Top 10 Most Expensive Houses in United States
Perhaps interior marble columns, a private grill house, or three swimming pools are the must-have amenities you’ve been waiting for? These features and more make up our 2011 list of the most expensive houses in United States. All priced above $50 million, this year’s round-up is a mix of new extreme eye candy and some repeat performers from the 2010 list including the Spelling Manor, which tops our list for a second time with an unchanged and staggering asking price of $150,000,000.
10. Beverly Hills Mansion – $55 Million
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Found at the end of a 400-ft long cobblestone driveway is yet another multi-million dollar, European-inspired mansion. The second Beverly Hills real estate property on the list is this 2-acre, gated residence described as “a masterful blend of art deco and European architectural styles” with a “dramatic French-inspired exterior.” Included in the $55 million price tag is a 27,163-sq ft main house with 8 bedrooms and 12.5 bathrooms, and a full guest house. For any car-collecting buyers out there, this Beverly Hills mansion is equipped with a 20-car garage, and an expansive motor court that can accommodate over 25 cars.
9. Seven Lakes Ranch – $55 Million
Location: Meeker, CO
Described as “one of the last premiere pristine ranches with water in all of Colorado,” Seven Lakes Ranch is the ultimate outdoorsman’s residence with over 11,000 acres, multiple lakes, a river and stream making it the perfect destination for fly fishing, private hunting, skeet shooting, horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, biking, and skiing. This massive property includes a main lodge, guest cabin, fitness center and spa, sportsman’s lodge, and barns.
8. Water Mill Mansion – $58.5 Million
Location: Water Mill, NY
Located on Long Island, NY, Water Mill was listed as Forbes’ 14th most expensive ZIP code in 2010 and carries a median home value of $1,987,800 and even higher median list price of $3,200,000. The Water Mill mansion that ranks on this list, however, blows both median prices out of the water with an astounding eight-digit asking price of $58.5 million. Noted as a Water Mill real estate “masterpiece,” the 4-acre, waterfront estate consists of a 20,000-sq ft main residence that is outfitted with unique detailing throughout. Along with 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, features include a double-hearth staircase in cast bronze, silver and gold leaf, library with coffered ceilings, 19th-century, stained glass skylight, and 100-year-old mantelpieces. More modern amenities include a fully-automated remote-control security and entertainment system, restaurant grade kitchen, theater, wine storage room, spa, sauna, and private gym.
7. Tranquility – $65 Million
Location: Jupiter Island, FL
Believe it or not, there is another “Tranquility” mega mansion that falls onto our list, one that is also a returning member from last year’s round-up. Owned by PGA star Greg Norman (the “Great White Shark”), Jupiter Island’s version of Tranquility is a six-building compound that sits on over eight acres with 172 feet of oceanfront. In addition to the main house, there is a grill house that adjoins a 50-ft pool, tennis court, 3-bedroom coach house with 4-car garage, carriage house with a 6-car garage and gym, 2-bedroom oceanfront guest house, a boat shed, dock suited for a large yacht, and a 5,500-sq ft west lawn currently set up as the perfect waterfront putting green. Tranquility initially hit the Jupiter Island real estate market in 2008, with the same $65 million asking price.
6. Wehba Mansion – $68.5 Million
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Owned by BentleyForbes founder, Fredrick Wehba, this 36,000-sq ft, French Palladian estate is showered with European-inspired elegance, including imported limestone, onyx marble, marble columns, antique mirrors, and French moldings with 24-karat gilt. Paired with 9 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a tennis court, and pool pavilion, the Wehba Mansion is a Beverly Hills real estate rarity with an equally rare (and jaw-dropping) asking price of $68.5 million.
5. Madison Ave Townhouse – $72 Million
Location: Manhattan, NY
Another 7-story New York townhouse joins the Woolworth mansion on this year’s list. This Madison Avenue home appeared on Zillow’s “Most Expensive Homes” list in September 2010 and, with an unchanged asking price of $72 million, has snagged a returning spot. Located on prestigious Madison Avenue, this rare piece of Upper East Side real estate is fully renovated and retains all of its original architectural details. It contains 12,000 sq ft, 10 bedrooms, a central staircase, and elevator. It is owned by a rare-maps dealer.
4. Versailles – $75 Million
Location: Windermere, FL
It may not be the most expensive property on the market, but the gigantic Windermere, FL mansion, known as “Versailles,” is reported to be America’s “largest single family home under one roof.” The palace-like estate, architecturally inspired by the royal residence of Louis XIV, is situated on a 10-acre peninsula along the shoreline of Lake Butler. While the breathtaking property is still under construction, offered at $75 million “as-is” or $100 million finished, the 66,800-sq ft is blueprinted to include every thinkable amenity a homeowner could imagine. Listed in May 2010, this Windermere real estate gem features 13 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, three pools, a baseball field, two tennis courts, grand hall, two grand staircases, two-story wine cellar, indoor roller rink, movie theater with a balcony, and his-and-her offices separated by a two-sided, 12-ft aquarium.
3. Frank Woolworth Estate – $90 Million
Location: Manhattan, NY
Retail magnate Frank W. Woolworth commissioned three townhouses to be built for each of his three daughters back in 1911. This one, designed by renowned architect Charles Pierpont Henry Gilbert, was completed in 1916 and is the biggest of the three. With a $90 million asking price, it became the priciest listing on the Manhattan real estate market when it was posted for sale this past March. The 35-ft wide, 7-story home boasts 18,000-sq ft, and has 10 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, three kitchens, a paneled library, elevator, 14-ft ceilings, private gym, and a formal dining room with seating for up to 50 guests.
2. Tranquility – $100 Million
Location: Zephyr Cove, NV
Another most expensive homes veteran, “Tranquility” is the highest-priced listing in the state of Nevada. It also held the top spot on Zillow’s Most Expensive Homes list in 2009, until the Spelling Manor hit the market with its $150 million asking price. The 210-acre property, originally listed in 2008, is situated on its own private lake with a total of eight separate buildings including a 20,000-sq ft main residence. Also included on this rare piece of Zephyr Cove real estate is an art studio, boat house pavilion, gym with indoor basketball court, horse stable, two par-3 golf holes, and a 16-car garage. As if that wasn’t enough to explain the $100 million price tag, the prestigious property also comes fully furnished.
1. Spelling Manor – $150 Million
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Not only does the Spelling Manor top our list of most expensive homes on Zillow for the second time in a row, but the 123-room mega-mansion, which hit the Los Angeles real estate market last September, is said to be the most expensive house in the U.S. Current owner Candy Spelling (widow to late TV producer Aaron Spelling and mother to actress-turned-reality TV star Tori Spelling) purchased the property from legendary entertainer Bing Crosby. The French-chateau-style estate sits on 4.7 acres and illuminates luxury at every turn. Unique features of the three-story, 56-500-sq ft home include a 17,000-sq ft attic with a barbershop and salon, rooftop garden, two-lane bowling alley, service wing with staff quarters, China room, gift-wrapping room, and wine tasting room. According to a recent interview, the 63-year-old Spelling is downsizing from “The Manor” to a two-story Los Angeles condo she purchased for $47 million last year.