Out of these 4 outstanding oceanfront mega mansion pictured above, which one do you like best?

#1 – Castillo Caribe – Cayman Islands – 45,000 square feet

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#2 – Beyond Villa – Thailand – 65,000 square feet

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#3 – La Reverie – Palm Beach, FL – 84,000 square feet

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#4 – Fairfield – Sagaponack, NY – 110,000 square feet

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  • Tony

    La Reverie is 84,626 total square footage and 34,775 under air. I see the Millers’ Gulfstream 4 out of PBI all the time, usually going up to Cleveland.




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  • Daniel

    THREE THREE 3 3 3 3 3 3 THREE THREEEEEEEEE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NUMBER 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll admit, Fairfield ain’t bad either. It’s just so damn spread out – seems like a hassle living there. Here are some more exterior pictures of it:

    http://manhattan.smugmug.com/2009/AFOUI-Rennert/9576636_smCQWB/645278750_zzMxB#!i=645278750&k=zzMxB

    But three, for sure.




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    • Daniel

      Ok, his dining room is pretty spectacular. Those floors!

      http://mjhblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/lovely-evening-in-sagaponack_23.html




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      • Kenny Forder

        Gorgeous!




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    • Kenny Forder

      Haha I’m surprised you picked #3 😉




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    • mac22

      Wow that dining room is grand indeed. Who cares if its on the beach, that is one quality construction project. The entire estate is well planned with wonderful amenities, formal gardens and of course lots and lots of space. I also love a home where even I the owner would occassionally get lost in.




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    • Hüseyin

      What? Still no ‘on the street’ pick of the house from you, Daniel? And you pass by it every day!

      Shock!




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  • Tony

    First off the Cayman Island home and the Thailand home both look like cheap contemporary garbage. If anyone knows anything about construction you can tell these houses are cheap and made of cardboard and glue and crap. La Reverie and Fairfield are both made of exquisite materials. Not of the level of The Breakers or Marble House but La Reverie and Fairfield are built about as exquisitely as it gets for a home these days when most houses are being built cheap and crappy. La Reverie is a really nice home but Fairfield is nice too so I had to go buy location and acreage. Fairfield is 60 “oceanfront” acres in South Hampton, that’s unheard of. Plus Fairfield is over 110,000 square feet. So for the combination of quality, square footage, acreage, and location Fairfield wins hands down. Because of all these factors Fairfield is worth in excess of $200 million which I believe is more than any of the other homes so I’d have to go with Fairfield hands down as the best of these homes.




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    • Daniel

      I believe Sydell Miller also owns the 2+ acre Intracoastal parcel across the street. That lot alone is worth $20 million+, and her house I’d say conservatively would go for $120-$150 million. If furnished (not including artwork), I truly think it might break $200 million. Only Nelson Peltz’s compound would break that number…




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      • Joe

        Nelson Pelz’s house was on the market for like 8 years at $75 million and no one took it. I doubt it would go anywhere near that.




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        • Daniel

          Based on the most recent super high-end sales on the island (1236 S. Ocean @ $77.5 million, 60 Blossom Way @ $68.5 million, Casa Apava for $92 million, 515 N. County @ $95 million) and the fact that the Montsorrel is the largest single-family parcel (12+ acres) on the entire island make it unique. In fact, I think it is the largest residential, non-equestrian parcel in the county. Time will tell, but he would get his $75 million today in a heartbeat.




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  • Grrrowler

    I’m going to be in the minority, but it’s number 2 for me. 3 and 4 are just too damn formal to be “beach houses”. I mean, who wants to hang out on the beach with a stick up their butt? I like that the Beyond Villa feels playful, even though I’d change parts of the interior somewhat. I’d also pick Phuket over Palm Beach any day of the year.




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    • Daniel

      {Drops to the floor and has a Sharon Stone in Casino-esque meltdown}




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    • Jeff P.

