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Why buy a multimillion dollar home when you can simply pay a modest six figures a month to live there, leaving the owner to deal with the mortgage, the paperwork, the pesky upkeep? That's exactly what the recent uptick in ultra-pricey rental listings suggests—well that, and the fact that times must be really freakin' good. A year ago, the nation's priciest rental listing rang in at $250K a month, a figure that seems downright paltry when compared to today's frontrunner: a SoCal chateau asking a rather audacious $600K a month—that's more than $833 an hour, all for the right to take your shoes off upon walking through the (gilded or hand-carved, no doubt) front door. Even the Hamptons, that ever-reliable goldmine for six-figure seasonal rentals, have outdone themselves, so much so that included in the map below is only a small handful of the dozens or so listed through Sotheby's and Corcoran for $500K and above for the summer. Go on now, have a look:


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1. $600,000 a month: The Beverly House

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1011 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For those who just can't quite commit to $115M ask, the Beverly House, in Beverly Hills, is the country's priciest rental listing by a landslide—at $600K a month, it's nearly 2.5 times as expensive as the most expensive rental when Curbed took stock around this time last year. Sited on more than three and a half acres of land, the H-shaped home was built in 1927 by architect Gordon Kaufmann; in 1946 actress Marion Davies bought the place for her paramour, publisher William Randolph Hearst. A couple of years after Hearst's 1951 death, John F. Kennedy and Jackie O. honeymooned here. The Beverly House starred in The Bodyguard and The Godfather, as well. With Hollywood history like that, splitting $600K a month 28 ways—there are 28 bedrooms—doesn't sound half bad, particularly when one factors in the "Art Deco" nightclub, the "herringbone parquet floors and a massive carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon," and the "lighted tennis court with indoor bar and media center."

2. $550,000 a month: The Sandcastle

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612 Halsey Lane
Water Mill, NY 11976

Mega-builder Joe Farrell's mega Hamptons Sandcastle mega-funhouse has been looking for a buyer since biblical days, and while it really wants $43.5M, finding someone to pay $550K for the month of July will do, too. By far the most expensive Hamptons summer rental this year—and that's no puny feat—the Sandcastle is stocked with a 40-foot-long living room, a 2,800-square-foot master suite with an additional eight bedrooms, a two-lane bowling alley, a golf room, a skateboard half pipe, a rock-climbing wall, a media room, a nightclub, a "children's performing area," and a combination squash, racquetball, and basketball court (with a retractable hoop), all on 11.5 Bridgehampton, N.Y., acres.

3. $400,000 a month: Southampton, N.Y.

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396 Meadow Lane
Southampton, NY 11968

It may look like just a blip from this aerial listing photo, but this Southampton estate is going for $1M for the whole summer (and $400K for July). In the words of Curbed Hamptons, the place seems to whisper things like "This summer, I shall not settle for anything less than Ionic columns around my marble bath. No other order will do. I need my volutes."

4. $300K a month: The Linden Estate

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160 Ox Pasture Road
Southampton, NY 11968

At $45M it's a hair more expensive, sales wise, than the Sandcastle, but Southampton's Grosvenor Atterbury-designed Linden Estate actually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars less to rent. (Not that $300K a month is anything to shrug off.) The 1915 estate, which includes an 18,000-square-foot main house, two pavilions, each with its own kitchen, and staff quarters, has been trying to find a buyer since mid-March.

5. $300,000 a month: Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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704 Ocean Road
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Many a Hamptons estate wants six figures for a month, but this Ocean Road number in Bridgehampton, asking $300K for July, wins the award for the best brokerbabble intro: "Traveling with an extensive retinue? A royal court? An extended Family? Half a dozen CEO's and spouses? No problem!" Looking past the 10,391-square-foot shingle-style main house, the property's more unusual amenities include a sand volleyball court, a Har-Cru tennis court, and staff quarters meant, uh, "to accommodate the chef, butler, chauffeur, lady's maid, nanny, majordomo, masseuse, and multiple housekeepers."

6. $250,000 a month: Redcraft

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420 Ox Pasture Road
Southampton, NY 11968

Known as Redcraft, this Southampton, N.Y., estate was built in 1897 and has since been renovated and given a major overhaul by designer Steven Gambrel. As is always the case with Gambrel's work, the interiors and landscaping are indeed spectacular, which makes the brokerbabble's claim—that this "is one of the finest properties to ever come to the rental market"—not so easy to scoff at. Redcraft is asking $250K for July.

