You know the saying “Go big or go home?”The people who built these mega-mansions did both.
The average size of a house in the United States is a modest 2,392 square feet, according to The 2010 U.S. Census data. But the largest homes in America are upward of 50,000 square feet.
Who lives in America’s largest homes? Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and in some cases no one because the houses are just too expensive.
*This list does not include historic homes that are no longer primarily used as residences.
BEVERLY HOUSE, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.: 50,000 square feet. The house, where William Randolph Hearst once lived, sits on 3.7 acres above the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was listed for $165 million in 2007 and later price-chopped to $95 million.
MONTAGEL WAY MANSION, BIRMINGHAM, ALA.: 50,000 square feet. The grounds of the mansion are shaped like a guitar, and it's listed at 13.9 million.
LONGABERGER ESCHMAN MEADOWS, NASHPORT, OHIO: 55,000 square feet. The house currently belongs to CEO of Longaberger Baskets. The estate, which sits on 200 acres, is on sale for $15 million.
THE SPELLING MANSION, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.: 57,000 square feet. Petra Ecclestone purchased the estate last summer for a whopping $85 million, significantly less than the original asking price of $150 million. The house has 123 rooms and sits on 4.6 acres of land.
MAISON DE L'AMITIE, PALM BEACH, FLA.: 60,000 square feet. Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought this estate from Donald Trump for $95 million several years ago. It features diamond and gold fixtures and a 50-car garage.
XANADU 2.0, MEDINA, WASH.: 66,000 square feet. Bill Gates' mansion is valued at $121 million. The gym alone is 2,500 square feet.
RENNERT MANSION, SAGAPONACK, NY: 66,400 square feet. Junk bond legend Ira Rennert's mansion sits on 63 acres of land. rumours have the number of bedrooms varying from 21 to 29.
PENSMORE, CHRISTIAN COUNTY, MO.: 72,000 square feet. Business exec Steve Huff is building a 13-bedroom energy efficient house in Missouri that's strong enough to withstand a tornado. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
TOMIYASU LANE ESTATE, LAS VEGAS, NEV.: 73,000 square feet. Casino mogul Phil Ruffin bought the home from the Sultan of Brunei for around $24.9 million in 2011, a big markdown from the original $60 million listing price.
VERSAILLES, WINDERMERE, FLA.: 90,000 square feet. Versailles is the largest private home in America, but it's still under construction. The mega-mansion is on sale for $75 million as is or $100 million complete.
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