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 of whom was British politician Loel Guinness (yes, that British Guinness).
The estate is located in Palm Beach, FL and contains about a mile of two-sided private aquatic access, with the Atlantic ocean on one side and a lake on the other.
The estate itself contains a 62,000-square-foot, 12-bedroom main residence.
It also contains two four-bedroom beachside cottages, the seven-bedroom guest facility “Mango House,” and staff quarters.
The estate, though not found on public listings, is currently on the market for a cool $138.8 million and is jam-packed with an insane array of amenities.
Gemini contains a comprehensive library…
Beautiful wine cellar…
And stunning balconies opening onto the shoreline, giving owners a breath of fresh, salty air every morning.
Gemini’s oceanfront views make it one of the most coveted properties in all of Florida, if not the United States.
The estate’s massive pool area features backlit dancing waters (because the surrounding scenery wasn’t stunning enough).
It comes equipped with amenities to suit athletes of varied backgrounds, featuring a regulation-sized gold course…
A championship-sized tennis court…
And a half-court of basketball.
Gemini comes equipped with over 5,000 feet of private beach, giving residents unbreached access to the Atlantic sea.
And, on the other side, an equally private deck with access to a massive lake, allowing owners to engage in as many water sports as they’d like.You know – if the million
in-house athletic facilities turn out not to be enough.
With a stunning surrounding environment and beautifully constructed residences, it’s no wonder the Gemini estate is one of the most coveted properties in the United States.
ASKING $85 MILLION IN SANTA BARBARA: THERE WILL BE BIDS
Daniel Day-Lewis fans might be interested in learning that the Las Varas Ranch, the real-life inspiration for There Will Be Blood and Upton Sinclair’s Oil!, is up for sale.
Coming in with a hefty $80 million price tag, the estate contains over two miles of private California beach.
It includes an owner’s hacienda, ranch manager’s cottage, Victorian-era guest house, horse barn corral, mechanics cottages, and multiple outbuildings dating back to the 1920’s.
The property hasn’t been for sale in over 50 years.
And, despite its incredible views and amenities, Las Varas has steadily dropped in price since its original $200 million listing.
Regardless, there’s no denying that it’s both an artistic and structural gem.
The estate also contains actively farmed avocado and lemon orchards, fresh water creeks, an 18-acre reservoir, and private canyon trails to the Santa Ynez mountains.
Both a historical relic and artistic icon, The Las Varas Ranch is much more than an estate – and is definitely priced accordingly.
YOU’VE GOT MANSIONS
Overlooking DC from the Arlington/McLean, VA side of the Potomac, the riverfront Falls House is the most expensive listing in Washington DC at $62.95 million.
The estate offers stunning views of the Potomac River.
The Falls was built by James Kimsey, the late co-founder of AOL, in 1999 and is comprised of 24,500-square feet spread over six bedrooms, living and entertaining spaces, and more.
As far as amenities go, the estate is completely decked out.
Some of its residential features include a beautiful library, a gym just off the master suite, and a massage room.
The Falls also contains an enviable wine and wet bar decked out with luxurious decor.
The Falls House also includes a pool and outdoor spa, as well as an indoor hot tub with river views to round out the rest of this home’s enviable amenities.
It also comes complete with two garages able to hold a combined 30 cars.
And its regulation-sized tennis court certainly doesn’t hurt.
The estate’s many expansive floor to ceiling windows allow for unobstructed views of the beautiful natural landmarks surrounding the Potomac, making it an undoubtable gem of the American Northeast.
DIALING UP ANOTHER WASHINGTON, DC MANSION
Owned by Kimsey’s AOL colleague Steve Case, the Merrywood estate was once home to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and is currently on the market for $49.5 million.
In the 1940’s, Merrywood rose to social prominence and has since become a gathering place for America’s political, business, and entertainment elite.The estate, spanning over seven acres on the Potomac river, was built in the Georgian style, seemingly with the social gatherings that made it famous in mind.
Merrywood is a consummate home, including an expansive master suite, study and exercise rooms, and four additional bedrooms, as well as a service elevator and wine cellar.
The estate’s amenities include beautiful gardens surrounded by beautiful outdoor rooms perfect for entertaining.These rooms are surrounded by even more features, including an exercise studio, changing rooms, and an indoor pool, in addition to access to a lighted tennis court and outdoor swimming pool.
Carrying its rich history into present-day significance, Merrywood is an ideal home for those wishing to mold a rich and longstanding legacy with their own.
THE WHOLE WORLD IN YOUR HANDS- ER, HOUSE
Twain called Lake Tahoe the ‘fairest picture the whole world affords.’ For a cool $75 million, the fairest home on this already picturesque lake can be yours.
Crystal Pointe was built in 1997 by Wall Street bigwig Jack Dreyfus, father to actress Julia Louis Dreyfus.
