With the Mega Millions jackpot at its highest level ever, $1.6 billion, just about everyone’s buying a ticket and fantasizing about what life would be like if they won. Well, allow us to translate that into real estate terms by trotting out the most magnificent homes you could own if you pick those winning numbers!
After all, we figure anyone who wins is bound to upgrade to way nicer digs, right? So we sifted through our real estate listings and found America’s five most expensive homes on the market right now. Since they range in price from $150 million to $188 million, it turns out that the take-home winnings from this latest Mega Millions jackpot could buy all five—and still leave a bit of cash left over for, say, a nice helicopter so you could bounce from pad to pad with ease.
Granted, lottery jackpots of this size usually have numerous winners. But let’s assume, for a moment, that you’re the only winner, you lucky duck! Sure, you’ll have to fork over 24% of your winnings to the IRS, so that would leave you with, oh, a mere $904 million. That’s still plenty of fun money to spread around. (But keep this reality check in mind: The odds of winning are just 1 in 302,575,350.)
Ready to start dreaming the dream? Behold America’s five most expensive properties for sale right now—which, if you purchased at asking price, would total $836 million. Keep that checkbook handy just in case.
924 Bel Air Rd, Los Angeles, CA
What you get: 38,000 square feet with 12 beds and 21 baths—including three gourmet kitchens, five bars, an 85-foot glass tile infinity pool, four-lane bowling alley/lounge, seven full-time staffers, over 100 curated art installations, and (last but not least) a massive candy wall! Here’s to hoping you have a sweet tooth.
594 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA
What you get: “The Manor,” as it’s called, was built in 1988 by entertainment royalty Aaron and Candy Spelling. At 56,500 square feet with 14 bedrooms and 27 baths, it’s larger than the White House and boasts a projection room, bar, library, service wing, billiards room, game room, two-lane bowling alley, wine cellar, and tasting room … in short, the listing probably said it best, in all caps no less: “BASED UPON ALL OF THE AMENITIES, THE OWNERS HAVE NO NEED TO LEAVE THE HOUSE.” We have to agree.
67 Beverly Park Ct, Beverly Hills, CA
What you get: According to the listing, it’s not just a house, but an “authentic Italian village” spread out on 9 acres with its own street! In the mansion proper, 20,000 square feet includes 20 bedrooms and 16 full baths, while outside you’ve got a pool, tennis court, guest houses, and a separate lot in case you want to build more and invite your friends to live in your little kingdom.
935 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach, FL
What you get: “Playa Vista Isle” boasts 29,370 square feet with 11 bedrooms and 14 full baths, practically all of it gilded in 22-karat gold. Outside, you’ve got 300 feet of private oceanfront all to yourself, plus a deep-water dock to accommodate a 220-foot yacht. Because of course you’ve got a yacht.
40275 Highway 141, Gateway, CO
What you get: Called “West Creek Ranch,” you get a whole 6,919 acres with your own heliport … meanwhile, the residence sports 14 bedrooms and 14 baths, plus an elevator to reach all four floors and 27,000 square feet without breaking a sweat.
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