      I totally agree. A beach house is for vacations, not for the main event. Beautiful views, comfortable outdoor spaces, soothing colors, soft rugs, cool breezes, and enough bedrooms for visiting guests. And that’s it. 🙂




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      • Tony

        You have to understand that these people are rich enough that they want a statement home, not some simple beach home. They want the biggest home on the beach with the most acreage. They want the most ocean frontage. They want a home that outranks everyone else’s home. That’s what these people are going for. They aren’t going for some cheap regular ordinary beachy home. These people are rich enough to own a second more ordinary home down the street for when they want to kickback and be normal and they still have the big over the top home for when they want to throw charity balls and show off their wealth. Some people want a huge architectural statement. Something that will stand the test of time and be a landmark. Something that people will talk about for years to come like The Breakers, Marble House, Mar-a-lago, the Biltmore, Hearst Castle and etc. There are some people who aspire to be billionaires like Roman abromovich or Larry Ellison and collect trophy homes and some people who aspire to be some hippy stoner like Matthew Mcconaughey and have some crappy trailer shack on the beach and just live regular. It just depends on your individual taste and personality. But I for one happen to have very refined exquisite extravagant taste and would prefer an ocean front palace over a beach shack any day.




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  • marc22

    I really hope nobody thinks Ira Rennerts place is just a comfy beach house? It was built to host parties and charity events and the online photos from the links listed above are spectacular. Opulent for sure but done very well. The detailing is impeccable and it is quite spectacular. The Palm Beach home is equally well done. Would not mind owning either one.




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    • Tony

      I agree with you Marc. Only problem I have with Ira Rennert’s home though is that it looks low from the outside. It doesn’t look like the ceilings are high. For example when you see a home like The Manor the scale of it and the height of it looks impressive but Fair Field looks like it has low ceilings but maybe that is because it is so wide and spread out that it doesn’t look as tall, i’m not sure. But the main thing I like about the home is the quality and that it has a completely stone exterior and it is 60 oceanfront acres in South Hampton. I don’t think there’s another estate like it in all of the Hamptons.




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      • marc22

        Tony, you have good taste. Check out Daniels June 15th 9:01am post above which has a great link showing the Fairfield dining room. That dining room has to be 16 feet tall judging by the male speaker who is standing. Also apparent is the vast scale of the room itself, easily accommodating multiple chandeliers. The property is certainly unique.




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        • Tony

          I saw that photo. I agree, it does look impressive and the height of the ceiling does look high. But the height of the ceiling in the foyer of The Manor is 30 feet. I am not sure if Fair Field just looks low from the outside but looks taller on the inside. Some houses are like that, you see them from the outside and it looks small or looks as if it doesn’t have high ceilings and then you go inside and it looks huge. Anyway I haven’t seen the foyer of Fair Field but I think for a house of this stature it needs to have a foyer that is at least 30 feet high which would be on par with The Manor. Its still a nice house either way but i’d want an entry foyer with a wow factor for a house like this.




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          • Daniel

            I don’t think it has 30 foot ceilings in the foyer or anything close to it because if you look at where the main entrance is (by the port-cochere), it is single story and opens up onto a courtyard. Might be similar to La Reverie where it is just a huge hallway. I personally don’t like the floorplan of Fairfield based on the aerials). The courtyards and the the multiple nave-like wings seem like a hassle, and the rooms are probably not very immense (considering the overall size of the home). Finally, the fact that Fairfield has a dirt driveway turns me off. I really don’t think I’d like pulling up in my fantastically clean black Phantom and having the dust and white dirt dirtying it up.




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  • Limedaiquar

    FAAAIIIRRFIIIIEEELLLLLLLDDDD!




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  • Daniel

    How that glorified mall will no seawall in the Cayman Islands surpassed La Reverie is beyond me…




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  • Hüseyin

    Waiting for that picture, Daniel.

    Ira’s house was designed by Ferguson & Shamamian.




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    • Daniel

      I told you, street view does a better job than I would. You cant see the house from the street because of the hedge.




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