Every state has its moguls, its socialites, and its tycoons. But, who owns the most expensive home in your state and what is it worth? We have compiled the most expensive homes in every state and reveal its secret owner and what they paid for it?
So which state boasts the most over the top mansion with the biggest price tag? Is it in a bustling metropolis like New York or San Francisco? Is it beach front or mountain high? But maybe your curiosity is piqued by knowing if it is owned by a Hollywood actor, titan of industry, or pop star?
All these questions will be answered as we countdown the most expensive homes in each state and who owns them?
Blue Collar Mansion. Worth: $2 Million
This is the home of “Larry the Cable Guy” Blue Collar Comedian extraordinaire. Larry is from Nebraska, and has not let fame take him away from his roots. He has done well for himself, coming up from a “cable guy” to attracting audiences worldwide.
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The Drummond Homeplace. Worth: $3 Million.
Fred A. Drummond was a very successful rancher and trader in Oklahoma, and founded Oklahoma A&M University. He recently died at age 84, but his family had been ranching and trading with the Native American Osage Indians since the 1800’s. In fact, the original Fredrick Drummond was just 18 years old when he was recruited by an Indian to trade goods in Oklahoma. His family has been famous in the area ever since.
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Geist Mansion. Worth: $3,450,000
Remember the Celtic’s Basketball Star Larry Bird? Well, he is the President of the Pacers, located in Indianapolis, and likely owns Indiana’s most expensive address. It even comes with an indoor basketball court.
Hidden Bay Lake House Worth $4,750,000
This home was once the “Retreat on Hidden Bay” – a private spa like retreat that was run by an unnamed family. The family offered fly fishing lessons, extreme outdoor excursions, and a host of wellness services. However, the property is now up for sale. The only way to get to the property is by sea plane or boat.
Dublin Road Estate. Worth $5 Million.
This home features a 30 car garage. The home is owned by a member of the Coughlin drag racing family that’s behind the Jegs performance auto-parts business.
Aurora Country Club Mansion. Worth: $5 Million.
Backstory: Built in 2011 this Country Club Mansion is shrouded in mystery as to who owns it and why they are selling. Being the most expensive home in Ohio, the owners are listed as the “None None LLC.” So maybe its someone really famous. The realtors will not say.
Hidden Cabin Ranch. Worth: $6 Million
Backstory: Sitting on over 100 acres, this very private ranch features a classic South Dakota Log Cabin. This home was built in 2001, and its owners are unknown (an LLC). Whoever they are, they sure like their privacy. This home has never been on the market, and is rumored to be totally “off grid” capable.
Covington 3 Rivers Estate. Worth: $7.5 Million
Owned by private owners, the home is located on the confluence of 3 rivers, the Abita, Bogue Falaya, and Tchefuncte Rivers. This is the only property of this size within 45 minutes of New Orleans. And it may have anti-alligator surveillance due to its southern river proximity.
Barack Obama’s Hawaiian Home.
A sprawling beachfront home used in the filming of the 1980s television show “Magnum, P.I.” has sold for $8.7 million to a close friend of President Barack Obama.
An attorney for Marty Nesbitt said Thursday that his client bought the property. Seth Madorsky says Nesbitt didn’t have any partners or co-investors in the deal.
The 3-acre property is in Waimanalo, next to the town of Kailua where the Obama family has spent the winter holidays in recent years.
The Colonel John Ashe House. Worth: $9 Million.
Backstory: This estate sits proudly on South Carolina’s famous “Battery” row of mansions. The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade in South Carolina, critical to the South’s efforts in the Civil War. The home was built in 1828 and survived the civil war. The construction cost then was $10,000.
The Grace Estate (On its own Island). Worth: $9.5 Million
Named for William Russell Grace, the New York City mayor who accepted the Statue of Liberty, built this Renaissance Revival-style mansion for his daughter in 1918.
Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright. Worth: $10 Million (estimated)
Fallingwater is the name of a house built over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. The Kaufmann family were extremely successful business people and philanthropists in Pennsylvania.
NFL’s Drew Bledsoe Bend Retreat. Worth: $10 Million
If you want to live like an NFL Quarterback, now you can. Like many professional athletes homes, this is a sportsman’s dream. The home features a turf sports court and putting green, the property has a basketball court with retractable backboards.
The Bluegrass Horse Farm. Worth: $10 Million.
Old money, dark wood. This sprawling farm was once a working plantation, and has bred some of the best racehorses ever raised.
