The stretch of U.S. 65 between Ozark and Branson has some of the Ozarks’ most impressive scenery. There are lush, rolling hills, distant horizons and, if you look east, one of the biggest homes in the United States.

A house currently under construction near Highlandville spans almost a full acre from wall to wall,  on a 500-acre site. The ambitious project, nearly three years in and barely at the first floor, totals 72,000 square feet.

Putting that figure in perspective might require a few comparisons. According to the Census Bureau, the average new home size over the last five years was between 2,100 and 2,500 square feet. Springfield’s Pythian Castle is between 34,000 and 39,000 square feet, said owner Tamara Finocchiaro. Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ house is 66,000 square feet.

The White House, with three wings on six levels, totals 55,000 square feet.

As for comparisons to local private homes, there may not be any.

“I’m not sure it does compare,” said Todd Wiesehan senior planner with Christian County Planning and Zoning. “It’s a one-of-a-kind project.”

The blueprints attest to that.

Beginning with a 23,000-square-foot basement, the house’s ground level is only slightly smaller and the second story is a little less than 22,000 square feet.

Garage space alone accounts for 4,000 square feet.

Interior plans include two elevators; 15 bedrooms; 14 bathrooms; a two-story, 1,600-square-foot library and two-story, 1,970-square-foot great hall.

The master bedroom is 1,275 square feet.

Perhaps the only unsurprising parts of the massive project are the rumors.

“It’s all concrete, and I’ve heard it’ll have bulletproof glass and a concrete roof,” said Steve Johnson, neighbor to the Woods Fork Road property. “My wife was told it’s supposed to be a corporate retreat.”

At least one part of that is known to be true.

“The walls are all concrete,” said Sheriff Joey Kyle. “It’s large enough to fit two or three homes inside it.”

After hearing about the project, Kyle drove to the site to introduce himself and see it first hand.

The building permit application lists the cost of materials at nearly $6.9 million.

Johnson, who lives just yards from the gated and locked entrance, used to expect little traffic along the secluded road. Now, “hundreds” of construction trucks are the norm.

“One right after another,” Johnson said. “It’s been like that for over a year now. From what I’ve seen and heard, this place is unbelievable.”

So just who will live there? That’s hard to say with certainty.

Records show the building is owned by the Steven T. Huff Family, LLC, but exactly who Steven T. Huff is, is largely unknown.  His brother, Joe Huff, Ozark, verified the ownership of the property but was reluctant to disclose any more information.

“The technology involved with the construction is proprietary in nature,” Joe Huff said. “it’s not information we are prepared to talk about right now.”

Joe Huff also verified that the structure is being built as a personal residence and identified himself as the “project manager.” However, available information online and in public records indicate Steven Huff is involved in technological engineering.

The property’s deed says the Steven T. Huff Family, LCC is located in Leesburg, Va. Available online records of political campaign contributions show a Steven T. Huff of Leesburg to be an engineer and chief technology officer of Overwatch Systems, Ltd. According to the Overwatch website, the company “delivers multi-source intelligence (multi-INT), geospatial analysis and custom intelligence solutions to the Department of Defense, national agencies and civilian organizations. ... More than 25,000 analysts in the U.S. Department of Defense and the larger intelligence community utilize Overwatch solutions.”

A company overview of Overwatch on the Bloomberg Businessweek website says Overwatch was formerly known as Sensor Systems.

Overwatch also owns the Medical Numerics company, which, according to its website, “enjoys powerful collaborations with the world’s leading medical imaging research organizations, including The United States National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School, Yale University, UCLA School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and Oxford University.”

The Medical Numerics website says Steven Huff founded Sensor Systems—now Overwatch—in 1993.

Whether the manor is soon to be inhabited by the Huff family or just owned by it, current P&Z restrictions guarantee only one family will live there. P&Z records from March of 2008 show the application was approved with the condition that “the structure can only be occupied by one family at a time.”

In a four-member family, that would equal 18,000 square feet per person.

Additional sources: U.S. News & World Report, www.whitehousehistory.org.

(33) comments

rntuproud

You can get a pretty good view of this house in person. Go to Ozark, take Highway F/14 East towards Sparta. Turn South (Right) on Highway W, drive forever, the road splits into a fork about 10 miles down, stay to the right which is Logan Ridge Road. Stay on this road, keeping to the right at any forks. You will come to a fairly sharp corner and there is a sign that says "Chavez Cemetary" and if you turn like you are going into the cemetary, look over to your right and you will see it. It looks like an office building. my husband and I were out driving around and saw it before we knew what it was. It is ugly as it can be and doesn't look like a home. We drove around to 65 highway the next weekend and tried to find it on Woods Fork but all you can see is the gate with the sign that is in the picture. We talked to a guy who lives East of the property and the back of his property is the back of Huff's property. He said they have been building for almost 3 years but they took almost a year to build the road and bridge to get up to the place.

