Small homes may continue to rise in popularity, but bigger will always be better for the most luxurious end of the real estate market.
When your budget has no bounds, you can afford endless space for you, your family and your helicopter.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of your own villa near Hollywood or a remote castle in upstate New York, these truly grand estates have earned their spot on the list of the ten biggest houses currently for sale in the United States.
1. Deluxe lakeside compound
63,000 sq ft
It’s two magnificent estates for the price of one in this jaw-dropping compound on the shores of scenic Lake Winnipesaukee in the quaint town of Alton, New Hampshire. Between these two properties, you’ll enjoy 12 bedrooms and a combined total of 63,000-square-feet. Your commute to either home can be whatever you choose, thanks to the on-site helicopter pad and multiple docks. (Those traveling by luxury car will simply enjoy the drive in from the gated entrance and through six acres of manicured lawns.)
Though built for year-round enjoyment, certain features stand out for milder months of the year, like the stone amphitheater, an infinity pool with grotto and the tennis court. For those who plan on hosting many get-togethers, you have a 7,655-square-foot reproduction post-and-beam barn specifically built for entertaining. There’s also one of the most charming features we’ve ever come across: A private lakeside tea house.
2. High drama in the desert
52,000 sq ft
Set against panoramic views of Camelback Mountain and metro Phoenix, this 14-bedroom, 23-bathroom estate gives you 52,000-square-feet to customize to your own taste. That’s because this luxury property is being sold as-is — which means you can consider this a massive blank slate for limitless creativity.
Though some features would be in need of updating (for instance, the great room appears to have popcorn ceiling tiles), some are worth keeping, like the amethyst stone fireplace in the guest house, the imported marble throughout the home and the herringbone floors. Sporty types will also appreciate the racquetball court and his-and-hers locker rooms. Overall, it’s an intriguing project for the right owners.
3. Secluded Spanish villa in Los Angeles
40,000 sq ft
A cool $75 million doesn’t just get you a 40,000-square-foot mansion with 8 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a recording studio, outdoor movie screen, a wine cellar and tasting room. It gets you an unthinkable amount of privacy thanks to some very specific features: An underground auto gallery, an indoor saltwater lap pool, an indoor basketball court that doubles as a grand ballroom, your own full service salon complete with a wellness center and a movie theater complete with a candy wall. Though you could very well never leave the house thanks to these features, you’re not far from civilization. The Los Angeles estate is close to the Hotel Bel-Air, and is in close proximity to Brentwood, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.And jumping ahead:
7. French facade in Los Angeles
35,000 sq ft
Los Angeles is home to an unusual amount of super-sized estates. However, while you might frequently see similar features (after all, a private screening room is a necessity in the movie capital of the world) no two mansions are exactly alike. This 10-bedroom, 14-bathroom, 35,000-square-foot estate takes its architectural cues from a variety of places to unique effect....MORE
The exterior is tres French with many of the interior spaces riffing on the extravagant Chateau theme. Yet, you’ll also find a Turkish hammam and a Moroccan-inspired room on-site. Though the interior piles on the details, the grounds were designed with a little more restraint. Fountains, a sleek pool and a swan pond make for a lovely walk around the grounds as you soak in the city views.