America's Most Expensive Homes

$150 million

The Manor
Holmby Hills, Calif.
The home that Candy Spelling, widow of television giant Aaron, put on the market in 2008, out-prices every other property in the U.S. The 56,500 square-foot English-style mansion has a bowling alley, wine cellar, rooms for gift-wrapping and silver and china display, a library, gym and media room. Its 4.6 acres includes pools, a spa, landscaped gardens, a waterfall and parking for over 100 cars. Jeff Hyland from Hilton & Hyland Real Estate and Sally Forster Jones from Coldwell Banker Previews International have the listing.

$125 million

Fleur de Lys
Beverly Hills, Calif.
This 35,000-square-foot home, listed in 2007, is said to be modeled after Versailles, and the mansion makes no attempt at understatement. Its 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 50-seat screening room, Italian marble and gold-embossed leather walls ooze wealth. Owner Suzanne Saperstein hasn't compromised on the price in three years. After all, it's a relative bargain compared to the manor, just a few blocks away. Joyce Rey at Coldwell Banker Previews International has the listing

$100 million

Tranquility Estate
Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Tommy Hilfiger cofounder Joel Horowitz's 210-acre spread features the third-highest price tag in
America. The 20,000-square-foot main house has extras like a cigar lounge, art studio and sports gym, while its grounds feature a golf course, boathouse and views of Lake Tahoe. A staircase in the home replicates the stairs of the S.S. Titanic. The home has been on the market for almost four years. Shari Chase at Chase International has the listing.

$80 million

Kaiser Estate
Honolulu, Hawaii
Separately, the three coastal parcels that comprise the former estate of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser wouldn't make this year's list, but together, the 5.5-acre property becomes one of the country's most expensive. The island getaway offers coastal views and a sleek mid-century style 15,000-square-foot home, extensively landscaped tropical grounds and a 12,000-square-foot boathouse and marina. Tech tycoon Fred Chan and his wife, Annie, put the home on the market in January 2009. Mary Worell of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

$75 million

Humming Bird Nest Ranch
Simi Valley, Calif.
Though it's named after the tiniest of birds, this property spans 123 acres. In addition to a 17,000-square-foot Spanish-Revival-style main house, six guest homes and 10 townhouses grace the estate, as does a fully equipped equestrian center and parking for 200 vehicles. If driving doesn't suit you, there's also a helicopter pad. It has been on the market since late 2007. The home is co-listed with Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp at Sotheby’s International Realty and Joyce Rey at Coldwell Banker Previews International.

$75 million

Former Julius Forstmann House
New York, N.Y.
Historic, spacious and well-located Upper East Side townhouses don't come on the market very often. When they do, they typically command attention with a jaw-dropping price tag, and this 21,000-square-foot limestone mansion on 71st Street, off Fifth Avenue is no exception. It has been on the market since 2008. Built in 1922 for Forstmann, a wealthy German merchant, the landmarked building offers five stories packed with original details like a sweeping marble staircase, marble fireplace and hand-carved moldings. It listed with Serena Boardman of Sotheby's International Realty.

$75 million

Porcupine Creek
Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Golf enthusiasts with deep pockets might swing by Porcupine Creek, a residence that features a 19-hole course that won acclaim from Golf Digest magazine and was put on the market early this year. Its 249 acres outside of Palm Springs are also home to a 25,000-square-foot main house, a spa, gym, pool and grotto. Edra Blixseth, who got the property in a divorce settlement with her husband, Tim Blixeth, is selling the home out of bankruptcy. It is co-listed with Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland and Tyler Morgan of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate in Palm Springs.

$72 million

1016 Madison Ave.
New York, N.Y.
Another well-preserved Upper East Side mansion joins our list for a slightly lower price than its neighbor six blocks north. This 12,000-square-foot, seven-story mansion features a fireplace, original details, sweeping central staircase and elevator that add to its prestige, and a ground-floor storefront lends itself to a high-end retail space. Michael Pellegrino at Sotheby's International Realty has the listing, which was put on the market in 2006.

$68 million

Three Ponds Farm
Bridgehampton, N.Y.
This bucolic 60-acre farm in New York's Hamptons includes 14 painstakingly landscaped gardens, an 18-hole golf course, tennis court and pool that frame the show piece of the compound: a 20,000-square-foot classical mansion. If all that's not enough, the waterfront property's outbuildings include a pool house, barns, golf shop and storage silos. The home, which has been waiting to sell since 2003, is listed with Susan Breitenbach of Breitenbach Hamptons Real Estate.

$65 million

Robert Taylor Ranch
Brentwood, Calif.
One of only two homes that don't crack the $70 million mark, and the cheapest on our list, this ranch in tony Brentwood still doesn't skimp on the amenities. Its 112 verdant acres include a 17-bedroom home designed by Robert Byrd, a stable and five other buildings that total more than 22,000 square feet. It is listed with Joyce Rey at Coldwell Banker.


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