America's most expensive homes

It’s always entertaining to see how home prices vary from place to place, and to see what homes command the highest prices. Usually, the priciest properties have names. They also tend to have swimming pools on landscaped grounds, a gourmet kitchen and very often a wine cellar.
But what else do they have that commands such prices? It’s not always obvious.

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What follows are the priciest listings posted on in each of the five most populous cities in the U.S. This list is an indicator of the top end of real estate offerings in these cities. However, it should not be considered comprehensive as it does not include pocket listings, which may appear on each property’s exclusive broker website but are not distributed to other sites through the multi-listing system (MLS).

Here are the priciest homes in the five biggest cities in the U.S.

Price: $15 million
Square Footage: 9,153

This building is located right on Rittenhouse Square, named for astronomer-clockmaker David Rittenhouse. The structure most recently served as a club called The Mansion at Rittenhouse Square, and this historic mansion is currently three floors of raw space.

It features a 905-square-foot balcony overlooking the square and a 582-square-foot terrace overlooking its private courtyard. There’s a private entrance available through the parking garage, and while a parking spot is available, it will run the buyer an extra 50 grand. The buyer of this property gets such amenities as a 24-hour doorman and concierge, chauffeured Mercedes, valet parking, indoor pool, fitness center and yoga room, as well as room service by Serafina.

Price: $29.5 million
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 11
Square Footage: 10,511

The neoclassical Georgian mansion Mount Vernon overlooking White Rock Lake was built in 1930 and first occupied by oil magnate H.L. Hunt and his family. Luxury features of this 10-acre estate include a two-story guesthouse, a pool house, a four-lane bowling center, a 16-car collector’s garage, lighted tennis courts, swimming pool (one of Dallas’ first residential pools), putting greens and a gazebo. The house has nine marble fireplaces; original wood paneling, doors and wide plank floors; a “Spirit of America” mural like the one in the White House; a steam room; and a private deck offering sunset views.

Price: $32 million
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 9
Square Footage: 14,260

The 89th-floor penthouse of Chicago’s Trump Tower is billed as the highest residence in the Western hemisphere. It offers panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan through its floor-to-16-foot ceiling windows. The new owner can build the bare-bones residence to their specifications, but it already includes a theater room, wet bar and exercise room. As part of the Trump Tower condo-hotel, the penthouse owner has access to its amenities, including gym; the spa (which offers gemstone-infused oil massages); indoor pool; valet; and the restaurant Sixteen on the 16th floor, which offers 24-hour room service.

New York
: $90 million
Square Footage: 19,950

The French Gothic Woolworth Mansion was completed in 1916. This seven-story residence is actually the middle one in a row of three limestone mansions on East 80th Street off Fifth Avenue. They were built for retail magnate Frank Woolworth’s daughters as he was building the golden-topped Woolworth Building skyscraper downtown. It features a grand entry hall and foyer and a grand master staircase. The upper floors have ceilings more than 14 feet high and floor-to-ceiling windows. The dining room can seat more than 50 and ends in a rear solarium.

Los Angeles
Price: $125 million
Bedrooms: 12
Bathrooms: 15
Square Footage: 35,046

This romantic French style mansion in a Bel Air gated community has classic looks but was built just 10 years ago for then-wedded couple David and Suzanne Saperstein. It was inspired in part by Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicompte in France. The two have since divorced, and in the process Suzanne Saperstein picked up this estate, which she’s been trying to sell since last year. The interiors of the Fleur De Lys mansion feature soaring, coffered ceilings and a spacious, castle-like dining room with barrel vault ceilings. The 4-acre estate features a guest house, manicured gardens and a huge swimming pool flanked by hedge walls for privacy.

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