Highlandville, MO — A man with ties to the defense industry is constructing a massive home in Highlandville. The home's nearly 73,000-square-foot size is drawing lots of attention from interested onlookers.
According to the Census Bureau, the average new home size over the last five years was between 2,100 and 2,500 square feet. The house under construction could fit close to 29 average homes inside, with room to spare.
At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Obama and his family share 55,000 square feet.
On 2700 Woods Fork Road in Highlandville, Steven T. Huff and family will share more than 72,000 square feet.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ home is 66,000 square feet.
The Huff home “has gained attention because of that,” Christian County Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Atchley said.
Neighbors talk about the “Highlandville high rise” -- but not on camera. Posted on a usually locked gate are signs warning them to keep out, and another sign warning of video surveillance. “About all we know is we've been told the property will be a private residence,” Atchley said.