In 2013, the real estate market in America has made a spectacular comeback. Prices skyrocketed and properties worth dozens of millions of dollars finally shook hands with their new owners, and no less than nine listings topped the $100 million frontier. These are the real trophy properties out there, and their mind-blowing price tags can only be motivated by their significant historical value, unique design and architecture, and the fact that so many celebrities and billionaires crossed their thresholds.
Listed for outrageous prices that set new world records, these are the most expensive addresses in the world, and they are still waiting for their new owners. All with well over 10,000 square feet of living space, and equipped with all the craziest luxury amenities you can imagine, from wine cellars to ballrooms, salons, hand-carved wood-paneled libraries, floor-to-ceiling windows, marble staircases, and private elevators, these are the most expensive homes listings of 2013.
10 Carolwood Estate, Los Angeles: $90 Million
Located in Holmby Hills, on the prestigious North Carolwood Drive, the property was once Walt Disney's home. After Walt and Lily Disney passed away, the Walt Disney Foundation sold the Carolwood estate, which was evaluated as a tear-down due to asbestos problems. The new owner built a custom-designed house in its place, which was finished in 2001. The new house offers 35,000 square feet of living space, with eight bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, gym, movie room, library, three bars, and two safe rooms. The four acres of land come with pool and pool house, tennis court, and wine cellar, all right across the street from the famous Fleur de Lys Estate.
9 De Guigne Estate & Lands, California: $100 Million
Located in prestigious Hillsborough, south of the Golden Gate Bridge, De Guigne Estate & Lands is one of the few remaining large properties in California. Listed by Sotheby's, this 16,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion is sitting on 47 acres of land. Decorated by Anthony Hail, the famous interior designer, reading chic and elegance allover, it comes with a huge ballroom and livingroom, pavilion, library, and pool courtyard overlooking San Francisco and East Bay. Built around 150 years ago, it remained in the hands of the De Guigne family ever since. However, the deal for signing is quite strange. The current owner is asking the buyer to allow him to inhabit the premises until his death.
8 New York City Townhouse: $114 Million
The newest addition on our list, listed in December 2013 for a whopping $114 million, this New York City townhouse in the Upper East Side is in the immediate vicinity of Central Park. The Versailles-styled mansion has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, all spread around a 20,000 square foot of living space. The six-story townhouse was built in 1884 and has a total of 19 rooms. With huge windows, numerous fireplaces, private elevator, media room, game room, bar, fitness room, sauna, and swimming pool, nothing reads style and elegance better than this turn of the century architectural masterpiece. The 40-foot wide building even comes gift wrapped for that lucky buyer.
7 Beverly House, Los Angeles: $115 Million
It's impossible not to fall in love with this place, and you either drop $115 million and make it yours, or $600,000 per month to rent it. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, only a few blocks from Sunset Boulevard, this lovely mansion sits on 3.7 acres of land. Like most homes in Beverly Hills, this humble abode has had its share of celebrities, and hosted many famous guests. William Randolph Hearst lived the last of his years here. The Godfather and The Bodyguard were partially shot on the estate, and John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon here. The Beverly House is a 50,000-square-foot mansion with double master bedroom suites, hand-carved wood-paneled library, two screening rooms, and the property comes with several guesthouses and an eight car garage.
6 Bloomberg Tower Duplex, New York: $115 Million
In 2013, billionaire Steve Cohen decided to sell his New York City Penthouse in the Bloomberg Tower in Manhattan. He listed it for no more and no less than $115 million. With four bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 9,000 square feet of living space make for a modern and luxury condominium, designed by famous architect Charles Gwathmey, who declared that he wanted “the most sophisticated, stunning, and elegant apartment in New York City.” Steve Cohen's condo is the only duplex in the Bloomberg Tower, with double-height livingroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, and separate staff quarters.
5 Fleur de Lys Mansion, Los Angeles: $125 Million
A lovely French chateau-style mansion sitting on four acres of land, Fleur de Lys was built back in the 19th century as a luxury inn. Located in the prestigious Holmby Hills in Los Angeles, the 35,000-square-foot mansion boasts no less than 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. There are two chef kitchens, a huge ballroom that can host 200 guests, staff quarters, a 50 seat theater room, nine car garage, and a jogging track. It has been called the most beautiful estate in America, and owner Suzanne Saperstein is determined not to drop a dime off the initial asking price of $125 million.
4 Pierre Hotel Penthouse, New York: $125 Million
Late financier Martin Zweig's New York City penthouse in the famed Pierre Hotel was listed in 2013 for a whopping $125 million. The three-story penthouse comes with a total of 16 rooms, five bedrooms, and nine bathrooms, all of which spread across the entire 41st, 42nd, and 43rd floors of the Pierre Hotel. The 12,000 square feet of living space also boasts of five fireplaces, four terraces, a marble staircase, private elevator, staff quarters, and a stunning 3,500-square-foot ballroom turned salon. Plus, the penthouse offers an excellent 360 degree view of Central Park. The only drawback is that the Pierre Hotel requests that the entire amount be paid in full.
3 Crespi/Hicks Estate, Dallas: $135 Million
An architectural masterpiece in the true sense of the word, the Crespi/Hicks Estate is a reminder of the 192'0s and 1930's aristocracy. What's even more, the mansion's history is closely tied to European royalty. The estate was designed by famous architect Maurice Fatio for Italian Count Pio Crespi, chief of a massive family-owned cotton empire, who moved his business to the U.S. The 42,500-square-foot mansion with a full-floor theater room and art-deco bar room is sitting on 25 acres of land with a guesthouse, swimming pool, and pool house. The estate is currently owned by Tom Hicks, the former Texas Rangers owner.
2 Owlwood Estate, Los Angeles: $150 Million
With so many celebrities entering its doors, no wonder the famed Owlwood Estate is listed for such a hefty price. It was once the home of Joe Schenck, 20th Century Fox co-founder, and Marilyin Monroe herself is rumored to have stayed in the guesthouse during her alleged affair with Schenck. Other famous owners include Tony Curtis and Sonny and Cher. One of the largest properties available for sale in Los Angeles, Owlwood Estate is divided into three parcels, one of which was the one Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace once occupied, and the other was previously owned by Esther Williams, who by the way still owns the pool and pool house. Located in Holmby Hills, the three-story mansion sits on 10 acres of land.
1 Copper Beech Farm, Greenwich Connecticut: $190 Million
Greenwich Connecticut gained its notoriety due to its pricey ZIP code, all in the immediate proximity of New York City. The Copper Beech Farm is a stunning 50.5 acre property. When it first hit the market in May 2013, it was listed for $190 million. With no serious buyers in sight, a discount of $50 million was offered. Nevertheless, it remains the most expensive home listing of 2013. The 15,000-square-foot three-story mansion boasts of 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Built in 1896, the renaissance-style mansion preserved its old day charm, and is currently owned by timber industrialist John Rudey. With more than a mile of waterfront property, the estate comes with its very own private islands, two small isles just off the shore, a heated pool, tennis court, apple orchard, solarium, and a formal garden.
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