An extravagant Florida mansion that’s modelled after the Palace of Versailles sold at auction for a $115 million price cut — here’s a look inside

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In 2015, Playa Vista Isle was the most expensive US home; it was sold in November 2018. It sold for $US42.5 million at auction — a price cut of more than $US115 million. Courtesy of Concierge Auctions
  • One of the most expensive homes to ever land on the market in the US sold in November 2018.
  • Playa Vista Isle, formerly Le Palais Royal, is in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, on the ritzy “Millionaire’s Mile” between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Property records show it sold for $US42.5 million at auction, over $US100 million less than its asking price of $US159 million.
  • According to a press release from Concierge Auctions, it still set a record as the most expensive US home ever sold at auction.

Imagine waking up in a 30,000-square-foot French-inspired chateau on the calm Atlantic shores of Florida.

For the new owners of Playa Vista Isle, that’s more of a reality than a dream.

Once the most expensive home in the country, Playa Vista Isle, in Hillsboro Beach sold in November 2018 after a bidding war amongst 11 buyers. According to property records, it sold for $US42.5 million, more than $US100 million less than its asking price of $US159 million. Still, the sale price reportedly broke a record as the highest a US home has sold for at auction.

Property records also show the buyer is Oppornova LLC, a Delaware-based company affiliated with Andrew Mack, co-founder of tea company Teavana, which was acquired by Starbucks in 2012.

The mansion has 11 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, and $US3 million worth of 22-karat gold leafing. It was modelled after the Palace of Versailles and is essentially the mega-mansion of your French royalty dreams.

Take a look around the home and its expansive property.


Welcome to Playa Vista Isle.

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The 5-acre property sits in South Florida along the ritzy Hillsboro Beach’s “Millionaire’s Mile,” named so for its air of wealth and exclusivity.

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The estate is shouldered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. It comes with private boating docks …

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… as well as 500 feet of uninterrupted ocean views and private beachfront.

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The estate first popped up in 2014 — while it was still under construction — for $US139 million. It was listed on the market for a year unfinished.

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It was modelled after France’s Palace of Versailles, which features the same ornate architectural design.

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The Palace of Versailles in France. Jorge Láscar/Flickr

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Playa Vista Isle was originally dubbed Le Palais Royal, or The Royal Palace.

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It’s since seen a name change, additional construction, and a $US20 million price hike …

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… and as of November 2018 has a new owner since its previous owner, construction titan Robert Pereira, bowed out of the estate.

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Past the gold-plated gates is a pristine elevated driveway …

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… which encircles a water fountain …

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… and leads right up to the home’s grand entrance.

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The doors are embossed with 22-karat gold and are 12 feet high.

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Mosaics stand to the side of the doors and depict the four seasons of the year.

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Mosaic depicting spring. Courtesy of Concierge Auctions

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Through the doors is a grand foyer and a staircase crafted out of imported South African marble.

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The entryway is beset with 22-karat gold, which is also featured throughout the home.

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The staircase alone cost $US2 million to craft.

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Through the foyer is a seating area.

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The glass windows span floor to ceiling and are retractable.

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The main seating area opens up to one of the many dining tables.

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The crown moulding is also gilded in 22-karat gold.

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A family room is lined in mahogany and holds a saltwater aquarium with a 3D TV.

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The formal dining room can fit 16 guests.

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Its domed ceiling boasts a majestic, heavenly painting.

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And its doors open up to the sea breeze from the ocean.

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The kitchen is on the main level as well.

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It features mahogany cabinets and gold leaf gilding.

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An eating nook is nearby.

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Right off the staircase on the upper level is the library …

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… as is one of three master bedrooms.

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The entire south wing is designated for the master suite. The guest rooms are on the opposite side.

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There are multiple master bathrooms as well …

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… which boast considerable amounts of vanity space.

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Each bathroom features a round Jacuzzi tub …

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… and the showers have seats and rainfall showerheads.

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The master suite has a private parlor, which offers even more extraordinary views of the ocean.

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There’s a workspace as well, though it’s a wonder anyone could get any work done here.

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And the wine cellar downstairs? It’s protected by biometric security — meaning only those registered with the system can access the 3,000-bottle room.

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The home theatre boasts the world’s first residential 3D IMAX theatre and fits 18 guests.

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Another salon can be found on the lower level …

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… and just beyond its doors sits the estate’s outdoor paradise.

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An elevated sky bridge connects the master suite …

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… to the 4,500-square-foot pool outside, which includes a water slide …

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… and a variety of waterfalls …

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… in different arrangements.

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A spa with a glass bottom sits 40 feet above ground level.

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And a putting green sits yards from the pool.

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There’s an underground garage (not pictured) with a controllable climate that can be accessed by a secured tunnel and can fit up to 20 vehicles.

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A 2-acre undeveloped lot is also included; the buyer can do with it as they please.

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Initial plans were to use the lot for two guest houses, a go-kart track, an ice rink, a bowling alley, and a night club.

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But those amenities were never added on — as if the estate needed any more bells and whistles.

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