Ultra-luxury homes priced over $100 million are only within reach of a small percentage of buyers, but it’s still fun to look at these luxury homes and properties and dream a little. We’ve rounded up the priciest pieces of real estate currently available in the US market. Take a look at the amenities and decor these homes have and use it as inspiration for your next home upgrade or refresh. Even if they are far beyond your means, they are a source of ideas you can adapt for your own space. Or, just have a good time ogling these spectacular homes.
16 The Most Expensive Houses In The US
Famous and Famously Expensive
First up is currently the nation’s most expensive home, sporting a price tag of $350 million. The Chartwell Estate, located in Beverly Hills, California, is owned by the late head of Univision, Jerry Perenchi. Built in 1933, the French neoclassical home encompasses 25,000 square feet and is situated on a 10-acre expanse of manicured lawns and gardens. The TV executive bought the home in 1986 and then over the years purchased surrounding properties, all of which now makes up the current estate. The home itself includes a ballroom, a formal salon, a temperature-controlled “world-class” wine cellar, and covered parking for 40 cars. The property also has a tennis court and guest house. Moreover, it affords views of not only the Pacific Ocean, but also downtown Los Angeles.
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This manse might look familiar to fans of the old television program, “The Beverly Hillbillies” because the exterior facade was filmed as the home of the Clampett family for the series. Oh yes, the home also boasts a 75-foot pool, perhaps better known as the cement pond to the show’s viewers. (That’s pronounced SEE-ment pond!)
Bel Air Beauty
Before the Chartwell Estate was listed, this 38,000-square-foot house in exclusive Bel Air, California was the costliest property on the market. At $250 million, the house is replete with luxury and amenities. Developed by handbag magnate Bruce Makowsky, the home also has more than 17,000 square feet of entertainment decks and an outdoor pop-up theater.
The interior has two master suites, 10 extra large VIP guest suites, 21 luxurious bathrooms, three gourmet kitchens, five bars, two fully-stocked champagne/wine cellars, a spa, and state-of-the-art fitness center. As if that were not enough, the home’s amazing amenities also include an 85-foot glass tile infinity swimming pool, 40-seat James-Bond-themed 4K Dolby Atmos theater with 7,000 pre-loaded movies, four-lane bowling alley, massive candy wall, an auto gallery with cars worth more than $30 million and more than 100 curated art installations.
It goes without saying that the house has most advanced home tech system in the world. While that might be a big draw, the unparalleled views are likely the real star of the property. Unobstructed 270-degree views take in the ocean, mountains and LA skyline.
Of course, a home like this needs more that a once-a-week housekeeper. In fact, the property has seven full-time staff to keep it operating at peak performance and comfort. It’s likely that if you can afford this home, paying for 7 full-time employees to run it won’t be a financial burden.
LA’s Largest Private Home
Over on the west side of Los Angeles, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood, is The Manor, on the market for $200 million. The French chateau-style estate was formerly the home of superstar television producer Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy, and is now owned by Petra Stunt, daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Stunt bought the home six years ago for an all-cash bargain of $85 million and then updated much of it to a more contemporary design. Real estate prices have gone up, hence the current steeper price tag.
It may not be the priciest property in the area but it is indeed the largest — even larger than the White House. Constructed in 1988, the house was designed by architects James Langenheim & Associates. Called “Candyland” after the previous owner, the Manor takes up 56,500 square feet, and its estimated 123 rooms include 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms. The owners created a multitude of specialized rooms in the house, such as a flower-cutting room, a humidity-controlled silver storage room, a barbershop and multiple gift-wrapping rooms. In the basement, you can find the bowling alley and its shoe closet.
Once she took possession, Stunt, who is married to English billionaire James Stunt, added a lounge/entry lined in black-striped marble and a large aquarium in the study, and gave the basement nightclub a makeover. Five maid’s bedrooms and two butler’s suites are housed in a separate wing of the home.
The 4.7 acres of grounds surrounding the home include gardens, a citrus orchard, a tennis court, a koi pond, and a swimming pool with a pool house. The property also has a motor court and 16 carports that can hold more than 100 automobiles.
