Top 12 world’s most expensive homes

Andrea Divirgilio / November 17, 2009

1) The Manor

Located in Los Angeles, Calif.

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This 4.7-acre estate in Holmby Hills has numerous entertaining salons that feature Palladian windows and views of the property’s gardens and landscape. With a fountain in the center of the circular driveway, there’s a grand staircase that greets guests who enter the foyer.

Price: $150 million

2) Fleur De Lys

Located in Los Angeles, Calif.

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This Beverly Hills estate is modeled after Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. The 45,000-square-foot home took five years to build. With a 50-seat screening room and a library, there’s a nine-car garage to complete the home’s luxurious amenities.

Price: $125 million

3) Updown Court

Located in Windlesham, Surrey

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Located in Windlesham, Surrey, this property is said to be larger than both Buckingham or Hampton Court palace. This 103-room home has 58 acres of gardens and woodlands along with several ballrooms, a panic room, an indoor squash court, bowling alley, 50-seat cinema, helipads, space for eight limousines and a heated marble driveway.

Price: $117 million

4) Villa Leopolda

Cote D’Azur, France

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Situated on the French Riviera and built on 29,000 square feet of interior space that opens to manicured lawns and a swimming pool, it also has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.

Price: $102 million

5) Albemarle House

Located in Charlottesville, Va.

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Situated on 300 acres, and neighboring Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland, the eight-bedroom Georgian home was designed by architect/designer David Easton.

Price: $100 million

6) Tranquility

Located in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

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Situated along the Lake Tahoe, this 210-acre property, Tranquility, is owned by Joel Horowitz, the co-founder of Tommy Hilfiger, who built the property from scratch. The 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, to ensure constant entertainment.

Price: $100 million

7) Villa La Palladiana

Located in Cap d’Ail, France

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This south-facing property offers numerous terraces and balconies upon which to look out over Cap Ferrat. Each of the home’s nine suites includes a bathroom. Buyers of the villa will find a tiered garden, outdoor pool and indoor pool, sauna, and fitness center.

Price: $76 million

8) New York, N.Y.

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This 45-foot-wide neo-Italian Renaissance mansion commissioned in 1922, was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert. The five-floor, 21,000 square-foot property features a limestone façade and a garden, along with a large entrance foyer which leads to a reception hall and large-scaled rooms.

Price: $75 million

9) Hummingbird Ranch

Simi Valley, Calif.

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This 123-acre equestrian estate built in 2004 is a 17,000-square-foot Revival-style mansion designed by Richard Robertson. The property includes six guest houses, 10 staff houses, equestrian facilities and a helipad.

Price: $75 million

10) Cielo de Bonaire

Mallorca, Spain

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This property rests on a hillside between Alcúdia and Pollensa that offers panoramic views on all sides. The home includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a guest house, private elevator, a helipad and a tennis court.

Price: $74 million

11) Los Angeles, Calif.

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Located in Bel-Air, this 10-bedroom, 14-bathroom 48,000-square-foot home has three stories offering 280-degree views of the city and surrounding mountains. The 2.2-acre property is landscaped and features a 1,000 foot-long, 36-foot high Jerusalem stone wall.

Price: $72 million

12) BootJack Ranch

Located in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

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Built on 3,100 acres of land, this luxury property is more than a working ranch. The main house is 13,800 square feet with 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.

Price: $68 million

Via: Forbes

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