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Texas mega-mansion with 46 bedrooms is in search of a special buyer

46-bedroom Texas mega-mansion is in search of 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, up for sale at a cool $3.5 million, wasn't actually built as a private residence. But it's a humdinger.

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

Nevertheless, with all 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 for a zillionaire with an unbending bigger-is-better philosophy.

Amenities, yet to be finished, include large open living areas, an indoor gunite swimming pool and spa, Jacuzzi and an 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.