Town & Country has profiled the ten most expensive homes that are currently for sale in the United States. Since the magazine went to publication some of these homes might have already been sold. What is interesting is that several of these homes are 'fire sales' with the owners no longer able to afford the upkeep.
Here are the top five and you can see the rest here.
1. Copper Beech Farm, Greenwich, Connecticut
Asking price: $190 M
Distress signals? Yes. Like so many in the country, current owners John and Lauri Rudey are having trouble keeping up with mortgage payments. So the couple, who are heavily invested in the troubled timber industry, have decided to sell their 50 acre property in Greenwich, CT. The asking price is nearly five times the record price in town, $40.8 million for an 80 acre property on Conyers Farm Road.
Big draw: Although the house was built in 1898 for a co-founder of U.S. Steel, it’s not so much the Gilded Era manse that accounts for the awe-inspiring price. It’s the untouched waterfront estate, a rival to the Rockefellers’ Kykuit compound in its well-situated proximity to New York—both are about a half hour from Grand Central via presidential motorcade, or ten minutes or so in a helicopter.
2. Fleur-de-Lys, Holmby Hills Section of Beverly Hills, California
Asking price: $125M.
Distress signals? Yes. Suzanne Saperstein acquired this home, with its 45,000 square feet and 12 bedrooms and 50-seat theater, in her divorce from real estate developer, David Saperstein, who left her for their Swedish nanny.
Big draw: “Patterned after Versailles” should probably have been a clear indication of troubled aspirations. And sure enough, if the Sun King himself ever flew into town, he’d have no trouble recognizing the place, which is easily visible on the eastern approach into LAX.
3. The Penthouse at The Pierre, 795 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Asking price: $125M
Distress signals? No. Martin Zweig, the last buyer of this triplex apartment across from the southwest corner of Central Park, was a champion stock picker who earned a reputation for prescience on Black Monday, in 1987, when the Dow Jones average dropped 23%, three days after he expressed profound misgivings about the health of the market on a Friday broadcast of Wall $treet Week with Louis Ruykesyer. He bought this place a decade or so later, for the then record price of $21.5M. The family is selling the property, following his death in February.
Big draw: Real estate agents Elizabeth Lee Sample and Brenda Powers, who have more than a few record New York sales between them, are handling this property, which has one of the world’s grandest ballrooms still held in private possession.
4. The Beverly House, Los Angeles
Asking price: $115M
Distress signals? Yes. The financier Leonard Ross declared bankruptcy in 2012, and is looking to sell this 1927 classic Hollywood mansion, at a cut rate price (he had listed the place, in better days, at $165M).
Big draw: William Randolph Hearst died here, a getaway bought for his mistress, Marion Davies, who left it to her man friend, who let The Godfather film one of its more memorable scenes here, in which a Hollywood producer wakes up to find a severed horse head in his bed.
5. De Guigne Court, Hillsborough, California
Asking Price: $115M
Distress signals? OMG, yes. When Christian de Guigne, current owner of the pristine 47 acre estate in the de Guigne family since 1918, divorced his wife Vaughn in 2002, she successfully sued for three times the standard support based on their well-established pattern of “marital overspending.” A clause in the articles of sale provide for life rights for the 72-year old heir, who will live in one of the buildings on the property (but not the main house) until his death.
Big draw: The vast and largely untouched acreage (just minutes away from Facebook headquarters in nearby Palo Alto) with a classical 16,000 square foot home, decorated by Anthony Hail, who specialized in the grand style.