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The 20 Most Expensive Homes in the United States

2017 has already seen a surge in construction of new homes and the demand is rising to meet the supply. It's been a good year with some of the most extravagant and beautiful houses being built to satisfy the requirements of the most particular owners.

With so many unique architectural schemes, novel and functional floorplans out there, we decided to focus on the high end of the spectrum. We take a long and exciting look at what the latest mansions and mega mansions have to offer. You may get some new ideas that you want to incorporate into your own place.

Enjoy browsing through twenty of the most expensive homes in the United States for 2017 as we begin our tour of the most upscale digs that the country has to offer.

1. Four story Mega Mansion in L.A. Bel-Air - $250M

The most expensive home in the United States has just been placed on the market. The design of Bruce Makowky, this home is over the top with a full line of amenities and it comes with a staff of seven for upkeep. You're not just getting a home for this price tag because it features more than 100 rare and expensive works of art, a $30M collection of rare and expensive cars, one of which is a Bugatti.

The King Kong of real estate required four years and three hundred workers to complete. It comes completely furnished and features a chef and masseuse among the staff. It features 38,000 square feet of interior space, 17,000 sq feet of outdoor deck area, 21 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms with two master suites and 10 suites for guests, a swim up bar and five more distributed evenly throughout the spacious interior, and three kitchens.

The home theatre system features a 22 ft screen with seven thousand preloaded movies in the 4K projector. The sound is amazing with 57 speakers and 16 subwoofers, then add 40 reclining leather seats for guests and you have the home entertainment package in its entirety.

Four Floors and Elevators

You can move among the four floors with 2 commercial elevators and check out the 2 wine and champagne cellars or have some fun at the 4 lane bowling alley which doubles as a lounge. Don't forget your daily workout in the 85 ft infinity pool, the combination spa, massage room and gym or go to the rooftop helipad to take a quick flight to your favorite venue.

The view of the L.A skyline is at 270 degrees and you also get to see breathtaking ocean and mountain views as well. We should also mention that the price includes two years paid salary for the 7 full time staff members. The location for this goliath is 924 Bel Air Rd Los Angeles, CA 90077.

2. The Manor at Holmbly Hills - $200M

If you're looking for an older home that's been broken in, the Manor at Holmbly Hills may be what you're after. This grand estate boasts 56,500 square feet of interior space. Fourteen bedrooms and 27 baths give you plenty of space for entertaining stay over guests. The location offers amazing views from its hilltop placement.

Exquisite landscaping and a French chateau style make this luxury mansion among the most luxurious in L.A. Built in 1988 by James Langenheim and Associates, the home was renovated in 2011 to update the mansion as cotemporary. This estate comes with plenty amenities including a full size tennis court, rectangular pool, formal entrance and decadent double stair entry to the top floor. You can find this listing at 594 S Mapleton Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90024.

3. Manalapan Megamansion - $195M

Florida's Manalapan Megamansion has a historic charm, built in the 1940s. 1,200 feet of ocean front property affords privacy and peace and quiet or great beach parties. You'll find more than 1,500 tropical species in the botanic garden. The 22 bedroom 47 bathroom estate also features a treehouse and sports complex. The home has kept up with the times and has been updated at 2000 S Ocean Blvd Lantana, FL 33462.

4. Great Island 63 Acre Waterfront - $175M

This estate offers natural surroundings with wildlife at your backdoor, yet you're just an hour's drive from the thriving metropolis of Manhattan. The main house is made of stone that features Guastavino tile ceilings. The water and meadow views are breathtaking.

This home is the perfect retreat for those who want to have a break from city life and enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural area, yet have decent access to the city. Located in Darien CT 06820, Great Island sits in the center of a fourteen acre conservation area.

Featuring a gated drive surrounded by lees, lawns and meadows, a view of a magnificent lighthouse, myriads of flora and fauna, a gatehouse, caretaker's house, an array of smaller houses, beach cottages, docks and a yacht basing and an antique house from the 1800s.

Also featured in the main house are 8 full bathrooms and 2 half, 10 bedrooms 4 fireplaces, a full basement, servant bath, extra high double bedroom, dining room, hall, kitchen and beamed living room. The main house built in 1902 features a traditional European style design with a detached garage. Amenities include green house, stable, gated association, dock, terrace and veranda.

5. Briar Patch - $140M

The most expensive home in the Hamptons' and number five on our listing of the most expensive homes in the US. This waterfront estate sets on 11.2 acres and hit the market in November of 2014.

They're holding firm on the price of this ten thousand square foot home featuring 10 bedrooms, 4 fireplaces, 9 full baths, 1 partial bath, tennis courts, spa, hot tub, gym and in home fitness center.

Take a swim in the 60 ft. teak bordered outdoor pool or wander to the quarter mile of beachfront for a dip in the big waters. A guest house accommodates stay over guests when you have a crowd that wants their own privacy.

