JUPITER ISLAND, Fla. — The celebrity focused TMZ.com calls it “The Ultimate Water Park.”
Canadian singer Celine Dion, along with her husband Rene Angelil and 9-year-old son Rene-Charles, will soon call the 5.7-acre spread home.
The family has yet to move in to the $19.5 million property — not including the estimated $3.2 million construction costs — that is considered nearly completed. However, aerial photos of the estate in the wealthy community — highlighted by a 500,000-gallon pool system equipped with water slides and a “lazy river” feature to move floaters around the manmade aquatic paradise — have been setting celebrity websites abuzz.
In featuring photos of the water park, USmagazine.com declared the pool “Titanic-sized.”
To handle the expected water use, six wells have been drilled on site.
Representatives for Dion and Jupiter Island have not returned calls for comment.
Dion, who also has homes in Montreal, Las Vegas and Jupiter, was criticized as a “water hog” in 2008 for being one of the top water users in the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County region. And that was as construction of the home was getting underway.
A broken water line was said to be the cause of the excess water use.
The home, featuring tropical-themed architecture with wide verandas and balconies, cupolas atop copper roofs, French doors and white Bahama shutters, could provide some, very slight, benefit for other taxpayers in the county.
Since the 9,825-square-foot home, with six bedrooms and eight full bathrooms, has been deemed sustainably completed, along with a 2,800-square-foot cabana and 6,740-square-foot guesthouse, the assessed value of the property is expected to grow by $6 million, according to county Property Appraiser Laurel Kelly.
If no tax rates are changed, the new assessment would add about $98,000 to the $169,568 Dion paid this year in county, school district and Jupiter Island municipal taxes, Kelly said.
And the value of the home is expected to grow further next year as the next tax bill will not include the pool amenities and tennis courts improvements, since they were not considered sustainably completed at the start of the year, Kelly said.
Dion, through her management company Renlec Management Inc., of Montreal, purchased the beachfront land for $12.5 million in 2005. At the time, the land contained a two-story home, two-story guesthouse and a pool, but all the structures were leveled for Dion’s estate.
Reported by: Jim Turner/Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
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