Travel Photo Thursday | Sedona, AZ

Travel Photo Thursday | Sedona, AZ

Today’s picture is a curiosity that I couldn’t help to discover during my trip to Sedona, AZ.  It’s a humongous 8k sqft mansion located right across from the famed Cathedral of the Cross.  Since the Cathedral draws thousands of visitors a year, one could surmise that the owner of the mansion is not exactly a shrinking violet.

I could have sworn that my daughter built something like this on The SIMS!

The property was bought for 286,000.00 US about ten years ago and took almost that long to finish the house.  The landscape is nothing short of a masterpiece, as you can see below, their koi pond is worth a cool million bucks.

It must be nice to have koi living larger than some people

There has been lots of speculation of who actually owned the house.  Many thought the honor belonged to Johnny Depp and others speculated that it was Nicholas Cage since he spent a lot of time in the city.  Only recently has it become public knowledge that the honor belongs to a Dr. Ioan Cosmescu from Romania.  He got his millions the old fashioned way…he earned it.  He is the inventor of the laser scalpel used in LASIK eye surgery (winning!) among other inventions.

Nope, you can never be too rich….

If you want to see the inside of the mansion, take a look here.  You know you want to.  ;-D



Renee King
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  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 17:56h, 21 July Reply

    Dr. Ioan Cosmescu recently sold this house to none other than….me! 😉
    I actually remember seeing it when I was in Sedona a couple years ago. It certainly makes an impression!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:36h, 22 July Reply

      Mike, I didn’t know that you were independently wealthy! lol

  • jade
    Posted at 17:57h, 21 July Reply

    Oh-MY! Wow- I wouldn’t mind spending a little time there!!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:36h, 22 July Reply

      It would be fun…that’s for sure.

  • Eileen Ludwig
    Posted at 18:44h, 21 July Reply

    Very nice place and great photos

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:36h, 22 July Reply

      Thanks, Eileen!

  • InsideJourneys
    Posted at 19:25h, 21 July Reply

    WOW, Renee, what a spread!!!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:35h, 22 July Reply

      Humongous, Marcia….I would get lost there.

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 21:34h, 21 July Reply

    That’s quite a house! Don’t know if it’s quite my style, but I sure love that setting. Nice photos, Renee!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:35h, 22 July Reply

      It is a bit gauche, right? I love the setting too.

  • ayngelina
    Posted at 23:57h, 21 July Reply

    Wow Renee that looks incredible, also reminds me of some kind of crazy disney house.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:13h, 27 July Reply

      Yes it does!

  • Nancie
    Posted at 02:24h, 22 July Reply

    WOW! Now I know why I should become an inventor. Great shots, and what a koi pond!

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:13h, 27 July Reply

      I know….science geeks are silently ruling the world….

  • Muza-chan
    Posted at 03:36h, 22 July Reply

    Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:12h, 27 July Reply


  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 17:15h, 22 July Reply

    That’s a cool property! It actually does look like a sims creation.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:12h, 27 July Reply

      Yeah, it looks somewhat animated….

  • Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    Posted at 18:15h, 22 July Reply

    Too big for me 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:11h, 27 July Reply

      Agreed….I love roomy houses, but that’s a bit much.

  • Renee
    Posted at 08:11h, 27 July Reply

    LOL….sad…you could house a couple of families in that garage can’t you?

  • Bob Crunch
    Posted at 11:04h, 27 July Reply

    Great pictures and I agree with you that the second photo looks like something out of The SIMS.

  • Sailor
    Posted at 19:14h, 28 July Reply

    Beautiful Pictures!

  • Gene Tilby
    Posted at 04:12h, 10 March Reply

    Quite the mansion, I am more intrigued by the monument at the top though…where is that? It looks amazing!

  • Suzanne Bright
    Posted at 13:23h, 11 July Reply

    I lived next door in the little brown house (they eventually bought it) when they started to build. They were the nicest people. They worked hard to get where they are – no one gave them anything. They donate and donate to worthy cause, the list would be too long to print. I miss not living next door to them.

    • Renee
      Posted at 16:35h, 11 July Reply

      Thanks for sharing your personal insight, Suzanne! I appreciate it.

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