we includes only current and public listings of single-family residential properties, not private islands, compounds of several different properties, undeveloped land, or houses that have already been sold.
Estates offered privately for undisclosed prices obviously cannot be quantified. And we are using Forbes' price for Updown Court, which has been variously quoted, as the latest number available. Of course, if anyone has or knows of any other verifiable listings that also make the grade, please let us know via the comments and we'll issue an update
Move over Fleur de Lys: Candy Spelling's legendary massive 123-room Holmby Hills mansion has officially hit the market with a record-breaking asking price of $150 million. That's $25 million more than the Beverly Hills behemoth Mariah Carey is said to have made an offer on recently, and officially makes the Spelling mansion, called "The Manor," the world's most expensive estate in terms of current listings, the Wall St. Journal reports. The 57,000-sq.-ft. mansion, which has at least 11 bedrooms and 16 baths, was built by TV producer Aaron Spelling on the site of Bing Crosby's former estate, which they razed
The Manor - Holmby Hills, CA: $150 million
Features include a bowling alley in the basement, a beauty parlor and a barber shop in the 17,000-sq.-ft. attic, a gift wrapping room, doll museum, a home gym, a wine cellar and wine tasting room, a humidity-controlled silver storage room, a china storage room, and a screening room where the screen rises up out of the floor with paintings moving up to reveal the projector, the Real Estalker reports. The gated grounds encompassing five acres include a motor court with a fountain, covered parking for dozens of luxury cars, formal gardens including a rooftop rose garden, a swimming pool and spa complex and of course a tennis court
The Manalapan Residence
Palm Beach, FL: $135 million
Set upon 5.5 acres, with 520 feet fronting direct Atlantic Ocean-to-Intracoastal waterway property.
The Manalapan Residence offers the unique opportunity to enjoy a private stroll on the estate's white sandy beach, and the ability to keep a yacht of nearly any size at your private dock on the Intracoastal waterway immediately across from the residence.
A small sampling of the major amenities of this 3-story home include 67,672 square feet, 14 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, 18 car garage, 6,140 sq. ft. master bedroom suite, lavish Grand Rotunda room for entertaining, dual water walls, aquarium ceilings and walls, movie theatre, casino and club room, , 10 wet bars, 2 wine rooms (1 for red, 1 for white), gymnasium with beauty salon, 2 swimming pools (classical lap and grotto waterfall/waterslide), shark tank, 2 elevators, bowling alley, tennis court with pavilion, archery range, 1/4 mile jogging/go cart track,
Fleur de Lys
Beverly Hills, CA: $125 million
The palatial mansion beat out Leona Helmsley's Dunnellen Hall in Greenwich, Conn., which had been listed at $125 million as well, but saw its price cut by $30 million back in October (Forbes has not yet registered the change). Fleur de Lys has been on the market since 2007, but unlike some other major property owners, billionaire's ex Suzanne Saperstein has yet to slash the price. In compiling its list of the world's 10 most expensive estates, Forbes culled from property listings, high-end brokerages and conversations with real estate agents. "We include only publicly listed properties," they note. "In Europe, especially, estates and luxury residences that might qualify are shopped privately for undisclosed prices.
Lake Tahoe, Nev: $100 million
Conveniently located on the tax-free Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, this 210-acre property is owned by Joel Horowitz, co-founder of Tommy Hilfiger. The 20,000-square-foot main house is modeled after a Northern European mountain home and has a 3,500-bottle wine cellar. An indoor swimming pool and atrium, as well as a 19-seat movie theater, ensure constant entertainment, even if you're snowed in.
Bel Air, Calif: $85 million
On 2.2 acres in the Bel Air neighborhood, this 48,000-square-foot palace has 10 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. If you're worried about the riff-raff sneaking in, there's a 1,000-foot-long, 36-foot-high wall made of Jerusalem stone that encircles the property. The three-story home sits on a parcel that includes a swan pond, infinity pool and gardens. As part of the L.A. lifestyle, you need cars, and in case you've got 20 of them, there's plenty of parking in this home's garage.
Greenwich, Conn: $75 million
down from $125 million
On 40 acres of rolling hills, with lawns and meadows broken up by tree lines that provide privacy, this Jacobean manor has 21,897 square feet, 14 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings, travertine marble floors, bay windows, limestone walls and wood paneling are notable interior features, as is a 52-foot-long indoor swimming pool.
Upper East Side
New York, N.Y: $75 million
Rarely, even for New York's most expensive townhomes, can you find one that's 45-feet wide, as is the case with this limestone mansion on East 61st Street. The six-story home has 21,000 square feet of space. High, arched ceilings, winding staircases and stone floors mark the entry way. Other features include an interior courtyard, library, garden level, wine cellar, roof terrace, home gym, sauna, six bedrooms, three staff rooms and ten bathrooms.
Pagosa Springs, Colo: $68 million
We included the BootJack Ranch on our list because, while the price includes 3,100 acres of land, it's a luxury property more than a working ranch. The main house is 13,800 square feet and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Outlying guest cabins and lodges can host up to 50 people and bring the total interior space up to 77,000 square feet. In addition, there's a 12,000-square-foot spa and aquatic center.