki's house belong to his very loaded HonestCorporateExecutive of a father. What the PlayerCharacter gets to see from it is ''lovely''.
** The most luxurious brothel in the RedLightDistrict of Nagasaki, Maruyama, is located in what's implied to be one of these. It becomes a vital hangout in the paths of the most [[AntiVillain morally ambiguous]] potential boyfriends, Toru and Tsubaki, with the second working there as the [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold working ladies']] personal doctor. [[spoiler: Even more: Tsubaki, as [[SonOfAWhore the son]] of a beautiful HighClassCallGirl, was ''raised'' in that luxury brothel.]]
** In [[spoiler: Toru]]'s Sweet Ending, he and Saori are seen in a luxurious Western bedroom that seemingly belongs to a BFH. [[spoiler: Justified, they ran away from Japan and he used his smarts to reinvent himself as a HonestCorporateExecutive.]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Annyseed}}'' "I still can't get over your uncles mansion back there!" -Winston says to Anny, page 99.
* Tessa from ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' lives in one, much to the amazement of her new friends.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', the Murrays of Murray Hill live in one.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Susan lives in one. She has a remote with one button. Its purpose is to raise the back of the couch.
* ''Webcomic/TheKingfisher'': Fancy house interiors abound, almost creating a bigger sense of abnormality when the characters visit a pit.
* In ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'', the Castors have a large house. [[spoiler:The first murder we see takes place in this house, as Susan Miller-Castor shoots her husband for his indiscretions.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-23.html the Beast lives in one.]]
* Orion Ali lives in a futuristic mansion in ''Webcomic/FamiliarTerritory''.
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' provides the trope image, a shot of the main character Trace Legacy's extravagant manor... [[LaserGuidedAmnesia which he has completely forgotten.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wanders around his huge house (both of them, Doug and Rob moved into their own home during ''Film/TheRoom'' review), you get an awful lot of SceneryPorn.
* Mutterwald in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the massive mansion on the huge estate where the Goodkinds live. It used to be Phase's home, right up until chapter 2 of "Ayla and the Late Trevor James Goodkind."
* Brown Manor in The Molly and Pippin Show is a large mansion which is basically a cross between Neuschwanstein, the Taj Mahal and The Biltmore Estate.
* [[http://www.mcmansionhell.com/ McMansion Hell]] is all about making fun of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin McMansion]] flavor of these, although the author will occasionally post about big fancy houses she likes and why (usually, cohesive architecture and good construction, as opposed to the tacky foam-quoined messes usually featured).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The palace that [[LukeNounverber Vonda Clutchcoin]] calls her own in the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "The Carpetsnaggers".
* Burns Manor in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', home of local evil tycoon Montgomery Burns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay Sherman's family and his boss Duke Phillips live in mansions.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "House Fancy", Squilliam's house, much to Squidward's dismay.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] moves into one to keep Pebbles away from the riff-raff in Bedrock, but they find they can't afford the upkeep.
* [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Montana Max's]] mansion (complete with doorbell that chimes "MON-ney!")
* Creator/TexAvery's ''LonesomeLenny'' is a big dumb dog whose home is a huge mansion - his room is the size of an opera house - and he lives in a standard-issue wooden doghouse in the corner.
%%* Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s mansion in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Airbending Master Tenzin and his family reside in a palatial estate on the grounds of [[http://www.lastairbenderfans.com/cutenews/data/upimages/air-temple-island.jpg Air Temple Island]], a [[IslandBase sanctuary]] situated on the bay of Republic City.
** The Beifong family's estate from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', though not as impressive, [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090312231614/avatar/images/0/0e/Beifong_estate.png still looks pretty flippin' good]].
* The Northwest family's manor, simply named Northwest Manor, in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is situated up on a hill with gates that exist with the main purpose of keeping the average poor townsperson from attending the Northwest family's annual dinner party.
* Mordhaus (German for "Murder House"), the home of Dethklok from ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'' is a gigantic, high-tech fortress that even has the ability to ''fly''.
