Billionaire Scott McNealy Lists Silicon Valley Home

Scott McNealy, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, listed his Silicon Valley estate for a cool $96.8 million. The palatial home was built by architect Thomas Jakway, and reflects his adventurous design style: the home suggests a sense of “collapsed history,” incorporating nods to the ancient, modern, and futuristic worlds.

The massive property spans an incredible 32,000 square feet, and sits on nearly 13.5 acres of land in Palo Alto, close to Foothills Park. The interior of them home offers an interesting and unique balance between modern architectural design and classic, farmhouse style. The five bedroom home features countless amenities, including a full home spa, a nightclub with dance floor, separate poker and billiards rooms, a lounge with wood-fired pizza oven, and sundry sports diversions: a driving green and pair of putting greens, an indoor sports court, and a hockey rink.

This home truly is a masterpiece, offering the height of luxury living and entertaining.

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The Most Expensive Home in Minnesota

This 18,000 square foot mansion on a 1.8 acre lot is the most expensive home in the state of Minnesota, available now for $15.795 million. Located on Lake Minnetonka, this home is just 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis, making it a perfect escape from the bustle of city life.

This home boasts 5 bedrooms (including a luxurious master suite), 7 full baths, and several spacious living and entertainment areas, including a formal dining room fit for up to 18 guests, sitting area with a fireplace, office, sunroom, home theater, basement music club, full gym, golf simulator, bowling alley, rooftop sky deck, and even a sports court. The house has a large gourmet kitchen, a prep kitchen, a butler’s pantry, a full bar, sauna, and a temperature-controlled stone wine cellar.

The custom-built home is fitted with features like soaring ceilings, a double-height entry, inlaid wood floors, and a great room with a two-story wall of windows overlooking the lake. 195 feet of lakeshore waterfront are also a part of this spectacular property.

The grounds include a swimming pool, pool house, putting green, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor lounge with a fireplace.

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Heir to Carnegie Steel Lists Old Westbury Estate

 


The 83-year-old heir to Carnegie Steel has listed the 82-year-old family estate on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York for $29.995 million. Howard Phipps Jr.’s grandfather was Andrew Carnegie’s partner in Carnegie Steel.

The estate, named “Erchless” by the family, contains over 16,000 square feet of living space, and sits on a 93 acre lot. Erchless contains 26 rooms, including 15 bedrooms, as well as 12 bathrooms.

The property’s sprawling grounds have been noted for extensive gardens, with award-winning rhododendrons and beech trees which soar to over 80 feet in height. The grounds additionally include two bath houses, a swimming pool, two greenhouses, a horse stable, barns for farm, corn, and dairy, and even a caretaker’s house.

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Beverly Hills Mansion Added to CastlesMag Listings!

 

Castles Magazine has just added a gorgeous French Chateau to its listings! The home stretches an incredible 28,000 square feet, with an additional 27,878 square feet of land included with the property.

This gated property in the heart of Beverly Hills’ Estates Section has 11 bedrooms and 18 full bathrooms, and is additionally fitted with an elevator, 11 fireplaces, a 3 bedroom guest house, and a grand motor court which can accommodate up to 40 cars. The property includes a fitness center, game room, screening room, and a European spa with wet & dry saunas.

The chateau is surrounded by lush lawns and gardens, making it a true “baroque masterpiece.”

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Queen Elizabeth’s Historic Polo Estate For Sale for $43 Million

Woolmers Park, a majestic 232-acre estate owned by Queen Elizabeth II, is on the market for approximately $43 million. But no price can come close to the sentimental value the Hertfordshire, England residence holds for the queen. Her grandparents once owned these country grounds where she shared countless childhood memories with her family, especially her late sister Princess Margaret.

Here, Her Royal Highness was gifted her first pony (a Shetland named “Peggy”) by her grandfather, King George V, at the age of four—which sparked her (and Princess Margaret’s) lifelong love for horses and equestrian sports. Close to London, the historic estate with the extensive royal and polo heritage is on the market for the first time since 1997.

The sprawling Woolmers Park estate includes a Georgian mansion, eight cottages, stables, equestrian and polo facilities (with indoor swimming pool), tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, immaculately landscaped gardens, and hunting and fishing grounds—all privately fenced in over 70,000 square feet.

The main residence includes eight bedrooms (five en suite), eight bathrooms, a traditional kitchen with side sitting room, five reception rooms, a game room and a home theater. Also included are a two-bedroom staff quarters. Maximum privacy is guaranteed due to a “no public rights of way,” ordinance.

The estate has a rich polo and equestrian heritage, boasting indoor and outdoor fields year-round. Woolmers Park was once the residence of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in the 1920s. Arthur Lucas purchased the home in 1949 and established the Hertfordshire Polo Club, which revitalized polo in England. While attending the University of Cambridge, Prince Charles (heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth’s throne) played competitive polo here.

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