Hildene Manchester. Worth $11 Million.
Backstory: This home was built in 1905 by President Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln. Robert was the only child of Abraham who survived until adulthood. He was very successful, and became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester.
Château Pensmore, Ozark Mansion in Four Seasons. Worth: $12.5 Million
This property is RIFE with conspiracies. It has been built to withstand most natural disasters, and certain online blogs believe it is a retreat for the “illuminati” or may even be the NEXT White House.
The “Guitar House.” Worth: $13.9 Million
This home was owned by Larry House who was set to have a windfall when he had reached a deal to sell his business “MedPartners” in what would have been Alabama’s biggest buy out. However, the deal fell through due to questionable bookkeeping, House was also in the midst of a nasty divorce, and the “Guitar House” had to be auctioned. House, however, recovered, and repurchased the home.
Deffenbaugh Mansion. Worth: $14,000,000
Mr. Deffenbaugh, the owner and developer of this property is best known for owning all of the dumps and garbage services near and around Kansas City. When he went in for a minor procedure in a local (very large) hospital, the attendants dropped him off of his stretcher, breaking his back, and paralyzing him. This left him unable to walk, but with a huge settlement to buy this house. Funny enough, he built it close enough to one of hid dumps that you can actually smell the trash on hot days. So will his family get $14 million for it? Unlikely.
Randy Travis’ Santa Fe Adobe. Worth: $14.5 Million.
Backstory: This is for sale by Grammy-winning country star Randy Travis’s ex wife. The Country Music Star built this luxury adobe ranch in 2002. At the time, he included parking for his tour bus and tucked a bowling alley, shooting range and gymnasium into a building disguised as a traditional Adobe chapel.
Spirit Lake Mansion. Worth: $14.9 Million.
Owned by Tom and Molly Bedell, who built the Property with the help of over 190 contractors, builders, designers and artisans who have all given a hand in crafting the project from concept to completion over the course of three years.
Tom Bedell traveled the world to furnish the sprawling space, gathering rugs from Turkey, glasswork from the Czech Republic and blue granite from Brazil.
“Every time I walk in that front door, I go, ‘Man, this place is amazing.'”
Walter Place. Worth: $15 Million.
This Southern Mansion supposedly housed Ulysses S. Grant. Built in 1860 for pro-Union Harvey Washington Walter, the President of the Mississippi Central Railroad, the mansion was the temporary home of Union General Ulysses Grant and his wife Julia Grant during the American Civil War of 1861-1865
Sun Valley Ski Estate. Worth: $15 Million
This is Bruce Willis’ ski retreat. He purchased this home with ex wife Demi Moore for $12 million, and listed it for sale for $15 million. He has been dramatically reducing the price to get out from under the property, and now you can steal it for just $8 million.
The Dromborg worth $15 Million.
The owners built the home using 4,000 TONS of rocks. The couple drew inspiration from their travels in France and Italy. According to the realtor, “They toured the rubble, lanes, and buildings. Mountain towns with castles protecting the land and the people. Being lovers of classical architecture, they used those details throughout the home.” The estate comes equipped with its very own motto: “Own it. Pass it down.”
Zinc Farms. Worth: $17 Million.
Backstory: Gustav Zinc was a German immigrant and homesteader who laid claim to land in North Dakota in 1888. Since then, his family has continued to farm and amass an incredible amount of farmland, making their real estate the most expensive in the state. With over 20,000 of farmable acreage, the Zinc family’s farm is the bread basket of America.
Segal-Davis Home. Worth: $17 Million.
Backstory: West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis and Charleston lawyer Scott Segal listed this home for sale recently. It is by far the most expensive home in the modest state of West Virginia. And while researching this home, it became clear that John Denver never even lived in West Virginia, despite the words of his song, “Country Roads.”
Le Grand Rêve. Worth: $18 Million
Owned by Sherwin and Deborah Jarol – they spent $35 million to build the home, and another $5 Million to furnish it. They originally wanted $38 million to sell it, but after 5 years on the market, the price just halved to $18 Million. What a steal!
Seafair Mansion. Worth $19 Million.
Backstory: The estate, originally known as Terre Mare, was designed by James Mackenzie, Jr. for Denver mining heir Verner Zevola Reed Jr. who became the vice-president of Chase Manhattan Bank and in 1981 was appointed Ambassador to Morocco by President Reagan.
Carters Creek Log Manor. Worth: $20 Million.