Historically Significant LA Estate
Another top-priced property in the Holmby Hills is the Oakwood Estate, now on the market for $180 million. The 10-acre property sold in 2016 for a mere $90 million, and the relisting is being attributed to “intense market interest,” according to the real estate company, Mercer Vine.
The historically significant home was designed by Robert D. Farquhar, one of the leading architects of the early 20th century in California, and it sits between Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Country Club. It is an Italian villa that combines classic European with modern details, both styles remnants of previous celebrity owners. The house was originally built in 1936 for Florence Quinn, ex-wife of Arthur Letts Jr., who was the original owner of the legendary Playboy Mansion. Over the years it was subsequently occupied by Sonny and Cher, Tony Curtis, 20th Century Fox cofounder Joseph Schenck, Superior Oil founder William Keck, and Joseph Drown, the founder of the Hotel Bel-Air.
The 12,000-square-foot house features luxury details of all sorts, from intricate moldings and marble fireplaces, to hand-carved mantles, elegant crystal chandeliers, and ornate 24-gold carat bath fixtures. The current owners have worked with Meyer Davis Studio, KAA Design Group and Plus Development to create plans and renderings showing what the estate could look like after updates and renovations.
The property is a park-like setting that actually has three buildable parcels: Besides the lot that includes the house, there is a vacant lot and a third parcel with a “leisure complex” of a swimming pool, a poolside guesthouse and sunken tennis court.
East Coast Island Estate
If a spectacular estate home isn’t enough, how about one that sits on its own island? The 63-acre Darien, Connecticut Ziegler property — which is an island estate — can be yours for $175 million. The property includes a stone mansion and a 21-stall horse stable. It is private and secluded, yet accessible to transportation to Manhattan.
Since the turn of the previous century, the island property has belonged to descendants of industrialist William Ziegler, who made his fortune in baking powder. The island is in Long Island Sound and is linked to the mainland by man-made land strips. There is a main house, several additional homes, a polo field, a private beach and dock, as well as a boathouse. The island also features a natural cove, perfect for sheltering boats. It is also just a mile or so from a commuter train station and Interstate 95.
The property listing notes that 200 stone masons were employed to build the structures. The main house has 10 bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and four fireplaces. The stable is said to have a Guastavino tile ceiling like the one in the concourses at Grand Central Station in New York City. The compound also includes a caretaker’s house, a gatehouse, several smaller houses, a yacht basin with docks, beach cottages and an 1800’s antique house.
Florida’s Priciest Property
While the sellers have lopped $30 million off the asking price, Gemini is still the most expensive home in Florida, on the market for $165 million. More than a house, the property is a bona fide compound that features 15 of acres of land situated between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean, between Palm Beach and Delray Beach. The exceptional location gives it 2,500 feet of water frontage — 1,200 feet along the beach and 1,300 feet along Lake Worth.
The estate was the home of the late publishing mogul William B. Ziff Jr., who died in 2006. According to Business Insider, Ziff had sold the publishing arm of Ziff-Davis for $1.4 billion more than a decade earlier. The mansion, built in the 1940s, once was home to Gloria Guinness, a twentieth century style icon.
The 33-bedroom compound encompasses 63,000 square feet and has a staggering 47 bathrooms. It includes a 12-bedroom main residence, seven-bedroom guest house, north and south ocean cottages, manager’s house, and manager’s office. Described as “elegant with an effortless feel,” the house design features warm tropical woods and stone finishes. Many of the rooms have their own secluded oceanside terraces. An indoor/outdoor pool room leads out to an orchid loggia and grotto-like pool terrace, with fountains and plenty of tropical greenery.
The outdoor areas of the property are equally stunning. The gardens are a world-class botanic oasis with more than 1,500 species of tropical trees and plants. For activities, you can use your PGA standard golf practice area, tennis court, basketball court, or miniature golf course. And, if you really want privacy, steal away to your very own Robinson Crusoe-style tree house.
Luxurious Southampton Hideaway
The Hamptons have always been known for pricey real estate, but a Meadow Lane property in Southampton now has the distinction of being the most expensive Hamptons property. At $150 million, the 14+ acre-parcel has 700+ ft. of direct oceanfront across three separate lots. It also has an additional bay front lot. Previously the home of entrepreneur Robert Sillerman, the estate last sold for $38 million in 2016.
