The latest tax revaluation appraised the Biltmore Estate, its grounds, and appurtenances at $300 million. The estate was built in the 1890s, designed by prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt in the French Renaissance Chateauesque style. With 178,926 square feet, and 135,000 square feet of living area in 250 rooms, it claims the distinction of being America’s largest privately-owned home. Features include 33 bedrooms, 21 servants’ rooms, even more guest rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, and a bowling alley and heated swimming pool in the basement. The house sits on 2,194 well-appointed acres featuring windswept mountain views and English gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Since real estate comparables only exist in Europe, the assessors had to appraise the home on an income basis, like commercial property. They concluded the house was worth $37 million; the land was valued at $64 million; and the hotels, restaurants, outbuildings, and private residences added almost another $200 million. The estate’s value increased since the last appraisal in 2013. The land value increased 40%, and that of all buildings but the hotels increased an overall 27%. Spokespeople from the Biltmore Company referred inquiries to the Buncombe County tax assessor’s office. Like George Washington Vanderbilt II himself, they indicated they were not interested in the tax value, as they were focused on conserving a rich cultural resource. They did, however, say the privately-owned company pays its taxes like all other homeowners.