* The Duke of Detroit's mansion (where he keeps many cars) in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'': Jordan's as revealed in "Mrs. [=McCoy's=] Baby Boy". Even her ''gardener's'' house was big enough to impress Nancy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', [[UpperClassTwit Quincy Endicott]]'s mansion is extremely large, but is noted to have an inconsistent architectural style. [[spoiler: This is because his house accidentally became interconnected with that of one of his neighbors. Neither party is aware of this, and believes the other to be a ''ghost''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'': Mr. Waste's manor. He's so wasteful that, since the manor is too big to be thrown away, he keeps adding new rooms so he'll never have to use the same more than one night. He eventually abandons it and the island where it's located to look for a new home after wasting the island's resources.

[[folder:Real Life]]

* Istana Nurul Iman, the palace of the Sultan of Brunei, is considered the world's largest private residence, at over [[BiggerIsBetter2 million square feet]]. It even contains hundreds of Rolls-Royces, has air conditioned stables, and houses a Mosque with a dome made of pure gold.
* Antilia, home of Indian bussinessman Mokesh Ambani maybe the world's largest non-royal private residence. It is a tall skyscraper-like house with over 400,000 square feet of interior space on 25 floors.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Windsor_Castle_at_Sunset_-_Nov_2006.jpg Windsor Castle]], home of the British Royal Family, is the largest inhabited castle in the world and, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror (1066), is the oldest in continuous occupation. The castle's floor area is about 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft); it contains over 1,000 rooms and the surrounding parkland is over 20 square kilometres.
** And this is only one of the British Royal Family's ''twenty-plus'' official residences, one of which is the sprawling Houses of Parliament in the heart of Westminster (though only technically, since the monarch no longer lives there at any time and really couldn't--the only living space in the Palace is for the Speaker of the Commons and Lord Speaker of the Lords, who have formal state apartments in the building). The numbers are staggering - the Crown property portfolio is collectively worth something like ''£5.6bn'' (around $8.7bn US), includes over 50% of the UK shoreline, and covers in total well over ''1,000 square kilometres''.
*** However, about half of this--including the London palaces--is owned by the Crown rather than the Queen herself, and is thus managed by the government. On the other hand, a substantial portion of Crown land is actually part of the Crown Estate, which while managed by the government is in theory voluntarily surrendered to Parliament in exchange for a share of the (lucrative) proceeds and the right to succeed to the Throne, and it is quite possible that should the British monarchy ever end, the Royal Family would keep the Crown Estate. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhyYgnhhKFw C.G.P. Grey explains]]. Finally, certain major properties--including the ''very'' big and fancy Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle--are directly owned by the monarch personally.[[note]]This caused a bit of annoyance when [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Edward VIII]] abdicated; George VI had buy the properties back from him.[[/note]]
* Speaking of Britain, Chequers, the [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister's]] country estate. Furthermore, 10 Downing Street is [[BiggerOnTheInside deceptively large]].
* Bleinheim Palace, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough - and birthplace of Winston Churchill - is the largest private residence in England. It is also a regular money pit that kept generations of Dukes in debt up to their ears.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Imperial_Palace The residence of the Emperor of Japan]]. A palace, ''several'' Big Fancy Houses and ''several square kilometres of open parkland''. In '''central Tokyo'''. One estimate of its "market value" (if a market for it existed) is that the palace and grounds is worth, roughly, California[[note]]That is, California's GDP--the sum of economic activity for one year--not the combined value of all California's land. Even at sky-high Tokyo prices, it would probably cost less to buy the Imperial Palace than it would to buy, say, every lot in San Francisco. Also, that estimate was made during the '90s Japanese real-estate bubble, so the Imperial Palace is probably worth less now. But still really expensive.[[/note]]. There are bigger, fancier palaces out there for heads of state, but none anywhere in the world on more valuable real estate than this one.
* Canadian Governors-General (and the Canadian monarch, whenever he/she visits) are lodged at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rideau_Hall Rideau Hall]], a superb manor in Ottawa where the GG holds receptions and diplomatic events, though the vast majority of it is working offices for various Crown functions. Another official residence is maintained at La Citadelle, in Quebec City. In some provinces, the Lieutenant Governors (who fulfill the Governor General's role at the provincial level) also have their own official residences. In contrast, the Prime Minister and provincial Premiers lived in smaller houses or condos.
