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This Mansion Is Expensive Even for Billionaires

Italian-style villa in San Francisco has 8 marble fireplaces

(Newser) - Everybody knows it's expensive to live in San Francisco, but the cost of real estate may finally be too high for even its wealthiest residents. Business Insider reports on a mansion in Cow Hollow, a posh neighborhood on the edge of "Billionaire's Row," that's been... More »

This Could Be the Most Expensive Home in US

It's listed for $250M

(Newser) - "No one has built homes for billionaires," developer Bruce Makowsky tells Bloomberg . Until now, apparently. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Makowsky has built and listed a $250 million mansion in Bel Air that—if it gets the asking price—would be the most expensive home ever sold in... More »

Inside the Making of a 104K-Square-Foot 'Giga-Mansion'

'The One' is under construction in Bel Air, may be priciest home ever

(Newser) - In the hills above Bel Air in Southern California, "The One" is about halfway built. And when construction on the 104,000-square-foot "giga-mansion" is complete, it just might become the most expensive home in the world, the Orange County Register reports. The asking price for The One will... More »

Inside America's Most Expensive 'House' for Sale

The 4.4-acre estate comes with night club, ice skating rink, IMAX cinema, and more

(Newser) - When construction tycoon Robert Pereira got hold of a sprawling ocean-front Florida estate through a trust in 2001, he envisioned turning it into a luxurious home for his family, friends tell the Guardian . But after spending seven years (and $100 million, a third of which was financed by Bank of... More »

Doris Duke's Derelict Mansion to Meet Its End

Commission OKs plan to raze the 67K-square-foot New Jersey home

(Newser) - A 67,000-square-foot derelict mansion on a sprawling New Jersey estate where tobacco heiress Doris Duke lived can be demolished, a panel ruled. The Hillsborough Township Historic Preservation Commission rendered its decision with a 6-1 vote after a four-hour meeting Thursday night, culminating a lengthy hearing process that had taken... More »

2-Month-Old Christmas Tree Blamed for Mansion Fire

Home engulfed in minutes when fire hit dried-out tree

(Newser) - The investigation into the huge blaze that killed a Maryland couple and their four grandchildren earlier this month has pinned the blame on a major fire hazard right in the middle of the mansion's "Great Room": A 2-month-old, 15-foot Christmas tree. Fire officials say an electrical failure ignited... More »

2 Bodies Found in Mansion's Charred Ruins

4 still missing in burned-down Maryland castle

(Newser) - Investigators found the bodies of two unidentified people yesterday in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, a fire official says. Cadaver dogs and searchers found the bodies, and four people remain unaccounted for, the county fire department spokesman says. "I... More »

How Did a $6M 'Castle' Just Burn to the Ground?

Annapolis investigators still have more questions than answers

(Newser) - What started the Monday blaze that consumed a 16,000-square-foot Annapolis mansion that locals called "The Castle"? Why were there apparently no smoke alarms or sprinklers in such a well-appointed home? And, perhaps most distressingly, where are owners Donald and Sandra Pyle and their four grandkids, feared dead... More »

Couple, 4 Grandkids Feared Dead in Mansion Fire

Tech exec Don Pyle, wife lived in 16K-square-foot Maryland home

(Newser) - Technology exec Don Pyle, his wife, and four grandchildren are feared dead in a huge blaze that destroyed a mansion in Annapolis. Some 85 firefighters spent hours early Monday morning battling the fire at the 16,000-square-foot castle-like home, using tanker trucks and a fire boat because there were no... More »

Oops: Oceanfront Mansion Must Be Removed

It got built, accidentally, inside a Rhode Island park

(Newser) - Oceanfront view? Check. Jacuzzi? Check. A proper survey spelling out where this $2 million mansion was supposed to be built in Rhode Island? Not so much. The state's Supreme Court has ruled that a three-story home built in Point Judith in 2010 must be removed because it went up... More »

Archbishop Apologizes for $2.2M Mansion

Atlanta's Wilton Gregory says he failed to consider the 'pastoral implications' of move

(Newser) - Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has issued an apology after reports that he'd built himself a $2.2 million mansion sparked outrage in the diocese. Gregory bought the mansion with a $15 million posthumous gift from Gone With the Wind heir Joseph Mitchell, who wanted the money spent on "... More »

For Sale: Al Capone's Miami Beach Mansion

Gangster died at $8.45M Palm Island estate

(Newser) - Got $8.45 million kicking around? You could buy the Miami Beach mansion where Al Capone died—and from which he supposedly plotted the infamous 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre. Capone bought the 10,000-square-foot Palm Island mansion in 1928 for $40,000 after he was chased out of Chicago... More »

Vegas Mansion Could Go for $8M—in Bitcoin

Plan adds 'some notoriety' to offer: developer

(Newser) - A casino owner-turned-commercial developer is asking $7.85 million to sell a Las Vegas home, and he's willing to accept the online currency bitcoin for the deal. Jack Sommer says he got the idea to seek bitcoin for his 25,000-square-foot mansion from two of his sons, who've... More »

Stoned Ghost Hunters Torch Historic Mansion

Cops say trespassers got frustrated over no-show spirits

(Newser) - The owners of an abandoned Louisiana mansion are facing criticism after the house was burned down last week, allegedly by stoned ghost hunters, the Times-Picayune reports. "We made our best efforts to secure the land from trespassers," say the owners of the LeBeau Plantation near New Orleans. "... More »

Cops: Husband Brutally Beat Wife in Conn. Mansion

Diane DeMaio in coma after baseball bat attack

(Newser) - When police arrived at the DeMaio family's $7.3 million mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, Tuesday night, they found Diane DeMaio lying unmoving in a bedroom-size closet, blood pooling around her, head resting on ice packs. "That monster hit her and she's dying," the 54-year-old's mother... More »

Outrage Over Couple's Plans to Build 'Versailles' Near DC

25,424-square-foot mansion not going over well with residents of Great Falls

(Newser) - A man's home is his castle, nowhere more so than in the ritzy Washington, DC, suburb of Great Falls, Va. That's where one couple has elected to build their 25,424-square-foot mansion, dubbed "Le Chateau de Lumiere" and fashioned after the Palace of Versailles. The only thing... More »

Katharine Hepburn Estate: Yours for $30M

Price of Connecticut mansion has gone up $2M in a year

(Newser) - Katharine Hepburn's former mansion on Long Island Sound in Connecticut has sat on the market for a year at $28 million. It's now available for ... $30 million, reports the Wall Street Journal . The current owners have jacked the price because they're building a fancy new gatehouse. The... More »

Romney's Mansion to Have Elevator ... for Cars

Politico takes a closer look at the plans

(Newser) - Not only will Mitt Romney's proposed new beach house have a 3,600-square-foot basement , it will have a split-level four-car garage … with an elevator for the cars. Politico procured the 2008 plans for the renovation (by way of a rival campaign), which involves tearing down the existing California... More »

Buy Whitney's Old Mansion: 'Great Conversation Piece'

Broker's ad: This is where it all went bad

(Newser) - Another entry in the department of questionable marketing strategies in the wake of Whitney Houston's death: The broker trying to sell her former New Jersey mansion has updated the listing "with a heavy heart" to note that "this house was also the scene of the activity that... More »

Tiger Woods' Ex Tears Down $12M Mansion

Elin Nordegren now planning 'dream house' on Florida site

(Newser) - Somebody's got too much money. Tiger Woods' wronged ex-wife wasn't quite happy with the $12 million, 9,000-square-foot North Palm Beach mansion she purchased last year—so she's knocking the whole thing down, reports TMZ . Elin Nordegren plans to build her "dream house" on the same... More »

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