The luxury residential market may be experiencing a little bit of a slowdown here in New York City, but that hasn’t stopped billionaires around the country from listing their giant homes for equally gigantic prices. On occasion, these listings are snapped up quickly, as the Playboy mansion was earlier this year for $100 million. But often, they linger on the market for many, many months (or even years), until the owners finally budge and sell them for a significant discount.
In the meantime, we get to gawk at the listing photos. Below, the ten most expensive homes for sale in the country right now.
The Manor, Holmby Hills
Type/Size: 14 Bedrooms, 27 Bathrooms, 56,500 Square Feet
Address: 594 Mapleton Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Current owner: Petra Blunt, previously owned by film/television producer Aaron Spelling
Details: The Manor in Holmby Hills is situated on a nearly five-acre lot and is one of the largest and arguably most impressive residences in Los Angeles. The French chateau-style home was designed in 1988 by James Langenheim & Associates. The current owner is Petra Blunt, who is the daughter of billionaire Formula One executive Bernie Ecclestone. She purchased the home in 2011 for $85 million, which at the time was the highest price ever paid for a home in the United States.
She then proceeded to carry out a lengthy renovation, hiring approximately 500 workers to construct a bowling alley, wine cellar, gym complete with massage and tanning rooms, a 7,000-square-foot master suite with a two-level closet, swimming pool, tennis court, and circular motor court with a fountain and enough space to park 100 cars.
Type/Size: 33 Bedrooms, 47 Bathrooms, 62,873 Square Feet
Address: 2000 S Ocean Boulevard Manalapan, FL 33462
Current Owner: The late publishing executive William B. Ziff Jr. owned the home until his death in 2006. His family put it on the market in January 2016.
Details: The mansion comes with total privacy on Manalapan’s esteemed barrier island just south of Palm Beach. The property has five houses, including a 12-bedroom Mediterranean-style main residence designed during World War II, a seven-bedroom guest house, two seaside cottages, a property manager’s house, manager’s office, a PGA-standard golf practice area, regulation tennis court, half basketball court, playground, bird sanctuary, an indoor/outdoor pool room, Robinson Crusoe-style tree house and a garden with over 1,500 species of tropical trees and plants.
Great Island Road
Type/Size: 10 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, 13,107 Square Feet
Address: Great Island Road, Darien, CT 06820
Current owner: Descendants of industrialist William Ziegler
Details: This property is a 63-acre waterfront island estate with East, South and West views of the Long Island Sound. The Italian stone manor house includes four fireplaces, a cabana, a guest house, views of a lighthouse, a secluded harbor in a hidden cove, a terrace, porch, French doors, considerable stable and equestrian facilities including a polo field and an indoor ring along with other dwellings, a beach house and a boathouse. It is located only minutes from Greenwich.
Le Palais Royal
Type/Size: 11 Bedrooms, 17 Bathrooms, 60,508 Square Feet
Address: 935 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062
Current owner: Robert Pereira, the founder of Middlesex Corporation, a construction company
Details: As you can probably tell by its name, Le Palais Royal is a French-inspired palace that was modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France. It was first listed in 2014 for $139 million, but was taken off the market about a year later and returned in November 2015 with an asking price of $159 million. The palace has a 13-foot wrought-iron gate that is embellished with 22-karat gold-leafing; Versailles-esque waterfalls and a three-tier 26-foot fountain; a spacious salon with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean; a fireplace; four Corinthian columns; elaborate hand-molded plaster and ceiling appliqués and five chandeliers.
Renovations are currently happening that will add structures to a smaller lot on the property. Here, there will be two 3,000-square-foot guest homes, a pool and an underground entertainment space with an ice-skating rink, go-kart track, bowling alley and nightclub.
Type/Size: 10 Bedrooms, 9.5 Bathrooms, 10,300 Square Feet
Address: 90 Briar Patch Road East Hampton, NY 11937
Current owner: Education entrepreneur Chris Whittle
Details: The 11-acre Hamptons estate was listed in 2014 and is currently the most expensive home for sale in the Hamptons. The waterfront home is situated on Georgica Pond, which can be seen from the sizeable front porch. The property is composed of a 10,000-square-foot main house, in addition to a four-bedroom guest home. The main house was built in 1931 and recently underwent a two-and-a-half year renovation.
Type/Size: 10 Bedrooms, 14 Full Baths, 12 Partial Baths
Address: II Palmetto Palm Beach FL 33480
Current owner: Netscape Billionaire Jim Clark
Details: This house (and its infinity pool) is located on a 5.14-acre lot, which stretches from Lake Worth to the Atlantic Ocean. Built in the 1930s, the main house includes two elevators, a wine cellar made of carved limestone that can fit 20,000 bottles, and carved wood ceilings in the living and dining rooms. Clark purchased the home for $11 million in 1999.
Trophy Estate in Trousdale
Type/Size: 7 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, 18,000 Square Feet
Address: 1187 N Hillcrest Rd,Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Current owner: Lebanese-British business mogul Gilbert Chagoury.
Details: This 2.5 acre property in Trousdale Estates is filled with decadent details, including gold leaf crown moldings, hand woven carpets, a swimming pool and 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Its current owner, Gilbert Chagoury, is a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and has donated a considerable amount of money to the Clinton Foundation. After he purchased the estate for $15 million in 2000, he added Baccarat chandeliers and hand-woven carpets, which will be sold with the home according to the WSJ. The estate also has a giant pool overlooking the city and space to park up to 20 cars.
Rancho San Carlos
Type/Size: 12 Bedrooms, 10 Full Bathrooms, 3 Partial Bathrooms, 29,483 Square Feet
Address: 2500 E Valley Rd,Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Current owner: Jim Jackson
Details: This 237-acre estate is located in Montecito, where celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and Jeff Bridges own homes. The property includes a 30,000-square-foot main house, 100 acres of citrus and avocado orchards, living rooms surrounded by a central courtyard, an underground badminton court, an English-style bar that can only be accessed through a secret door and upper terrace bedrooms. Charles H. Jackson Jr., a rancher, property investor, polo player and the grandnephew of U.S. President Chester A. Arthur and his wife Ann purchased the property nearly a century ago. It is now owned by Jim Jackson, Jackson Jr.’s grandson, who is selling Rancho San Carlos because his family is not able to maintain the estate. “It’s hard for us to let it go, but it’s too hard to keep,” he told the WSJ.
834 Fifth Avenue #7/8A
Type/Size: 7 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, 12,000+ Square Feet
Address: 834 5th Ave # 78A, New York, NY 10065
Current owner: Owned by the financier John Gutfreund until his death in March
Details: The most expensive listing in NYC is located on the seventh and eighth floors of one of the most exclusive co-ops buildings in the city. It has a wine cellar, a gallery, a “grand marble staircase” and an enormous master suite. It was initially listed for $120,000,000 in April of this year, but the asking price was brought down to $96,000,000 in September.
Pumpkin Key (Private island in the Florida Keys)
Type/Size: 3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, 1 Partial Bathroom, 2,942 Square Feet
Address: 10 Cannon Point, Key Largo, Monroe County, FL 33037
Current owner: Unknown
Details: Pumpkin Key is less than a 50-minute boat ride away from Miami. The 26-acre island includes a private beach, tennis courts that can also be helipads, a private airstrip, swimming pool, two cottages, and a boat captain’s apartment. The private marina has parking space for up to 20 boats.