Who wouldn’t love to live in a mansion, preferably with an ocean view? Probably most people wouldn’t have anything against it. However, the ‘problem’ with mansions is that they tend to be very expensive – especially in the United States. There are several reasons for that.
First of all, the United States continues to record high demand for estates. The more people want to buy something, the higher its price tag is – it’s simple economics. What’s more, the land costs more than it used to. Lastly – the location. It’s common knowledge that, when it comes to real estate, location is everything. This goes for both selling and buying property – if we decide to invest, and we buy houses Kansas City, we are most likely going to pay than if we chose to do it in Los Angeles.
Either way, no matter where you are looking at housing prices, there are bound to be some properties that will definitely tower with their price tag over others. Which ones are in the United States? Well, let’s find out.
Here are some of the most expensive homes in the United States that are still looking for their new owner in 2020.
The ONE, Bel Air, California
- $500 million
‘The One’ – a mansion located on the Bel Air hilltop – resembles more a small town rather than a house. Created by Nile Niami, who used to be a movie producer but now works as a prolific real estate developer, and Paul McClean, an architect, the project took seven years to finish.
So, what will $500.000.000 buy you? Well, apart from the beautiful overall design, the mansion includes a 5.500-square-foot master suite, 30 bathrooms, 20 bedrooms, a 30-car auto ‘gallery,’ a 36-seat movie theater, a six-lane bowling alley, five swimming pools, and a nightclub.
Gateways Canyons, Gateway, Colorado
- $279 million
The ‘Gateway Canyons Ranches and Resort’ is an 8.700-acre compound located in a small town called Gateway, around 180 miles away from Aspen. The owner, John Hendricks (the founder of Discovery Channel), has been buying pieces of land since the 1990s to reach today’s acreage.
Now, let’s see what you will be getting after buying this estate. The property includes the 22.000-square-foot main house that the owner calls West Creek Ranch Residence. Then, there is a 72-room, full-service Gateway Canyons Resort, and Spa, as well as a car museum, in which you can find more or less 55 classic cars, part of Hendricks’ collection. Finally, the property includes an airplane hangar and two helipads.
Mesa Vista Ranch, Pampa, Texas
- $250 million
The property belonged to the oil tycoon, T. Boone Pickens, who died in September 2019 at the age of 91. He spent over half a century assembling the property that today covers over 100 square miles.
The property includes miles of the rushing Canadian River, four homes with a 33.000-square-foot main lodge, a private airport, a 30-seat home theatre, a tennis course, a golf course, and a two-story stone kennel with 40 bird dogs.
Casa Encantada, Bel Air, California
- $225 million
Casa Encantada dates back to the 1930s when Conrad Hilton – a hotel magnate – owned the estate. Today, it belongs to Gary Winnick – a financier and owner of Global Crossing, a company that installed ocean-floor fiber-optic cable connecting four continents and twenty-seven countries. According to several sources, the current owner bought the property in 2000 for $94 million. Later on, he spent another small fortune on restoration performed by 250 craftsmen.
Among its features, you can find a guest house, a pool house, a manager’s quarters, a basketball court, a tennis court, several greenhouses, a rose garden, and multiple koi ponds.
Villa Firenze, Beverly Park, California
- $165 million
Villa Firenze is located in Beverly Park – above Beverly Hills. At the moment, it is owned by American billionaire Steven Dar-Hazy, the CEO of Air Lease Corporation. The name comes from the style in which the property is designed – it’s supposed to resemble an Italian palazzo.
The estate includes a 20.000-square-feet main house, a 5.000-square-foot guest house, a pool house, and two additional guest houses. Among other features, we can find a huge swimming pool, tennis court, 30-car motor court, and a 2.8-acre adjoining lot ripe for development.
90 Jule Pond Drive, Southampton, New York
- $145 million
This 42-acre oceanfront property located on Jule Pond Drive, New York, once belonged to Henry Ford II. At the moment, it belongs to Brenda Earl, who used to be a partner at equity fund Zweig-Dimenna.
The property not only has the largest ocean frontage in the entire Hamptons, but it also includes a 20.000-square-foot main residence. The main residence features a 48-foot-long living room, as well as 12 bedrooms. On the grounds, you can find, for instance, a tennis court, a pool, a pool house, and two golf greens.
The bottom line
With that being said, we have reached the end of our list of the most expensive properties for sale in the United States. Impressive, isn’t it? Countless bedrooms, bathrooms, swimming pools, tennis court, golf course, movie theatres – what else could you possibly want in a home?
Every once in a while, a new, beautiful and expensive home is being introduced to the real estate market. While it might take a while before they find a new owner, the wait is definitely justified. After all, it’s not every day that you buy a complex with more than one house, a swimming pool, a wine cellar, a movie theatre, a nightclub and so on. The decision has to be very carefully thought-through, don’t you think? You probably don’t want to spend a few hundred million dollars just to regret later on.
We can say that we are very impressed with the mansions and can honestly admit that their price is justified. We can only hope that one day we will be looking at them with the intention of buying, and not just out of curiosity. We wish the same for you.