Five months ago when Forbes
ranked the world's most expensive
houses (in terms of current listings) only three of them clocked in at over $100 million. And in fact, one of those, Leona Helmsley's Dunnellen Hall
in Greenwich, CT which started out at $125 million had already been reduced to $95 million by the time the list was published (it's currently being offered
at $75 million). The other, Fleur de Lys
in Beverly Hills listed at $125 million, was therefore the world's most expensive and one of only two $100 million-plus properties officially on the market.
Re-surveying the field now we've decided it's time for a new World's Most Expensive list, mainly because despite the recession - or, perhaps, because of it - there are now seven properties in what we've dubbed the Hundred Million Club (N.B. - those listed at only $100 million don't make the cut), three of which are in the U.S. These are the modern-day equivalents of the magnates' great estates
we wrote about back in February.
Some recent market activity which regular Luxist readers will be aware of makes a new ranking imperative. For starters, last month Candy Spelling listed her Holmby Hills mega-mansion
at $150 million, making it the world's most expensive estate. Then just last week a mansion at No. 10 Belgrave Square in London hit the market
for around the same price - £100 million, or about $149 million (depending on exchange rates), while a second Belgrave Square property finally completed renovations
and has been listed
at £80 million, or about $120 million.
We also received confirmation this week that an incredible 40-room private mansion in Paris
' Place des États Unis (above), built in 1890, has been listed
at €105 million, or about $138 million. Fleur de Lys, whose "world's most expensive" status (though not its "legendary estate"
status) was also usurped by the $135 million Manaplan Residence
in Palm Beach now languishes in 5th place (sorry, Mariah
Here is our new ranking of the world's most expensive estates (in terms of current verifiable listings), all members of the Hundred Million Club:
1. The Manor
- Holmby Hills, CA: $150 million
2. No. 10 Belgrave Square
, London, UK: $149 million
3. Place des États Unis
, Paris, France: $138 million
4. The Manalapan Residence
, Palm Beach, FL: $135 million
5. Fleur de Lys
, Beverly Hills, CA: $125 million
6. No. 31 Belgrave Square
, London, UK: $120 million
7. Updown Court
, Surrey, UK: $110 million