Actually anyone who buys this house is paying cash. Serious cash. And there are probably less than a thousand people who can afford. News from the Aspen Times is that Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz is looking to sell his Aspen compound for $135 million. The property includes 95 acres and a 56,000-square-foot mansion with 16 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, countless amenities including a snowmelt driveway. I can just see real estate agents whipping out their calculators to figure out what 6% of $135 million is….
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