The Biggest Home in Each State That Will Stun You
Check out the biggest houses by square footage in the U.S. The biggest ones might surprise you.
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest home in the U.S. and comes in at a staggering 135,280 square feet. That’s 35,000 square feet more than the next biggest home in the U.S. The estate was built for the Vanderbilt family, which built its fortune through railroads, and had 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces and was officially opened in 1895, six years after construction started. In 1930, the estate became open to the public. It’s almost like living in one of these 50 incredible castles.
Oheka Castle, New York
Otto Kahn built the 109,000-square foot Oheka Castle on Long Island from 1914-19 for a cost at that time of $11 million, roughly $158 million in today’s dollars. Kahn was a financier whose work included reorganizing railroads. The castle includes a golf course and used to have a private airstrip. It even had a role in the film “Citizen Kane.” Pictures of it were used to represent Xanadu.
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Gray Towers Castle, Pennsylvania
Gray Towers Castle was built by Horace Trumbauer and completed in 1896. Trumbauer also built Lynnewood Hall in Pennsylvania. Gray Towers is 66,341 square feet and is the 18th largest house in the U.S. Trumbauer was just 23 when he started building the castle for William Welsh Harrison, a sugar refining magnate. The castle became part of the Arcadia University campus in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 1929. The castle is rumored to have been built without a single nail and there are several stories of the castle being haunted. These are real-life haunted houses you need to see.
Winterthur in little, old Delaware is the third-largest home in the U.S. with 96,582 square feet. It shouldn’t be a surprise that it was built for the du Pont family and was completed in 1932. The Georgian Revival style home has become a museum of objects used in America from 1640 to 1860. The home, which du Pont opened to the public in 1951 to view the more than 90,000 objects set in one of the 175 period-room displays. The estate sits on 979 acres and includes 60 acres of naturalistic gardens.
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Gemini in Manalapan, Florida offers 62,000 square feet in the main residence of the property, which is situated between Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s listed for $138.8 million and comes with a PGA standard golf area, more than 30 total bedrooms and 1,200-plus feet of beach on the Atlantic and another 1,300 feet on Lake Worth.
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Wilson Hall, New Jersey
This 130-room building covers 90,000 square feet in New Jersey once served as the site of Woodrow Wilson’s summer home. It became part of Monmouth University in 1956 and was featured in the film Annie.
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This 72,000-square foot behemoth was constructed as a tornado-proof home. It’s built with insulated concrete form and called Chateau Pensmore. It’s located near Ozark, Missouri and Steven Huff, an astrophysicist, built it to withstand an EF-5 tornado with reinforced steel referred to as helix, into the concrete. The concrete would bend rather than break in the event of a tornado. For a more practical solution to prepare for a tornado, try researching a storm shelter. Concrete’s pretty versatile and it even makes a great table, see one and 15 other awesome DIY patio furniture options.
Hearst Castle, California
Hearst Castle is one of the most iconic castles in the U.S. and at 68,500 square feet there’s a lot to see. Hearst Castle opened to the public in 1958 and since then millions have visited the castle and the 127-acre site. Hearst Ranch operates on about 80,000 acres and the Jack Ranch, which the Hearsts bought in 1955 is another 73,000 acres. William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul, owned 270,000 acres in San Simeon, which included 14 miles of coastline.
The Breakers, Rhode Island
The Vanderbilt family also built The Breakers in Rhode Island, which is the 21st-largest home in the U.S. with its 62,482 square feet. The Italian Renaissance-style home features marble imported from Italy and Africa. It’s a 70-room mansion became a National Historic Landmark in 1994 but heirs of the Vanderbilt family have lived in a third-floor “apartment” (the third floor is actually eight bedrooms) as recently as this year, though it sounds like they’ll be moving out. The apartment was decorated by famous architect Ogden Codman Jr. in Louis XVI style walnut paneling. As luxurious as that sounds, these 12 ways to personalize your apartment might be a little more practical.