** While not on the same scale, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_Sussex_Drive 24 Sussex Drive]], the official residence of the Prime Minster is still quite large and fancy. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stornoway_%28residence%29 Stornoway]], the home of the Leader of the Opposition, is similar.
*** Unfortunately, 24 Sussex Drive is in a severe state of disrepair, so it's being renovated. In the meantime, the Prime Minister and his family are living in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rideau_Cottage Rideau Cottage]], a large house on the grounds of Rideau Hall.
*** Unlike official residences in some other countries, they don't contain any office space. The Prime Minister and his/her staff work out of the Langevin Block across the street from Parliament Hill, while the Opposition Leader works out of offices elsewhere in Ottawa.
** Provincial premiers aren't given official state residences, although a former Premier of Alberta attracted controversy when it was revealed she planned to build a set of suites on top of a government building near the provincial legislature (the plan was eventually abandoned).
* In Newport, Rhode Island, there are the famous [[http://www.newportmansions.org Newport Mansions]]. These were built mostly in the late 1800s, by very wealthy people during TheGildedAge. Several movies have filmed scenes at the various mansions.
* The largest house in the United States is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the country estate of railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt II. It occupies a gross area of 175,000 square feet and is larger than some royal palaces. It's been used in several films as the residence of somebody who obviously has enormous amounts of money, especially [[OldMoney ''old'' money]]. Examples:
** Mason Verger's mansion in ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', set in Virginia and shot at Biltmore.
** The movie adaptation of ''Film/BeingThere'', the Rand estate was represented by Biltmore.
** The movie adaptation of ''Film/RichieRich'' was also shot at Biltmore. One of the kids idly speculates that it must have its own ZIP code.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_and_Frederick_Barclay Barclay Brothers]] in have built a faux-gothic castle on the private island of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brecqhou_from_the_air.JPG Brecqhou]] in [[UsefulNotes/TheChannelIslands Sark]], with landscaped gardens covering most of the rest of the island. Features include the Servants Helipad and an ornamental lake.
* After the Great Fire of [[AncientRome Rome]] in 64, the emperor Nero had a gigantic new palace built. If Suetonius is to be believed, the entrance hall alone was a mile long and had a 120-foot statue of Nero; there was a huge artificial lake, gardens and woods rife with plants and animals, petal- and perfume-sprinklers and a banqueting hall with a constantly revolving roof, and gold, jewelled and ivory decorations throughout. When it was finished, Nero is supposed to have said, "Good - now at last I can begin to live like a human being." No wonder people accused him of starting the fire (though it's now generally agreed that he didn't). As Nero was less than popular with the Roman establishment by the time he died and the palace was a gigantic reminder of him, most of it was later demolished.
** Of course, Nero's [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating profound unpopularity]] means that this description should be taken with a large grain of salt.
*** Some elements are definately true. Nero's giant statue, for example, survived the destruction of the palace, and later on the Flavian Amphitheatre was nicknamed Colosseum because it stood next to the place and dwarfed it. The banquet hall with revolving floor has actually been found in an archeological dig, since it was simply buried instead of being wrecked, and it's considered a marvel of engineering.
* TheWhiteHouse is pretty damn fancy, though its size comes more from the fact that it's also full of a lot of office space for the President's staff than the residential part. Still, the Executive Residence--the middle part with the staterooms and so on where the President lives--is big and fancy enough to qualify. However, it's substantially smaller than most other official residences of heads of state and government--most private mansions are larger than the Residence, and the parts that are actually exclusively the President's (the private apartments on the second floor) amount to little more than a moderately large three-bedroom penthouse over a building open to the public and otherwise given over to areas for public entertaining.[[note]]There is also a small private area in the basement, for a bowling alley and a small movie theater.[[/note]] On one hand, this is remarkable, considering that the United States is the world's richest, most powerful country; on the other hand, it's not terribly remarkable, given the egalitarian sensibilities of most Americans.
