Secret Lives of the Super Rich

America's Most Expensive Homes 2012

Share

America's Most Expensive Homes

Source: Trulia

These are the year's most expensive homes on the market as provided by Trulia.com. They're not necessarily massive; some of them are spacious New York penthouses without enough square footage to even qualify as a mansion.

We'll start with the number 10 home, a penthouse priced at $60 million, and work up to the most expensive mansion of the year. What features are included in such dearly priced homes? One of them has a 24 karat-gold-lined swimming pool. Another is on 90 acres of untouched California land. One was designed by an award-winning architect; another employed master craftsmen to install custom features. Click ahead to see them all.


By Colleen Kane
Posted 21 Dec. 2012

The Mark Penthouse

Source: Trulia

Price: $60 million
Location: New York
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 8
Square footage: 9,799

This full-floor penthouse at The Mark hotel on the Upper East Side was designed by the French interior designer Jacques Grange. The apartment features a massive formal living room with 26-foot ceilings, a fireplace and wet bar; the master suite has a dual-sided fireplace, sitting room, walk-in closets and his-and-hers master baths.

The apartment has a 360-degree view, and the ceilings are 10-feet-6. There's also a conservatory with a custom staircase by Eric Schmitt, leading to 2,400 square feet of private outdoor space. As part of The Mark, residents have access to the gym, salon and 24-hour room service by The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Gorges.


Mansion on Billionaire's Row

Source: Trulia

Price: $74 million
Location: Palm Beach, Fla.
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 17
Square footage: 20,129

This Billionaire's Row waterfront estate was built in 2011. It features vaulted ceilings, a wood paneled office with parquet flooring, a marble grand dual staircase, multiple fireplaces, and numerous terraces overlooking the water.


Tranquility at Lake Tahoe

Source: Trulia

Price: $75 million
Location: Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 11 full, 1 partial
Square footage: N/A

The eight-building estate called Tranquility sits on 210 acres overlooking Lake Tahoe, but it also has its own private lake. The luxury compound consists of the main house, a conservatory, guest residence, art studio, boat house, gym with enclosed basketball court, stable and staff/guest quarters. There's also a 16-car garage and gate house, and 2-hole golf green.

Montana Estate

Source: Trulia

Price: $78 million
Location: Rollins, Mont.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 8
Square footage: 24,000 (main house)

This castle-like Shelter Island Estate totaling 32,000 square feet of indoor space is located on the 24-acre Montana island of the same name in Flathead Lake, adjacent to Glacier National Park. Features of the property include a great room with 45-high ceilings and a second story gallery, a copper conservatory, and a windowed mahogany walk-in closet that's nicer than most people's homes. The mansion is crafted using Indiana and French limestone in numerous fireplaces, African mahogany, Italian plaster, copper and bronze.

Bradbury Estates Compound

Source: Trulia

Price: $78 million
Location: Bradbury, Calif.
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 10 full, 3 partial
Square footage: 32,000 (main house)

This compound, built in 2011, has never before been on the market. Located in the gated Bradbury Estates, the compound overlook city, canyon and the ocean. French limestone exteriors and hand-painted frescoes galore. There are two master suites; the chef's kitchen has a pizza oven and walk-in butler's pantry, as well as walk-in refrigerator and freezers. There's leather paneling in the poker room and oak paneling in the elevator, cherry wood floors and a custom-made forged iron chandelier. There's a 25-yard shooting range, and gun storage room with safes, a 15-person Jacuzzi and a temperature-controlled trout pond with a two-story waterfall. The pool house alone is 5,716 square feet, and the guest house and garage total another 6,700 square feet.


Old Growth Acreage

Source: Trulia

Price: $85 million
Location: Woodside, Calif.
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 8 full, 1 partial
Square footage: 9,000

The hefty price tag on this estate, which has never before hit the market, may be less attributable to the circa-1941 house itself and more owing to the three parcels of land making up 91 acres of beautiful property. Old growth oaks, open meadows, and bordered by Huddart Park, the painting-like grounds also include a gate house, a caretaker's cottage and a school.

Sherry Netherland Penthouse

Source: Trulia

Price: $95 million
Location: New York
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 8
Square footage: N/A

This is a full-floor, 15-room residence in the circa-1927 Midtown skyscraper Sherry Netherland, a luxury hotel. Five rooms and an approximately 600-square-foot western terrace overlook Central Park, and there are terraces looking south and north. As part of the Sherry Netherland, residents of this apartment will enjoy daily housekeeping and turndown service, as well as access to the fitness center, concierge staff, valet parking and room service provided by Harry Cipriani Restaurant.

City Spire Penthouse

Source: Trulia

Price: $100 million
Location: New York
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 9
Square footage: 8,000

This Midtown penthouse sits more than 70 stories up atop the City Spire condominium, with views of Central Park and the rivers. It was designed by Juan Pablo Molyneux, a member of Architectural Digest's AD100. Visitors to this three-story property enter through a formal foyer with an inlaid marble floor, columns, closets and a powder room. A mahogany staircase connects the first and second floors. There's also a private internal elevator serving each floor. The grand master bedroom suite features green marble and mahogany in the bath, as well as a steam shower. Wrap around terraces bring the total indoor-outdoor square footage to 11,000. A staff or guest apartment has a private entrance, which shares the floor with a wine cellar.

Ocean Drive Mansion

Source: Trulia

Price: $100 million
Location: Miami Beach, Fla.
Bedrooms: 10
Bathrooms: 11
Square footage: 23,462

Following a $25 million price drop, this Ocean Drive mansion is practically a bargain. Well—except that it still costs $100 million. Built in 1930, this house is replete with hand-painted frescoes and an observatory. It would be difficult to find a more over-the-top feature, though than the courtyard's 54-foot mosaic-tiled 24-karat gold lined pool.

Fleur de Lys

Source: Trulia

Price: $125 million
Location: Los Angeles
Bedrooms: 12
Bathrooms: 15
Square footage: 35,046

Coming in at the No. 1 is the mansion called Fleur de Lys in the Holmbly Hills section of Bel-Air. The enormous mansion built by David Saperstein, and now belonging to his ex-wife, Suzanne, has been on and off the market since 2007. The pair divorced soon after the mansion was completed, so this estate has hardly even been lived in. Listed among the estate's possible interested buyers was Petra Ecclestone, but it was off the market until the day she bought the Spelling Manor in the same neighborhood, after which Fleur de Lys relisted. The house takes normal mansion amenities and supersizes them, so the garage houses nine cars and the screening room seats 50.