Backstory: Just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, sits this on over 300 acres of land. This home is rumored to belong to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Billy Graham’s “The Cove.” Worth: $20 Million.
The evangelical Christian and ordained Southern Baptist is best known for preaching “fire and brimstone.” And he has a huge following, which flock to his real estate called the “Cove.” The Cove features the historical Graham “Homeplace” which is quaint and modest. Graham’s real retreat has not been photographed (other than by google earth) and it is a little less modest in size and grandeur.
The Tip of Mishaum Point. Worth: $20.9 Million
Famous Architect Robert A.M. Stern created a Shingle Style masterpiece that was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest and is perfectly sited to embrace the full scope of its 270 degree ocean views.
The Pillsbury Mansion. Worth: $24 Million.
Literally, the house that flour built…. At the turn of the last century Charles Alfred Pillsbury and the Pillsbury family had amassed a fortune, mostly from milling flour. Sometime around 1912 his sons, Charles S. Pillsbury and his twin brother John, flipped a coin to determine which of them would take over the family mansion on East 22nd Street. Charles lost the coin toss and the family home, so he decided to build his own mansion across the street. Over the next two years he did so at a cost of $300,000. The house is basically English gothic with elements of Tudor, Jacobean, and Elizabethan architecture.
The Friary on the Seven. Worth: $29 Million.
Phillips Seafood CEO Steve Phillips owns the property, which comes with 11 fireplaces, a conservatory, wine cellar and six-slip private dock overlooking the Severn River.
Provo’s Biggest House West of the Mississippi. Worth: $30 Million.
Backstory: Very interesting… This home is enormous (62,000) and yes, it is owned by a Mormon. It is owned by Tom Mower, the founder of Neways and now owner of Sisel. Tom and his wife were convicted of tax evasion in 2006, and they both did prison time for the crime. They must have recovered, because they now own the largest home west of the Mississippi.
Scottsdale Estate Worth $32 Million
Owned by New York hedge-fund, the mysterious “Bentley Capital Management,” executive Robert Sussman, who says he is selling the mansion to spend more time in California. Mr. Sussman, 68, said he spent about five years building the house, completing it in 2005.
Stone Manor. Worth: $33 Million.
Backstory: This colossal lakefront property is often mistaken as the Wrigley Mansion by tourists talking on the streets of Lake Geneva. Otto Young, started building this historic home 1899, and originally called the mansion Younglands. Otto came from an affluent family in Germany, however when he came to the USA in the mid 1800’s, he was virtually broke. He started his American business life selling costume jewelry from a pushcart on the sidewalks of New York City. Over the years, his business skills blossomed and he stockpiled an enormous fortune.
After the Chicago Fire of 1871, Mr. Young moved to Chicago and began investing heavily in real estate in the burned out city. Many thought that Chicago would never rebuild after the devastation of the fire, but Otto Young saw the opportunity. Much of the downtown Chicago Real Estate he bought is known today as the “Loop”. When he died in 1906, his fortune was estimated to be over $25 million. If you were to use a basic inflation calculator to make a current day valuation…his fortune would be close to a billion dollars.
Bellalago. Worth: $33 Million.
Backstory: Home is owned by Database founder John Luger and wife Donna, who paid $6.5M in 2002 and built this home in 2006. John spent 2 years in the armed forces before he founded Database. And the internet says he is a pretty good guy.
Palms Place “Founders Penthouse.” Worth $38 Million.
Backstory: Palms Place faces the sad demise that many Vegas real estate investments suffered over the last 8 years… A declining market and sinking prices. This amazing penthouse features the best view of the Strip in all of Las Vegas, 7,100 square feet, an outdoor theater, and sits on the 59th floor of the Palms Casino. Palm’s Builder, Phil Maloof, and the Maloof family have been very successful in business. They were originally Coors Beer distributors after Prohibition in 1930’s.
Granot Loma. Worth: $40 Million
This is the Biggest log cabin in the world. Built in the early 1900s by a rich banking family, the Kaufmans. “Granot Loma,” is a random hodgepodge of letters from the names of Kaufman’s first three children and his wife’s name. Kaufman retained 22 architects to design the building. Pine logs were shipped from Oregon by train. The structure is built on a steel frame resting on a two-yard thick cement foundation
Ted Kennedy’s Hickory Hill. Worth: $45 Million.
Backstory: An investor bought Ted Kennedy’s property for $10 million a few years back, and has gone to the trouble of demolishing the old home, getting plans okayed and prepared for the new owner of this mansion which will sit where Kennedy’s home once stood.