Meadow Brook Hall, Michigan
The Dodge family, yes, those of the car manufacturing business, have a hand in this house that totals 60,000 square feet and is in a tie for the 24th-largest in the U.S. Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson, built the house from 1926-29. The Tudor revival-style residence sits on 1,500 acres and cost nearly $4 million at the time it was built.
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Eschman Meadows, Ohio
Eschman Meadows used to serve as home base for The Longaberger Company CEO Tami Longaberger, the manufacturer of the iconic baskets. The Georgian-style mansion of 57,000 square feet is considered the 29th-largest home in the U.S. The home took four years to build and features seven bedrooms, 10 full-baths, three half-baths, seven indoor fireplaces and two outdoor fireplaces. For those who are inclined, they can land their helicopter on the property’s helicopter pad. The property sold in 2013 for $6 million, down from its original asking price of $15 million. Learn how to get your home off the market quicker so it doesn’t lose value.
Castle Hill, Massachusetts
Castle Hill sits on the 2,100-acre Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts and is ranked No. 30 on the list of the largest houses in the U.S. The Stuart-style mansion is 56,881 square feet and was completed by 1928 by architect David Adler. The Crane family gained wealth from manufacturing brass goods and plumbing supplies and bought the property, which included 5 miles of shoreline, in 1910. The family donated much of the property to The Trustees of Reservations in 1945 and the site has served as a venue for jazz concerts by performers Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dave Brubeck.
Down in Louisiana, this plantation house built in a Greek Revival style covers 53,000 square feet and dates back to 1859. John Hampden Randolph, a sugar planter, had the home built and made sure that it would remain a one-of-a-kind home by destroying the plans following its construction. Before you do any work to your home make sure you pick out a contractor who will follow the plan to a T.
Chateau Montagel, Alabama
Chateau Montagel was a dream home for Larry House, the former CEO of a medical supplier, MedPartners, in Alabama. The 54,400-square foot home on 27 acres was built with historic French and Italian castles in mind. It took four years to build and includes some quirks. The driveway is shaped like a guitar, there’s a commercial elevator and a theater with a 170-inch screen. (Have you seen the home that looks like a guitar? Check it out and other strange looking houses.) The home recently sold for $4.8 million, well below a listing price of $17.9 million set in 2011.
Hala Ranch, Colorado
The 95-acre Hala Ranch in Colorado boasts 56,000 square feet and 15 bedrooms in the main house, overlooking the Rocky Mountains. It once held the distinction of being the most expensive property in the U.S. when it had a price tag of $135 million in 2006. John Paulson, a hedge fund billionaire purchased the ranch in 2012 for $49 million from Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former ambassador to the U.S. Bin Sultan bought the land for the house in 1989 and completed the house two years later. The property has its own wastewater treatment plant and we’re not talking a septic tank, though you might be surprised to know how a septic tank works.
Chase Mansion, Connecticut
Arnold Chase’s mansion in Connecticut contains a 33,000-square foot basement that features a 103-seat movie theater, ticket booth, concession stand, game room and a music room, according to an Associated Press story. That basement holds much of the total 51,000 square feet of the mansion.
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1299 Via Tivoli, Nevada
The total square footage of 1299 Via Tivoli in Henderson, Nevada tends to vary from 40,000 to 65,000. Either way it’s freaking big. It was completed in 2010 for eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and has 35 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms as well as two exercise rooms. There is also a 35-foot climbing wall, endless pool and racquetball court. Oh, there is space to fit 10 people for dining … in the wine cellar.
The estate is referred to East of Eden and has sat on the shores of the Frenchman Bay in Maine since 1910. Guy Lowell was commissioned to design the home, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a 15,000-square foot home on 9 acres and has 1,100 feet of shorefront, all for sale for $15.5 million.
Chateau Bray, Texas
This 60,000-square foot house in Texas doesn’t look so bad from the outside but it isn’t until you take a look inside before you start to notice something different about it. It’s mostly empty inside. Houston Dr. Ulysses W. Watkins started building two mansions in Manvel, Texas, outside of Houston, but one was never completed.