7. $230,000 a month: Southampton, N.Y.

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385 Great Plains Road
Southampton, NY 11968

This Southampton property is currently listed for $25.8M or $700K for the summer (about $230K a month). Like many of its fellow East End chateaus, this, too, is a "magnificent shingle-style mansion" that's "set on park-like grounds with main and service driveways." It's got 10 bedrooms and eight baths.

8. $217,000 a month: Southampton, N.Y.

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269 Great Plains Road
Southampton, NY 11968

The priciest single-family rental in the Hamptons last year still deserves a spot on this list. Even as other, more expensive rentals have come to market over the last 12 months, this Southampton estate has remained steadfast in its $650K/summer (about $217K a month) ask. Sited a mile away from the beach, the 16,000-square-foot shingle-style mansion boasts seven bedrooms and 10 baths.

9. $200,000 a month: Sagaponack, N.Y.

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709 Daniel's Lane
Sagaponack, NY 11962

Being marketed as "Sagaponack Seabreezes" isn't the only thing this castle-like rental has going for it: in August Bill and Hillary Clinton rented the place for an estimated $200K. Perhaps the simple act of summering was a more carefully considered show of bipartisanship on the part of the die-hard Dems: the 3.5-acre property, which boasts an 8,000-square-foot mansion, belongs to regular Republican donor Michael Saperstein.

10. $200,000 a month: Malibu, Calif.

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24434 Malibu Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

This five-bedroom, 5,700-square-foot Malibu house is a spectacular, glassy mansion with an open floorplan, a guest house, and 180-degree views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. At $200K a month the 1979 contemporary doesn't come cheap; then again, though, neither do nearly 130 private feet of Malibu beach.

11. $195,000 a month: Palazzo di Amore

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9505 Lania Lane
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In Beverly Hills, this $195K/month estate, named Palazzo di Amore, is less like a "palace of love" and more like the...palace of a revolving dancefloor in a 24-car garage. Owned by billionaire Jeff Greene, the 25-acre estate (which includes six acres of working vineyards, duh), has been looking for a renter for years, and is even rumored to be quietly floating it on the market for $150M. Better test out that 6,000-square-foot ballroom before making the call.

12. $175,000 a month: Beverly Hills, Calif.

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72 Beverly Park Drive, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Perfect 10 founder Norm Zada built this Richard Landry contemporary in 2000, selling it a decade later to a Saudi businessman for $16.5M. That owner, in turn, put it on the market for $25M in Feb. 2011, but quickly pulled it off. Now the 6.79-acre estate, which includes main and guest houses connected by a glass-and-steel bridge, is asking $175K a month.

13. $149,000 a month: Contenta

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10 Palm Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Known cheerily as Contenta, this palatial Med-style mansion is Miami's most expensive rental, clocking in at $149K a month for 11,000 square feet. The six-bedroom home sits on a rare corner lot of Palm Island, an exclusive area of town.

14. $135,000 a month: Waldorf Penthouse

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100 East 50th Street
New York, NY 10022

A quartet of rental listings share the honor of Manhattan's most expensive; first up is this penthouse, perched high atop the Waldorf Towers and asking $135K a month. In this "anything but ordinary" unit, there are crystal chandeliers, a 20-person dining room, French doors, a rotunda, and views of the Chrysler Building, all designed for a "very special resident," as the brokerbabble puts it. (Non-special residents can stop reading now.) Amazingly, the place is still $5K shy of tying the most expensive rental in the Waldorf Towers, ever: Cole Porter's old apartment, which asked $140K a month in 2010.

15. $135,000 a month: The Pierre Suites

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2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

Not to be outdone by the its fellow countryman The Waldorf, The Pierre, at the moment, has three separate suites all listed for an even $135K a month. Sure, hotel amenities are nice, but even a "rich, opulent history of decorative style" or "white-glove elevator attendants" won't fool most folks into paying well into six figures a month for 1,100 to 1,400 square feet.

16. $125,000 a month: Malibu, Calif.

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31100 Broad Beach Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

Contributing handsomely to the growing stable of celebrity landlords out there, this summer mega movie guy Steven Spielberg was quietly asking $125K a month for his Malibu beach house (well, beach compound—a guy like Spielberg doesn't own single houses). Included in the deal: a 7,237-square-foot Craftsman-style main house, a two-bedroom guest house, a massage room, a screening room (of course), and 130 feet of beach frontage.

