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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Dream home on the market. It looks like a Hawaiian resort, but a 17,000 square foot mansion in Howard County is up for grabs.

As Gigi Barnett explains, it will go to the highest bidder this weekend.

This is what great vacations are made of: A gourmet breakfast, relaxing by the pool at noon and then a winner on the tennis court. But this dream Hawaiian resort is really a 17,000 square foot mansion in Ellicott City.

And this weekend, it’s up for grabs.

“There is no starting bid. It’s an absolute auction with no reserve,” said Carol Snyder, DeCaro Luxury Real Estate.

Snyder is the spokeswoman for the agency that’s spearheading this weekend’s auction.

The six bedroom, eight and a half bathroom estate has two gourmet kitchens, an amazing pool house, a grand staircase and a man cave that no sports lover would want to leave.

“When you’re here, you feel like you’re in your own little oasis,” Snyder said.

The house also has a professional grade gym, a nod to the owner’s favorite team, the Ravens, of course. They even put the official logo in the gym. They had to get permission from the team to do it.

And did we mention that the house has a name?

“Haleakala–house of the sun,” said Connie Dancel.

Dancel and her husband spent four years building their dream home, but their six kids are all gone now and it’s time to downsize. She says the best buyer is one who enjoys having fun, even if it’s at home.

“Anybody that would take care of it and just thoroughly living here. But I would really like them to have kids,” she said.

The list price of the house is nearly $8 million, but the bidding can start anywhere.

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