Real estate investor Jim Youngblood now owns the property, which was listed for $3.6 million at one point, and partnered with a Navy veteran who wanted to turn the mansion, which has space for up to 55 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms, into a residential facility for at-risk military veterans. It just wasn’t zoned for that kind of use and the Manvel city council denied a zoning permit. So Youngblood proposed moving his offices to the old mansion and using his old office as a space for the veterans, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Built in 2010, this 49,568-square foot home set on 165 acres in Utah ranks as the 56th-largest home in the U.S. It’s also on the market for $25 million, down from its original $30 million price tag, reduced for a quick sale.
Xanadu 2.0, Washington
Bill Gates having the largest house in Washington only seems natural but it’s only the 60th-biggest home in the U.S. Well, that might be a little more in character for the second-richest man in the world who has committed to giving away most of his wealth.
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Illinois Executive Mansion
The Illinois Executive Mansion is a bit of a misleading name, it’s actually the governor’s residence in Springfield, Illinois. Constructed in 1855, it’s the third-oldest governor’s residence in the U.S. and draws on the Classical Revival style for its 43,560 square feet. It’s in the midst of a $15 million renovation project funded entirely through private donations. Check out these 17 smart renovation tips so your project doesn’t run $15 million.
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Marland Mansion, Oklahoma
Oil baron E.W. Marland wanted to live in a palace and that’s what he did with this 43,561-square foot mansion. It includes 55 rooms, 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, seven fireplaces and a kitchen for each meal. Normally we’ve got trouble fitting everything into our kitchen.
Mel Simon, who once owned the Indiana Pacers basketball team, built this 51,267-square foot home in 1999. It includes its own 18-hole golf course on the 106 acres in Carmel, Indiana.
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Walker McCune Mansion, Arizona
Once home to Hormel Foods heir, the makers of Spam, Geordie Hormel, this 52,000-square foot home once cost him $11,000 for electricity. The home takes its name from Penzoil heir Walker McCune, who built it in the 1960s. It includes an ice skating rink, a 150-seat theater and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Hormel died in 2006 and the home is in the hands of an LLC. It’s on the market for $8.59 million.
North Wales, Virginia
North Wales is on the market once again. Former Goldman Sachs managing director and co-head of global asset management David B. Ford bought the sprawling 38,500-square foot stone manor house that dates back to 1776 for a mere $21 million. The 1,471-acre property is for sale again. Originally listed for $33 million, it’s now listed at $29.95 million
Government House, Maryland
The Government House in Annapolis, Maryland serves as the residence for the governor. It’s also pretty big place at 38,000-square feet. The Victorian-style mansion was completed in 1870. Mark Twain and Queen Elizabeth are among those who have visited the mansion.
Check out a lake view like no other in New Hampshire with this property. It’s actually three lots with the main home built in 2003 along 733 feet of shoreline with a mountain view. It’s a nearly 9.5-acre estate that includes a boat house. Combined with the house next to it, the property can be bought for $19.8 million.
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It won’t just be the square footage of this Vermont home that will knock you out. The 8,150-square foot home owned by former beer distributor Stephen Levin is filled with American folk art. Outside on the 85 acres are go-karting trails, a miniature golf course and a zip line. The downside, the ½-mile driveway to the main gate and then up another road to get the mail. It’s available for $12.5 million.
This Georgia house is large enough to house the heavyweight champion of the world and the ego of a rapper. The Fayetteville, Georgia home that tops 44,234 square feet, 109 rooms and two swimming pools is now rapper Rick Ross’ and before that belonged to Evander Holyfield. Ross bought the property for $5.8 million, which requires 350,000 gallons of water to fill the pool, back in 2014.
Bloomfield Place in Lexington, Kentucky comes in at 24,252 square feet on 11 acres. The construction took place from 1997 to 2000 and used Indiana limestone to construct the five-bedroom, five half-baths, five full-baths, a 900-square foot kitchen, a home theater and much more.