96flstf

You can view this construction site by going to Google Earth (http://www.google.com/earth/index.htmland) then finding coordinates

Lat 36°52'47.07"N
Long 93°12'46.07"W

You can view the construction

Kentuckybabe

To each his own. However, I would like to know if this 72,000 sq foot bldg. is part of 'Top Secret America'??? I understand they build these huge bldgs. for gov't use.

Archedemus

The poster that calls themselves "Cracked" sounds like a white supremest version of Jared Loughner - filled with hate, is delusional and paranoid. I wish the powers that be would reopen a few mental hospitals - it appears that the percentage of people with severe mental problems is increasing at an accelerating pace in the US.

[crying]

earthling

If thou injurest Conscience, it will have its Revenge on thee.

Discontented Minds, and Fevers of the Body
are not to be cured by changing Beds or Businesses. (or bunkers)
b franklin

those who have something to fear,
need not envy another mans bunker.

William

The dude owns a company that serves 25,000 Defense Department analysts. He's just building a home office, nothing more. it's " Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home" GONE WILD.

Amishh

yea barons. Pope's masonic knights. Same thing. Old money, generational. Glad i'm not in his shoes.

Just-Laughin

Those kids can grow a lot of pot in that basement.

sopwith

wuzupu...I gues you didn't do too well in third grade arithmetic class. 4500 feet is nearly a mile (5280 feet = 1 mile). 23,000 square feet would make a square of approximatly 151 feet per side. A square 4500 feet per side yields a hole 20,250,000 square feet.
And we wonder why the USA is becoming a third world bananna republic.

TJefferson

It's really pretty clear this is a post-crisis survival retreat. Certainly the Huffs expect something bad to be coming. While the place may not be allowed more than one family right now, if the US enters a crisis stage with breakdown of former law and community, obviously this fortress will be a key command post in those times. One way to ensure you rise to the top of the pecking order when we become a neo-feudal state and have local barons.

Dr Moon

I don't normally listen to crazy conspiracy theories but something is rotten in Denmark or should I say Arkansas. This Huff guy owns a company that gathers intelligence data for the US Department of Defense and numerous other agencies. He's building a 72,000 sq. ft home, 23,000 of which is underground. When they said basement this doesn't necessarily mean 23,000 on one level this basement might be 20 feet deep. Concrete Walls, bullet proof glass and who knows what else. This guy is extremely paranoid or he knows something we don't. I wonder when the house is scheduled for completion? I wonder if I have time to move to Leesburg, Va and make me a new best friend. Hey Steve old buddy old Pal, want to go fishing?

mapseeker

Pretty big project at this Location. Latitude: 36.879644 Longitude: -93.212656

wuzupu

Here is a challenge for all of you. This building has been going up for almost three years and barely at the first floor. How long would it take for construction to dig out the hole that this building would occupy? Lets say it would take a year. So about two years ago there should have at least have been a big hole in the ground.

At 23,000 square feet for the basement that could be what, a 4,500 ft by 4,500 ft hole? I know,it depends if its square or rectangular, etc. My point is that there should be a big hole in the ground.

Now, when I look at Google Satellite view, at the end of Wood Forks road, I don't see anything. Just grass and trees. I know Google doesn't update every year. But two or three years out you would expect to see something.

What does that mean? Can anyone find it n the web satellite views?

I'd like to see it. I'd like to know why I can't.

earthling

the start of the world is near.

meet your maker? have no fear.

hoards of frightened Christians armed to the teeth pointing their guns at everything that moves from underground bunkers is what scares me, (after i stop laughing).

Cracked

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

Gnothead

Hope the builder has a sustainable fuel source to power the facility and the land/airborne vehicles transiting to the site.

Now, the county's tax collector is probably cheering. What a source of revenue! Think of all the bubbas with a job in this "down" season. The recovering will be made one step at a time.

Real Rick

Do I see 'end of days'? Nope
Do I see the defense dept? Nope
Do I see something I could never afford? Nop..... ok, that's yes

I want to know 1 thing!!!

Do they have any daughters?

LTC Ray Burke

The Huff family may indeed know a lot more about future events than we do. And their newly built fortress may very well assure their survival in a post armageddon world. If I had the resources, I would be building a similar retreat for myself and my family. The world is fast becoming a very dangerous place and survival may prove very difficult. I'd LOVE to have a room at their inn.

SaintLouisBlews

Found this on Drudge. I clicked on the link because I live in the great state of Misery. Three things really stuck out: the building materials (100% concrete with bulletproof glass windows), the size (obviously) and the intelligence and Defense Department connections of the owner. I'm not an apocalyptic conspiracy theorist or anything but like Absolution I immediately thought, "maybe this dude knows something we don't."

NoooComment

I hope with all the whining going on here to get you to whine big-time after reading about the largest (175,000 sq ft) private residence in the USA.
w w w dot biltmore dot com.

