5 Unbelievably Expensive Homes for Sale

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#1: Elegant ‘Palazzo di Amore’

9505 LANIA

“Palazzo di Amore” represents the ultimate in lifestyle on a one-of-a kind, 25-acre promontory. It can easily accommodate parking for approximately 150 cars, and its proximity to world-class cultural opportunities is virtually unbeatable. The prestigious residence, with its perfectly-conceived architecture, represents both majesty and family. Outstanding amenities include: guard house, private drivers quarters, guest house, state-of-the-art theater, discotheque, bowling alley, wine cellar, wine producing vineyard, pool, spa, formal gardens, tennis court, and city-to-ocean views. With all of the lush beauty of the Mediterranean, all of the cosmopolitan grandeur of a Beverly Hills address, and an $149,000,000 price tag, the Palazzo di Amore is indisputably without rival.

#2: Legendary Spanish/Italian-Style ‘Beverly House’


The “Beverly House” is sited on approximately 3.7 flat acres atop a private knoll just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard. With original landscaping by Paul Thiene, entrance gates adjacent to a two-story gate house open to a long private driveway ascending one of the city’s longest private drives to a courtyard fountain. Architect Gordon Kaufmann was commissioned by one of Los Angeles’ most important families to create his legendary masterpiece.

Built of terra-cotta stucco, the H-shaped residence exhibits a perfect combination of Spanish and Italian style, with intricately carved ceilings, paneled walls, French doors, balconies, arched ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the famous cascading waterfalls to the pool and the Venetian columns beyond the pool house.The Beverly House was built by banking executive Milton Getz. Marion Davies bought the property in 1946 for William Randolph Hearst, the historical figure and most powerful publishing magnate of the 20th century. The main level includes a 50-foot entry hall with loggia, a living room with 22-foot-high arched and detailed ceilings, and the famed library with hand-carved woodwork and staircase leading to second story wrap-around balcony and bookshelves. The billiard room contains herringbone parquet floors and a massive carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon. There is also a formal dining room, breakfast room, and family room with outdoor terrace accommodating up to 400 for sit-down dining. A garden level contains an Art Deco-style night club, wine cellar, and one of two projection rooms in the residence. Another level contains spa facilities with a gym and massage room. The second story contains double masters, guest suites, and staff accommodations. Additional features of the Beverly House includes a commercial kitchen, owner’s and staff offices, outside staff accommodations, lighted tennis court, indoor bar, media center, guest house above eight-car garage, separate security cottage, separate two-bedroom apartment, and two-story gate lodge with kitchenette and four bedrooms. In addition to hosting John and Jacqueline Kennedy during their honeymoon, Beverly House also played a character in the classic movies The Godfather and The Bodyguard. The Beverly house is priced at $135,000,000.

#3: Mesmerizing ‘Neverland’ Ranch Retreat


Located five miles north of the town of Los Olivos, “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” formerly known as “Neverland Ranch,” is the ultimate ranch retreat and gated estate of approximately 2,698 acres. The main residence of approximately 12,598 square feet offers six bedrooms, including a large first floor master suite with a private loft and two master baths. The home was designed by Robert Altevers for William Bone in a French Normandy-style and meticulously crafted to perfection in 1982. The home is nestled between extensively landscaped gardens and a four-acre lake complete with a waterfall, incredible pastoral views to the south, and majestic mountain views to the north. An expansive covered outdoor barbecue area is perfect for entertaining and is located adjacent to the inviting pool, nearby pool house, and tennis court. There are multiple structures on the property, including three separate guest homes, a 5,500-square-foot movie theater with stage, several barns, animal shelter facilities, corrals, and a maintenance shop. This famous estate is currently available for $100,000,000.

#4: World-Class ‘Burnt Point’

Burnt Point

On an ultra-private, 25-acre peninsula on Georgica Pond with spectacular sweeping water views on three sides is this world-class 18,000-square-foot estate built to the highest standard with every luxury amenity. Main house, self-contained guest wing, waterside pool with spa, tennis court, and dock. Minutes from the ocean and East Hampton airport. Built in 2000 and published in Architectural Digest, the house was custom-designed by architect Francis Fleetwood with interior architecture by Brian OKeefe and interior design by Marjorie Shushan. Built with steel frame construction, the house features a double-height entry hall, 200-year-old antique flooring, and wide water views from almost every room. Five principal bedroom suites plus an additional three-bedroom, self-contained guest wing grace this residence. Amenities include two elevators, eat-in kitchen with commercial grade appliances, beamed library, paneled office, professional screening room, and wine cellar. Gated grounds with long winding driveway provide total privacy and security. Approximately 2,024 feet of direct waterfront on Georgica Pond. “Burnt Point” is on the market for $95 million.

#5: Enchanting ‘La Villa Contenta’


Set in the most superlative location in Malibu, over six-and-a-half acres overlooking unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, “La Villa Contenta” is one of the most magnificent residential compounds in the United States. Gated for the utmost privacy and surrounded by exquisitely landscaped gardens, the estate comprises a grand main house, extravagant guest house, office structure, and spectacularly ornate ballroom with indoor pool. Epitomizing the finest in architectural integrity, quality construction, and imported designer details, this world-class residence was created for an unusually discerning owner who seeks the pinnacle of ultra-luxurious living. La Villa Contenta is on the market for $60,000,000.

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