Years ago in the late 1980s and early 1990s, pop culture fans would gather around the television to watch Robin Leach host “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” which offered a brief look into the homes of the wealthiest people in the world. After “Lifestyles” ended, MTV followed suit with their own spin, giving their show a younger and hipper name: “Cribs.” When “Cribs” ended, pop culture fans no longer had a look into some of the fanciest homes in the world.
Just because “Cribs” and “Lifestyles” both ended doesn’t mean that fans lost interest in seeing some of the fanciest homes of the world’s leading celebrities. As celebs continue to spend millions upon millions to live in luxury, fans follow pop magazines and the web to gain a sneak peak in the lifestyles of the rich and famous (see what we did there?). While most of us dream of having bank accounts with millions and billions, celebrities don’t think twice about spending a huge chunk of change on extravagant mansions.
Whether someone is an actor, athlete, or an entrepreneur, keeping up with the Joneses is obviously a necessity as homes continue to grow in size and luxury. Which mansions are the most expensive and who lives in them? We found 10 of the most expensive mansions across the United States that will leave you in awe to wonder how one person can live in such a large space. Here are the mansions that’ll drop your jaw, starting with a baseball slugger’s home in the Sunshine State.
#10 – Alex Rodriguez ($24 Million)
Alex Rodriguez (or simply A-Rod, to most sports fans) was one of the most exciting baseball prospects of all-time. After being selected first in the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, Rodriguez got off to a hot start. It has been 20 years since Rodriguez debuted, during which time he has amassed an incredible 654 home runs before the 2015 season and nearly 3,000 hits. A-Rod’s legacy has been tarnished a bit though, with suspensions coming from performance enhancing drug use.
In baseball the money is guaranteed: so A-Rod had a pretty large budget when buying a home. Rodriguez landed on this 20,000 square foot Miami mansion that uses the entire roof as a balcony and has two boat docks in the back “yard.” Since A-Rod is a baseball player, it’s fitting that there is a full batting cage inside the home, and we’re sure he felt safe with the nearly 20 security cameras around the complex. How else are you going to keep the angry Yankee fans away?
#9 – Georges Marciano ($24.5 Million)
Guess Jeans, founded by Georges Marciano, were a big hit back in the 1980s. Marciano was the designer for the clothing line until 1993 when he grew tired of the industry and decided to sell his shares to his siblings, which brought him a great profit. Marciano has recently returned to the fashion design industry with a new line of jeans and high end clothing in 2015. He even has his own holiday in Los Angeles, which occurs on April 12th of each year.
Marciano had several homes, but this mansion was the most notable. When Marciano bought it he only paid $2 million, but later remodeled it which increased its value. The property sits on two acres and features a private theater and not one guest house, but two. If you like tennis or shooting pool, this home is certainly up your alley. You can fit a dozen cars into the ‘garage’ alone if you really are going all out.
#8 – Pia Zadora ($26 Million)
Pia Zadora got her start as an actress on Broadway at a very young age. Zadora went on to star in a few films, but didn’t have a huge career and even received a “Worst Actress Award” from the Golden Raspberry Academy. Pia turned her attention to country music and hit the charts with multiple songs, becoming a smash hit in Germany. It’s believed that Zadora still has a net worth of $25 million despite seeming somewhat hidden from the public eye as of late.
Residing in the beautiful Pacific Palisades, Pia Zadora’s home was bought by ABR Capital and remodeled to reflect the current listed price. The home looks identical to the typical houses of wealthy Californians seen in just about every movie, and it even comes with all the bells and whistles. Its amenities include an infinity pool and a full athletic complex to spend hours in shooting hoops or lifting weights. It’s all there – and more – waiting for you on the west coast.
#7 – Michael Jordan ($29 Million)
Michael Jordan is a former basketball player (most notably with the Chicago Bulls) who also spent time playing with the Washington Wizards in addition to dabbling briefly in minor league baseball. Jordan is the current majority owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, and was recently named to the billionaire’s list for the first time in his life. Jordan is perhaps the most famous basketball player of all-time thanks to legendary endorsement deals and his outstanding playing ability on the court.
While Jordan was still living in Illinois, he had one of the most notable properties in the state in the wealthy suburb of Highlands Park. The property itself was on almost six dozen acres (which is necessary when you have a golf course) and featured 24 bedrooms and bathrooms. Like any good complex with a golf course, rather than a large fence, trees lined the property. Of course, there was a basketball court there, too. What else would you expect from the basketball great?
#6 – Katharine Hepburn ($30 Million)
Katharine Hepburn is one of the most legendary actresses of all-time. For more than six decades, Hepburn was a huge star that had tremendous range into all genres of film. Hepburn even racked up four Academy Awards for Best Actress during her long career, winning an award in 1999 as the greatest female star in the history of cinema. Hepburn also lived a long life, passing away in 2003 at the age of 96.
