HOUSE PORN: Wealth Does Not Breed Taste—A Look Inside America’s Ugliest $58 Million Mansion in Cambria, California.

You know when something is so hideous that you can’t look away? Well, feast your eyes on Castello della Costa d'Oro in Cambria, California. She's a garish, gilded and gated estate--and currently asking someone, anyone, to buy her for $58 million. 

Cambria is a charmingly quaint seaside community just south of Big Sur, along California’s Central Coast. Dubbed “Pines by the Sea” the topography is stunning and the houses (there are about 3,500 of them) range from small cabins built in the 1920’s to multi-million dollar homes.

As for Castello della Costa d'Oro which sits on 80 acres of pristine ocean view land, well, as my mother has often said upon seeing a garish display of gilded tackiness, “Wealth does not breed taste, just because you have money, doesn’t mean you know how to spend it—or have the taste to display it.”

The behemoth currently on the market was built only a few years ago. And had the county architectural planning committee and neighbors fighting the owner all the way through the building process—they were trying to use legal means to stop the garish display that features what the U.K. Daily Mail calls “every 'Italian' cliché all rolled into one appalling array of brocade, marble, gilt and leather.” The 11 bedrooms and 12 baths are as the Daily Mail calls displaying “…tackier and tackier design decisions that might even make Liberace cringe.” The estate has been described by a realtor as 'a Venetian castle built for the ages on California's pristine central coast'.

The house is a stone’s- throw from another garish display of wealth—William Randolph Hearst’s camp, now called “Hearst Castle.” The estate is now a tourist attraction allowing millions of visitors to witness—and sometimes gasp, at another display of conspicuous consumption pieced together by a man with more wealth than taste.

It seems my mother was right. Wealth does not breed taste.

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