The property is nestled in the idyllic Tahoe forest and includes a main residence, two guest houses, and a beach house, taking up a total of 16,000 square feet.
Additionally, the estate includes massive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada mountain range.
It also holds a grand total of are thirteen fireplaces, two elevators, and a ten-seat private movie theater.
Though its views are, as Twain hinted, some of the most coveted in the world, Crystal Pointe’s interior is comparably stunning.
With intricate chandeliers, handmade detailing, and ceaseless windows into the “fairest picture” in the world, the estate holds an undeniable sense of grandeur.
The property’s amenities, like its cozy library with one-of-a-kind fireplace, are not to be overlooked.
The estate’s four homes contain a combined total of eight bedrooms and eleven bathrooms.
The main home alone holds a 1,700 bottle wine cellar, and its outdoor grounds feature a fire pit, hot tub, and stairs to over 500 feet worth of private lake shore, as well as a 1,200 square foot four-car garage.
The combination of the estate’s amenities and incredibly spacious residential rooms has rendered it the most expensive home on the Tahoe market since it was built.
And let’s not forget the in-house movie theater, of course.
Placed on the market in July 2017, the Tahoe gem has attracted widespread attention and interest – though it remains on sale.
With breathtaking views, incomparable amenities, and one of the most coveted addresses in the world, this property’s huge price tag almost feels justified – almost.
PUTTING THE “MANY” IN “AMENITIES”
When a luxury homeowner’s imagination and net worth intersect, the result can be more insane amenities than even the most ambitious entertainment junkies can enjoy.Four Peaks Ranch is such a case.
These incredible amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool with planetarium-style roof over the indoor section depicting star-filled night sky.
Views of Mt.Sopris, Mt.Daly, Capital Peak and Snowmass.
And spacious grounds complete with a lounge area set to incomparable sights,
The estate’s main residence is an 18,000-square-foot home with 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
But back to the amenities and features, which also comprise a private beach with waterfall cascading through three separate swimming ponds…
And panoramic views of the breathtaking surrounding area.
Its wood and brick detailing render the property both luxurious and cozy.
And the movie theater room with small stage for karaoke/jam banding can’t hurt, either.
The Four Peaks property comprises an additional furnished teepee with gas heat, 876 acres with 15 miles of trails for horseback riding or ATVing, golf-course, wine cellar, and countless more amenities.
Like the comprehensive in-house fitness center.
And spa-style bathrooms complete with rainfall showerheads.
These structures combine to make Four Peaks one of the most sought-after properties in the world.
The coveted nature of the estate probably contributes to its $58.5 million price tag.
Four Peaks’ boundless features are enough to make residents and guests never want to leave.With intoxicating views and incredible amenities, it’s truly the best of both worlds.
IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING: REEBOK BILLIONAIRE’S $90 MILLION BOSTON MEGA ESTATE
Built in 2000 by Reebok mastermind Paul Fireman and his wife, Phyllis, the $90 million Woodland Manor rests just outside of Downtown Boston.
The estate is comprised of 26,000 square feet of living space, as well as over 5,000 square feet of Deer Island granite terraces.
Offering a lovely combination of privacy with the perks of easy city accessibility, Woodland Manor features 14± acres of rolling lawns, ponds, sculpted rock outcrops, not to mention countless specimen plantings throughout its grounds.
The property is marketed exclusively by Jona than P.Radford and Deborah M.Gordon, sales associates affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England.
Woodland Manor is extremely dear to its owners.Fireman says the estate “has truly served as our sanctuary and we will treasure our experiences and memories of this home.”
WHAT DO CHER & EDDIE MURPHY HAVE IN COMMON? THIS $85MM HOME
This fabulous $85 million estate, located in LA’s Benedict Canyon, is absolutely one of a kind in more ways than one.
In addition to its massive structure and insane features, the property was home to not one, but two Hollywood icons: Cher, then Eddie Murphy.
The estate contains a 20,000 square foot main house with 11 bedrooms and 17 baths, a pool and spa, two horse rings, five stables, and hiking trails that go on for miles.
Murphy put his personal touch on the home.two guest houses and a tennis court on the grounds…
He also had sophisticated stables installed,
Complete with comprehensive equestrian amenities that would make his iconic character, Donkey from Shrek, perfectly at home.
The estate’s guest house is a formidable sight, as well, spanning over 7,000 square feet and built in the Moroccan style with handmade custom detailing.
As was highlighted by Murphy’s additions, the estate is constantly undergoing expansions and remodeling efforts.Because of this, exact details of its updated layout are unknown.
Regardless of the specifics, this estate’s glamorous occupants and incredible amenities make it one of L.A’s finest properties.
