Archive for February, 2009

Newly Built Illinois Behemoth

February 28, 2009

This behemoth of a home is located on S. Braymore Drive in Barrington. It is located at the end of a long private driveway. The home looks to have a 9+ car garage. It also a swimming pool that is being completed and a domed circular glass conservatory. You can tell how massive this home is when you take a look at the 7,000+ square foot mansions next to it. This home was brought to my attention by a reader of Homes of the Rich. If anyone has any information on this home (like it’s square footage) please send me an email or leave a comment below. Thanks.


Recently Sold Minnesota Mega-Mansion

February 28, 2009

Location: 1535 Bohns Point Road, Wayzata, MN
Price: $9,500,000 (sold)
Square Feet: 32,500

This huge mansion called “Living Waters” is located on Crystal Bay. It is one of the largest homes in Minnesota. A loyal reader of mine mentioned this home to me a couple of times. The mansion includes a two-story foyer, two-story great room, a gourmet kitchen, and numerous other amenities. The amazing lower level / entertainment level includes a recreation room complete with billiards table and aquarium, an amazing custom home theater, and a full commercial kitchen. The best part of this home is the indoor pool. The massive 2-story enclosed pool area contains a large fireplace, numerous sitting areas, a swimming pool with diving board, and a floating slide.

Monte Ahuja’s Ohio Mega Home

February 25, 2009

Location: Hunting Hill Farm Drive, Chagrin Falls, OH
Appraised Value: $4,205,000
Square Feet: 29,000

Monte Ahuja is chairman and CEO of Transtar Industries Inc., the largest supplier of automatic transmission parts in the aftermarket, both in the United States and overseas. The 29,000 square foot mansion was built in 1995 and contains 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It was designed by architect Joseph Giglio. The home has a dramatic Y-shaped staircase with dark granite. Beyond that is a 2-story sunroom with a waterfall feature. The magnificent lower level of the home inludes a ballroom that can accomodate 140 guests for a sit down dinner, a dance floor, a home theater, and a home gym. The home also has an indoor pool and lush landscaping. It was on the list of the top 250 most expensive homes in Northeast Ohio where it was ranked at #12.

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Scott Wolstein’s Ohio Mega Estate

February 22, 2009

Location: Ravencrest Drive, Chagrin Falls, OH
Square Feet: 36,000

This humongous mega-mansion was brought to my attention by a reader of Homes of the Rich. This 36,000 square foot mansion was built for real estate developer Scott Wolstein. The home is located in Chagrin Falls which is close to Norma Lerner’s mega mansion. Scott’s home is the largest and most expensive home in Northeast Ohio. The estate , dubbed Ravencrest, was designed by architect Tony Paskevich and and built by Pistone and Tesauro. The home was listed at #2 on the top 250 homes by Cleveland Magazine. The huge English country inspired mansion’s exterior is made of old barn stones, stucco, brick and limestone. Inside, you’ll find a grand yet simple foyer that contains Jerusalem wood floors. The first level contains a master retreat, living room, dining room, hearth room, music room, and large gourmet kitchen. The home has almost every amenity imaginable. It has an indoor basketball court, an indoor pool, indoor rock climbing wall, steam room, sauna and massage room, a disco room, craft room, gift-wrapping room, dog grooming room, a wine cellar, an exercise room, a sports bar, and an infinity edge swimming pool. This is definitely one of the grandest and most beautiful homes in Ohio, if if not the entire East Coast.

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Iris Cantor’s Palatial Bel Air Legendary Estate

February 21, 2009
Location: 332 St. Cloud, Bel Air, CA
Price: $53,000,000
Square Feet: 35,000

This is the home of Iris Cantor, the widow of Cantor Fitzgerald’s founder, Bernie Cantor. The home boasts 35,000 square feet of living space and has 9 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms. The home is dubbed “La Belle Vie”. The home has a sweeping marble staircase, a media room, library, formal living and dining rooms, a family room, an office, 3 kitchens, a staff wing, a swimming pool with spa and pavillion, a billiards room, a tennis court, a wine cellar, a gym, a beauty salon, and 12 fireplaces.

