Is Bigger Always Better?
You know the saying “Go big or go home?” The people who built these mega-mansions did both. The average size of a house in the United States is a modest 2,392 square feet, according to The 2010 U.S. Census data. But the largest homes in America are upward of 50,000 square feet.
*This list does not include historic homes that are no longer primarily used as residences.
BEVERLY HOUSE, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.: 50,000 square feet. The house, where William Randolph Hearst once lived, sits on 3.7 acres above the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was listed for $165 million in 2007 and later price-chopped to $95 million.
Source: LA Times
MONTAGEL WAY MANSION, BIRMINGHAM, ALA.: 50,000 square feet. The grounds of the mansion are shaped like a guitar, and it’s listed at 13.9 million.
LONGABERGER ESCHMAN MEADOWS, NASHPORT, OHIO: 55,000 square feet. The house currently belongs to CEO of Longaberger Baskets. The estate, which sits on 200 acres, is on sale for $15 million.
THE SPELLING MANSION, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.: 57,000 square feet. Petra Ecclestone purchased the estate last summer for a whopping $85 million, significantly less than the original asking price of $150 million. The house has 123 rooms and sits on 4.6 acres of land.
MAISON DE L’AMITIE, PALM BEACH, FLA.: 60,000 square feet. Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought this estate from Donald Trump for $95 million several years ago. It features diamond and gold fixtures and a 50-car garage.
XANADU 2.0, MEDINA, WASH.: 66,000 square feet. Bill Gates’ mansion is valued at $121 million. The gym alone is 2,500 square feet.
RENNERT MANSION, SAGAPONACK, NY: 66,400 square feet. Junk bond legend Ira Rennert’s mansion sits on 63 acres of land. Rumors have the number of bedrooms varying from 21 to 29.
PENSMORE, CHRISTIAN COUNTY, MO.: 72,000 square feet. Business exec Steve Huff is building a 13-bedroom energy efficient house in Missouri that’s strong enough to withstand a tornado. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
TOMIYASU LANE ESTATE, LAS VEGAS, NEV.: 73,000 square feet. Casino mogul Phil Ruffin bought the home from the Sultan of Brunei for around $24.9 million in 2011, a big mark down from the original $60 million listing price.
Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
VERSAILLES, WINDERMERE, FLA.: 90,000 square feet. Versailles is the largest private home in America, but it’s still under construction. The mega-mansion is on sale for $75 million as is or $100 million complete.
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