Spectacular water views on the outside and handmade wallpaper graces the interior in a Georgian Revival style with numerous French doors. This estate is on the National Register of Historic Places and has just had 3 owners since its creation. You can find this listing at 90 Briar Patch Rd. East Hampton, NY 11937.

6. Il Palmetto - $137M

If you're a fan of 1930s Italian Renaissance then this mansion may be for you. The spacious 60,000 square ft home features 10 bedrooms, and has just been listed. Two elevators transport you through this work of magnificent interior architecture overseen by Fairfax and Sammons.

Pavilion style rooms are accessed by an entrance hall of 2 stories for a dramatic entrance. 16th century carved ceilings tope the formal dining room with shield ceilings in the living room. The main house also features a family room, chef's kitchen, butler's pantry, home theater, office, library and billiards room.

These rooms encircle the fountain located in the courtyard. The wine cellar holds 20,000 bottles and is crafted of carved limestone. Don't forget about the spa and exercise room along with an additional smaller wine cellar that olds a thousand crates. Structurally sound, the windows are bronze impact and hurricane proof with an underground tunnel leading to the beach house featuring 2 bedrooms and 3 baths.

An infinity edge swimming pool is tined to match the hue of the Atlantic and a seawall with stairs offers protected beach access. The boathouse is located at the lakefront with 2 motorized boat launches. This dream estate is located in the east section of Palm Beach, FL.

7. Rancho San Carlos - $125M

Offering magnificent views, this historical home is located at 2500 East Valley Road in Montecito, CA. This Colonial manor is the design of Reginald Johnson, built in 1931. It features 29,483 square feet of interior space in the main residence which contains more than 30 rooms.

Located geographically on natural terraces, the formal living rooms encircle the central courtyard with the family and master wings of bedrooms extend from the high terrace. The views are exquisite and privacy is ensured through the architectural design of the home. The estate also features magnificent equestrian facilities, orchards which actively produce crops, an office and ten additional residential cottages on 237 acres of private property.

8. Las Varas and Edwards Ranches - $108M

Located at 10045 Calle Real in Goleta, CA, the 237 acre Las Varas and Edwards Ranches are currently on the market. The house features 10 bedroom, 10 and a half baths in the main house surrounded by open pastures, and forests of Juniper, Eucalyptus and Live Oak.

The lemon and avocado orchards are actively being farmed. Ten thousand feet of ocean front with private access, private canyon trails and two fresh water creeks offer a private and peaceful escape. Currently the owner's hacienda, a Victorian era guest house, manager's cottage, mechanic cottages and horse barn with a corral are the existing structures.

The property features nine APN parcels which are assessed separately, but are contiguous for high potential if new owners wish to further develop.

9. Fifth Avenue Duplex - $96M

This 834 Fifth Avenue duplex in New York City occupies the 7th and 8th floors. Amazing views of Central Park grace this sprawling home which features two levels with 20 rooms including a master bedroom for the owner, wine cellar, hardwood flooring, high ceilings, palatial entrance, sitting room, fireplace and full dressing room and bathroom with a 1930s mirror and marble style.

17th century leather walls grace the lower library. This home has been reduced in price from $120M, but is still the most expensive home available in New York City. The home was built in 1931 and is the design of famed architect Rosario Candela boasting 14 stories of limestone exterior. The residence includes 24 apartments.

10. Pumpkin Key-  $95M

Located in the Florida Keys, this private island features 26 acres of oceanfront retreat property. Lowered from $110M, the property features a main home of 5,000 square feet, a 20 slip marina, tennis courts and cottages. Pumpkin key is accessed by a 10 minute helicopter ride from South Beach in Miami or ten minutes by boat.

The property also features a private airstrip. Multiple lots are ready for development and integration into the established amenities and marina that is already set for mega yacht accommodation. If you're in the market for a private island that is ready to go, this is the only choice available in the Key Largo, Florida area.

11. Brookline Estate - $90M

Five miles on the outskirts of the downtown area of Boston, MA is the ultimate escape to Brookline Estate. 23,623 square feet of interior spaces currently owned by Paul Fireman, former CEO of Reebok.

The residence is crafted of a limestone exterior featuring 24 rooms, 8 fireplaces, 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an attached garage with 4 spaces, paved driveway, central air and placement in the middle of the country club and golf course. Brookline Estate is located at 150 Woodland Rd. Chestnut Hill, MA.

12. Silicon Estate - $88M

Twelve on our list of top 20 most expensive homes in the US is the Silicon Valley estate in Los Altos Hills, CA owned by Kumar Malavalli, tech mogul in Silicon Valley. Of course this home has been designed for both working and living. It features a main residence with five bedrooms, a freestanding office and separate guest suites.

The indoor pool has a retractable room. The sauna comes in handy after a session in the massage room. Eight acres surround the Silicon Valley Estate which has been build to accommodate large events including business and pleasure themes with outdoor and indoor entertaining venues.