** As an example of Americans' schizophrenic attitude regarding things of this kind, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson thought that the White House was ''too big'' when he moved in in 1801, calling it "big enough for two emperors, one pope, and the grand lama in the bargain." And then he conducted the first expansion of the White House, building the colonnades that now connect the Residence to the East and West Wings. (They were originally designed to disguise the laundry and stables). That said, Jefferson ''did'' seriously reduce the size of the White House ''grounds'', allowing Pennsylvania Avenue to cut across them much closer to the house than planned, and repurposing the land north of Pennsylvania Avenue as a public park (today called Lafayette Square).
** President Trump has had the ''opposite'' opinion, calling the place a dump compared to his frankly gaudy and tasteless residence in Trump Tower.
** Somewhat related to the Japanese Imperial Palace, the White House has gained a lot in the land-value department since about 2000. DC's real estate market has become rather tight, and land values are increasing quickly, so even a "moderately-large three-bedroom penthouse" is actually quite a lot in today's DC.
* "[[GratuitousSpanish La Cuesta Encantada]]" ("The Enchanted Hill"), a gigantic, highly-eclectic house built by William Randolph Hearst in San Simeon, California, often called the "Hearst Castle" because of its size and some of its architectural features. Hearst being the obvious basis for Kane in ''Film/CitizenKane'', it's pretty clear that Xanadu is based on this place.
* The Ottoman Empire's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topkapı_Palace Topkapi Palace]], which functioned as a seat of government as well as the personal residence of rulers, and as a result was a huge complex of buildings.
* Romania basically has one huge castle for every leading figure. Its Parliament's Palace basically brings this ''Main/UpToEleven'', being the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament biggest civilian building. In the world.]]''. An American Billionaire tried to buy it, offering ''4 billion $''. The Romanians were unimpressed. If that's not enough, rumours say that its underground space is ''twice as big as the above''. Try to imagine that size for a moment. Top Gear presenters drove their cars inside the ''legal part of the underground'' to empathise its size. And if even that's not enough, there are huge underground tunnels connecting the building to some handy escape places. ''Just to be on the safe part.''
** All these Big Fancy Houses, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotroceni_Palace President's]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeta_Palace the Royal Family's]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Palace the PMs']], the Senate's and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament Parliament's]] are all located in the historical center of the capital, occupying way too much space, judging by common sense. But at least it looks cool, right?
* Subverted with the new Federal Chancellery building in Berlin: while it is the largest government headquarters in the world (being ''eight times'' the size of the White House) and contains a 200 square meters “Chancellor's Apartment”, only 28 of those square meters are reserved as private living space for the sitting Chancellor, the rest being occupied by rooms intended for public entertaining. Of the two [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellors]] who have held office since the edifice was completed (Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel), only Schröder lived in it for any amount of time; Chancellor Merkel has preferred to live in her own private flat.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Loma Casa Loma]] in Toronto, built by the eccentric Canadian businessman Henry Pellatt because his wife really wanted to live in an European castle.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McMurtry David McMurtry]]'s Swinhay House, which is so flashy that the owner ''himself'' can't bear to live in it, instead renting it out year-round with the proceeds going to various charities.
* While many [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/05/21/homes-of-the-worlds-most-powerful-celebrities/ celebrity homes]] certainly fit this trope, Creator/StephenKing owns a [[http://www.cjnews.com/travel/touring-famous-stephen-king-landmarks-bangor-maine distinctive one]], complete with a custom wrought-iron spiked fence, asymmetrical towers, indoor pool and special writing studio.
* Russia is peppered with old crumbling manor houses, estates and mansions dating back to the Imperial era. Most of them were re-used as resorts during the Soviet era, which added a couple of decades to their longevity. Right now, most of them are pictureque ruins.
** ''UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia'' era added quite a lot to the amount of mansions in the country. There is a joke: "If you are in backwater Russia, follow the smoothest road to find the governor's mansion".
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_House The Blue House]] in UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} is the presidential residence of UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}}. The estate, which is located at the foot of Mt Bukak near downtown Seoul, is 62 acres wide and the residence consists of several buildings. The residence was named after the blue roof tiles of the reception center.