Home to entrepreneurs, movie stars, politicians and a slew of other important people, it's no secret that the majority of the most expensive homes in California are located in the Los Angeles area. With high prices come lavish luxuries and these estates feature acres of land, dozens of rooms and enough bathrooms to suit a small army. Though the housing market has seen its share of struggles recently, many of these ridiculous homes top out well over $100 million each.
The Spelling Manor
Located in the posh Holmby Hills portion of Los Angeles, California, The Spelling Manor, known simply as The Manor, is the one-time home of television magnate Aaron Spelling. The estate is the most expensive home in California at an estimated $125 million and the largest in Los Angeles County at 56,500 square feet. Built in 1988, The Manor has a beauty salon, a doll museum, a flower-cutting room and several rooms dedicated solely to gift wrapping. Candy Spelling, widow to Aaron, sold the massive property in June 2011 for an undisclosed price despite being unable to say how many bathrooms are included.
Place Fleur de Lys
Once named the most expensive home on the market back in 2008, the Fleur de Lys mansion is situated in the swanky Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The $100-million property was constructed in the 1990s by entrepreneur David Saperstein using inspiration from Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th century French chateau. With floor space of 45,000 feet, the home includes 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. see more on Place Fleur de Lys
Yuri Milner's Los Altos Hills Home
Setting a record for the most expensive single-family home ever sold in the United States, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner purchased this Silicon Valley home for a reported $100 million in March 2011. Milner, who is valued at $10 billion in part thanks to investments in Groupon, Facebook and Zynga, reportedly had no immediate plans to move into the massive home. The French chateau includes 25,000 square feet of living space a wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pools and a ballroom.
Named after a former owner, the Weber Mansion sits on 7.47 acres of land on Bellagio Road in Los Angeles. The estate was purchased by telecom mogul Gary Winnick in 2001 for an astounding $94 million using what was described as a combination of real estate and other assets, which were given to former owner and businessman David Murdock. At 28,725 square feet, the home features no less than 20 bathrooms, among many other areas.
Hearst Beverly House
Placed on the market in 2010 for $95 million after a spat between attorney and investor Leonard M. Ross and Bank of America, the Beverly Hearts House was lauded as the "most famous property in Beverly Hills." Sitting at over 50,000 square feet, the home was built in the 1920s using a combination of Spanish and Italian styling. Among the amenities include arched ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and one of the longest private driveways in Southern California. As if that wasn't enough, the home was once a vacation spot for John and Jackie Kennedy and the filming location for parts of "The Godfather."
Weintraub's Malibu Estate
Though it's dropped in price since it was initially listed on the market by film producer Jerry Weintraub for $75 million in 2008, this Malibu, California, home rests on the beaches south of Paradise Cove. Along with Dick Clark as a neighbor, the owner of this mansion can enjoy seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in the main house alone plus two guest houses, an equestrian center, private beach, tennis courts and of course a pool.
The Portabello Estate
Previously featured on the "Oprah" show and once on the market for $75 million, The Portabello Estate in Corona del Mar, California, has the distinction of resembling a nautilus shell when viewed from above. Featuring only eight bedrooms, the estate is spacious with a 2,000-square-foot master suite, theater, automobile museum, cafe, gym and two-story grotto. The home sat without a sale offer for nearly three years before the listing was yanked without explanation.