Tom Clancy's penthouse digs get bigger
I'd hate to play poker with Tom Clancy, who, based on his penthouse spending spree, seems to be an "all-in" type of guy.
The Baltimore Sun's Jamie Smith Hopkins reported today that the novelist has increased the size of his home at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Baltimore -- from three penthouse condos to six. He bought the additional properties this fall for almost $2.2 million, a fraction of what he paid per square foot just last year. That increases his square footage from about 12,000 to just over 17,000.
Just how big is that? Jamie provided some interesting comparisons in her story and post on the Real Estate Wonk blog: It's equivalent of seven average-sized new U.S. houses. And it's big enough to hold a fire station with 12 trucks, an arena-league football field or a Las Vegas nightclub.
Based on my high school math skills, he would need 42,700 copies of his latest thriller, "Dead or Alive," to cover the floor of his manse.