Grundoon

dbeall: Don't worry about the liberals chiding anyone about their charitable giving. Arthur Brooks, in his book "Who Really Cares (The real truth about Compassionate Conservatism)" proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that conservative Christians give four times as much to charity as secular liberals. That includes money, volunteer time, blood donations, and in-kind donations. His search of income tax records, foundation records, church records, and a mountain of other charitable giving data proves without a doubt that liberals' talk is cheap and so are their hearts. They are a bunch of selfish, self-righteous hipocrites.

pizzaman

I live in western Pa. their are several old mansions that belonged to the Huff Family the they made alot of money in the coal and banking industries in the early 1900s. There are 2 beautiful stone sister houses that are near Mcconells mills that belonged to huff they had museums and huge carriage house i wonder if this guy is a relation. There are also huff mansions in and around pittsburgh. I wonder if guy is related if so some old money there too. would love to see it sounds amazing

dbeall

I assumed before I read any discussion that there would be liberals in the mix lamenting the fact that someone who worked to become wealthy was building a large comfortable home as opposed to giving their money to help the homeless, poor, etc.etc.etc.

Of course, they ASSUME that this man gives nothing to charity. They PRESUME that it is any of their business what this man does with his money. Class envy pure and simple. It is how the Left operates. People who are wealthy, are wealthy because on a daily basis, they do the things that it takes to become wealthy. People who are poor long term are poor because on a daily basis they do things that result in poverty. It is so much easier to blame someone else for your poverty than it is to look in the mirror and say, "I did this to myself."

jimmiebigballs

Come on ...... stop the conspiracy stuff. It's a perfect place for a polygamist....all the bitches under one roof! I am HAPPY for the guy!!!! Maybe he is a Mormon....

Administrator

I've got an extra roll of tinfoil for you conspiracy theorists. Beware the Black Helicopters.
Ya'll have a great 3 day weekend, stock up for what Meugene and Absolution see coming, and if the bubble does go up, I wouldn't try to break in, the death rays'll getcha.

meugene

Absolution is right. This is not a "home" — it is a fortress. You need to ask why? And why now? Consider the timing of the coming U.S. dollar collapse. The owner realizes that when martial law is declared, he can invite as many "friends" and "family" as he wants to occupy his fortress. Considering what he does and who he works for, this man knows something wicked this way comes. For other clues, consider that "Homeland Security" propaganda films starring Janet Napolitano are running at select Walmarts. Walmart is also "testing" ICX SkyWatch surveillance towers in some of its store parking lots. For what? Riots. Food shortages. Bank holiday. The next Great Depression. Connect the dots, people. The Walton family, owners of Walmart, have a private family bunker—reportedly 7 stories underground, with 9-foot reinforced concrete walls. For what? They also have a super-secret computer fortress, with security tighter than the Pentagon. Look up the government's COG (Continuity-of-Government) facilities. I'd say Walmart is preparing to be the official king of commerce after the coming crash, as perhaps one of the only retailers able to supply the public after a national disaster.

Absolution

You are all missing the point entirely. Think about this:

There is an engineer who works very closely with the department of defense analysts who is spending 7 million dollars on materials alone for a building that is all concrete and bulletproof glass that legally can only occupy 1 family in a very remote area that is on a hill and that is isolated.

That is scarier than just about all the gloom and doom stories i have read recently.

Administrator

Right Wing Progressive? Isn't that an Oxymoron? It is negative discourse like yours that is making rational discussions a fading memory. Instead of bemoaning the fact that someone has the gumption and drive to make something of themselves, it is to be celebrated. Perhaps the innovative building technology being used will enable some entrepreneur to build houses more affordably, more quickly, for more people.

Kudos to the Huff family, may you continue to prosper. To those who have gone negative because they don't have, learn to dream, work hard, and perhaps you can make your dream a reality.
Well said Mr. Wonder.

Markwonder

Two types of people in this world:

1. People who look at someone who is wealthy and successful and say, "I can do that. I can do what it takes to be wealthy and successful like that person."

2. People who look at someone who is wealthy and successful and say, "That's not fair."

Lazysummerdayes

[sad] This story saddens me because of the poverty, starvation and people without homes all over the world. Is enough never enough?

Right Wing Progressive

Now wouldn't it be ironic if when home is completed the New Madrid fault starts to shake and rattle again after its 200 year slumber and the occupying family is crushed to death from falling concrete! If only.

reader11722

Endless $ for Defense Department companies, no $ to help homeless veterans, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
(Last link of Banned Book):
http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

Non-privatecitizen

Just look how much private information can be obtained by anyone. Making the phrase "private information" an oxymoron. Too many intrutions by government record keeping. Virtually everything is tracked now days in an effort to make sure the government can take a piece. Creeping ever closer to personal property being a thing of the past.

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