above: the front facade of the most expensive home ever sold in the United States
It’s been all over the news for the past few days. The most expensive single family home ever sold in the United States to date** was recently purchased by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner for $100 million dollars.
$100 Million Mansion of Yuri Milner
Yuri Milner, 49, heads Digital Sky Technologies is a major investor in Facebook Inc., Groupon Inc. and Zynga Inc. He is also the stocky founder of DST, a Moscow-based fund that’s made a splash in Silicon Valley via its investments.
The $100 Million Mansion of Yuri Milner is a 25,500 square foot home named Chateau Loire. Located in Silicon Valley’s Los Altos hills the limestone French-style chateau has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis court and pavilion, a ballroom, a library, a game room, a theater and wine cellar.
Formal Dining room:
One of the Living rooms:
Master bedroom’s sitting area:
images courtesy of the architect and the AP
The home, referred to as the Loire Chateau, sits atop an 18-acre hilltop site with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. The classical estate was inspired by an 18th-century French Chateau and is organized around a central entry court enclosing a formal entrance on three sides. The north wing is designed for entertaining on a grand scale, with a ballroom, formal dining room, home theater, wine cellar and spa/gym, while the south wing houses family rooms and bedroom suites. The living areas are all located on the second floor to take advantage of the dramatic Bay views.
** Yuri’s Home is nothing compared to this $195,000,000 home, now the most expensive in the US.