At Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, luxury homes go unsold

Kansas City StarJuly 3, 2009 

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — Beneath the free-standing porticos, on the stone path leading to the cut-glass double front door, Lisa Elliott greets me on a muggy afternoon wearing a black, sleeveless dress, as if she were on her way to a cocktail party.

No doubt the big empty house at 86 Woodhaven Lane will hold many soirees someday — if and when it ever sells.

“It’s one of the finest houses on the lake,” Elliott says as she takes me on a tour of what, from the outside, more resembles a four-story office building than a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Inside, there’s no mistaking it for anything but the 7,823-square-foot pleasure palace that it is, one of four luxury lake homes up for an unprecedented auction in a couple of weeks.

The walls on all four levels are stuffed full of wires to power the 138 speakers and 10 flat-panel TVs, all of which can be controlled from a central electronics closet hidden in the 4½ car garage, where there is, of course, a hookup for yet another big screen.

I guess just in case you want to watch the game while polishing the Lamborghini. Or so you can stay tuned in to what’s going on in the rest of the house via the security system, wired with six movable cameras.

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