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.
Xanadu 2.0, Washington
Bill Gates having the largest house in Washington only seems natural but it’s only the 60th-biggest home in the United States. Well, that might be a little more in character for the second-richest man in the world who has committed to giving away most of his wealth.
Marland Mansion, Oklahoma
Oil baron E.W. Marland wanted to live in a palace and that’s what he did with this 43,561-square foot mansion. It includes 55 rooms, 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, seven fireplaces, and a kitchen for each meal. Storage space a little more limited in your kitchen? Here’s how to organize everything in your kitchen.
Mel Simon, who once owned the Indiana Pacers basketball team, built this 51,267-square foot home in 1999. It includes its own 18-hole golf course on the 106 acres in Carmel, Indiana.
Walker McCune Mansion, Arizona
Once home to Hormel Foods heir, the makers of Spam, Geordie Hormel, this 52,000-square foot home once cost him $11,000 for electricity. The home takes its name from Pennzoil heir Walker McCune, who built it in the 1960s. It includes an ice skating rink, a 150-seat theater, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Hormel died in 2006.
North Wales, Virginia
North Wales is on the market once again. Former Goldman Sachs managing director and co-head of global asset management David B. Ford bought the sprawling 38,500-square foot stone manor house that dates back to 1776 for a mere $21 million. The 1,471-acre property is for sale again. Originally listed for $33 million, it’s now listed at $29.95 million. Here’s how much the average house costs in each state.
Government House, Maryland
The Government House in Annapolis, Maryland serves as the residence for the governor. It’s also a pretty big place at 38,000-square feet. The Victorian-style mansion was completed in 1870. Mark Twain and Queen Elizabeth are among those who have visited the mansion.
Check out a lake view like no other in New Hampshire with this property. It’s actually three lots with the main home built in 2003 along 733 feet of shoreline with a mountain view. It’s a nearly 9.5-acre estate that includes a boathouse. Combined with the house next to it, the property can be bought for $19.8 million. These home improvements will double the value of your home.
It won’t just be the square footage of this Vermont home that will knock you out. The 8,150-square foot home owned by former beer distributor Stephen Levin is filled with American folk art. Outside on the 85 acres are go-karting trails, a miniature golf course, and a zip line. The downside, the ½-mile driveway to the main gate and then up another road to get the mail. It’s available for $12.5 million. Find out some ways to make your house look expensive.
This Georgia house is large enough to house the heavyweight champion of the world and the ego of a rapper. The Fayetteville, Georgia home that tops 44,234 square feet, 109 rooms, and two swimming pools is now rapper Rick Ross’ and before that belonged to Evander Holyfield. Ross bought the property for $5.8 million, which requires 350,000 gallons of water to fill the pool, back in 2014.
Financier J. Edgar Monroe built this Mississippi home back in 1963 as an 11,000 square-foot ode to his Gatsby-style home in Rhode Island. The footprint of the home expanded by more than double to 25,000 square feet after Charles Ramsey bought it in 1993. He added two wings to the house to make it a 15-bed, 19-bath mansion on 8 acres. It’s been on the market for $6.9 million for more than a year.
This Kansas home has just shy of 15,000 square feet and what comes with it is two gourmet kitchens, two wet bars, a wine cellar, five bedrooms, six full baths, and three half baths. These are the home upgrades that are a huge waste of money.
Nestled in the hills north of Santa Fe, this 14,000-square foot home built in 2006 offers 13 different fireplaces and reclaimed wood throughout. It’s also available for $13.65 million.
Railroad magnate James J. Hill built this 36,000-square foot mansion in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota. It features 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 chandeliers and had some of the most innovative heating systems in the world at the time when construction began in 1888. These abandoned homes are just begging to be restored.
This 43-room, 35,000-square-foot house in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin was sold in 2016 for $2.7 million, slightly down for the price of $20 million paid for it in 2005. It features a movie theater, along with a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom. Looking to increase the value of your home? Try some of these easy upgrades.
This 18,000-square-foot house in Fargo, North Dakota feels like a spa with an indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, and a dry sauna. There’s also a movie theater with 16 recliners as wells as six bedrooms and 10 baths.
A home in Salem, Oregon spans 21,000 square feet on nearly 10 acres. There’s even a 1,600-square-foot party room with a bar and a dance floor. The residence has seven bedroom suites, two bedroom apartments, 11 full baths, six half-baths, and 11 fireplaces.
Iolani Palace, Hawaii
The palace that served as the home for Hawaiian royalty has a staggering 42,600 square feet. Construction began in 1879 and completed in 1882. It is one of the most uniquely designed palaces in the world and its style is known as American Florentine. It housed the first electric lights in Hawaii. Here are more historic landmarks in each state.
The ballroom inside the 24,000-square-foot Calhoun Mansion in Charleston, South Carolina is breathtaking with its 45-foot-high ceiling. The mansion has a total of 35 rooms with 14-foot-high ceilings and was built in 1876. There are also 23 period fireplaces in the mansion. Check out how much famous movie homes cost in real life.
Spread out in Omaha, Nebraska with this six-bed, 13-bath mansion that has 23,188 square feet of space. There are 31 rooms and a 10,600-square-foot finished basement.