Financier J. Edgar Monroe built this Mississippi home back in 1963 as an 11,000-square foot ode to his Gatsby-style home in Rhode Island. The footprint of the home expanded by more than double to 25,000 square feet after Charles Ramsey bought it in 1993. He added two wings to the house to make it a 15-bed, 19-bath mansion on 8 acres. It’s been on the market for $6.9 million for more than a year.
This Kansas home has just shy of 15,000 square feet and what comes with it is two gourmet kitchens, two wet bars, a wine cellar, five bedrooms, six full baths and three half baths.
Nestled in the hills north of Santa Fe, this 14,000-square foot home built in 2006 offers 13 different fireplaces and reclaimed wood throughout. It’s also available for $13.65 million.
This 25,000-square foot home in Wyoming stands as the largest in the state. It’s home to the McMurrys, who made a fortune in the energy sector. It has just four bedrooms and 8 baths but it’s set on a nearly 8-acre lot.
Railroad magnate James J. Hill built this 36,000-square foot mansion in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota. It features 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 chandeliers and had some of the most innovative heating systems in the world at the time when construction began in 1888.
This 43-room, 35,000-square-foot house in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin was sold in 2016 for $2.7 million, slightly down for the price of $20 million paid for it in 2005. It features a movie theater, along with a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom.
This home’s a playground of sorts with a slide from the living room to the basement for kids. The 13,000-square-foot home in Sioux Falls doesn’t stop there with a music stage for the kids, a bouncy floor kids room, Skee-Ball, pool table and shuffle board inside the seven-bedroom, 11-bath house. Check out some other awesome ideas for cool game rooms. Did you know Skee-Ball is a trademark name?
This 18,000-square-foot house in Fargo, North Dakota feels like a spa with an indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and a dry sauna. There’s also a movie theater with 16 recliners as wells as six bedrooms and 10 baths.
Set on a 22-acre island on Flathead Lake in Kalispell, Montana, the Shelter Island Estate is in a class of its own. The main house is more than 24,000 square feet with another 10,000 square feet of heated porticos and outdoor entertaining space. Among the amenities is an indoor shooting range and a 5,289-square-foot boathouse. It’s available for a cool $22.75 million.
A home in Salem, Oregon spans 21,000 square feet on nearly 10 acres. There’s even a 1,600-square-foot party room with a bar and a dance floor. The residence has seven bedroom suites, two bedroom apartments, 11 full baths, six half-baths and 11 fireplaces.
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Iolani Palace, Hawaii
The palace that served as the home for Hawaiian royalty has a staggering 42,600 square feet. Construction began in 1879 and completed in 1882. It is one of the most uniquely designed palaces in the world and its style is known as American Florentine. It housed the first electric lights in Hawaii.
The ballroom inside the 24,000-square-foot Calhoun Mansion in Charleston, South Carolina is breathtaking with its 45-foot-high ceiling. The mansion has a total of 35 rooms with 14-foot-high ceilings and was built in 1876. There are also 23 period fireplaces in the mansion. With that many fireplaces, one better know how to start a fire in a fireplace.
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Spread out in Omaha, Nebraska with this six-bed, 13-bath mansion that has 23,188 square feet of space. There are 31 rooms and a 10,600-square-foot finished basement.
The massive Villa Collina mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee has 36,720 square feet set on 8 acres. The 50-room home was built in the 1990s and has eight bedrooms, 11 full baths and five half-bathrooms.
With 24,000-square feet on the west part of Lake Okoboji in western Iowa, this stunning home was on the market for $12.9 million. There are nine bedrooms, 16 baths, six fireplaces and 178 feet of lakeshore.
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This Anchorage house runs 13,000-square feet for the main residence and it comes with two additional residences on its 6.36 acres. It was listed for just $1.6 million, which kind of seems like a steal.
This mountaintop home is listed for $13 million outside of Charleston, West Virginia and includes eight bedrooms, 14 baths and 19,000 square feet. Built in 2000, it also features an extensive wine cellar, tennis court and fitness center.