5 of the Most Expensive Homes in the U.S.

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.

2. Fleur de Lys Mansion – California

  • List Price: $125 million (reportedly sold for around $102 million)
  • Monthly payment: $650,799
  • Salary needed to live here: Around $26.1 million

This French-inspired palace was designed by architect R. Robinson III, who made numerous trips to France and then constructed the outside of this house out of hand-picked French limestone. Complete with 24-karat gold trim and the highest-caliber antique furnishings, including pieces carved by Louis XV’s architects and a chair that belonged to Napoleon, this mammoth home makes you feel like you’re inside a palace. HGTV takes us on a tour in the video above.

3. Crespi-Hicks Estate – Dallas

  • Price: $135 million
  • Monthly payment: $702,863
  • Salary needed to live here: Around $28.1 million

Sitting on 25 acres of land, this massive home contains around 43,000 feet of living space. The estate contains three separate spaces — a main house, a guest house, and a pool house — and these structures all flow into one property, separated by formal gardens. The private pond, beautiful landscaping, and elegant entryway are an amazing sight for those passing by. The large home is slightly hidden behind the trees, and when you get up close, you can see just how much attention was put into the house, with its hand-carved stone and intricate architecture. Architecturally Significant Homes takes us on a tour in the above video.

4. Hearst Mansion, “The Godfather House” – California

  • Price: $135 million
  • Monthly payment: $702,863
  • Salary needed to live here: Around $28.1 million

This home was owned by media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and the house was featured in the film “The Godfather” and in a few other movies, as well. It has a private nightclub, seats 400 dinner guests, and has 17 bedrooms and 29 bathrooms. About a year ago, the home was on the rental market for a jaw-dropping $600,000 per month rental price. ABC News takes us on a tour of the home in the video above.

5. Sunset Boulevard Mansion – Beverly Hills, California

  • Price: Around $70 million
  • Monthly payment: $364,447
  • Salary needed to live here: Around $14.5 million

This lavish home mixes classic with modern. The French-inspired house sits on two acres of land and contains seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. The abode has a limestone exterior, 24-karat gold fixtures, and more than 100 light fixtures. Two Gone With The Wind-style staircases lead up to an ornate master suite with his and her bathrooms. The house is completely computerized, and you can control electronic functions like lighting and heating from a mobile device or PC. Extra taxes us on a tour of this house in the video above.

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