These Are the Most Expensive Homes on the Market in Each Southern State
Real estate site Zillow shared with us its roundup of expensive homes on the market across the nation, and these sprawling properties are taking luxury to a whole new level. From an oceanfront estate in Alaska where you can whale watch from the windows, to a 345-acre property in Ohio that comes with a private lake, every state in America has its own style when it comes to luxury homes. Home gyms, movie theaters, and pools are just the beginning. Forget having a tennis court if you could have a private polo field or an 18-hole golf course instead. Why have just one pool if you could have two and access to a private beach? Even more, these houses have indoor basketball courts, equestrian facilities for more than 20 horses, and some even come with the title of being the owner of the country club next door. There’s no expense spared when it comes to the amenities. Let’s be real, you might not be able to purchase these homes, but there’s nothing wrong with daydreaming about owning these mansions. Take a peek at how outrageous these luxurious properties are—you might even find some inspiration for your own dream home (that’s on a much smaller scale, of course).
Price: $9.9 million
If Chateau Montagel reminds you of a European Palace, it’s for good reason. This estate is definitely a building fit for royalty. In addition to the classic design, the 54,000-square-foot home boasts 15 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, and a home theater complete with a box office, for all your movie watching needs. Adding to the royal feel are interiors including intricate ceiling frescoes, mahogany doors, and crystal chandeliers. Behind the house is a gorgeous in-ground pool and two-bedroom guesthouse with a home office and workshop. Chateau Montagel is located in the exclusive Shoal Creek Community, which offers a members-only golf club, boarding stables, and 24/7 gatehouse security.
Price: $10.9 million
This sophisticated Mediterranean estate looks like a palace and features four bedrooms. Beautiful marble staircases and floors, chandeliers, and lush green grounds give the house a dramatic look. Entertain in style with a gentlemen’s card room, theater with tiered seating, and a large backyard pool and patio. From the inside, take in stunning views of the modern pool and beyond with floor to ceiling windows. Kids can play and explore all year round with an indoor authentic redwood treehouse that even comes with a swing. Best of all, handrails, ramps, and an elevator make the house wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Price: $65 million
You don’t just get access to one private beach on this property—you get access to two. Nestled in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this Renaissance-style compound offers eight buildings including several guesthouses, a pool, and gym. The private dock attached to the property is large enough to fit multiple vessels. Final touches on the buildings were completed in 2015, so all the structures are either brand new or recently renovated. Lush landscaping adds to the beauty of the property, and thanks to the double shores, you can watch the sun rise in the east and set in the west.
Price: $48 million
This exquisite brick and limestone estate was only built in 1995, but thanks to classic accents and antique statuary you’ll feel like you’re on the grounds of a vast European manor, instead of in Atlanta. The back of the house features a grand staircase leading to the grounds, where you’ll find a saline Pebble Tec pool, a one-bedroom pool house and a four-bedroom guesthouse. Vaulted ceilings and wide windows allow the light to pour in from all sides, but the surrounding greenery still allows for privacy. On warm days, sit back and relax on one of the stone patios or spend the day playing a few rounds on the tennis court.
Price: $16 million
This expansive estate is ideal for the equestrian fanatic—not only does it boast a 20,000-square-foot historical barn with 24 stalls and 3,500-square-foot carriage house, but it’s also located just miles from Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby. Above the barn is an apartment, perfect for a stableman’s quarters. The other living spaces on the property include the main house, which is nestled intimately among trees, a caretaker’s quarters, and a detached indoor pool surrounded by glass windows and a glass roof, giving it a very indoor-outdoor feel. Tree-lined pathways around the property are ideal for after-dinner walks or trail rides.
