The palatial homes of the nation’s wealthiest citizens boast expansive estates, lavish interiors and decadence like you’ve never seen. We take a look through the biggest billionaire mansions across America complete with infinity pools, golf courses, secret roof-terraces and even a flock of swans.
Il Palmetto, Florida: 40,916 sq ft
This sprawling beachfront pad was built in 1930 by architect Maurice Fatio, who was famous for his luxury, Mediterranean-style mansions. Il Palmetto is currently owned by billionaire Jim Clark who put it on the market back in 2016 for $137 million (£105m). Without a sale, he was forced to slash the asking price to $115 million (£88m) earlier this year.
The interior is lavishly decorated, with sumptuous furnishings and carved vaulted ceilings. The entrance has a grand two-story foyer, with a choice of 10 bedrooms and 26 bathrooms, as well as an indoor theatre, library and billiard room for entertaining.
An impressive limestone wine cellar can hold up to 20,000 bottles, while a secondary cellar houses a further 1,000. Il Palmetto also boasts a gym and a spa in addition to an underground tunnel that discreetly connects the main house to a three-bedroom beach house on the beachfront.
Outside, a secluded Mediterranean courtyard surrounded by white stone pillars provides a place to relax. Beyond the outdoor space is a stylish outdoor swimming pool dotted with sunbeds and a granite statue. There’s also an additional oceanfront infinity pool alongside the beach house, all sitting within approximately five and a half acres of land.
Asherwood, Indiana: 43,517 sq ft
The Indiana mansion, Asherwood stands within a 107-acre estate of land which also holds an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and two swimming pools. The property was owned by the late US shopping magnate Mel Simon, but has since been passed on to his widow, Bren Simon.
The interiors are classically decorated, with polished floors, gold detailing and deep wood paneling along the walls. In the library, a balcony looks out over the ground floor seating area that has floor-to-ceiling windows with garden views.
A separate guest house allows visitors some space to themselves, while the clubhouse and private theatre add an extra luxe touch. The theatre’s cinema chairs are upholstered in red velvet and sit alongside ornately carved walls all beneath a magnificent painted ceiling.
There are seven bedrooms in the mansion and a number of luxurious bathrooms providing space for some decadent relaxation. In this bathroom, marble covers the floors, walls, and ceilings, matching the generous marble bathtub. A piece of art in the style of a stained glass window adds to the regal feel.
Villa Vittoriosa, Georgia: 44,234 sq ft
The Maltese-inspired mansion, Villa Vittoriosa, is reported to be the biggest family residence in the state of Georgia. The former home of boxer Evander Holyfield is housed within an estate which includes a 4,000 square foot guest house and a seven-stable barn.
The grand entrance hall features an impressive marble floorwork design that extends from the center of the room. Dual staircases lead down from the balcony surrounded by gold-embellished Roman-style pillars.
There are a total of 12 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms, as well as a bowling alley and a dining room fit for 100 guests. The walls of the interior living spaces are wood-paneled and ornate, while a long marble and mirror swimming pool room offers space for an indoor dip.
Outdoors, the expanse of the property becomes clear, as the vast white mansion provides a backdrop to grounds spanning over 100 acres. The outdoor pool is allegedly one of the largest in the United States and is overlooked by multiple balconies from the main house.
Le Palais, Beverly Hills: 44,925 sq ft
The palatial chateau-style mansion, Le Palais, was designed by developer Mohamed Hadid, father to supermodels Bella and Gigi. The grounds surrounding the limestone property feature olive trees, fountains, four rose gardens and a pond that’s home to a flock of swans.
The sleek indoor kitchen boasts pro-level appliances, a separate butler’s pantry, and a seating area huddled around a fireplace. There’s also an outdoor kitchen along with a commercial addition for larger events. The catering kitchen sits on a lower level alongside the ballroom, which is fit to accommodate up to 200 party-going guests.
There are seven bedrooms, with the master suite hosting two of the house’s 11 bathrooms. A secret staircase leads to a rooftop garden from one bathroom. Downstairs treatment rooms open out onto the gardens with an indoor gym just next door.
Outdoor cabanas surround a 60-foot infinity swimming pool. Indoors you’ll find an additional pool decorated in ornate blue tiles, with a Turkish hammam, Moroccan lounge, and steam room. The house also hides a wine cellar for 5,000 bottles in the basement.
Hacienda De La Paz, Los Angeles: 51,000 sq ft
The Spanish-inspired home Hacienda De La Paz, took 17 years to build and was constructed by specially selected Italian, Portuguese and Moroccan craftspeople. The unique location of the property offers panoramic views that stretch from the ocean right across to the mountains.
Hacienda De La Paz was inspired by periods throughout Spain’s history and features an 18th-century neoclassical ballroom, which spans over 15,000 square feet. A private wine cellar and vast commercial catering facilities ensure entertaining guests is possible to the highest of standards.
The grand interior of the property comprises nine bedrooms and 25 bathrooms. The home also boasts a personal gym and yoga room, in addition to multiple swimming pools and a luxurious 10th-century hammam spa.
Outdoors, a secluded courtyard allows for alfresco dining. For any residents interested in sport, there’s a choice of a hard indoor tennis court or an outdoor clay court, as well as a bocce court and a variety of equestrian facilities.