LEATHER AND FUR IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Once the fourth-most expensive listing in Manhattan, the 15,000-square-foot Upper East Side residence dropped from its 2016 listing price of $84.5 million to $79.5 million in June 2017.
Spread out over six floors, this opulent estate is connected by a marble staircase and private elevator.
The townhouse (er- townmansion?) has a facade clad in limestone and interiors designed by architect John H.Duncan, the legendary mastermind behind Grant’s tomb.
The home underwent a three-year renovation process in 2007.During this time, its owner used the Pavlovsk Palace in St.Petersburg, Russia, as inspiration for the elaborate dining room flooring.
This property boasts one of the most sought-after addresses in New York City, sitting less than a block from the Pierre Hotel and Central Park.
This New York novelty contains a generous selection of living spaces as well, including a master library and a ventilated smoking room with wet bar.
The townhouse is filled with curiosities, not the least of which is its massive, New York City-defying kitchen.
The spaciousness extends throughout the home, from its massive rooms to a fully decked-out, 2,500 rooftop complete with with lounge and dining areas, outdoor kitchen and bbq, and zen rock garden.
“Bathroom” is, apparently, for mere peasants.Instead, this home comes equipped with a boudoir with steam-resistant mirrors, a gas fireplace, a soaking tub, and a cosmetics refrigerator.
Though elusive of photographs, two of this estate’s most opulent features have generated most of its buzz: a temperature-controlled vault for furs and a media room on the fifth floor with walls lined in red Hermès leather (because who wants generic brand custom leather wallpaper, right?).
Though few features are as grand as custom Hermes leather wallpaper, the private gym – a feature relatively unheard of in overcrowded NYC – certainly solidifies this property’s hefty price tag.
And its private plunge pool, sauna, and basement spa probably aren’t doing a potential price decrease any favors.
The combination of eclectic amenities, masterful architecture, and enviable location render this one-of-a-kind townhouse an incomparable gem in a city already full of novelties.
NEW YORK’S LARGEST ORIGINAL APARTMENT ON FIFTH AVENUE HITS THE MARKET
After several dips in pricing, the 12,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue duplex that was once the most expensive apartment in New York City has “settled” into its current $76-million-dollar listing.
Spread across the 7th and 8th floors of a famous Fifth Avenue Co-op this apartment features 20 different rooms, each of which epitomizes classic New York luxury.
The apartment (or, better yet mansion in a high-rise)’s 20 rooms encompass an array of residential and entertaining amenities, including a library, wine cellar, two fireplaces, den/smoking room with wet bar, and a dumbwaiter to the first-floor kitchen (which is decked out with massive pantries!).
The entryway is designed to be immediately triking, featuring a grand marcle entry staircase.
In a city rife with windowless rooms and brick-building-next-door views, this property is one of a kind due to being imbued with extensive natural light.
It also features what is arguably the most sought-after view in the world: unobstructed sight of the iconic Central Park.
Finding an intersection between modern convenience and timeless opulence, this apartment displays an extraordinary elegance that is every bit as undeniable and unique as that of New York City.
ONCE AMERICA’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME, THIS OPULENT BEVERLY HILLS MANSION IS BACK ON THE MARKET
Once upon a time in the City of Angels, the lavish, 35,000-square-foot Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills was the most expensive home listed in the U.S.
Now, after five re-pricings, the home is listed at $129 million (yeah – believe it or not, that’s the ultra-reduced price).
The estate features extensive and luxurious gardens, including a long rectangular pool that is evocative of the incomparably opulent Palace of Versailles.
Consisting of a massive main home, entertainment center, Turkish-style spa, and guest home, this property sprawls across 53,000 livable square feet.
The intricately detailed home took over seven years to build.In fact, a woodcarver was at one point flown in from Peru to hand-carve the home’s fireplace mantels.
The Palazzo contains not just a 10,000-bottle wine storage cellar, and an entire dedicated wine-tasting room, but its own vineyard, which produces between 350 and 500 bottles of wine annually.
The home was purchased in 2007 by real estate billionaire Jeff Greene, who commissioned master mega-mansion builder Mohamed Hadid to expand and renovate the home.This was a particularly daunting task – even for him – because no blueprints were provided to Greene when the Palazzo was sold to him.
Greene and Hadid’s massive renovation took over seven and a half years to complete.When asked about it, Greene claimed he “had no logical explanation” as to why the project took so long.
From the estate’s sheer enormity to the masterful artistry committed to its expansion, the Palazzo di Amore’s nine-figure price tag makes slightly more sense.Slightly.
SECRET STAIRCASES AND SWEEPING SITES: AN $85 MILLION DREAM
1.5: After being owned by the same family for over 100 years, the magnificent Rancho San Carlos has not only gone on the market, but dropped in pricing from $125 million to just (just!) $85 million.
