Comparison shopping. I’m checking with my friends at Realtor.com, but looking over this list from last April of 2012 compiled by the good folks at Forbes.com, and I mean really good folks because Morgan Brennan gave me lots of link love last week, it looks like that $135 million price tag for the Hicks-Crespi Estate is the new high for not just Dallas real estate, but U.S. real estate.
And you know what? It could get higher.
My pals at AOL Real Estate say… that SF LUXE reports… that the Woodside Estate in Woodside, CA sold for the record-breaking price of $117,500,000, making it the most expensive private residence in California, and possibly the second-highest price paid for a home in the United States. SF Luxe says the transaction took place on November 27, 2012, and the home was not publicly listed, though Forbes said it was listed last April at $85 million. (The Hicks Crespi Estate is not in MLS.) That means it sold for MORE than it was listed for. Bigger than the Crespi property at 92 acres, it was listed with Mary and Brent Gullixson, and previously owned by Tully Friedman, founder of the San Francisco-based investment firm, Friedman Fleischer and Lowe LLC. The Woodside is a masterpiece of Neoclassical design with 360-degree views of the nearby Woodside Mountains. It was designed by Virginia-based architect Allan Greenberg, who described the house
“as sitting in “an elaborate hilltop garden”, and noted that, in the Palladian tradition, “it is planned around hyphens and dependencies and features a double volume, elliptical garden room.”
In L.A., there’s the Fleur de Lys Mansion, 35,000 square feet and 12 bedrooms listed at $125 million. Did you know that was actually built by a Texan, David Saperstein? Last I heard, he had divorced his wife and the mansion is still on the market. Still at $125M.
Let’s go to Malibu, shall we? (Wheels up!) The Wall Street Journal recently reported that billionaire investment manager Howard Marks unloaded his 9.5-acre Malibu estate for $75 million, and a Russian billionaire couple were the buyers.
What if a Russian billionaire buys the Hicks Crespi? Whole new theme possibilities for Crystal Charity, eh?
That home was also not formally listed but quietly shopped for $125 million, and is one of the largest pieces of oceanfront property in Malibu. The main house is about 15,000 square feet, with eight bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, plus two guesthouses and a gym.
The seller, a Howard Marks, was chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, and his wife Nancy renovated the property (like Cinda did) over a seven-year period using Michael Smith, the same designer who redid the White House Oval Office a few years ago.
In spring of 2011, a Russian billionaire investor paid $100 million for a French chateau-style mansion in Los Altos Hills in Silicon Valley, on the Peninsula of northern Cali near San Francisco. At the time, that was highest known price paid for a single-family home in the U.S. The home was 25,500-square-feet in this stunning, climate perfect area.
Down in South Beach, there is Casa Casuarina, Miami, FL where Versace once lived for $125 million but a mere 23,400-square feet, and ten fabulous bedrooms like this one. We can see why Versace loved it so much.
Naturally, there are several pricey condos in Manhattan, including shoe heiress & songwriter Denise Rich’s New York City penthouse apartment. Asking: $65 million. I had no idea she was a shoe heiress, makes me love her more. Her penthouse includes:
“…a multimillion dollar art collection that includes an Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe and a Roy Lichtenstein sculpture grace the grand parlor, while the floor-to-ceiling windows offer surreal views of Central Park below. Occupying the top two floors of Fifth Avenue’s white-glove Parc Cinq cooperative, the 12,000-square foot penthouse boasts seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, three kitchens, a wood-paneled library with wet bar and staff quarters. The master bedroom suite has a movie projector, a fireplace, and his-and-hers bathroom suites. The huge “hers” closet has jewelry safes tucked behind mirrors and a wall equipped for shoes that opens to expose a second hidden space storing more Manolo Blahniks.”
Of course you would expect a whopper of an expensive home in Beverly Hills, right? Try the Beverly House, Beverly Hills, CA listed at $95 million or to lease for $600,000 a month. I know, who would pay $600,000 a month to lease a home? The Beverly House is slightly larger than the Crespi at 50,000-plus square feet.
It all sounds fabulous, but I still prefer the Hicks Crespi Estate: 25 plus acres, almost 50,000 square feet and the best location of them all: Dallas, Texas.