So recently I came upon this bit of news about the sale of the most expensive home in America and needless to say I was very curious to know just what makes a home worth its $120 million price tag. First off the home is a French Renaissance-style mansion that has 12 bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths, a wood-paneled library, an ornate dining room with a tracery ceiling and oak columns, a solarium, wine cellar, third-floor staff wing, and a three-story, wood-paneled entry foyer. Whew! You definitely won’t need a gym membership to stay in shape in a home this spacious. Some additional features includes the original kitchen located in the basement equipped with a dumb-waiter which was originally part of the staff’s quarters, fireplaces with marble surrounds adorning most rooms, sleeping porches (something I would love to have) and 12 foot ceilings.
The home, also known as Copper Beech Farm, is located on 50 acres with two private islands on the Long Island Sound in Greenwich, Connecticut and was built in 1898. It was just sold in April of this year and in spite of the fact its price tag is outside of the reach of 99.9% of the population I still found the home inspirational. As you tour the home for those that live in smaller older homes of 60 years or more you will come to appreciate the quality and architectural details and character of your older home that you may have taken for granted. Many homes of this era include plaster walls and ceilings, crown molding, wood paneling, original hardwood floors, ceramic tiles, wainscoting and chair rails just to name a few. Even if you don’t have ornate plaster tracery ceilings in your dining room you have the option of adding a vintage ornate plaster ceiling medallion if that’s suited to your taste. The point is with a smaller older home there are modifications that can be incorporated into your own home design with inspirations from the most expensive home in America without the major expense of upgrading a much larger newer home that lacks existing architectural details that were once standard features.
The living room has one of many marble surround fireplaces, beautiful hardwood floors, crown molding and wainscoting (and no central air conditioning).
The dining room is also paneled in cherry wood and has a fireplace and an ornate plaster tracery ceiling.
The sitting area in the library boasts cherry wood paneling and molding.
The solarium has stone tile and a coffered ceiling and features views of the water, gardens, and fountain.
Views of the Long Island Sound and one of two private islands can be enjoyed from the solarium.
Besides the waterfront views crape myrtles are an absolutely beautiful feature of this well landscaped estate.
The most beautiful feature of this home for me was the well landscaped grounds with the vibrant display of blossoms from my favorite tree, the crape myrtle. One thing I know for sure from my morning neighborhood walks is there are many homes with equally beautifully landscaped properties with flowering crape myrtles without the $120 million price tag. The take away is it doesn’t take millions of dollars to live well as many people are fortunate to have more than they realize. Once you plant the right seeds of inspiration and make the most of what you do have it won’t be long before you’ll begin to enjoy your own beautiful blossoms.