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Legacy Family Estates For Sale

Back when being a millionaire still meant something, tycoons, barons, nouveau riche and old money-types procured and built grand palaces with their riches. Many of the most famous family estates are no longer occupied by the families that built them and are now open to the public, such as the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore, the Hearsts’ Hearst Castle, and the Rockefellers’ Kykuit.

The aforementioned are big houses with names, built for big names. But today, family compounds and family estates don’t seem to get passed down through the generations with as much regularity as they once did. With input from LuxuryRealEstate.com , Realtor.com and Sotheby’s , we rounded up some homes, compounds, and estates that have been in the same families (prominent and private) for generations, but which are now up for purchase on the market.

Click ahead to see those houses, ordered by price from lowest to highest (including one unknown asking price).

By Colleen Kane
Posted 16 Mar 2011

Photo: Photographer | AFP | Getty Images