Owned by timber mogul John Rudey, the most expensive listing in America is as wild and ostentatious as one would expect from a $190 million property. For starters, the trophy home sits on a coveted 50-acre parcel that boasts a staggering 4,000 feet of private water frontage and a pair of offshore islands. The mansion itself, a 15,000-square-foot “Victorian, French-renaissance” affair built in 1896, fails to disappoint and features a formal dining room with intricate ceiling artwork, a solarium and numerous handcrafted built-ins and finishes. Explore the exterior of the property and one will find hills of grass rolling into formal gardens, a tennis court, a pair of greenhouses, an apple orchard and a 75-foot heated pool.
As far as “blank canvases” are concerned, this Greenwich Village loft building is perhaps the priciest you will find, andat $120 million, the 29,700-square-foot unfinished property represents the second most expensive listing currently on the market. Formerly an 8-floor parking garage, the prewar residence features a detailed Italianate cast iron façade and vaulted ceilings in the interior to go along with panoramic views of nearly every New York City landmark.
When we last surveyed the most expensive homes on the market, the deliciously sublime South Beach manse known as Casas Casuarina held down the top spot with a $125 million price tag. However, after languishing on the market for the last year and seeing its price drop $25 million, the one-time king of the luxury mansions will have to settle for third most-expensive. Still, with 10 bedrooms, 11 baths, over 23,400 square feet and a pool lined in 24-karat gold worth more than my life, it remains one of the most incredible and decadent homes on the market.
Described as “the best in midtown,” this 18th floor spread atop The Sherry-Netherland is one of the grandest apartments in New York. A full floor offering with fifteen rooms, the $95 million spread is big on views; a massive western terrace directly overlooks Central Park; a southern terrace soaks up the heart of midtown Manhattan; and a private terrace off the master suite – one of 7 bedrooms and 8 baths – features northern views from Central Park to the Upper East Side.
If epic ski chalets are your thing, you’ll want to take a flier on Four Peaks Ranch, perhaps the most-insane Craftsman home currently up for grabs. Measuring in at a robust 876 acres of fishing ponds and hiking trails, the trophy ranch offers up a wealth of possibilities in the exploration department. Plus, as one might have gathered from its $75 million price tag, no expense was spared on the Craftsman mansion itself. Lined in hardwood, marble and stone, Four Peaks Ranch is an 18,000-square-foot exercise in opulence with all the usual luxe features (vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, expansive views, etc.) and a few unexpected (see: brick pizza oven, glass elevator, furnished teepee with gas, etc.).
While Four Peaks Ranch is king of Snowmass, this prime property in Zephyr Cove, NV asserts itself as the “largest, most exquisite” home on Lake Tahoe. Set amidst a blanket of pine and aspen forest, the 210-acre setup drinks up the picturesque setting with a host of outdoor luxuries such as its own private lake and boathouse, two over-the-water par 3 golf holes, horse stables and an artist’s studios. And then there is the home itself, a sprawling 27,000-square-foot mansion with 9 bedrooms, 12 baths and an indoor glass mosaic pool worth every bit of its $75 million asking price.