Chestnut Hall. Worth: $48 Million.
Owned by founder of Media Marketing Services, Mr. J.K. MacDonald, who bought the house, known as Chestnut Hall, in 1987 for a then-record $3.7 million. He extensively renovated it, expanding the home to its current size of about 14,500 square feet, plus a guesthouse and pool house.
MacDonald is throwing in art and antiques he found traveling the globe including a Picasso watercolor, a three-panel poster by Toulouse-Lautrec and a mosaic from the floor of a Roman villa dating back to 450 AD. Furnishing the house “took 25 years and a lot of due diligence and a lot of traveling,” Mr. MacDonald said.
Longview on Lake Winnipesaukee. Worth: $ 49 Million.
Backstory: This estate is the most expensive ever to hit the New Hampshire Marketplace. Built in 2004 (over 4 years) by Bob Bahre. Bahre is the owner of the NH speedway, an avid car lover, and actually purchased his first car, a Model T for just $5. Bahre is selling because he wants to “downsize.”
The Old Frick Estate’s New “Stone Mansion.” Worth $56 Million.
Backstory: This house sits just 8 miles from New York, in one of the most expensive zip codes in the City. The home’s real estate mogul owner can control the entire “Smart Home” from his iphone. And the “Frick” property is named after the steel magnate and CEO of Carnegie Steel, Henry Clay Frick, who was an avid art lover, and left the Frick Collection in Manhattan for all to view. His grandson, Henry Clay Frick II, died in the home before it was sold to the real estate guru.
The Promised Land. Worth: $88 million,
This estate is owned by Oprah Winfrey. Who said when she saw it, “my jaw dropped,” she writes. “It was a Georgian mansion minus the Georgian heat and humidity.” Oprah took 3 months to completely redecorate the home using a professional designer.
Aspen Extreme Mansion. Worth $89.9 Million.
This “Billionaire’s Mansion” is owned by none other than Bill Koch of the world-famous oil billionaires the “Koch Brothers.” The Koch brothers have been famously trying to stop Mr. Donald Trump’s run for president, and they have even been accused of infiltrating media and other sources. They are very controversial, and play a huge role in American politics.
12-16 East 62nd Street (Upper East Side Mansion). Worth: $120 Million.
Backstory: Built in 1879 and owned by the Safras Family, a billionaire Lebanese Jewish Brazilian banking family. Edmond, the last owner of this property, mysteriously died in a fire in his home in Monaco. The fire was ruled to be arson. This property was originally a row of eight properties, and now is made up of 3 townhomes which can be combined into one amazing single family retreat.
Broken O Ranch (All 124,000 Acres). Worth: $132.5 Million.
Stanley Kroenke, a real estate mogul worth $4 billion by Forbes’ estimate, assumed ownership of Broken O Ranch for an undisclosed price. Kroenke, known for his ownership of sports teams like the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, is believed to have plunked down nine figures for the property, according to people familiar with the deal.
Crespi-Hicks Estate. Worth: $135 Million.
Backstory: This is currently the most expensive home for sale in the ENTIRE UNITED STATES. It’s owned by Thomas and Cinda Hicks, former Forbes 400 listmakers whose personal net worth swelled as large as $1.4 billion in 2008. They have also owned several professional sports teams including the Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, and Liverpool Soccer Club.
Jackson Land & Cattle Ranch. Worth: $175 Million.
Backstory: Owned by Richard Fields, it has a 52 stable equestrian center, 800 acres of irrigated meadows, 3 lakes and one creek. Fields was born in the Bronx, grew up in New York City, and never rode horses as a child. Being very successful, he had the urge to play cowboy, and did so in a big way: by buying this Ranch.
Copper Beach Farm. Worth $190 Million (Includes 2 Off Shore Islands).
This property was once home to Harriet Lauder Greenway, Andrew Carnegie’s niece. After the death of her son in 1981, the property was purchased by timber tycoon John Rudey, who had a portion of the property classified as a forest. When it recently sold for $120 Million, the buyer purchased through an LLC, and is therefore unknown.
Mar-a-Lago. Worth: $300 Million.
Backstory: Owned by none other than Donald Trump. Trump purchased the estate from the American Government for $10 Million in the 1980s. It was built by an American Socialite and Founder of General Foods, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Ms. Post died in 1973 and gave the estate to the government as a vacation home for Presidents and Diplomats.