Crespi/Hicks Estate: Most Expensive Home on the Market Asking $135 Million

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With a $135 million asking price, the famed Crespi/Hicks Estate in Dallas is the most expensive home on the market in the country right now. That's the news -- but the real story goes far deeper than that. The home is an architectural masterpiece harkening back to the great, regal estates of the 1920s and '30s, said Douglas Newby of Douglas Newby & Associates, which has the listing.

The home was designed by renowned architect Maurice Fatio for Italian Count Pio Crespi, who came to the United States to head up the American leg of his wealthy family's cotton empire. With ties to European royalty, this 42,500-square-foot estate is one-of-a-kind. And it's definitely more than just a big house for a Hollywood spender.

"Who would think that European royalty would bring their trunks to Dallas?" Newby told AOL Real Estate. "And who would think that a city sometimes associated with flash has the greatest refinement?" The 25-acre property -- which has a main house, a guesthouse and a pool house -- is currently owned by Tom Hicks, who once owned baseball's Texas Rangers and who Forbes magazine said was worth $1.4 billion in 2008.

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Location: Peapack-Gladstone, N.J.
Square feet: 50,000
Price: $4.9 million

Considering how much space you get with this opulent Louis XVIII-style chateau, we'd call this a steal! With rich stone and wood detailing, this gigantic mansion, which was built from 1898 to 1903, "awaits further renovation."

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The grand hallways and staircases harken back to the over-the-top styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Warm wooden walls accented by a stoic stone fireplace mantel creates the perfect contrast in this stately residence.

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An understated pool that stretches seemingly for miles is the center of this home's serenity.

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Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Square feet: 48,000
Price: $58 million

You might as well be living in a museum with that gorgeous pool and those fountains surrounding it! This home, which has a $58 million price tag that will put a serious dent in your wallet, is a true modern masterpiece.

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The expansive and open gallery hallways are sleek and modern with wooden paneling.

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The indoor pool is like a work of art, with its elaborate mosaic tiling.

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You may be watching the silver screen in the home's awesome movie theater, but you'll be bathed in gold, from the ceiling to the walls.

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Location: Coconut Grove, Fla.
Square feet: 45,000
Price: $4.3 million

This gracious manor is a Southwestern-style gem in the Sunshine State. Enjoy rich, open interiors and expansive outdoor galleries in this amazing home.

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You'll get long, large rooms with wood-beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light in this home.

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Live like a statesman in this classically kingly bedroom.

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These cool columns give the home a stylistic "twist."

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Location: Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Square feet: 38,000
Price: $75 million

The listing describes this juggernaut of a house as "Lake Tahoe's most prestigious property, with few rivals in the world." It's a magically secluded home consisting of eight buildings, including a main residence, art studio/conservatory and a gymnasium with basketball court.

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Just look at this living space! Gorgeous wood-beamed ceilings, intricate paneling, huge wood-framed windows -- what more do you need?!

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"Titanic" staircase, anyone?

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Now this home's wine cellar is for the best of connoisseurs. It has a beautiful stone ceiling, and luscious wood paneling envelopes the storage units.

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Location: Orono, Minn.
Square feet: 32,461
Price: $24 million

This magnificent mansion sits on 13 acres and commands 360-degree water views atop Bracketts Point, the most desirable location along Lake Minnetonka. Need a little action along with this serene escape? Downtown Minneapolis isn't far.

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Exquisite flooring glows throughout the home, and glamorous archways line the hallways and rooms.

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Can't you imagine yourself in this room throwing smoky, 1920s-style flapper parties with a musician playing the blues on the piano?

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A sunken Jacuzzi surrounded by beautiful murals just off one of the hallways? We'll dive right in!

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Location: Atlanta
Square feet: 30,000
Price: $9 million

A real Georgian peach, this home has 18-foot iron front doors, a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, cigar room and a terrace-level bar modeled after the Ritz-Carlton.

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Feel like Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind" descending down one side or the other of this exquisite double staircase. With this home, you'll never go hungry for prime real estate again!

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The detail work in this gourmet kitchen is astonishing, with a unique ceiling inset for two gorgeous chandeliers.

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The home even has its own putting green!

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Location: Newport, R.I.
Square feet: 27,000
Price: $4 million

This massive home is known as the Belcourt Castle and was one of the many ostentatious homes of the Belmont and Vanderbilt families. Just wait until you see how lavish the interiors are...

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The home's grand banquet hall is something out of a Gothic cathedral.

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You'll be sleeping in nothing less than the lap of luxury in the home's enormous master suite.

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The mansion is currently both a museum and home. Hope you like visitors!

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Location: Nahua, N.H.
Square feet: 26,528
Price: $2.3 million

This home is "a rare example of Beaux Arts Classical design," according to the listing. An addition was built onto the home in 1947, which became Mt. St. Mary's, a mixed-use space with classrooms and living quarters.

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With this expansive ballroom, it's easy to imagine this home as a hub for entertainment.

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The home boasts much of its original detailing, such as this beautiful wooden banister.

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The home is awash in beautiful cherry wood.

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Location: Greenwich, Conn.
Square feet: 26,415
Price: $23 million

In the hoity-toity playground of the rich and even more rich, this estate has two gated entrances that lead to more than 8.7 acres of lush greenery. Not satisfied with this home's measly 26,000 square feet? There's an approved building site on the land where you can add on to the home until your heart's content.

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Imagine the immaculate white walls of this pristine home as a blank canvas, ready for you to create your own art of living.

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From bright white to dark, soothing wood.

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The kitchen is a chef's dream -- but we love it's style, mixing copper tones with clean, white walls.

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Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Square feet: 25,000
Price: $12.95 million

It's no mirage: This desert manse is truly an oasis in the sand. You'll get jaw-dropping views of mountains and canyons from this home with eclectic wood and stone styles.

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This expansive living room is an entertainer's mecca.

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Another are of the house has a completely different style, with neutral colors and a classy staircase with glass railing.

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Bonus: The home has an outdoor fire pit for fun under the stars!

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The Crespi/Hicks Estate truly is so artful. With its luxurious wood-paneled library and panoramically windowed rotundas -- just to name a few of its fabulous qualities -- this home is opulent yet classic. The property is so rich that it's worth $2 million per acre. The best part? It has rolling meadows, creeks, forests and formal gardens just eight minutes from downtown Dallas, Newby said.

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