The Biggest Homes in America That Will Stun You
Check out the biggest houses by square footage in the United States. The biggest ones might surprise you.
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest home in the United States and comes in at a staggering 135,280 square feet. That’s 35,000 square feet more than the next biggest home in the United States. The estate was built for the Vanderbilt family, which built its fortune through railroads. The Biltmore contains 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces and was officially opened in 1895, six years after construction started. In 1930, the estate became open to the public. It’s almost like living in one of these incredible castles.
Oheka Castle, New York
Otto Kahn built the 109,000-square foot Oheka Castle on Long Island from 1914-19 for a cost at that time of $11 million, roughly $158 million in today’s dollars. Kahn was a financier whose work included reorganizing railroads. The castle includes a golf course and used to have a private airstrip. It even had a role in the film Citizen Kane. Pictures of it were used to represent Xanadu. Ohekan Castle might feel like living like royalty, but see what one British royal residence actually looks like.
Gemini in Manalapan, Florida offers 62,000 square feet in the main residence of the property, which is situated between Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s listed for $138.8 million and comes with a PGA standard golf area, more than 30 total bedrooms and 1,200-plus feet of beach on the Atlantic and another 1,300 feet on Lake Worth. Check out the most expensive homes in each state.
Wilson Hall, New Jersey
This 130-room building covers 90,000 square feet in New Jersey once served as the site of Woodrow Wilson’s summer home. It became part of Monmouth University in 1956 and was featured in the film Annie. For those thinking a little less presidential about a summer home, check out some cozy cabins for a weekend getaway.
Hearst Castle, California
Hearst Castle is one of the most iconic castles in the United States and at 68,500 square feet there’s a lot to see. Hearst Castle opened to the public in 1958 and since then millions have visited the castle and the 127-acre site. Hearst Ranch operates on about 80,000 acres and the Jack Ranch, which the Hearsts bought in 1955 is another 73,000 acres. William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul, owned 270,000 acres in San Simeon, which included 14 miles of coastline.
The Breakers, Rhode Island
The Vanderbilt family also built The Breakers in Rhode Island, which is the 21st-largest home in the United States at 62,482 square feet. The Italian Renaissance-style home features marble imported from Italy and Africa. It’s a 70-room mansion became a National Historic Landmark in 1994 but heirs of the Vanderbilt family have lived in a third-floor “apartment” (the third floor is actually eight bedrooms) as recently as this year, though it sounds like they’ll be moving out. The apartment was decorated by famous architect Ogden Codman Jr. in Louis XVI style walnut paneling. As luxurious as that sounds, these 12 ways to personalize your apartment might be a little more practical.
Chateau Montagel, Alabama
Chateau Montagel was a dream home for Larry House, the former CEO of a medical supplier, MedPartners, in Alabama. The 54,400-square foot home on 27 acres was built with historic French and Italian castles in mind. It took four years to build and includes some quirks. The driveway is shaped like a guitar, and there are a commercial elevator and a theater with a 170-inch screen. The home recently sold for $4.8 million, well below a listing price of $17.9 million set in 2011. Have you seen the home that looks like a guitar? Check out the most famous house in every state.
The estate is referred to East of Eden and has sat on the shores of the Frenchman Bay in Maine since 1910. Guy Lowell was commissioned to design the home, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a 15,000-square foot home on 9 acres and has 1,100 feet of shorefront, all for sale for $15.5 million.
Chateau Bray, Texas
This 60,000-square foot house in Texas doesn’t look so bad from the outside but it isn’t until you take a look inside before you start to notice something different about it. It’s mostly empty inside. Houston Dr. Ulysses W. Watkins started building two mansions in Manvel, Texas, outside of Houston, but one was never completed.
Real estate investor Jim Youngblood now owns the property, which was listed for $3.6 million at one point, and partnered with a Navy veteran who wanted to turn the mansion, which has space for up to 55 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms, into a residential facility for at-risk military veterans. It just wasn’t zoned for that kind of use and the Manvel city council denied a zoning permit. So Youngblood proposed moving his offices to the old mansion and using his old office as a space for the veterans, according to the Houston Chronicle. On the other end of the spectrum, here’s the coolest tiny home in every state.
Built in 2010, this 49,568-square foot home set on 165 acres in Utah ranks as the 56th-largest home in the United States. It’s also on the market for $25 million, down from its original $30 million price tag, reduced for a quick sale.