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Five of America's Most Stunningly, Staggeringly Costly Rentals

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When hedge hog Jeff Greene bought this gargantuan Beverly Hills estate in 2007, it's $35M sale price made it the third most expensive home in Los Angeles history. Now it's back up for sale for an undisclosed amount and available for lease for a mind-bending $195K per month. Don't have a calculator handy? That's $2.34M per year in rent! The 25-acre estate does its best to justify the expense, with a 30,000-square-foot main house, a 12,000-square-feet "entertainment villa," and an 8,000-square-foot guest house. The ten-bed gargantua of a house enjoys immaculately-kept grounds and sweeping views of the city, while lying not far off of Sunset Boulevard.

? Sunny Boca Raton, Fla. is probably better known as a destination for aging snowbirds than as a town with truly flashy real estate, but this $100K per month rental is sure to change all that. The 13,700-square-foot home sits on just 0.64 acres, but manages to squeeze plenty of resort-quality amenities onto that small lot. Plus, there's a dock with slips for several water toys.

? Not far from Boca, in Miami Beach, Fla., the ultra-expensive rental takes to the sky in the form of this sun-drenched penthouse. Listed for $75,000 per month, the 7,000-square-foot, six-bedroom apartment has its own rooftop pool, three floors connected by a glass staircase, and 22-foot ceilings in the living room. For once, the brokerbabble doesn't sound so far off when it calls this "rock-star living."

? Up north in NYC, the legendary Waldorf Astoria has begun renting out its recently-renovated tower apartments at some astronomical rates. This staid, gloomy-looking three bedroom might have "distinctive moldings, 10 ft ceilings, and enormous rooms," but is that really enough to justify a $95,000 per month rental rate? Probably not, but maybe the hotel services will convince a needy billionaire to settle down here.

? Downtown Boston does not have the same sort of revved up property market that Manhattan does, but that doesn't mean this penthouse at the Ritz Carlton Residences isn't asking a pretty penny in rent. The three-bed, 2,900-square-foot flat has a balcony, and like the Waldorf in NYC, boasts white-glove hotel services, but comes in at, and excuse us for saying this, just $30K per month.

· 9505 Lania Lane [Joyce Rey]
· 50,000 square foot Beverly Hills mega mansion [Homes of the Rich]
· 850 Lake Dr [Zillow]
· 800 S Pointe Dr [Zillow]
· 100 East 50th Street [BHS]
· 1 Avery Street [Zillow]
· All Renters Week 2011 posts [Curbed National]