Former home of William Hearst, the famous newspaper tycoon, this extravagant Beverly Hills property was sold in 1947 for $120,000. Today it goes for over 1300 times that much, it has its own nightclub, and the neighbors include Tom Cruise and David Beckham. Pricetag: $165 million
The Versailles in Florida is the largest home in the whole of America, totalling a floor area of about 90,000 square feet. The property belongs to Westgate Hotel founder David Siegel and his wife Jackie Siegel, and is currently still under construction at 6121 Kirkstone Lane, Windermere, Florida, in the gated community of Lake Butler Sound in Orange County. As its title strongly suggests, the mansion is both named and modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, which pretty equates to some huge mortgage rates. The construction of this mega home started back in 2004 and halted in 2009 with only six-tenths of the property completed as the family faced financial difficulties.
The home is constructed on a man-made hill on a 10 acre property. The residence includes 11 kitchens, a garage with a 30 car capacity, a two-lane bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, three indoor pools, two outdoor pools, a video arcade, a two-story movie theater with a balcony inspired by the Paris Opera House, a fitness center with a spa, yoga studios, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, an exotic-fish aquarium, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a formal outdoor garden, and an elevator in the master bedroom closet. Still planning to use that mortgage calculator to get this spot for yourself?
The personal ballroom has a 500 to a 1,000 person capacity, and the doors and windows are made of the last remaining Brazilian mahogany, at a cost of $4 million. The residence will also have ten staff quarters, each one with a built in jacuzzi and kitchen. Pricetag: $75 million
This home has been called the most beautiful estate in America, and it’s also the most patient. Suzanne Saperstein, the owner of this Beverly Hills property has had this beautiful property on the market since 2007, and the price has not been reduced for the sake of getting it sold. The property is situated on 5 acres of land. The Fleur De Lys contains 12 bedrooms and 15 baths, and a separate from the building guest house is also provided. The site of the building is a whopping 35,000 square feet, large enough to make you wonder about the mortgage rates.
The building itself is a European style palace with marble for walls and limestone for flooring. Plenty of gold embossing lines up the house interior. The mansion also contains dual kitchens, a ballroom, gym, pool house, and a fifty-seater home theater. The outdoor area also contains a 1,200-metre running track and a tennis court, and the estate also has its own ballroom inside the mansion. The original owners of the home were David I. Saperstein and his wife Suzanne Saperstein. David is a Jewish-born entrepreneur who worked his way up from a hard life. Starting off as a used-car salesman, David later moved to radio programming and founded Metro Networks. When the Sapersteins divorced in 2004, Suzanne received the house as settlement. We can only wonder who handles the mortgage calculator here.
Suzanne later sold the house for French Billionaire for $102 million (paid in hard cold cash) in March 2014, making it the most expensive property ever sold in the Los Angeles County. The Fleur De Lys has been resold since the March 2014 sale. Pricetag: $125 million
The high tech ski lodge is located in an exclusive ‘billionaires only’ community most commonly called Yellowstone Club. The Pinnacle is the largest and most exquisite property in the community, and would be considered heaven on earth. Each room in the property has a fireplace- even the bathrooms, and the whole estate is built with a heated flooring system throughout the entire house. The property also comes with a huge wine cellar, a gym, and indoor and outdoor pool and a massage room. Knowing this should get you wondering how much the mortgage rates are going to be, right?
The property is perfect for a luxurious skiing escapade. The Big Sky ski area and the Yellowstone Club share a five mile bored and is surrounded by around 250,000 acres of the Gallatin National Forest. The Yellowstone Club is the brainchild of the of timber baron Tim Blixseth and his then-wife Edra. The 13,600 acre club provides a private lift-served ski area to its $250,000 membership. In 2008, the Blixseth fell into financial crisis and entered bankruptcy, and the couple was accused of pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars from loans secured by the club’s real estate. Today the Pinnacle is now operated by a private equity firm, and the Pinnacle remains the centrepiece of the community.
The mansion covers 15,500 square feet in floor area with eight lavish bedrooms that are all unique in design and furnishing, and twelve bathrooms. The Pinnacle is located in Big Sky, Montanna and is scheduled for auction anytime in February. In such cases, we’ll have to get our mortgage calculator out to see if we can even come remotely close to affording it. Pricetag: $155 million
The Maison de L’Amitie belonged to Donald Trump, which he acquired at $40 million during a bankruptcy auction and renovated. With someone of that stature as the former owner, you’d wonder how much the mortgage rates actually cost. The ocean front compound has a sprawling floor area of 60,000 square feet and is located in Palm Beach, Florida. The home rests on top of a 6.26-acre property, which includes a 475-foot-long beach readily accessible to the house. Seven of the 18 bedrooms have an 18 foot ceiling, and a working art gallery is located in one of the winds.
The garage of the estate can accommodate up to eighty cars, and the swimming pool measures 30.5 meters in length. The windows of the house are bullet proof all throughout to protect the 18 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms and 3 guest cottages and a giant ballroom plus other indoor amenities. The home is also filled with high-end luxurious furniture and with diamond and gold fixtures. The home was purchased from Donald Trump by Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian billionaire and fertilizer tycoon, back in 2008 for a price tag of $85 million. After paying philanthropist, Abe Gosman $41 million and spending $3 million for renovation, Trump made a profit off the home. E can only wonder if Trump even needed a mortgage calculator for this purchase.
The home also contains 18 bedrooms spread throughout the main house, 22 bathrooms, 3 guest cottages and tennis court. The beautiful architecture and interiors breathe pure luxury. Marble, granite and mahogany line the interiors and the exteriors of the home. In 2013, Rybolovlev made plans to level the whole mansion he had paid &85 million for. The reason? Mold problems. Pricetag: $125 million
There are several locations in Romannia claiming to be the home of the infamous Dracula and you can find a few others on our list of 25 awesome castles you should see. This one has had its fair share of ownership disputes, however, and eventually found its way back into the hands of the Hapsburgs after being seized by the communists earlier in the century. Pricetag: $91 million