What makes the ultimate American dream home? Picturesque infinity pools that meet natural water with rare beauty, extensive wine cellars, rambling gardens that both invigorate and protect, and thousands of square feet of living space. Of course location is important too as well as a sense of style, a taste of history and technology that enhances life.
From blue-blood built estates in Connecticut to Hollywood mansions with history and chic Manhattan addresses that hide palatial spaces here are some of the most expensive and most unique properties up for sale in the US in the last 12 months (most of them still on the market at the time of writing).
Copper Beach Farm, undisclosed Address, Greenwich CT
Majestic Copper Beach farm was named after the large copper beach trees that line its waterfront and shaded it from the rest of the world in 1904 when steel tycoon Lauder Greenway built it for his family. The magnificent trees still hide this 50-acre estate which has a 13,519-square-foot home with 12 bedrooms and 9 baths set on 4,000 feet of breathtaking waterfront facing prestigious Long Island Sound.
Copper Beech Farm went on the market in early 2013 for $190 million, creating the most expensive property listing in US history. Late in the year the price was cut to $140 making it still the most expensive piece of real estate around.
Price circa $140m
Beverly House, Los Angeles, CA
This palatial champagne pink mansion sits on 3.7 acres just a few blocks from Sunset Boulevard. It`s jazz-age architecture with Spanish inspirations and colosseum statues hemming sprawling lawns made it the perfect location for The Godfather and The Bodyguard movies. John and Jackie Kennedy also spent their honeymoon here.
This property is offered at $115 million to buy the home outright or $600,000 each month to rent the place.
781 5th Ave FL 18, New York, NY
The Sherry Netherland Hotel is a 38-story art deco building on the coveted corner of Fifth Avenue and East 59th Street in Manhattan. It was designed and built by Schultze & Weaver with Buchman & Kahn creating an iconic part of the New York skyline with a French Gothic Chateauesque roofline and iconic gargoyles disguising the water tower. At 570 feet (170 m) high, it was also the tallest apartment-hotel in New York City when in the 1950s.
The elegant apartment for sale has 15-rooms and covers a full floor with views of Central Park offering class, greenery and the best of the most cosmopolitan city in the world at your doorstep.
Price $95 million
Carolwood, Estate, Los Angeles
Carolwood was once the home of Walt Disney, but after he and his wife Lily passed away it was torn down, due to asbestos concerns. With the asbestos gone, the new owner began constructing a brand-new, custom-designed home that was finished in 2001 but retains some of the flavour of the original.
It is spread across 35,000 square feet and has 8 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, 2 safe rooms, 3 bars, a library, a gym and of course its own cinema. The estate includes an outdoor pool and indoor pool house, a tennis court and a small golf course.
Price $90 million