Yahoo: The Most Expensive New Homes in America

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  1. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    The Most Expensive New Homes 2010

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    Wow. Some of these people apparently have more money than sense. The house at #1 is just an abomination. If this was being built as a condo building or a hotel, maybe. But as a house? Why on earth would someone build that thing? 10 kitchens? Three swimming pools? That's not a house, it's a resort.

    Some of them look fairly nice. But I can't imagine spending over $30 million on a house, no matter how much money I have.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Extended families, lots of entertaining, huge egos. There are any number of reasons really. None are really sufficient but its their money.
     
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    It's their money, they can do as they see fit. Doesn't impact me one bit. So let them build!!!
     
  4. JediZenMaster macrumors 68000

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    I suppose the maintenance and construction of homes like this will help the local economy. Since labor has to build it and obviously there will be maids needed to keep the place clean, A plumber,etc.
     
  5. nobunaga209 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, this is kinda sorta sad...and funny at the same time.
     
  6. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Amateurs. The Vanderbilts really knew how to build a house. :)

    175,000 sq. ft. and 250 rooms. It originally had 125,000 acres. Biltmore Estate is the shining example of overkill in homes.

    Edit: Found some info on the cost. The cost to build was never released, but estimates placed it at $10 mil by the time it was finished. In 1895.
     
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    According to this inflation calculator, the Biltmore Estate would cost about $254,467,940.75 USD in 2009 dollars.
     
  8. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, I saw that figure on another page (Yahoo answers maybe), but I wasn't sure how accurate it was, so I didn't include it. I guess since I am seeing it in multiple places, it may be accurate.
     
  9. samiwas thread starter macrumors 65816

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    HA! I wonder what it would cost to build these days? Surely not $254million!
     
  10. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    It's really tough to tell, but I think it would be close. When it was built, Biltmore had lots of advance technology including elevators, electric all throughout the house, force air heating, and more. (This was in 1895, remember). This, of course, was on top of the standard amenities such as a gym, bowling alley, and olympic sized pool. Also, the most expensive house on that list has 90k square feet and goes for $100 mil. Biltmore almost doubles that size with an extra 85000 square feet. If you add in the acreage, it would go well over. 125,000 acres isn't cheap.
     
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    Yeah, some of these places would need a hamlet/village full of people to work there!
     
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    Meh. I have enough trouble keeping my semi detached place clean and dust free :D
     
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I only think 2 of those houses are nice, and I'd only consider living in 4 of them if given the chance. :eek:

    The place I live now is nicer than most of those places, and my place is much smaller. Even if I had all the money in the world, I don't think I'd want my living space to be 4500 sq ft (~400 sq metres), which I'd consider massive. As long as I had enough land to have a swimming pool, and possibly a veggie patch, I'd be happy. :)
     
  14. samiwas thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I agree Abstract. Unless we consistently had hordes of people staying with us, I wouldn't want any more than we would normally live in, plus a little guest space. I think 3000 square feet would be substantial for our needs. Any more than that, and I'd definitely have someone else cleaning it! I have a hard enough time keeping our modest townhome clean! If I had all the money in the world, I might bump up a little bit for an in-law suite or something, but I think MAX 4500 square feet like you said.
     
  15. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    I wonder what it's like to live in such a huge place with lots of staff around all the time to keep it running. You wouldn't actually have any personal privacy. I imagine it'd be like living in a hotel. I wouldn't really think of it as a home...

    #3 in Beverly Hills says it was built for fund-raising events. Hollywood parties I assume. I was wondering how much these places cost to build as opposed to the value of the land/location itself. It says it cost $65 million to actually build (selling for $68 million). So what adds up to $65 million? The materials like concrete, marble, tiles, chandeliers, gold bath fittings? Or is it more people like architects, craftsmen, landscapers, interior designers who overcharge?

    Anyway, you want to ogle expensive homes, look no further than the chateaus/maisons for sale in Paris on the Left Bank and Latin Quarter. In excess of $100 million for some of them. Makes you think when they were built most of the population was living in poverty, no wonder there was a revolution...
     
  16. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Plahaha amateurs

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament

    formerly the Peoples Palace, 1,100 rooms, and according to Guinness, the worlds heaviest building.
     
  17. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    That's not a personal home though, it's a govt building like Congress. Some Cathedrals are pretty big too. Skyscapers have lots of square footage too..
     
  18. djellison macrumors 68020

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    That's what it has become. It was orig started by evil dictator and generally crazy nutjob Nicolae Ceauşescu as his palatial and administrative home. I was also being facetious. You are now being pedantic. facetiousness and pedantry combined is not a good mix.
     
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    That Wiki article says Ceausecu's original plan was for it to be his personal residence and house four institutions. So, uh, you are both correct. :)

    What is sad to me is how many historical buildings were destroyed to make way for that building. I always find it sad to see such buildings get destroyed.
     
  20. djellison macrumors 68020

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    30,000 homes or something ludicrous. He was the most bat-S crazy of the dictators imho.
     
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    Having spent part of my youth in a house with 24 bedrooms, a Ballroom and a State dining room, I can tell you it provides plenty of space for bicycling. :)
     
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    I didn't believe it was true, but then I found a pic of little skunk on his bike:

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    You must have happy memories from that time!
     

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