Five years ago, the mansion known as Palazzo di Amore was priced at $195 million, which made it the most expensive home in the United States.
Now, the 25-acre compound in Beverly Hills, CA, is back on the market for $129 million (again!), and its regal return created a whole lot of clicks. The massive mansion took the title of this week's most popular home on realtor.com®.
Lottery lovers must be filling out their 2020 vision boards with photos of this herculean homestead, because with a nine-digit price tag, it's the kind of place only billionaires can truly afford.
Will this renewed interest finally attract a buyer? For the richest 1% in need of 50,000 square feet of living space, it feels like it's finally time to fall in love with Amore.
Besides Beverly Hills luxury, you also clicked on a dreamy, 25,000-square-foot desert mountain retreat in Arizona, a cute and quirky shipping container house designed for lakeside fun, and the Arkansas mansion of the recently fired Razorbacks football coach Chad Morris.
We won't ask you to scrounge up $129 million, but we would like you to take a look at this week's most popular homes...
Why it's here: Sitting on more than 17.5 acres, this large country property was once owned by Henry Morgenthau Jr.—the secretary of the Treasury under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The nine-bedroom main house could easily be converted into a bed and breakfast or kept as a single-family residence. Surrounded by an additional 240 acres of protected forest, the home could also make a wonderful equestrian property. There's even a an old 2,100-square-foot barn, with stalls, a hayloft, and a two-bedroom apartment.
Why it's here: This ultraprivate desert mountain retreat sits at the edge of more than a million acres of protected land. Located behind a guard gate, the secluded mansion is only minutes away from shopping and dining in the desert. The seven-bedroom, 25,000-square-foot home is known as Campbell Cliffs, and includes luxe amenities like a two-story gym, tennis court, and pool.
Why it's here: Our recent look at shipping container homes yielded this striking place—a lake house with three separate units that all share a pool. They can be rented out for additional income or used as a retreat for a large group. Dubbed the Villa de Shipping Containers, this one-of-a-kind residence is close to Lake Travis and offers multiple patios where you can soak in the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
Why it's here: This charming and historic Arts and Crafts bungalow was built in 1904. Original features of the three-bedroom home, like the hardwood floors, woodwork, and chandeliers, have been preserved. Updates like the rehabbed wraparound porch and new kitchen have helped make this a place for a 21st-century buyer.
Why it's here: Currently known as the Hickory Haven Inn at Balsam Mountain, this 6,000-square-foot residence was built in 1912. Tucked among tall trees in a private, secluded forest, it can be used as a rental on Airbnb or a single-family home. Sitting on over 3 acres, with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the home boasts two full kitchens, a game room, several dining rooms, three fireplaces, and a whole-house generator.
Why it's here: This historic Federal-style brick home was built in 1871 by Judge Richard Seal on a hill overlooking this town along the Mississippi River. The four-bedroom home still has its original pine floors and chandeliers, but has been extensively updated and renovated, making it a move-in ready choice.
Why it's here: College football's annual coaching carousel has already started spinning! This custom home is being sold by fired Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Chad Morris. Built in 2010, the 3-acre estate has a seven-bedroom main house and a one-bedroom guesthouse. There's also plenty of room for outdoor entertaining, with patios, pool and spa, fire pit, and heated sport court. Morris put it on the market less than a month after getting the ax, and his quick action seems to have paid off—the home's now pending sale.
Why it's here: Billed as a "sportsman's paradise," this spread was designed for hunting and fishing. There's a six-bedroom home on the property, but the true highlights are for folks who know their way around a firearm. The 468-acre property features a rifle range, numerous deer stands, and "some of the largest whitetail bucks in the continental U.S." And if it's not deer season, there's also a 10-acre private lake stocked with a variety of fish.
Why it's here: Sitting in the city's Fairview Historic District, this classic home from 1909 is known as the Wey mansion. It's a riotous neoclassical revival acknowledged by the Kansas Heritage Grant Foundation as an "exceptional example of its style and period." The property includes a two-story main house and a carriage house, the latter currently being used as a garage.
Why it's here: Once the most expensive listing in the country, this 25-acre compound in 90210 was built on a scale most resorts would envy. Dubbed Palazzo di Amore, the Mediterranean-style retreat includes 50,000 square feet of living space, a 10,000-bottle wine cellar, Turkish-style spa, and an entertainment complex complete with bowling alley, theater ballroom—and, perhaps needless to say, a disco. It also includes a guesthouse, tennis court, formal gardens, pool, and 12-car garage.