When a billionaire drops a record-breaking $100M on a house—as Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner did in Los Altos Hills, Calif. late last month—it's hard to imagine he had many similar properties to choose from. But as it turns out, despite the lack of willing buyers, plenty of sellers—like super-wealthy divorcee Suzanne Saperstein, pictured above with daughter Stefanie inside the $125M L.A. mansion they call home—are more than happy to attach nine-figure price tags to their palatial properties. Intrepid money mongers have been left wanting lately, but that doesn't make their massively expensive estates any less intriguing. After the jump, we've got the Sapersteins' Fleur de Lys and some similarly stupendous residences.
? After her husband, billionaire Metro Networks founder David Saperstein, up and ran off with the Swedish nanny, Suzanne ended up with the house David had built for her, and what a house it was. Set on five acres in the tony L.A. neighborhood known as Holmby Hills, the 35,000-square-foot mansion took five years to construct and features 12 bedrooms, 15 baths, marble walls, limestone floors, a ballroom, a separate three-bedroom house for the caretaker, space for a staff of 10, and a whole lot more in its 100-plus rooms. The mega-mansion, modestly dubbed Fleur de Lys, reportedly attracted some interest from Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon back in 2009, but has yet to sell. Still, that hasn't persuaded Saperstein to chop the price just yet, still holding fast at $125M.
? Down in the Sunshine State, one shaggy-haired developer remains remarkably undeterred by the recession, but he's not breaking ground without a little cash up front. Frank McKinney has plans to build a 68,000-square-foot waterfront manse in Manalapan, Fla., just so long as he finds a pre-construction buyer willing to fork over $135M. We realize that might be more that Mr. Milner was prepared to spend, but unlike his California purchase, this 5.5-acre property has access to 520 feet of ocean frontage. Well, that and 14 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, garage space for 18 cars, 10 wet bars, a shark tank, and a quarter-mile go-kart track.
? Last week we took a look at a $30M Kentucky castle marketed as an American version of Versailles. Well, turns out that pricey palace has a little competition. This Windermere, Fla., spread has also appropriated the name of the famous French summer escape, but is asking much more for the pleasure of living there. Developer David Seigel is selling the incomplete, 90,000-square-foot mansion on 10 acres for $75M, but will charge $100M if the buyer requires that he, you know, finish building the sucker. When done, the Floridian Versailles will follow the huge price tag with some sizable stats: 13 bedrooms including a 6,000-square-foot master suite, 10 kitchens, three swimming pools, a half-acre of patio, a "rock grotto" fronted by an 80-foot waterfall, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and a boathouse on Lake Butler. According to Seigel's website, the mahogany doors alone cost $4M, not that we spotted any in the photos.
? Now, now, let's get back to completed mega-mansions, like the Lake Tahoe favorite Tranquility, which we featured as a House of the Day back in December. While we find it hard to compare estates at this stratospheric price range—because how long does your go-kart track have to be to match 10 kitchens?—Tranquility continues to make a reasonable case for itself. First, it sits on 210 acres, a plot of land that dwarfs the other offerings on this list. Second, it is located in the all-season resort region surrounding Lake Tahoe, with easy access to mountains and water yet within a quick helicopter flight from San Francisco. Still, $100M is quite a steep ask, considering Yuri could get a lot of these benefits on eight acres for a third the price.
? And finally the one with the biggest sticker price of all, the famous Spelling Manor. Since 2009, this 123-room mega-manse has been demanding $150M, without a hint of a pending chop. In September of last year it finally made it onto that most plebeian of real estate services, the MLS, but we're pretty sure that Aaron Spelling's window, Candy, doesn't need the cash. She recently forked over $47M for a 16,500-square-foot penthouse in Century City. Now that's what we call downsizing! From what you might ask? Oh, just 56,500 square feet of sumptuous finishes, space for 100 cars, a silver-storage room, and a 17,000-square-foot attic with hair salon and spa.
· Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner Drops $70M on Sweet New Digs [Curbed National]
· Revenge of the Billion Dollar Divorcee [W]
· Fleur de Lys: Mariah Carey Reportedly Bid on World's Most Expensive Mansion [ABC News]
· Second Place in Holmby Hills [Curbed LA]
· The Manalapan Residence [Frank McKinney]
· The American Version of Versailles is Surrounded by Asphalt [Curbed National]
· Versailles | Lake Butler Mansion [official site]
· Tahoe Lakeside Requires Boatload of $100M Big Ones [Curbed National]
· A $34M Lake Tahoe Estate Flies Under The Radar [Curbed National]
· Candy Spelling's $150 Million Manor Hits the MLS [Curbed LA]
· Candy Spelling Buys $47 Million Penthouse At The Century [Curbed LA]