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Reputedly the most expensive house in the USA, listed at a whopping $250,000,000, this compound home has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a massage studio, wellness centre, wine cellars, a candy wall, bowling alley, an outdoor theatre, parking for a ton of cars, pools, multiple sundecks and (who would be without one?) a helipad. There are amazing views of Los Angeles. What do we like about it? The sheer, unapologetic space, luxury and light-filled rooms.
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European villa in Florida
‘Location, location, location’ – how often have we heard that phrase? This European-style villa is right on the water of the beautiful eastern coast of Florida in Hobe Sound. At one time home to Tiger Woods, Celine Dion and Burt Reynolds, among others – and incidentally it’s where President Clinton popped his knee while staying with golfer Greg Norman – it’s a quiet, sheltered spot with its own sandy beach and docking for a mega yacht. For $10,500,000, you’ll also get grand, two-storey, imported Murano chandeliers, hand-crafted marble and murals, authentic Italian furnishings, plus a pool and spa. And if you have cash to spare, the adjacent lot is available, too.
New York condo
With this condo, it’s all about the panoramic views of Central Park, the Hudson and East rivers, and the downtown skyline. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of its West 53rd
Street location, and also take in the Jean Nouvel-designed tower rising above the MOMA. There’s an eat-in, park-facing kitchen, a huge living space, four bedrooms, including a palatial master suite, a gym and separate laundry room. The building has a concierge and doorman, elevator operator and cleaning service. There’s also a fitness center, playroom and pool, valet parking and a wine cellar. It’s just a short walk to Fifth Avenue, too, but for $50,750,000, you’d expect that.
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Long Island estate
Sorry folks, but this Long Island estate is no longer listed with Coldwell Banker Homes
– but when it was, you would have needed a spare $100,000,000 to be within a chance of snagging it. The Peterhof Grand Palace in St Petersburg, Russia, was the inspiration for this home, which was built back in 1928 in the village of Kings Point on the North Shore. Inside, there’s a ballroom, yoga studios, his and her saunas, Turkish baths, pools and, of course, living quarters. Outside, there are lavish gardens dotted with sculptures and art from around the world, tennis courts, more pools, and mooring for a 200ft mega yacht. There are guest houses, a casino, a bowling alley and a two-level car collector’s garage. Did we mention that it’s only a short drive from Manhattan, too?
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Want somewhere a little more understated, classy, old-fashioned, even? The beautiful Sabine Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut was designed by prominent New York architects Hunt & Hunt for publishing magnate H.J. Fisher. Spanning more than 19 acres, it has been meticulously restored, with original, museum-quality appointments such as center-cut English oak paneling, plaster friezes, and handsome fireplaces retained. There’s a grand living room with French doors leading to a serene water garden; and an elegant formal dining room with leaded-glass windows and an adjoining seasonal dining porch. The paneled library includes a fireplace with a Caen stone mantel and antique friezes by William Mackay. The contemporary family room, the Poggenpohl kitchen, and the home gym are ideal for modern living. Upstairs, there are six bedrooms, including an elegant master suite with two dressing rooms, two luxurious baths, three fireplaces, and an office. A stylish, seamless addition includes a two-bedroom guest apartment and a four-car garage. In the gardens are a swimming pool and a cabana ideal for relaxation and entertaining. An additional three-bedroom home is also located on the acreage and accessed via its own driveway. We can only dream…
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