The Manor, Los Angeles: 52,503 sq ft
The Manor was built in 1988 by entertainment royalty Aaron and Candy Spelling and is one of the grandest private residences in the world. Sitting on nearly five acres of completely flat land, the recently renovated mansion borders the LA Country Club.
The entrance itself is breathtaking, with a winding driveway leading up to a circular court that has a fountain and enough space for 100 cars. The hallway has an impressive double staircase with dramatic 30-foot ceilings giving off an old Hollywood vibe.
The grand formal living room, with Italian limestone, looks out onto the garden through arched double French Doors. It has a neutral color scheme finished off with gold accents and mahogany furniture, plus a grand piano and chandeliers, of course.
The house doesn’t go without modern luxuries, either, and has a projection room, bar, family room, library and a fully-equipped beauty salon including massage and tanning rooms.
Blairsden, New Jersey: 56,000 sq ft
The New Jersey home of the late C. Ledyard Blair, a banking heir and sportsman, sits on 34 acres of land overlooking the Somerset Hills. Only 47 miles away from the city of New York, it was designed by Carrere & Hastings and took five years to complete, being finished in 1903. Today it is owned by T. Eric Galloway, a New York Developer, who purchased it for $4.5 million (£3.5m).
Entering the front doors is like taking a step back in time. The tapestry-draped walls of the grand hall are made of stone, while marble entrances lead to various reception rooms. A sumptuous red carpet leads up to the first floor, which C. Ledyard Blair and his family used as their living area.
Taking more from grand stately homes than modern mansions, the interior uses marble columns, detailed moldings and elaborate fireplaces that wouldn’t be out of place in a castle. On the ground floor there are around 10 rooms, including a large living room and a reflection room. The centre features a huge entertainment room with three sets of doors leading outside to the courtyard.
Outside, you’ll find tennis courts, extensive rose gardens and an ornate stone and brick staircase, which is linked to a mosaic ramp that leads to the lake. This is where C. Ledyard Blair held the elegant weddings of his four daughters. The mansion also hides a basement, which houses a pool, Turkish baths, and a squash court.
Play Vista Isle, Florida: 58,000 sq ft
Formally known as Le Palais Royal, this mega-mansion in Florida is one of America’s most expensive homes and in 2016 went on the market for $159 million). Located in Hillsboro Beach, the mansion was modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Owner Robert Pereira, started building the mansion as a side project, but soon decided to try and sell it, putting it up for auction in November 2018.
The home is full of the most luxurious materials you can imagine. The entrance opens onto a marble staircase with wrought-iron railings and gold leaf accents took craftsmen two years to finish at a cost of $2 million. The gold leaf doesn’t stop there, as the mahogany kitchen cabinets are also adorned with the luxury material.
The house has 11-bedrooms and 17-bathrooms, with four of the bedrooms having their very own jacuzzi where you can look out onto the 465 feet of beachfront, or even keep an eye on your yacht sitting in the private dock.
Outside the mansion is just as fabulous as inside. A 4,500-square-foot infinity pool with six cascading waterfalls is complimented by a LED-lit waterslide. For the evenings, a fire pit sits in the middle of the pool, and suspended above on a plinth is an infinity-edge hot tub. And that’s not all, the house features many weird and wonderful amenities, including the nation’s first in-home IMAX theatre with enough room for 18 people.
Gemini, Florida: 62,220 sq ft
This beautiful 15-acre estate sits on a private barrier island in Manalapan, Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. Named Gemini, the estate is currently on the market for $137 million (£105m) and is perched on top of a dune with 360-degree views of the beautiful surroundings.
Inside, the house has two four-bedroom beachside cottages, a seven-bedroom house and a guest house comprising of four studios and apartments. This means that overall there are more than 30 bedrooms.
Of course, no estate this size would be complete without some pretty impressive perks. As well as fabulous décor, the property also comes with a series of formal and informal living and dining areas, a media room, libraries, offices, numerous terraces, an expansive wine cellar, and two elevators.
If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find a swimming pool, golf area, tennis court, basketball court, fitness center, and a spa. However, if you are looking for something a little more serene, you can spend the afternoon in your own botanical gardens, or simply gazing out onto the beautiful views from the comfort of your own home.
Biltmore, North Carolina: 135,280 sq ft
America’s largest privately-owned house, Biltmore in North Carolina was built for George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century. The colossal Gilded Age mansion, which is still owned by a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, sprawls over 178,926 square feet.
The gigantic house, which was modeled on the Château de Blois in France’s Loire Valley, was built over a six-year period by thousands of workers and features more than 250 exquisitely-decorated rooms. The epic mansion is now open to the public 365 days a year.
The biggest room in the house, the medieval-style banquet hall, seriously wows with a seven-story high ceiling, intricately-carved wooden paneling and a supersized table that seats 30-plus diners.
Vanderbilt traveled throughout Europe and Asia collecting fabulous antiques and paintings for his country home. Needless to say, Biltmore is a treasure trove of art, and works by the likes of Renoir and Sargent hang on its walls, as well as a selection of breathtaking 16th-century tapestries.
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