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1. $600,000 a month: The Beverly House

1011 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For those who just can't quite commit to $115M ask, the Beverly House, in Beverly Hills, is the country's priciest rental listing by a landslide—at $600K a month, it's nearly 2.5 times as expensive as the most expensive rental when Curbed took stock around this time last year. Sited on more than three and a half acres of land, the H-shaped home was built in 1927 by architect Gordon Kaufmann; in 1946 actress Marion Davies bought the place for her paramour, publisher William Randolph Hearst. A couple of years after Hearst's 1951 death, John F. Kennedy and Jackie O. honeymooned here. The Beverly House starred in The Bodyguard and The Godfather, as well. With Hollywood history like that, splitting $600K a month 28 ways—there are 28 bedrooms—doesn't sound half bad, particularly when one factors in the "Art Deco" nightclub, the "herringbone parquet floors and a massive carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon," and the "lighted tennis court with indoor bar and media center."

1011 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

2. $550,000 a month: The Sandcastle

612 Halsey Lane, Water Mill, NY 11976

Mega-builder Joe Farrell's mega Hamptons Sandcastle mega-funhouse has been looking for a buyer since biblical days, and while it really wants $43.5M, finding someone to pay $550K for the month of July will do, too. By far the most expensive Hamptons summer rental this year—and that's no puny feat—the Sandcastle is stocked with a 40-foot-long living room, a 2,800-square-foot master suite with an additional eight bedrooms, a two-lane bowling alley, a golf room, a skateboard half pipe, a rock-climbing wall, a media room, a nightclub, a "children's performing area," and a combination squash, racquetball, and basketball court (with a retractable hoop), all on 11.5 Bridgehampton, N.Y., acres.

612 Halsey Lane
Water Mill, NY 11976

3. $400,000 a month: Southampton, N.Y.

396 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

It may look like just a blip from this aerial listing photo, but this Southampton estate is going for $1M for the whole summer (and $400K for July). In the words of Curbed Hamptons, the place seems to whisper things like "This summer, I shall not settle for anything less than Ionic columns around my marble bath. No other order will do. I need my volutes."

396 Meadow Lane
Southampton, NY 11968

4. $300K a month: The Linden Estate

160 Ox Pasture Road, Southampton, NY 11968

At $45M it's a hair more expensive, sales wise, than the Sandcastle, but Southampton's Grosvenor Atterbury-designed Linden Estate actually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars less to rent. (Not that $300K a month is anything to shrug off.) The 1915 estate, which includes an 18,000-square-foot main house, two pavilions, each with its own kitchen, and staff quarters, has been trying to find a buyer since mid-March.

160 Ox Pasture Road
Southampton, NY 11968

5. $300,000 a month: Bridgehampton, N.Y.

704 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Many a Hamptons estate wants six figures for a month, but this Ocean Road number in Bridgehampton, asking $300K for July, wins the award for the best brokerbabble intro: "Traveling with an extensive retinue? A royal court? An extended Family? Half a dozen CEO's and spouses? No problem!" Looking past the 10,391-square-foot shingle-style main house, the property's more unusual amenities include a sand volleyball court, a Har-Cru tennis court, and staff quarters meant, uh, "to accommodate the chef, butler, chauffeur, lady's maid, nanny, majordomo, masseuse, and multiple housekeepers."

704 Ocean Road
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

6. $250,000 a month: Redcraft

420 Ox Pasture Road, Southampton, NY 11968

Known as Redcraft, this Southampton, N.Y., estate was built in 1897 and has since been renovated and given a major overhaul by designer Steven Gambrel. As is always the case with Gambrel's work, the interiors and landscaping are indeed spectacular, which makes the brokerbabble's claim—that this "is one of the finest properties to ever come to the rental market"—not so easy to scoff at. Redcraft is asking $250K for July.

420 Ox Pasture Road
Southampton, NY 11968

7. $230,000 a month: Southampton, N.Y.

385 Great Plains Road, Southampton, NY 11968

This Southampton property is currently listed for $25.8M or $700K for the summer (about $230K a month). Like many of its fellow East End chateaus, this, too, is a "magnificent shingle-style mansion" that's "set on park-like grounds with main and service driveways." It's got 10 bedrooms and eight baths.

