Chateau d'Or sits on 40 acres of land in Denton County, Texas, USA. The 'chateau' was inspired by Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris, France. Chateau d'Or sits on 40 acres of land in Denton County, Texas, USA. The 'chateau' was inspired by Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris, France. © Rogers Healy

5 Extreme Mega Mansions

A look into some of the world's most glamorous homes

by 23 September 2014

1) 1181 North Hillcrest, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

1181 North Hillcrest

This stunning 23,000 square foot architectural masterpiece has recently been listed for an astonishing $85M. It's the latest development project by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky who has a strong belief that billionaires don't have the time to build and customize a home (often one of many). Therefore, he created one of the most exciting luxury ready-to-go mansions in California with dream team designer / builder / architect Roman James and renowned interior designer Joseph Ferrugio.

The result is an extravagant bachelor pad designed to impress and entertain. Its overall look exudes sophistication and style with plush comfort of the highest quality. Many of the features are high-tech including a 12-foot-tall black glass front door that swivels opens by code — door keys are no longer needed. An abundance of natural light is felt throughout the home courtesy of 15 skylights. The main living level opens up onto an outdoor area with an infinity edge pool where breathtaking panoramic skyline views of Downtown Los Angeles to Malibu are the backdrop. Every aspect of this luxury haven has been carefully thought out. Imagine keeping your car collection in a black-tile and mirrored garage with a lift that can move cars to the lower level where they're displayed on a turntable — your very own private car museum.

As for entertaining guests, you can invite friends over to watch the game in the 18-seat tiered theater with a 14-foot-wide screen, Runco projection and surround sound system. Or, invite guests to dine in style on an onyx table, custom made in Venice, Italy, that can accommodate twenty-four. These are only a few of the highlights of this mansion. The features seem endless and the best way to truly experience the fine details of this property (without seeing it in person) is to watch the video. Enjoy!


2) Champ d'Or

Champ d'Or

The Champ d'Or mansion, which translates to "Fields of Gold", is the biggest house in Texas at 48,000-square-feet. This palatial style mansion sits on 25 acres in Hickory Creek and has a strikingly similar resemblance to the stunning Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau in Paris. It was built in 2001 for $46M by CellStar Corp founder Alan Goldfield (hence the name) and his wife Shirley and is currently listed for $35M.

This impressive palace has six bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and boasts an array of lavish features to enjoy. If you're into keeping fit, take your pick of swimming in the indoor pool or outdoor pool complete with pool house. There are tennis courts, gym, and an indoor bowling alley. For the less active, there's a cinema room and a two-story library. As for having guests over for dinner, there's a full size-catering kitchen that serves a grand dining area complete with wine cellar. If entertaining alfresco is your preference, the veranda can seat up to 500 people.
Other impressive features include an industrial sized laundry room, 15-car garage, a conservatory and two elevators.

As for the piece de resistance, the master bedroom has a built in walk-in two-story closet modeled after the Chanel boutique in Paris (every fashion lovers dream). To top it off we've heard that the doorknobs are all made out of 18k gold —a true statement of opulence.

3) Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's Mansion

The 14,000 square foot Los Angeles mansion built by Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady is an environmentally conscious home, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike most mega mansions, this home is free from anything garish or over-the-top. Their idea was to keep the design simple. They weren't concerned about impressing anyone; instead the importance was placed on using high-quality, sustainable materials. The result is an eight bedroom, cozy home with a six-car garage, gym, spa, swimming pool, and wine cellar. In keeping with their eco-friendly theme, there are two photovoltaic solar panels to help power the property's electricity.

4) Fleur De Lys

Fleur De Lys, Beverly Hills
This infamous 50,000 square foot mansion sits on 4.6 acres in Beverly Hills and was once on the market for $125M. This extravagant home was modeled after the Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte, just outside of Paris. It boasts 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a 3,000 square foot wine cellar, a grand ballroom, gym, spa, and outdoor pool with pool house. Some of the interior design features include gold paneled ceilings, marble walls and limestone flooring. The most impressive feature of this home is undoubtedly the 50-seat theater.

5) Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-mer

Villa Leopolda

Located in the France Riviera, Villa Leopolda was originally build in the early 1900s by King Leopold ll of Belgium with the help of architect Aaron Messiah. This picturesque estate is known as one of the most expensive private estates in the world boasting 80,000 square feet across two guesthouses on 20 acres of land. The price reported at the occasion of a lawsuit in February 2010 was €370 million, which would have made it the world's most expensive villa. Features of the villa include 19 bedrooms, tennis courts, a bowling alley, grand dining room, multiple kitchens and a cinema. As for the gardens, they're full of olive, cypress and lemon trees as well as pools and outhouses.