In recent years a bevy of extraordinary estates have fetched record-shattering sums (among them a $293 million French château and a $100 million Manhattan penthouse), so it’s no surprise that sellers in 2016 have continued to list extravagant homes for jaw-dropping amounts. The year started off with the news that the Playboy Mansion, located in L.A.’s affluent Holmby Hills enclave, hit the market for $200 million. The historic property ended up selling in August for about half the price, nonetheless setting a Los Angeles record. A $195 million mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, soon followed, as did a handful of other properties with nine-figure asks. Take a tour of the pricey pads.
Author: Geoffrey Monteswww.architecturaldigest.com
Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin is asking roughly $318 million (€300 million) for his immense Bubble Palace on the French Riviera. Conjured in the 1980s by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, the exuberant 13,000-square-foot home has hosted numerous high-profile fashion events and boasts a 500-seat amphitheater.
In January, Playboy editor in chief Hugh Hefner listed the Playboy Mansion—his longtime estate and scene of many an infamous soirée—for an eye-popping $200 million. The caveat was that the 90-year-old Hefner would be able to live in the mansion for the rest of his life. A neighbor scooped up the property for a cool $100 million in August, making it the most expensive sale in Los Angeles history.
After plunking down $85 million for Aaron Spelling’s palatial Los Angeles residence (dubbed simply the Manor) in 2011, Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone promptly enlisted British-born designer Gavin Brodin to overhaul the 56,000-square-foot home. Partially inspired by the region’s recent nine-figure real-estate deals, she’s now selling the place for $200 million.
Known as Gemini, this lavish 15.6-acre compound just south of Palm Beach is on the market for a reported $195 million. The South Florida residence dates from the 1940s but was reconstructed in 2003 and now includes 33 bedrooms and a Caribbean-themed garden with over 1,500 tropical plant species.
This 63-acre island off the coast of Connecticut, in the Long Island Sound, comes with an early-20th-century stone villa, plus a handful of smaller dwellings and a 20-stall granite stable. The estate, which is still owned by the family of industrialist William Ziegler, is listed for $175 million.
Crafted by architect Arthur C. Jackson in 1931, this refined Hamptons home—christened Briar Patch—underwent a Peter Marino–designed overhaul in the ’90s. The 11-acre spread, which is set on the edge of the famed Georgica Pond, is going for $140 million.