Price: $6.2 million
This Lake Charles house is one of the smallest properties on the list, coming in at just under one acre, but the scenic location and the details, like the charming terracotta roof, make it dream home worthy. The interior of the house is thoughtfully designed, with hardwood accents, marble countertops, and an elaborate winding staircase. Commercial grade stainless-steel appliances, including a double oven, make it perfect for the passionate home cook. Outside, sit by the pool while looking at expansive views of gorgeous Prien Lake and the surrounding lush landscape, or enjoy the view from one of the home’s numerous covered patios and balconies
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Price: $18 million
This gorgeous 20,000-square-foot home is perfect for a large, active family, and its proximity to Washington, D.C., make it ideal for an easy commute to the capital. The stone and stucco exterior give the house a timeless feel, while the well-kept greenery adds to the natural beauty of the estate. The inside boasts both a home gym and an indoor basketball court, perfect for shooting hoops all year round. There’s also a home movie theater, private library, and live-in staff quarters. During the warmer months, gather by the outdoor pool or take a dip in the hot tub
Price: $6.9 million
This elegant beachfront estate is nestled on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Located on the grounds are the main home, two guest cottages, a pool, and gazebo. The main home is classically designed with white pillars on the outside and throughout the house, a long winding staircase in the entryway, chandeliers, and hardwood floors. Other features of the main house include a gated entrance, formal library, a recreation room, 15 bedrooms, and soaring ceilings. The well-kept property is covered with scattered palm trees and countless other trees and shrubs, while the huge, flat lawn is ideal for throwing large parties.
Price: $10.95 million
This gorgeous stone home, with its exquisite stonework, ivy-covered towers, and pointed rooftops, is reminiscent of a European castle. Nestled outside of Asheville with a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this four-bedroom property makes for a cozy one-family home. The living spaces are artfully designed with coffered ceilings, arched entryways, and large windows with remarkable views of the surrounding area. Numerous large balconies and patios are perfect for entertaining or just breathing in some clean, mountain air. Also located in the house are a home theater, wine storage room, fitness center, a Fort Knox safe for valuables, and a private suite ideal for a nanny or caretaker.
Price: $22 million
This private shingle-style beach house is located on 200 feet of private oceanfront. As soon as you walk through the doors and up the front stairway, floor-to-ceiling windows provide unmatched, unobstructed views of the Atlantic. Throughout the house, the railings and balustrade are designed to look like the ocean waves. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with a butler’s pantry, large peninsula, and double oven, perfect for cooking for large crowds after a day at the beach. Behind the house you’ll find a recently renovated saline pool with a patio and poolside cabana complete with dressing rooms, showers, and a beverage center. A bridged walkway connects the living quarters with the beach over the lawn.
Price: $15.5 million
The price of this home is reflected in the size of the property and the opportunity for developing the land, not necessarily the home and its amenities. The extremely private three-bedroom, five-bathroom main house sits on the hilltop overlooking the Tennessee River on this expansive 94-acre estate, located about 45 minutes from Knoxville. The main house is a white brick New Orleans colonial with a wrap-around porch on both the upstairs and downstairs levels and three fireplaces. Out back there is an in-ground pool with a water slide, which can be seen from the porch of the main house.
Price: $24.5 million
This Texas estate is a pied-a-terre of famed architect Robert A.M. Stern, the same man behind the famous Comcast Center in Philadelphia and a number of iconic buildings in New York City. When you enter the home you immediately step into a graphic white and black entryway, complete with a whimsical spiral staircase. Each room throughout the building has its own distinct mood and color scheme, part of what makes this grand home so unique. Also included in the house is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a spa with an indoor hot tub, a library, tennis courts, and leather-walled billiard room.
Price: $25 million
For this hefty price tag you won’t just walk away with a new home—you'll be the new owner of the accompanying The Water’s Edge Country Club and all its amenities: an 18-hole PGA Championship golf course, a full equestrian center, and a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool. The actual private residence is custom-built to showcase panoramic views of Smith Mountain Lake and features beautiful stonework throughout. In addition to the pool at the club, the residence has its own private pool and hot tub, or you can take a dip straight in Smith Mountain Lake. Other amenities include a home movie theater, a private boat launch, and a wet bar.
Price: $13 million
This estate was built by West Virginia artisans and union laborers to highlight the fantastic views of the rolling mountains the state is known for. The home, which is just a short drive from town, features a sophisticated interior with vaulted ceilings, Brazilian mahogany accents, silk-lined walls, and a two-story private library complete with a fireplace. Floor to ceiling windows in many of the rooms provide optimal light and unobstructed views of the dense greenery. Out back is a large swimming pool and an accompanying patio. The property also boasts a home gym, a large wine cellar, a sauna, and tennis courts, so you can relax and recharge all in the comfort of your own home.