385 Great Plains Road
Southampton, NY 11968

8. $217,000 a month: Southampton, N.Y.

269 Great Plains Road, Southampton, NY 11968

The priciest single-family rental in the Hamptons last year still deserves a spot on this list. Even as other, more expensive rentals have come to market over the last 12 months, this Southampton estate has remained steadfast in its $650K/summer (about $217K a month) ask. Sited a mile away from the beach, the 16,000-square-foot shingle-style mansion boasts seven bedrooms and 10 baths.

269 Great Plains Road
Southampton, NY 11968

9. $200,000 a month: Sagaponack, N.Y.

709 Daniel's Lane, Sagaponack, NY 11962

Being marketed as "Sagaponack Seabreezes" isn't the only thing this castle-like rental has going for it: in August Bill and Hillary Clinton rented the place for an estimated $200K. Perhaps the simple act of summering was a more carefully considered show of bipartisanship on the part of the die-hard Dems: the 3.5-acre property, which boasts an 8,000-square-foot mansion, belongs to regular Republican donor Michael Saperstein.

709 Daniel's Lane
Sagaponack, NY 11962

10. $200,000 a month: Malibu, Calif.

24434 Malibu Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Malibu, CA 90265

This five-bedroom, 5,700-square-foot Malibu house is a spectacular, glassy mansion with an open floorplan, a guest house, and 180-degree views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. At $200K a month the 1979 contemporary doesn't come cheap; then again, though, neither do nearly 130 private feet of Malibu beach.

24434 Malibu Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265

11. $195,000 a month: Palazzo di Amore

9505 Lania Lane, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In Beverly Hills, this $195K/month estate, named Palazzo di Amore, is less like a "palace of love" and more like the...palace of a revolving dancefloor in a 24-car garage. Owned by billionaire Jeff Greene, the 25-acre estate (which includes six acres of working vineyards, duh), has been looking for a renter for years, and is even rumored to be quietly floating it on the market for $150M. Better test out that 6,000-square-foot ballroom before making the call.

9505 Lania Lane
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

12. $175,000 a month: Beverly Hills, Calif.

72 Beverly Park Drive, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Perfect 10 founder Norm Zada built this Richard Landry contemporary in 2000, selling it a decade later to a Saudi businessman for $16.5M. That owner, in turn, put it on the market for $25M in Feb. 2011, but quickly pulled it off. Now the 6.79-acre estate, which includes main and guest houses connected by a glass-and-steel bridge, is asking $175K a month.

72 Beverly Park Drive, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13. $149,000 a month: Contenta

10 Palm Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Known cheerily as Contenta, this palatial Med-style mansion is Miami's most expensive rental, clocking in at $149K a month for 11,000 square feet. The six-bedroom home sits on a rare corner lot of Palm Island, an exclusive area of town.

10 Palm Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. $135,000 a month: Waldorf Penthouse

100 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022

A quartet of rental listings share the honor of Manhattan's most expensive; first up is this penthouse, perched high atop the Waldorf Towers and asking $135K a month. In this "anything but ordinary" unit, there are crystal chandeliers, a 20-person dining room, French doors, a rotunda, and views of the Chrysler Building, all designed for a "very special resident," as the brokerbabble puts it. (Non-special residents can stop reading now.) Amazingly, the place is still $5K shy of tying the most expensive rental in the Waldorf Towers, ever: Cole Porter's old apartment, which asked $140K a month in 2010.

100 East 50th Street
New York, NY 10022

15. $135,000 a month: The Pierre Suites

2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

Not to be outdone by the its fellow countryman The Waldorf, The Pierre, at the moment, has three separate suites all listed for an even $135K a month. Sure, hotel amenities are nice, but even a "rich, opulent history of decorative style" or "white-glove elevator attendants" won't fool most folks into paying well into six figures a month for 1,100 to 1,400 square feet.

2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

16. $125,000 a month: Malibu, Calif.

31100 Broad Beach Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Malibu, CA 90265

Contributing handsomely to the growing stable of celebrity landlords out there, this summer mega movie guy Steven Spielberg was quietly asking $125K a month for his Malibu beach house (well, beach compound—a guy like Spielberg doesn't own single houses). Included in the deal: a 7,237-square-foot Craftsman-style main house, a two-bedroom guest house, a massage room, a screening room (of course), and 130 feet of beach frontage.

31100 Broad Beach Road, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Malibu, CA 90265