Looking for New Digs? Here Are the 10 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in America
The housing market has been in a very well-publicized slump for several years now, but there are still some very high priced homes listed for sale. From penthouses and mansions to ranches and beach front properties, there is something for everyone, as long as you can dig deep enough in your wallet.
Forbes put together a list of the most expensive homes they could find for sale in the US, according to listings on Realtor.com, Sotheby’s International Realty, Corcoran Group, Christie’s International Real Estate (and affiliates), Coldwell Banker Previews International, and more.
These are the highest priced homes from the top of the list. Keep in mind that many times, homes that may be more expensive than these won’t ever even hit the market. Owners of outrageously high-priced homes often choose to search quietly for wealthy buyers through connected brokers. Check out each listing for yourself.
This 35,000-square-foot mansion gets the top spot with its modest list price of $125 million. The 12-bedroom, 15-bath house was inspired by a French chateaux and features a ballroom that accommodates 200 guests. If that’s not enough to sell you, it has two kitchens, staff quarters for up to ten support staff, a 50-seat theater, a nine-car garage and a three-quarter mile jogging track.
If apartment living is more your style, you may want to look into one of the penthouses at the One57 property. A top-floor penthouse can be purchased for a mere $115 million. For that kind of cash you get 10,920 square feet and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park. You have time to save up for it, though, because the building won’t be done until next year.
You might recognize this $95 million listing. It was featured in both ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Bodyguard.’ But that’s not what you’re paying for. The person who buys this beauty that used to belong to William Randolph Hearst gets 50,000-plus square feet, double master bedroom suites, several guest houses, two screening rooms, a hand-carved wood-paneled library, a nightclub, spa facilities, a gym, a lighted tennis court with an indoor bar and an eight-car garage.
This extravagant townhouse just screams old money. Originally the home of Woolworth founder Frank Woolworth, the home is now listed for $90 million. The dining room seats 50, there’s a solarium, two kitchens with dumb waiter service between them, a gym and an elevator between its six floors. The home also features eight wood burning fireplaces and a gym.
With this $84 million southwestern retreat, you not only get a great home, but an astounding expanse of land. The entire ranch encompasses 2,175 acres. The property extends from the Santa Ynez mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The main house only has five bedrooms, but there are 14 other houses and barns, as well as a private beach and a lagoon. There are also agricultural crops like avocados and macadamia nuts, in case you need a side business to pay the mortgage.
Described as a sprawling compound, the Bradbury Estate, near Los Angeles, boasts seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, two master suites, a two-story library, a chef’s kitchen (with pizza oven) and a guest house. There’s also a 10-car garage, 40-foot vaulted ceilings, six fireplaces and hand painted frescos. Of course, you can’t overlook the leather-paneled poker room that includes a bar, walnut floors and a built-in humidor. If you like outdoor games, there’s a shooting range and trout pond, as well.
This $77.5 million penthouse is actually one of a duplex. It has an unbelievable view of Central Park, 10,900 square feet, four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. It features a master bedroom suite on the second floor with massive closets and a dressing area, a media room, a library, a museum-quality display room and terraces for enjoying the Central Park view. Pets are allowed in the building, but you may want to keep them out of the chef’s kitchen.
If Lake Tahoe is the location for you, look no further than the Tranquility Estate in Zephyr Cove, NV. It’s currently listed at a bargain price of $75 million, after having been listed in 2006 at $100 million by Tommy Hilfiger co-founder Joel Horowitz. The home sits on 210 acres and its main staircase was fashioned after the Titanic. There’s a cigar lounge, an indoor pool, an indoor basketball court, two par-3 golf holes, a 16-car garage and a 3,200 bottle wine cellar.
For those who are called by the beaches of Florida, there’s a $74 million mansion waiting. This home was originally listed in 2010 for $84 million, but the price was reduced to get more interest in the property. Sitting on two-and-a-half acres of oceanfront property, the home is located on Palm Beach’s “Billionaires’ Row.” It has nine bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a fountain-bedecked pool, sculpture gardens and a dock.
Known as America’s largest, though unfinished, single family home, this mansion was fashioned after the palace of Versailles in France. It’s listed at only $65 million because it will be sold as is, with construction unfinished. If the purchaser would like to have the construction completed, the price goes up to $90 million. The 90,000 square foot home contains 13 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, a 20-car garage, three pools, a two-story wine cellar, a ballroom, a two-lane bowling alley, a fitness center and 11 kitchens. The good news is that it’s in the Orlando area so you can spend whatever money you have left visiting the theme parks without having to spring for a hotel.