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Peek Inside The Most Expensive House In America

Florida gets a lot of flack for being the epicenter of crazy: from cannibalistic homeless dudes to, well, basically 90 percent of the other weird news stories you've read in the last few years. But now it can lay claim to something that isn't a statewide embarrassment: the most expensive house to ever be publicly listed in the United States. 

Meet Le Palais Royal, a sprawling over-the-top mansion in Hillsboro Beach, which just hit the market for $139 million. That's no misprint. 

The 60,000 square-foot spread, still under construction, is situated in the Miami 'burb's Millionaire Mile section, which ensures it will be in good company among a whole spread of opulent residences. This one, though, was inspired by the Palace of Versailles, and takes the proverbial cake (sorry), as evidenced with these renderings.

Wondering why this place is so expensive? Well, apart from the general scope and size of the project, the staircase alone cost a cool $2 million.

When shooting to build the most expensive house in the country, you should add gold to, like, everything. Case in point: the 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom residence is chock full of 22 karat gold finishes. 

The 4.5-acre property also features 465 feet of beachfront, and nearly 500 of intracoastal access, which per the listing's advice, is perfect for your megayacht. Can't forget about that thing.

Inside, there are more than a few outrageous amenities. Not only is there a studio-quality stereo system complete with sound-proofing, but it's also the site of the first-ever private IMAX theater, with seating for up to 18 very, very lucky people.

The totally inconspicuous kitchen...

Since anyone with enough cash to throw down for this place will almost certainly also have a gluttonous abundance of vehicles, it comes with a garage with room for 30. A different one for every day of the month!

When things get stuffy inside, there's plenty to explore outside, including a putting green and infinity pool which itself is significantly larger than many average American homes, at 4,500 square feet.

It also incorporates a handful of other not-at-all-outlandish aqua features including an LED-lit double-loop slide, swim-up bar, and waterfall.

Though the latter looks pretty small compared to the 26-foot tall tiered one out front, which greets you as you roll in past the 22 karat gold gates that keep it out of reach from us mere plebs. 

Here's to you convincing your bank to help you finance this thing without laughing you out the door.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. Twenty-two karat gold finishings have long been at the top of his "musts" list while apartment hunting.