Designed by acclaimed architect Reginald Johnson, the Monterey Colonial manor was constructed on an idyllic hilltop in 1931.
The property’s main residence alone is comprised of 12 bedrooms (each with its own fireplace).
The overall complex contains 10 residential cottages, an office, and producing orchards, among other features.
According to its listing, the home is “infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement” and is “situated on two natural terraces.”
The master and family bedroom wings sit on the upper terrace.This allows for privacy without sacrificing the property’s stunning views.
The estate’s extensive grounds and living quarters, including 10 cottages that used to house employees, a 11,250-square-foot covered riding arena, an outdoor training track, and a “small office building.”
By far, this property’s most charming feature is a hidden staircase to a quaint replica of an English pub, complete with wooden casks, an oak bar, and a stone fireplace.
Though less unique than the pub, its other features are not to be overlooked.These include an indoor tennis court, Art Deco-style card room, and a beautiful central courtyard.
The estate contains over a half mile of oak trees and lemon groves leading to its magnificent 30,000-square-foot main residence.
Monterrey Colonial manor also comprises its own array of extensive equestrian facilities.This includes a state of the art stable.
A riding pen makes up another component of the property’s equestrian features.
And these are rounded out with open fields for horses to run.These, and the Monterrey Colonial Manor’s other incomparable features, render it a paradise for owners who characterize themselves as paradoxically restless homebodies.
TALK ABOUT PRODUCTION VALUE: LEGENDARY PRODUCER’S HOME LISTED AT $85 MILLION
Hollywood film producer Thomas Tull, who is behind blockbusters like The Dark Knight and 300, listed his 50,000-square-foot Thousand Oaks, CA home for $85 million.
The estate is endowed with some insane structures, including a 32,000-square-foot main house.
In addition to the main house, the estate contains three additional properties totaling in over 15,000 square feet.
Overall, Tull’s estate contains 12 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms.
In a 2015 interview, Tull cited the community and aesthetics as the reasons behind his family’s chosen setting for their estate.
And aesthetics are a major component of this enormous property, which spans over what was originally a cul de sac comprised of three separate family homes.
Tull says his estate is a “great place to go down and reflect,” citing its tranquility as one of its major qualities.The massive, cozy library installed on-site by Tull probably does wonders for the property’s sense of escapism.
Overall, Tull’s renovations and construction on the estate took over seven years to complete.
And its breathtakingly opulent rooms, each displaying an extraordinary sense of detail in architecture and design, are testament to the amount of effort placed into construction efforts on this home.
True to form as a Hollywood producer, Tull had a beautiful full Dolby home movie theater installed
The property also features an underground wine cellar, complete with full dining table and spacious seating areas.
Oh- and a master suite several times bigger than most apartments at 5,000 square feet.
Each of the property’s 18 bathrooms is individually decorated in precise (and lavish) detail.
And its larger suites aren’t so simple as to be limited to just one bedroom: they span across various private halls, rooms, and closet spaces.
To a simple observer, the closets might be mistaken for bedrooms (or studio apartments).
In addition to the grand main house, Tull’s estate is comprised of guest, pool, and ranch houses.
Perhaps as an occupational hazard, Tull has enjoyed incorporating different themes into each of his main house’s rooms,
Making each one equally unique and downright fun.
Not to mention draped in priceless athletic memorabilia.Though these will leave the property with Tull, they will leave behind spaces that can be decorated to the highest extents of their occupants’ imaginations.
The estate’s features are by no means limited to the insane movie theaters: they also include a huge fitness center that rivals most gym franchises around the country.
Tull’s upcoming relocation to Pittsburgh will leave this stunning estate up for grabs to the highest bidder.
Meaning that all of its structures, including the 2,600-square-foot pool house and day spa, will be enjoyed by another lucky owner.
And its guest house, rivaling most California mansions at an 11,000 square feet, will continue housing various (undoubtedly stunned) visitors for years to come.
Perhaps one of the greatest gems installed by Tull into his estate is the professional photo studio.
As well as its five-acre organic garden and greenhouse.
The estate’s gardens are inspired by Monet’s greenery in France.
And its convertible basketball-tennis court can keep any number of its occupants busy for hours on end.
In true California fashion, Tull remodeled his estate with environmentalism in mind, installing solar panels to power the massive amounts of technology and utilities throughout.
Its swimming pools (both of them) invoke the tranquility that Tull cites as one of his favorite elements about this property.
And they offer views of the estate’s stunning gardens.
The estate’s main house offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area, which includes a quaint pond and waterfront cottage.
As well as ceaseless greenery providing a Secret Garden-esque sense of escape.
“Decked out” doesn’t begin to describe Tull’s property.Its grandeur, opulence, and attention to detail are as much a testament to Tull’s masterful eye as his various blockbuster films.