House of the Day: Live Like a Sultan in a Moorish Palace

Moorish palace
Moorish palace

Calling all wannabe-sultans: Massage your mammoth-size ego by settling down in this palace, located in the only state with a secession clause.

A Moroccan architectural firm designed this 19,668-square-foot, bed-of-roses residence in Houston, which assures us that its chiseled stone and stucco exterior abide by the architectural standards of a royal residence. Among its other rooms, the $8.9 million estate boasts eight bedrooms, three kitchens, an enormous pool, a giant courtyard (replete with fountain) and, er, a petting zoo.