The country's most extravagant residences come with hefty price tags that would take even the richest 1% by surprise. These palatial spaces give the castles of Europe a run for their money and come packed with the out-of-this-world amenities you would expect for all of those extra zeros. From west coast mansions to New York City high rises, here are the most expensive homes in the United States.
Fleur De Lys Estate in Los Angeles
One of the most expensive homes in the country was inspired by Louis XIV's Versailles. The influence can be seen in the construction materials of Italian marble walls, French limestone floors and gold leaf crown moldings. The $125-million mansion has 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. Other luxuries include a ballroom, two kitchens, a 50-seat movie theater and a nine-car garage. Fitness buffs will marvel at the home's jogging track, private pool and private tennis court. The property includes a three-bedroom house for the mansion's manager and staff quarters for 10 people. To create the residence, which is 35,000 square feet, owners David Saperstein and his then-wife, Suzanne Saperstein, acquired and combined three separate parcels of land.
Casa Casuarina in Miami
In a house once owned by one of the world's most well-known fashion designers, you'd expect nothing less than high style. The Casa Casuarina is the former home of the late Gianni Versace, and it does not disappoint. Listed at $125 million, the 23,400-square-foot palace that was built in 1930 has 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Versace purchased it in 1992 for $2.9 million and spent $33 million on upgrades. The upgrades included a 6,100-square-foot south wing and a 54-foot pool outfitted in mosaic tile and 24-karat gold. He also added a mosaic-covered courtyard and commissioned painted murals on the home's walls and ceilings. After Versace's 1997 murder outside the home, it was purchased by Peter Loftin for $20 million in 2000. Loftin has since repurposed the home into a five-star hotel, restaurant and event space. However, it is now up for sale as a single-family home.
CitySpire Penthouse in New York
The most expensive apartment in New York is the 8,000-square-foot penthouse at the CitySpire building in midtown Manhattan. Owner Steven Klar describes the octagonal space that spans three floors as a "piece of art." It has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a 20-person dining room, a media room, formal gallery, conference room and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. A private interior elevator and the city's highest wraparound terraces are included on the list of amenities. Klar purchased the penthouse in 1993 for $4.5 million and put the same amount back into it for renovations. He stands to make a substantial return on his investment if he can sell it for the list price of $100 million.
15 Central Park West in New York
Celebrity neighbors, a bird's-eye view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and a secret garden passageway can all be yours for the price of $95 million. These features and more come with the 5,200-square-foot apartment on the 35th floor at 15 Central Park West. The unit is made up of two combined apartments and has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It also boasts a library, gallery area, two laundry rooms and a closed kitchen. Steel magnate Leroy Schecter purchased the apartment in 2008 for $26 million. All residents of 15 Central Park have access to the building's movie theater, swimming pool and conference room. The complex is home to Sting and Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez is a former resident.
The Bottom Line
The lifestyles of the rich and the famous are a far cry from the lives of average Americans. This truth is evident when scoping out the real estate listings of the country's most lavish homes.