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Mohamed Hadid’s Gargantuan Bel Air Super Mansion

February 21, 2009

Location: Nimes Road, Bel Air, CA
Price: $85,000,000
Square Feet: 48,000

This extremely opulent and massive mansion is owned by Mohamed Hadid. Mohamed is a real estate developer and runs Hadid Development. He has built numerous Ritz-Carlton Hotels as well as other mega-mansions. His other home, located on N. Carolwood Drive, is featured on this website along with pictures and videos. This magnificent French Chateau inspired behemoth sits on 2.2 acres and boasts a mind numbing 48,000 square feet ! Mohammed had said that he spent an amazing $59 million to build the home which explains the astronomical listing price. The home has 10 bedrooms ,14.5 bathrooms, and 19 fireplaces. There is a iron gated entrance as well as a 1,000 ft. long imported Jerusalem stone wall built for privacy. The circular motor court is large enough to fit 20 cars and contains a large fountain. The first level of the home contains a sweeping imported wood staircase with beautiful ornate molding, a grand reception room, formal living and dining rooms, a family room with a wet bar, a music room, a library, an elevator, a lovely gourmet kitchen with imported wood cabinets and large center island, a study, and a staff bedroom. The lower level is perfect for grand scale entertaining. It contains a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, a grand ballroom that can seat up to 250 people, a commercial kitchen, a Moroccan inspired home theater, a gym, a Moroccan room , a Turkish hammam, and a game room. The gorunds of this massive estate has staff quarters over the garge, two limousine garages, a swan pond, formal gardens, a 70ft long infinity pool, a 12-person spa, an alfresco dining area, an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, fireplaces, and a large courtyard that can accomodate up to 100 people.

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Pick the new Homes of the Rich Header Logo!

February 21, 2009

Please help me to pick a new logo for Homes of the Rich. Leave me a comment and tell me which one you like the best.

Thanks, Kenny

Your very own European Castle in Mclean

February 20, 2009

Location: 7724 Georgetown Pike, Mclean, VA
Price: $10,500,000
Square Feet: 22,500

This regal castle like mansion is located on 5 wooded acres and has 9 bedrooms and 14.5 bathrooms. The home has a gated paved driveway with a porte cochere and a six-car garage. The grand foyer has imported white marble floors and a gorgeous white marble butterfly staircase. The circular library has cathedral ceilings, a chandelier, and beautiful wooden bookcases surrounding the entire room. The home also has a gourmet kitchen with sub-zero refrigerator, a guest wing with 3 bedrooms and kitchen, a billiards room, a bar, and home gym and sauna. The mansion also has expansive terraces. This home was built with the finest quality materials around. It’s expansive rooms and elegant decor makes this home a true showstopper.

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One of Iowas’s Most Expensive and Largest Homes

February 20, 2009

Location: 3800 Fuller Road, Des Moines, IA
Price: $3,900,000
Square Feet: 13,941

This luxurious mansion was built in 2007 and cost about $5.2 million to do so. The owner of the home is real estate developer Dave Walters who purchased the land in 2005 for $850,000. It is currently the most expensive home to ever hit the Des Moines real estate market and is now going into foreclosure. The nearly 14,000 square foot home comes with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a massive great room with paneled ceilings and a 20ft. wet bar, a large dining room complete with 3 chandeliers, and an amazing gourmet kitchen with custom maple cabinets, granite counter tops, and a brick feature surrounding the stove. The home also has a private paneled study in the master bedroom, a poker room hidden by a bookshelf, a family room with wet bar, a home theater, a 6-car capacity showroom, an 11 car garage, a 1,000 square foot swimming pool, and a guest house with 2 bedrooms and a kitchen.

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A look at New Jersey Shore Mansions!

February 19, 2009

This huge mansion is located on Bellevue Avenue in Rumson, NJ. It is currently one of the largest homes in Rumson. The home is situated on a huge plot of land. The French inspired mansion has a masive front door, a 4-car garage, a swimming pool with large pool house, and a tennis court.

This massive 10,000+ square foot mansion is being built on Bingham Avenue in Rumson, NJ. This is what I call a “fat” house, because when you look at it, the width of the home is extremely large and it looks like a big box. Normally, homes tend to be narrow and do not normally extend that far out.

These 3 mansions are located on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, NJ. The first two on the left are similar in size and design, but the middle home has more of a French inspired design with the turret. The home on the right looks more like an old-world mansion that was probably built in the mid 1900’s

This mansion is located on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, NJ. You can see how large it is when compared to the other modest beach homes.

This chateau-esque mansion is located on Ocean Avenue in Deal, NJ. The weird thing about this home is that both the clay tennis court and the basketball court are located in the front of the home in the middle of the driveway. The home also has a swimming pool.

This large neo-classical mansion is under construction on Ocean Avenue in Deal, NJ. The home has 2 garages on opposite ends of the house and a massive swimming pool complete with pool house.