California is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. The Bay Area is pricier even still, and a select few estates can fetch more than $10 million on the open market. Such sales are rare, but how about $100 million sales? Or $117.5 million sales, to be more precise? That's the price that an estate in Woodside, California, recently fetched, making it the most expensive home sale in the United States on record. The 9-acre property was never officially listed for sale and quietly changed hands in November 2012.
While the price is staggering, the property itself is also stunning. Architect Allan Greenberg designed the home and described it as being located in "an elaborate hilltop garden." The home, explained Greenberg, "is planned around hyphens and dependencies and features a double volume, elliptical garden room." The main house is 9,000 square feet and built in a neoclassical style. The rest of the property includes a 715-square-foot "retreat" building, a 1,117-square-foot swimming pool, a tennis court, and formal gardens spread across 9 acres with 360-degree views.
The home was built in 2005 and contains four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a massive 1,600-square-foot basement. The property also has a four-car garage. The front gardens boast an array of topiaries and cascading fountains leading up a slight incline to the main house. The house has plenty of entertaining room, considering the number of bedrooms. The master suite includes a private balcony situated atop the home, providing breathtaking views of the estate and natural surroundings. A multitude of hardwoods cover the richly ornate floors throughout the house. Richly appointed inside and out, the home has a 780-square-foot detached library among other structures sprinkled across the grounds.
The home was purchased by the CEO of the Japanese telecommunications company Softbank, Masayoshi Son, says Forbes. Son is the second richest man in Japan, worth upwards of $7.2 billion.
This author is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California.
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