Trophy Homes: Exactly How Much House Does $100 Million+ Get You?

"The Godfather House" and a modern day Versaille are part of a handful of Super Rich listings in the $100 Million Club. And we can't help but gawk.

Photo via Zillow $135 Million. The Godfather was filmed in this mash-up of Italian and Spanish styles (there's an art deco nightclub) sitting on 3.7 acres and host to the longest private driveway in Los Angeles. (Trivia: about that scene. The horse's name was "Khartoum.") John and Jacqueline Kennedy played out scenes from their honeymoon in the 17-bedroom, 26-bath iconic, storied home off Sunset Boulevard. Take a deep breath: in 2007, the ask was $167 million.

Last year, Los Angeles was jolted with a rental market quake. The rumblings came from Beverly Boulevard and the William Randolph Hearst mansion, where the publishing giant (immortalized by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane) nested with lover Marion Davies. Built in the 1920s, that pink terra cotta and glittery pool rightfully jar a shared cinematic memory: The Godfather was filmed in the Beverly House, where, famously, Tom Hagen warned film producer Jack Woltz: "Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he's refused the first." Longtime resident and owner Leonard Ross bought the house in the 1970s and offered the 50,0000-square-foot Gordon Kaufmann design as a $600,000 a month rental, about three times the national median sales price of $204,000 but cozy with Los Angeles' $516,000 sticker, according to Zillow Real Estate Market Reports

Then it went on sale for a screeching $135 million and became part of the post-bubble, post-recession wave of trophy homes for the Super Rich, properties assessed north of $100 million. In 2012, title for the most expensive home sold in the U.S. was held by  Broken O Ranch in Montana, at a (then) jaw-dropping $132.5 million and the rare inland bird of the $100 Million+ Club not found, predictably, in California or New York. 
An economy flush with cash and sturdier sea legs has the Super Rich and its cousins putting their chits in tangible assets: art and property. In the first quarter of 2014, real estate purchases of $2 million and above climbed by 33 percent, according to DataQuick. Although $135 million for the Beverly House registers an electric palatial shock -- and the price has swerved all over the map, from a low-ish of $95 million to 2007's $165 million high -- it's not even close, not even kin, to the original $190 million tag on the Copper Beech Farm in Connecticut (two islands included), and it's $10 million shy of the record-smashing $145 million Barry Rosenstein of Jana Partners forked over for his East Hampton estate. ( See the gallery for a peek.) 

“The next benchmark will be $200 million,” Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency told Bloomberg. He's doing his part. Rappaport repped socialte Suzanne Saperstein for the sale of Fleur de Lys, a 5-acre Holmby Hills mansion that sat and sat and sat on the market with a dusty $125 million sale tag before a billionaire peeled off $102 million for Mariah Carey's former  faux-French digs. In this world, members of the Club call that a "deal." 

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