There Will Be Bids

via Douglas Elliman The 1,800 acre Las Varas Ranch, which features nearly 2 miles of pristine Santa Barbara beachfront and was built by Edward Doheny, is somewhat surrounded by artistic appeal. The expansive property inspired Upton Sinclair’s Oil! and, consequently, the 2007 Oscar-nominated film “There Will Be Blood” starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Despite the film and novel’s use of the lavish estate to further their condemnation of exploitative greed, the publicity surrounding these acclaimed works of art probably didn’t hurt the ranch’s asking price of $80 million. In 1892, Edward Doheny drilled the first successful oil well in the Los Angeles City Oil Field. His success set off a huge petroleum boom in Southern California. It also made him a massive […]

Drugs, Draughts, and Drag Races: 15 Acre Palm Beach Estate With Ocean And Lakefront Views For $139 Million

Although it is currently owned by the Ziff family, a clan of publishing moguls behind Car & Driver and PC Magazine, the Gemini estate was originally built in 1940. Its original owners were no less prestigious than the ones who currently call this ultra-mansion home: the Lamberts, a family comprised of pharmaceutical giants, eventually sold their massive beachfront estate to British politician Loel Guinness (yes, that Guinness).  Be it due to its prestigious ownership history, incredible location, or sheer enormity, the home is currently up for sale for $138.8 million. Gemini is a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate located in Palm Beach, Florida, where it is the only home on the beach for almost a mile.Originally designed as a family compound, the […]

Impossible Is Nothing: Reebok Billionaire’s $90 Million Boston Mega Estate

It takes a lot of shoe leather to scrape together a spare $90 million. But if you happen to run into that kind of success (ha-ha) and are in the market for a new home, don’t miss the 26,000 square foot Woodland Manor just outside of downtown Boston. The house (a term which, though technically true, feels like a gross understatement) was built in 2000 for Paul and Phyllis Fireman. Fireman was born and raised south of Boston in Brockton, MA and dropped out of college before working a variety of jobs. This included a tenure at a sporting goods store before Fireman’s business savvy led to his acquiring the North American sales rights to Reebok in 1979. 5 years […]

What Do Cher And Eddie Murphy Have In Common? This $85 Million Home

There is a fabulous home in LA’s Benedict Canyon whose claim to faim isn’t just its 16-acre equestrian estate; this $85 million gem was home to two of Hollywood’s most iconic stars: legendary singer Cher, followed by incomparable comedian Eddie Murphy just a few years later!   Cher originally owned the multi-million dollar estate in the 1970’s, when it held only four acres. She later sold it to Eddie Murphy. In the 1990s, Murphy then sold the home to its current owners, who acquired its  surrounding land and redeveloped the site, adding in the equestrian amenities, two guest houses, and a tennis court. This transformation made the already formidable home on of the only equestrian estates in the entire Los Angeles […]

The Most Luxurious $50+ Million Mansions Currently For Sale

via Sotheby’s   Notoriously lavish families like the Kardashians flaunt their decked-out multimillion dollar homes on a near-daily basis, but even they can’t Keep Up (get it?) with a mind-blowing segment of the U.S.real estate market where home prices start at a whopping $50 million.Be it a bona-fide concrete jungle palace, tranquil yet luxurious ranch estate, or a mecca for some of America’s most famous political elites, each home on this list boasts mind-blowing features – and an even more astonishing price tag.   DRUGS, DRAUGHTS, AND DRAG RACES: 15 ACRE PALM BEACH ESTATE WITH OCEAN & LAKEFRONT VIEWS FOR $138,800,000 Built in 1940, the mega-mansion known as the Gemini estate has had a few reputable owners, the most notable […]

New York’s Largest Original Apartment On Fifth Avenue Hits The Market

This 12,000 square foot apartment resides in NYC’s storied 834 Fifth Avenue co-op. via Sotheby’s Once the most expensive apartment for sale in New York City, the residence of the late Solomon Brothers CEO John Gutfreund and his wife Susan, has dropped in price yet again. When the 12,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue duplex first hit the market for $120 million in 2016, it was the most expensive listing in the city. Maybe a little too expensive, even by NYC standards, because it later dropped to $96 million, and finally to its current listing of $76 million. via Sotheby’s Spread across the 7th and 8th floors of a famous Fifth Avenue Co-op, the 20-room apartment features loads of natural light and sweeping […]