At press time, Saturday’s Powerball jackpot was sitting at $510 million – the eighth-largest in U.S. lottery history. Choose the cash option as the sole winner and you’d bank $324.2 million before taxes. If that kind of money has you daydreaming about buying a Jay-Z and Beyonce-like mansion, well, we’re right there with you. I mean, real estate remains one of the best long-term investments you can make, so what’s a few more zeroes, right?
We’ve done some of the legwork so you can take your winning numbers right to the real estate apex, buying one of the most luxurious – and expensive – homes around the world.
The Chartwell Estate, AKA the Beverly Hillbillies Home
Who wouldn’t want to own the Beverly Hillbillies house? This L.A. landmark known as the Chartwell Estate is on the market for $350 million (so you’ll still have to take out a mortgage!), but, for that, you get 10 acres, a “grand 18th-century French Neoclassical style” manse, and more than 25,000 square feet of living space, including “a ballroom, formal salon, and paneled dining room,” said Curbed.
Bel Air Spec House
We couldn’t not include another L.A.-area mansion, because this one is a spec house – a spectacularly outfitted spec house that is on the market for $250 million. “The extravagant 38,000 square foot property features 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars and three kitchens and comes complete with its own moat, four-lane bowling alley and an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool fitted with a hydraulic theater-sized movie screen,” said CNN. “These features alone may seem luxurious, but the property’s developer, BAM Luxury Development group, have equipped the residence with a range of other unique fittings that ensure the home lives up to its opulent price tag. These include an art collection comprised of more than 100 carefully curated pieces including an interactive installation by British artist Dominic Harris and an oversized Leica camera by Chinese sculptor Liao Yibai, valued at $1 million.”
Connecticut’s Great Island
This $175 million, 63-acre waterfront property on Long Island Sound, “known as the Great Island, has been owned since around 1900 by the family and descendants of William Ziegler, an industrialist whose fortunes were attributed to baking powder,” said REALTOR Mag. It features a stone mansion, a 21-stall horse stable, its own polo field, a private beach and dock, a boathouse, and several additional structures dotted on the property
Prefer The Hamptons? Perhaps this 14-acre compound featuring a 12,000-square-foot main house and more than 700 feet of oceanfront spread across three separate lots is to your liking. For $150 million, you get 360-degree water views, and a “world-class trophy location” with indoor pool, tennis court with tennis house, and two golf greens with golf houses.
Perhaps Manhattan is more your speed. For a mere $85 million, you could own this eight-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot condo that comes with just a few bells and whistles. “The full-floor apartment comes with a million-dollar yacht (and docking fees for five years), as well as two Rolls Royce Phantoms, a standing weekly dinner date for two at Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Daniel for one year, court-side season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for a year, a live-in butler for one year, a mansion rental in the Hamptons for a summer and a private chef,” said CNBC.