13. Holmby Hills Villa - $88M

Yet another $88M home, this one located in the prestigious Holmby Hills at 10250 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, CA. Paul Williams is the architect who designed the estate in 1930. The home sits on three acres with a 30,000 square foot interior featuring 17 bedroom, 22 baths and a private theater of 6,000 square feet. Max Azria, fashion designer is the owner and has it up for sale.

14. Bel Air Chateau - $85M

It's back to Bel Air at 630 Nimes Rd in Los Angeles, CA. This 35,000 square foot home features a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, a grand ballroom and is doted with breathtaking fountains and terraces. The French Chateau Style mansion has 10 bedrooms, 14 full bathrooms, a powder room, Kitchen pantry, Heated private pool, indoor spa and 8 fireplaces.

In addition it features a intercom and phone system, bar, elevator, den, dining room, living room, family room, media and music room, office, library, central hall, gym and exercise room and breakfast area. The flooring is hardwood, marble and stone. The exterior features a covered porch and open patio.

15. Del Dios Ranch - $85M

This 210 acre spread includes 40 acres of Valencia oranges and features a 8,148 sq ft main home set on a hilltop for amazing views of the property's lake. Located in Santa Fe, CA. the house interior sports marble, glass, redwood and concrete. Also included are a tennis court, equestrian facilities and the remainder of the acreage which is ready for development.

The marble floors are radiant heated for additional comfort. The glass skylights and multiple windows provide streams of natural lighting. The home includes 4 bedrooms, 7 full baths, a full level pool and spa area, a private second level housing the master suite and three bedrooms located on a separate wind on the first floor. Arthur Elrod designed this home which was built in 1973.

16. 2727 Benedict Canyon Drive Beverly Hills Mansion - $85M

This 1980 mansion is setup for serious equestrians who also enjoy luxury. Located on 16 acres with access of miles of horse trails, it features two horse rings and five stables fully decked out.

The aim home is a 20,000 foot beauty featuring 11 bedrooms, 17 full baths, formal entry area, den, atrium, home theater, living room, gym, maids quarters, sauna and tack room. It also sports a bar and intercom with one fireplace in the family room, a breakfast room, additional breakfast area, dining area and a swimming pool. This lovely and spacious estate was once owned by Eddy Murphy and previously by Cher.

17. The Atelier 45th Floor Combo - $85M

We're back to New York where the whole 45th floor of New York Cities Atelier condo tower is on the market. The asking price has remained the same since it first listed in 2013 with no takers yet. The amenities are amazing for this nine apartment unit deal.

The new owner will also get a yacht that comes with five years of docking fees paid for five years, worth a cool million, a year season ticket to go see the Brooklyn Nets, a year's rental for a Hampton's summer rental mansion and two Phantoms of the Roll's Royce persuasion.

Building amenities include a bike room, cold storage, garage parking, media room, swimming pool, recreation facilities for the community, valet parking, concierge, gym and children's play room. The floor combo is located at 635 W 42nd St. New York, NY 10036

18. Kings Point Estate - $85M

Long Island Sound Estate with fabulous views of the NY skyline and eight acres of waterfront property. Kings Point Estate, built in 1928 features three residences of palatial quality. Located within the homes you'll find a wine vault and tasting room, a hair salon, bowling alley, multiple indoor pools, racquetball court (indoor of course), private yacht pier and casino.

There are a total of 13 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms. The property was sold in 2013 fetching a mere $15.8M. Without renovation, the price has jumped to its current asking cost of $85M. Located at 26 Pond Rd. Kings Point, NY.

19. Upper East Side Beaux-Arts Mansion - $84.5M

Another expensive Mansion in New York. This gem located at 8 E 62nd St in New York City was built in 1903 in Beaux Arts fashion. The location is less than a block fro Central Park. A limestone exterior and Hermes leather wall coverings in the interior make this 15,000 square foot townhouse among the most exquisite in the area.

The design of the mansion takes its inspiration from the famed St. Petersburg Pavlovski Palace. How does a soaking tub, steam resistant mirrors and built in barbecue area kitchen sound? Throw a refrigerator for cosmetics in and you'll begin to get the picture of who this highly functional luxury mansion has been designed for.

20. 432 Park Penthouse - $82M

Although not the most expensive home in the US. Park Avenue didn't disappoint us. Comin in at 20th place, the penthouse located at 432 Park Avenue has made quite an impression. Rafael Vinoly designed the 95th floor penthouse in the tallest building for residential use on this side of the planet. The penthouse has 6 bedroom, 7 bathrooms and an amazing 8,255 square feet of total living space. The views of the city are spectacular.

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Maria McCutchen

Written by Maria McCutchen

Maria McCutchen is an author and freelance writer living in Chattanooga, TN. She is the published author of her memoir, “It’s all in Your Head,” and a children’s book. She has been writing for over 15 years; writing articles, whitepapers, product write-ups and more for multiple online media sites, blogs, company websites and individuals. She is also an advocate for brain malformations, including Chiari Malformation, and works closely with the non-profit organization, The Chiari Project, writing for their quarterly newsletters.

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