With a $135 million asking price, the famed Crespi/Hicks Estate in Dallas is the most expensive home on the market in the country right now. That's the news -- but the real story goes far deeper than that. The home is an architectural masterpiece harkening back to the great, regal estates of the 1920s and '30s, said Douglas Newby of Douglas Newby & Associates, which has the listing.
The home was designed by renowned architect Maurice Fatio for Italian Count Pio Crespi, who came to the United States to head up the American leg of his wealthy family's cotton empire. With ties to European royalty, this 42,500-square-foot estate is one-of-a-kind. And it's definitely more than just a big house for a Hollywood spender.
"Who would think that European royalty would bring their trunks to Dallas?" Newby told AOL Real Estate. "And who would think that a city sometimes associated with flash has the greatest refinement?" The 25-acre property -- which has a main house, a guesthouse and a pool house -- is currently owned by Tom Hicks, who once owned baseball's Texas Rangers and who Forbes magazine said was worth $1.4 billion in 2008.
Location: Peapack-Gladstone, N.J. Square feet: 50,000 Price: $4.9 million
Considering how much space you get with this opulent Louis XVIII-style chateau, we'd call this a steal! With rich stone and wood detailing, this gigantic mansion, which was built from 1898 to 1903, "awaits further renovation."
Location: Beverly Hills, Calif. Square feet: 48,000 Price: $58 million
You might as well be living in a museum with that gorgeous pool and those fountains surrounding it! This home, which has a $58 million price tag that will put a serious dent in your wallet, is a true modern masterpiece.
Location: Lake Tahoe, Nev. Square feet: 38,000 Price: $75 million
The listing describes this juggernaut of a house as "Lake Tahoe's most prestigious property, with few rivals in the world." It's a magically secluded home consisting of eight buildings, including a main residence, art studio/conservatory and a gymnasium with basketball court.
Location: Orono, Minn. Square feet: 32,461 Price: $24 million
This magnificent mansion sits on 13 acres and commands 360-degree water views atop Bracketts Point, the most desirable location along Lake Minnetonka. Need a little action along with this serene escape? Downtown Minneapolis isn't far.
Location: Nahua, N.H. Square feet: 26,528 Price: $2.3 million
This home is "a rare example of Beaux Arts Classical design," according to the listing. An addition was built onto the home in 1947, which became Mt. St. Mary's, a mixed-use space with classrooms and living quarters.
Location: Greenwich, Conn. Square feet: 26,415 Price: $23 million
In the hoity-toity playground of the rich and even more rich, this estate has two gated entrances that lead to more than 8.7 acres of lush greenery. Not satisfied with this home's measly 26,000 square feet? There's an approved building site on the land where you can add on to the home until your heart's content.
The Crespi/Hicks Estate truly is so artful. With its luxurious wood-paneled library and panoramically windowed rotundas -- just to name a few of its fabulous qualities -- this home is opulent yet classic. The property is so rich that it's worth $2 million per acre. The best part? It has rolling meadows, creeks, forests and formal gardens just eight minutes from downtown Dallas, Newby said.