For whatever reason, we as a society are intrigued with lavish living; the lifestyles of the rich and famous draw us in. We look at these indulgent domiciles, and some of us judge the purchaser. Some of us look upon these luxury castles in envy or awe, hoping to someday achieve a similar standard of living. Others are fascinated by certain features within these homes.
We are a culture highly motivated by material reward. We like stuff, and it’s interesting to see things we’ve never seen before. When a person has an ice skating rink in his or her home, it’s compelling because it’s not something you see every day. Some of the most expensive homes in the U.S. have unique features, some are located in the most sought-after neighborhoods and communities, and some have captivating architecture that costs a fortune. How much do you think five of the most expensive homes in the U.S. cost? Here are a few from the last five years.
Note: Pricing data may not be current. Monthly payment rates were calculated before property taxes and based on a 30-year mortgage, 10 percent downpayment, and a rate of 5 percent. Per-year salary figures were calculated using MortgageCalculator.org.
1. Copper Beech Farm – Greenwich, Connecticut
- Price: $190 million
- Monthly payments: $989,590
- Salary needed to live here: Around $40 million
The magnificent 50-acre Copper Beech Farm’s main house has 12 bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms. Inside this luxury home, there’s a staff wing, and most rooms contain a fireplace — 10 altogether — and sleeping porches. There’s always something to do at Copper Beech, with its private beach, 75-foot pool, spa, full grass tennis courts, and apple orchards. David Ogilvy takes us on a tour of the property in the video above.