Philanthropist and socialite Rachel "Bunny" Mellon was known for designing the White House Rose Garden, breeding horses, owning one of the largest collections of rare horticultural books, and owning a 2,047-acre estate so expensive that it intimidates even the most wealthy homebuyers. The Upperville, Virginia home, dubbed Oak Spring Farm, landed on the market in August 2014 for a massive $70 million, a price tag so immense that if the listing had successfully sold for that price, it would have set a new record. After languishing on the market for a year, the listing agent decided to divide the property into a dozen parcels. Some of the most eyebrow-raising details in the listing include the statue commemorating Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, a runway for private planes, and a pool house designed by starchitect I.M. Pei. You can also find horse stables and a 10,000-square-foot mansion, called the Brick House, on the property.
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· Bunny Mellon's Sprawling Virginia Estate Wants Insane $70M [Curbed DC]