Real estate in 2016 was bananas, and 2017 looks to be more of the same. Early in the year, we saw a new most expensive listing in the country: a bonkers $250M spec house in Bel Air, Los Angeles with a “curated lifestyle” built in (think a luxury car gallery, paid-for house staff, and much, much more.) But alas, its title would be stripped well before the end of summer, by the simply flabbergasting $350M listing for the Chartwell Estate in Bel Air.
In this latest iteration of our list of the 3 priciest houses for sale, over-the-top L.A. mansions continue to reign supreme, along with a number of classic Hamptons estates and spectacular ranches. The properties here all have to be on the open market with a public price tag, and come with a main building of some sort.
For those interested in the most expensive listings in specific cities and regions, here they are:
Atlanta • Austin • Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Hamptons • Los Angeles • Miami • New Orleans • New York City • Philadelphia • San Francisco • Seattle • Washington, D.C.
On the market for the first time in 30 years, the 10-acre Chartwell Estate in LA’s Bel Air is owned by late TV exec Jerry Perenchio, who passed away in May. The main house, with a limestone facade made famous on The Beverly Hillbillies, was designed by architect Sumner Spauling and shows off grand 18th-century French Neoclassical style over 25,000 square feet. Interior highlights include a ballroom, formal salon, and paneled dining room.
Masterminded by luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, this 38,000-square-foot megamansion is the most expensive home ever listed in the country. Inside its outer shell of glass, pools, turf, and white walls, you’ll find endless amenities, including a huge glass candy wall, James Bond-themed home theater, four-lane bowling alley, and more.
Originally built in 1988 for late TV producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy, this 56,500-square-foot (!) French chateau-style mansion went through a modern update in 2011. It offers 14 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms, and all in all 123 rooms for anything you can imagine (Mrs. Spelling famously used one for her doll collection.)