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Monday, September 17, 2012

See 10 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the US.

Swimming pools with gold-leaf trimmed mosaics; eat-in kitchens to serve 100; out buildings that include “must-haves” such as stables and conservatories: The “extras” included in these properties are truly incomparable, making these lavish homes untouchable by most of us. And with opulently laced listing descriptions and names like “Versailles,” “Tranquility” or “Fleur de Lys,” these properties read like a wish list for heaven-on-earth habitations.

Below are the most expensive listings in the United States. You’ll see that along with hefty price tags are equally astounding monthly mortgage payments, which we included alongside the listing prices (based on a 30-year mortgage with 20 percent down; estimated taxes and insurance are not included).

While it’s true that few can afford these homes, we can all enjoy their beauty. Take a look:

Fleur de Lys

350 N Carolwood Dr, Los Angeles CA
For sale: $125 million
Monthly mortgage: $442,262

Fleur de Lys is the Versailles-inspired estate in Beverly Glen that replicates Old World grandeur even though it was designed and built in 2002. Deemed the creme of the nation’s luxury real estate, a high-stakes divorce has landed the estate on and off the market since July 2007 for an unwavering list price of $125 million. With 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, gold-embossed leather wall coverings, gold-leaf crown moldings, a ballroom, two kitchens and a 50-seat screening room, no amenity was left off the punch list. Want to hear more? There’s also a pool house with kitchen, massage room, gym, three-bed manager’s house, staff quarters and a nine-car garage.

Versace’s Mansion

1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach FL
For sale: $125 million
Monthly mortgage: $442,262

The former Miami Beach estate of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace is a new addition to Zillow’s annual “most expensive” lineup.The South Beach gem has been an international tourist attraction ever since the famous designer was shot dead on the doorstep by a crazed killer in 1997. Versace purchased the home in 1992 for about $10 million and spent more than $30 million renovating it — a project continued by investor Peter Loftin, who bought the gem in 2000. Loftin then converted the 10-bedroom, 11-bath Casa Casuarina into a hotel whose great attraction is the mosaic-tiled pool lined with real gold.

City Spire Condo

150 W 56th St, New York NY
For sale: $100 million
Monthly mortgage: $353,810

Talk about market escalation! A Long Island developer bought this massive 8,000-square-foot Manhattan triplex for $4.5 million in the early 1990s. But today, the 6-bedroom, 9-bathroom penthouse with a 3,000-square-foot wraparound terrace is listed for $100 million. Must be those classic columns and marble floors that pushed this listing sky high — or at least to the 73rd floor, where this beauty resides in one of New York’s most unusual buildings.

Beverly House

N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills CA
For sale: $95 million
Monthly mortgage: $336,119

Built by banking executive Milton Getz in the 1920s, the Beverly House has quite a history. Actress Marion Davies bought the enormous mansion for William Randolph Hearst in the 1940s. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned at the home, and “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard” were filmed there. The H-shaped Mediterranean-style estate sits on 3.7 acres above Sunset Boulevard. Gracious gardens and 50,000 square feet of living space, not to mention its history, make the home a one-of-a-kind. The current owner, attorney-investor Leonard M. Ross, filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and listed the property shortly after.

50 Central Park

50 Central Park South, New York NY
For sale: $95 million
Monthly mortgage: $336,119

Topping the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Manhattan is an enormous 9-room penthouse. Described as the “crown jewel of Manhattan apartments,” the home is in a pre-war building designed and built by Emery Roth in 1930. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture full views of Central Park from nearly every room, and an eat-in kitchen has room for 100 dinner guests.


525 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove NV
For sale: $75 million
Monthly mortgage: $265,357

Sitting on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe is Tranquility, a custom estate that has made our most-expensive list for a few years running. The 210-acre property in Zephyr Cove comes with its own private lake, as well as guest and staff residences, art studio, boat house pavilion, gymnasium with indoor basketball court, stable and small golf course. Inside, the lodge-like home has a pool and 38,000 square feet of living space.

Palm Beach Mansion

1220 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach FL
For sale: $74 million
Monthly mortgage: $262,049

Unlike most of the homes on the list, this Palm Beach estate is only a year old. Built in 2011, the French chateau-style home has 2.5 acres of waterfront along “Billionaires’ Road.” Measuring 27,355 square feet, the house is a private and luxurious estate — “an important property,” states the listing.


6121 Kirkstone Lane, Windermere FL
For sale: $65 million
Monthly mortgage: $229,976

Although this Florida home is listed for $65 million, there’s a small caveat: The property is actually still unfinished. If purchased as “finished,” the price will jump to $100 million. Billed as America’s “largest single family home under one roof,” the home will offer 68,000 square feet. Designed by David and Jackie Siegel, the construction of the home was the subject of a Sundance award-winning documentary “The Queen of Versailles.”

Hamptons Estate

Undisclosed address, Sagaponack NY
For sale: $65 million
Monthly mortgage: $229,976

New York’s Hamptons have long been a pricey playground, and 33 waterfront acres come at very high premium. The Sagaponack home for sale sits on Sagg Pond with ocean views. The classic 8-bedroom, 8.5-bath homes boasts 11,700 square feet accessed by a grand limestone entry. The property also holds a separate exercise studio, tennis court and heated pool and spa.

Lehman Residence

7 W 54th St, New York NY
For sale: $65 million
Monthly mortgage: $229,976

Constructed at the turn of the 20th century, the Beaux-Arts townhouse was built for Philip Lehman, the son of Emanuel Lehman, a Lehman Brothers founder. Philip Lehman became a partner in the firm in 1887 but is best-known for this sparkling residence that housed his art collection. The two-story limestone building has been commercially zoned.



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