How Much Did It Cost to Build the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina?

by Monica Wachman
Asheville is the closest city to the Biltmore mansion.

The 250-room, French Renaissance-style Biltmore mansion, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, took six years to build. George Washington Vanderbilt spent at least $5 million on the property, but the exact figure has not been made public.

About the Mansion and Grounds

At its peak, the estate covered 125,000 acres and included managed forestland, a dairy farm and gardens. A 3-mile railroad track was built to carry supplies and people to the building site, at a cost of about $80,000. Vanderbilt also built a 9-mile roadway leading through the property to the mansion's front door. Today the Biltmore is a tourist attraction and home to the Biltmore Winery, housed in the old dairy barn.

About the Author

Monica Wachman is a former editor and writer for FishersTravelSOS, and Bonsai Ireland. She has an AA degree in travel from Career Com Technical and is an avid RV buff and gardener. In 2014, she published "Mouschie and the Big White Box" about an RV trip across North America.

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