A Castle Built For Two

A growing number of empty nesters are pouring their life savings into megahomes

When Patricia and Kim Baker began thinking about building a new home for just the two of them, they were thinking big--very big. For 13 years they had been ensconced in a 3,500-sq.-ft. contemporary-style home--which was plenty of room until they brought in their expanding businesses. Soon the rooms felt crowded and confined.

Patricia, 48, had always longed for a large house and an expansive plot of land, and Kim was a NASCAR driver and race-car builder who needed an oversize garage for his projects. So when they reaped a windfall after selling their home in 2004, they decided to build...

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