The main house, which was built in 1994, features plenty of large glass windows to enjoy the 360-degree water views. It has 12,000-square-feet of living space and includes 12 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms, an indoor pool. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, pool house, tennis court, tennis house, two golf greens, and a golf house. The property also has three three private walkways leading to the ocean.
It is a spectacular Hamptons hideaway, perfect for escaping New York City’s summer heat and humidity.
6,4000-Acre West Creek Ranch
For those who like wide open spaces, Colorado’s West Creek Ranch may be the best choice. Listed at $149 million, the 6,900-acre property in Gateway, Mesa County, near the Utah border boasts a 22,000-square-foot home, with scenic views of the mountains and desert and privacy beyond compare.
Originally built for John Hendricks, the founder of Discovery Channel, the enormous main residence features a two-level circular stone library. Eight bedrooms and 8 baths ion four levels will easily accommodate weekend visitors who can arrive via helicopter to the property’s private helipad, or to its grass air strip. In addition to the usual rooms found in a home, the ranch also has a spacious study with panoramic views, art studio, theater room, game room, gym, staff quarters, pool and spa, four water fountains, six fireplaces, a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, an emergency power generator, and a five-car garage. Oh yes, it also comes fully furnished.
While the house may sound more modest that some of the others we list, its outdoor location is the distinguishing characteristic. The thousands of acres include unique land formations with Unaweep Canyon’s soaring precambrian rock cliff walls, expansive high plateau country with a luxurious log cabin retreat and helipad, and magnificent views of the La Sal Mountains of Utah. The ranch encompasses a bear and mountain lion habitat, real dinosaur footprints, and the historic ruins of Driggs Mansion. Irrigated equestrian and bison pastures, fishing ponds, a airplane hangar, stables, and trout stream are among the other amazing features. Did we mention that it also has its own observatory?!
LA’s Palatial Palazzo de Amore
Back in Los Angeles, what was once the country’s most expensive property is back on the market at a greatly reduced price. The asking price of $129 million is still way up there but is substantially less than the $195 million price tag it had in 2014.
The palatial estate is known as Palazzo di Amore, named thus after owner Jeff Greene and his wife were married there. Greene earned his wealth from the country’s economic downturn and his moves in shorting subprime mortgages. The property was designed by architect Bob Ray Offenhauser and developed by Mohamed Hadid, both know for their expertise with megamansions.
The 25-acre property in the Beverly Crest area includes a 35,000-square-foot main residence. The home has 12 bedrooms, including a 5,00-square-foot master suite. The property also boasts an entertainment structure that includes amenities like a nightclub with its own laser-light system and DJ booth, and a revolving dance floor, and a bowling alley, a bar with a giant dollar bill over it, a waterfall, swimming pool, 128-foot reflecting pool, and spa. More mundane features include a tennis court, a Turkish bath, and a kitchen with a walk-in fridge.
Perfect for parties, the home can accommodate more than 150 cars.
A particularly unique feature of the property is a working vineyard and a collection of 10,000 bottles of wine along with a number of barrels of wine.
If the price tag is still too high for you, it is now also available for rent — discounted to just a mere $375,000 per month.
New York City’s Pinnacle Penthouse
Suburban mansions with sprawling lawns are not the only types of premium properties that are for sale. Take for example the Pinnacle, the Woolworth Building’s $110 million penthouse. Not only is it a staggering price for an apartment in the city, it is nearly twice as much as its next priciest competitor at a mere $50.9 million.
The apartment was developed by Alchemy Properties, which purchased the iconic 58-story building’s upper 30 floors for $68 million in 2012, with plans to create 33 condos. According to Curbed, the floorplan for the 9,710-square-foot penthouse apartment was first revealed in 2014. No interior photos of the penthouse have been provided, and some earlier shots were rumored to be of the penthouse, but were actually the interior of a different apartment. The that the penthouse will encompass seven floors and will come with a 400-square-foot open-air observatory.
Sales have been underway for a while now, but Alchemy has been unwilling to share any information on it so far. The head of Alchemy, Ken Horn, also declined to share this information with the Wall Street Journal. Curbed reported that other apartments currently available in the building range in price from $4.57 million for a one-bedroom up to $26.4 million for a four-bedroom unit.
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