Fascinating Homes

Portabello Estate

4627 Brighton Road, Corona Del Mar, California, United States, 92625

The famed Portabello Estate on Brighton Road in Corona Del Mar is one of the nation’s most unique private homes.  The sprawling mansion originally came on the market with an asking price of $75 million before selling for just $34.1 million.  It is set on three oceanfront lots and offers 22,000 square feet with 8 bedrooms & 15 bathrooms, including a 2,000 square foot master suite featuring 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms.  The mansion has been featured on several television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and most recently HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms.  The most unique area of the home is the lower level which is designed to mimic a small town mall.  The space includes a state-of-the-art home theatre, a diner, a jewellery store front, bowling lanes, and an automobile museum with full automotive shop. Click here to see a full set of photos.

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One of the most talked about homes in the Los Angeles area.  Spelling Manor is a 56,000 square foot residence on 5-acres of flat lush land.  The home was built in 1990 by tv mogul Aaron Spelling and wife, Candy, for their family.  Following Aaron’s death in 2006, Candy put the manor up for sale for $150-million.  The property sold for $85-million in 2011 to 22-year old Petra Ecclestone. Shortly after purchasing the iconic estate Ecclestone gutted and modernized it and more recently had it quietly on the market. As of October 2016, Spelling Manor is publicly listed at $200-million.


Château Montagel

At 54,000 square feet, Château Montagel is one of the largest private homes in the United States. The 27-acre Alabama estate was the dream of owner Larry House, who spent over $30-million on the property in 1997, with splurges on draperies in excess of $400K, custom rugs costing $400K, and extensive 24K gold leaf accents throughout. There are 15 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, an attached 12-car garage, mahogany windows & doors, antique pecan hardwood flooring, and two separate 800 square foot cabana houses. Take the commercial grand elevator to the lower level and enjoy the home theatre complete with box office and substantial 17′ x 7′ screen and seating for 25. Also on the property is a world-class equestrian centre with 6-stall barn, enclosed pen, 4 pastures, and a riding arena. The mansion sold at auction in 2017 for $4.8-million


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Champ d’Or is without a doubt one of the largest private homes in all of Texas.  It was the dream of mobile phone executive Alan Goldfield and wife, Shirley.  The approximately 48,000 square foot residence was completed in 2002 and put on the market just a year later with an ask price of $72-million. After lingering on the market for years with several strange price drops and price increases, the mansion was set to go to auction on March 30, 2012 with a reserve of just $10.3-million.  Shortly after the auction Concierge Auction had labeled the property as ‘pending contract.’  In mid-2014 the mansion had come back on the market for $35-million and has since been removed. It was auctioned a final time on June 30, 2017 and is reportedly pending contract. 


Dean Gardens

5100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Georgia, United States

Dean Gardens once held the title of being the largest private residence in all of Georgia, it was also said to be the highest priced home in the entire United States at one point.  The Neoclassical mansion was built from 1988 to 1992 by entrepreneur Larry Dean and wife, Lynda, as a private sanctuary for their large family.  Shortly after construction finished the home was put up for sale for $40-million.  The estate sat on the market until it finally sold in mid-2010 for just $7.6-million to entertainer Tyler Perry.  At the time of the sale it was rumoured that Perry would be demolishing the home to make way for a new eco-friendly mansion, but instead the entire estate was razed by Lennar Homes to develop a 70-home subdivision.  Demolition began in 2014 and finished in 2015.  The mansion spanned 42,000 square feet over three levels and included an attached 10,000 square foot carriage house, grand-scale entertaining rooms, a Moroccan theatre, 3,000 square foot master suite, and outdoor shell-shaped swimming pool.  It sat on 58-acres with a private 18-hole par-72 golf course, private pond, and extensive formal gardens with hundreds of species of plants. 


Le Reve

2015 Trammel Road, Cumming, Georgia, United States, 30041

Quite possibly America’s most expensive foreclosure, Le Reve was the vision of Hubert and Norma Humphrey who created the mansion from 2003 to 2006 in Cumming, GA.  Several news agencies reported that the couple had spent nearly $50-million finishing the 47,000 square foot chateau.  The gigantic mansion sits on 72-acres with a private 18-hole golf course, sports courts, stables, a camping area, and swimming pool.  The home itself features 7 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, 10 fireplaces, an elevator, arcade, golf simulator, 50s diner, bowling alley, and even a train room with a $100,000 train set.  The home originally listed for $45-million before the bank took possession, then it dropped to $28-million, dropped again to $16-million, and finally sold for $11.5-million.  It’s unknown who purchased the home.


Palais Des Anges


Set on nearly two acres along Sunset Boulevard is the magnificent Palais Des Anges.  A masterpiece of authentic architecture and craftsmanship, the estate reflects a rigorous adherence to French Palladian and American Beaux Arts architecture that is unmatched today.  The residence was built in 2010 and originally came on the market for $68.5-million before being reduced to $55-million and finally $49.5-million before selling for $34.5-million to a wealthy young couple. Inside the home features imported French chandeliers and sconces, onyx marble, 24-karat gold gilding, and hand-picked marble flooring.