Hepburn’s compound was over 8,000 square feet and, unlike typical celebrity homes, was not situated out west or down south. Rather, the quiet residence was nestled in Connecticut just in front of the Atlantic Ocean, featuring 13 total bedrooms and bathrooms. If you wanted the complete privacy of home but also the chance to enjoy the beach, guests had complete access to two separate beaches. There was also a man-made harbor that allowed guests the opportunity to swim safely without worrying about the waves.
#5 – Joe Montana ($35 Million)
When the discussion of the ‘greatest quarterback of all-time’ happens among sports fans, one of the first names mentioned is Joe Montana. Montana rose to fame when he won a national championship with the legendary Notre Dame football program. Montana then went on to win four Super Bowls in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. Montana was the only player to win three Super Bowl MVP awards, before Tom Brady hit the mark this year.
If you are going to have a nickname like “Joe Cool,” you better have a cool house to go with it, and Montana certainly did. The house is located in Calistoga, California and features a shooting range and a horse stable that rivals some of the best in the world. You could also take a dip in the pool and see the massive 21,000 square foot house to the left or the olive garden (not the restaurant) to the right.
#4 – Robin Williams ($35 Million)
Robin Williams passed away unexpectedly in 2014, leaving a legacy of laughter to his family, friends and fans. Throughout his career, Williams entertained millions as his career launched as a stand-up comedian in the 1970’s. Williams got his first big role on “Mork & Mindy” and went on to star in huge films such as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Aladdin.” It was a long career with a lot of hits for Williams and a lot of laughs for his fans.
Napa Valley is prime real estate and Williams was one of the most notable residents in the area. After purchasing the home in 1994, Williams was set in terms of luxury thanks to 20,000 square feet of amazing features. As if a full vineyard wasn’t enough, the estate also had a farm that was completely solar powered. If Williams wanted to stay inside, the mansion featured multiple cellars for art in addition to a couple of panic rooms.
#3 – Jay-Z & Beyonce ($43.5 Million)
If you have listened to the radio in the past 15 years or so, there’s a good chance that you have heard a song by either Jay-Z or Beyonce (perhaps even both at the same time). Both Jay-Z and Beyonce are popular musicians who married in 2008. Jay-Z is one of the richest rappers on the planet with a staggering $550 million to his name. Take that with Beyonce’s $450 million net worth, and the couple are sitting on a very cozy $1 billion nest egg. The two stars know business as well as music, both of which have made them filthy rich.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are the current tenants of a rental property known as “Sandcastle.” The two pay $400,000 per month just to live there and it is everything you would expect at that price. There is a private movie theater at Sandcastle, along with a bowling alley and a pool with its own surround sound stereo system. We’re not sure how much Jay-Z and Beyonce like to skateboard, but if they want to use it, there’s a half pipe there as well.
#2 – Terry Semel ($50 Million)
Terry Semel is the former chairman and CEO of Yahoo! and spent nearly a quarter century in the same position at Warner Bros. Studios. Semel held the position for six years before retiring due to some backlash from the shareholders; who were underwhelmed by the company’s stocks in comparison to the success of Google stocks. Semel even had a chance to work with Google, but passed on the opportunity. Regardless, Semel still made over half a billion while with Yahoo!
Malibu Beach is a neighborhood hotbed of filthy rich celebrities, and Semel is no exception. The home is listed for $50 million and features three stories and a guest house that is much larger than the average American home. If you need an entire pavilion to screen movies or TV shows, you can do that as well at the Semel estate. Outside of these luxuries, what’s the best part of the mansion? You’re less than 40 feet from the Pacific Ocean and the view doesn’t get much better than that!
#1 – Gianni Versace ($125 Million)
Gianni Versace is the famed Italian fashion designer who built a global empire with his line of clothing and accessories. Versace built his business from the ground up and in the process gained a lot of high-profile friends such as Elton John, Princess Diana, and Madonna. Mr. Versace was worth an estimated $800 million at the time of his tragic death, which equates to around $1.4 billion in today’s economy.
While Versace was still around, his house in Miami was among the largest and most expensive in the world. Today, the most expensive home has far surpassed Versace’s, as it’s worth a staggering $2 billion.
Sitting on Ocean Drive, Versace’s former mansion has a 50 foot pool that is lined with pure 24 karat gold and boasts a large courtyard that you could easily spend an entire afternoon simply relaxing in. In 2014, it was announced that the mansion was so nice, that it will be turned into a luxury hotel since bids were too low to purchase the property.