Someone recently asked me how much money it would take to buy the most expensive home on the market in the United States. What came to mind first was the old saw, “If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.” But curiosity got the cat and I had to look it up, and thought my followers might be interested.
As it turns out, at the beginning of the year, the most expensive listing on the market was a 38,000 square-foot mansion in Bel Air with an asking price of $250 million. But it didn’t stay at the top of the price list for long. It’s spot has been taken by another Bel Air residence which comes in at a cool $350 million. Quite a price for a place to rest your head at night.
The residence, known as Chartwell, is on a 10.3 acre estate and was built in 1933 by architect Sumner Spaulding. The first owner, a development contractor, had it built for his wife. But she never moved in because she hated its over-the-top opulence.
This French Neo-Classical chateau-style mansion served as the television home for the Beverly Hillbillies, a popular 60’s sit-com. Built for entertaining, it features a wine cellar, salon, ballroom, and paneled dining room. (No where did I find out how many bedrooms it has, BTW.)
The grounds feature expertly manicured gardens, a tennis court, covered parking for 40 cars, a 75-foot pool and fully equipped pool house, all set against sweeping panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.
But Chartwell is a piker by global standards. The most expensive home in the world? The 22 story skyscraper of a home built in Mumbai by Mukesh and Nita Ambani lists for a cool $2 billion.
But wait. Two billion is chump change for some who prefer their home to float. The “History Supreme” super-yacht can be had for just $4.8 billion. The 100 foot yacht took 3 years to complete, and used 100,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum to sparkle up the deck, dining area, rails, anchor and hull. It’s owner, a Malaysian billionaire, prefers to remain anonymous. Wouldn’t want to appear ostentatious, after all.