Everything is bigger in Texas, as they say. The lifestyles of the rich and famous in the Lone Star State are no exception. If you've ever wondered just how the super-wealthy live, take a look at these homes that are 10 of the biggest mansions in Texas. Some of these enormous dwellings are historic homes that are now museums. Some are perched on 50-acre estates, some have bowling alleys and movie theaters, and twice the number of bathrooms as there are bedrooms.
10. Preston Hollow Chateau - Dallas
Built in 2012 using Limestone construction, this 16,000-square-foot estate sits on more than two acres in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Dallas. If you've got a spare 9.6 million dollars, this home could be yours!
9. Greek Revival - Dallas
This Dallas home is over 16,000 square feet and features a movie theatre, a wine cellar and an incredible "custom mahogany shoe closet." The home is currently on the market, listed by the Eleazar Group of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty.
8. French Country Chateau - Austin
If 16,000 square feet seems a little cramped to you, try this Hill Country abode on for size. Listed by Moreland Properties, this hilltop French country style estate showcases breathtaking views of Lake Austin and Mount Bonnell and boasts a wine cellar, pool and elevator.
7. Spanish Castle - Austin
If you like the neighborhood but aren't into the house, just down the street there is another 20,000 square foot mansion. This one is also listed by Moreland Properties, but it's probably not a two-for-one special, not with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. This home is modeled after a Spanish castle, and it is no less regal.
6. River Oaks "Party Palace" - Houston
This 21,000-square-foot estate was the former home to Baron Ricky di Portanova and has been called Houston's "Party Palace" by Culturemap Houston. The property is listed by Moni Bohnisch of John Daugherty Realtors and features an indoor saltwater swimming pool and a 12,000-square-foot indoor party space. The di Portanovas hosted such lavish parties during their tenure in residence at the mansion that Houstonians are still talking about the soirees nearly 10 years after the Baron and his wife moved out.
5. Chateau Cocomar - Houston
You missed out on purchasing this 25,000-square-foot estate because it sold in 2011. Don't fret, though, you can still experience the splendor of Chateau Cocomar, because its current owners have put it to work as an event venue. The massive dwelling was modeled on a Normandy castle and is rented out for weddings and private events.
4. Chateau Carnarvon - Houston
This stunning home made waves throughout Houston when it went on the market at an unprecedented 43-million-dollar list price. The 27,000 square foot home was only 10 years old when it changed hands for the first time. The home contains a curving stairway with a stained glass rotunda, exquisitely manicured grounds, a tennis court and, of course, the prerequisite swimming pool and movie theatre.
3. Moody Mansion - Galveston
Completed in 1895, the Moody Mansion was originally owned by the Willis family and was sold to the famous Moody family after the deadly 1900 hurricane. The mansion has 31 rooms packed into 28,000 square feet. Though it housed several generations of Moodys, it has been a museum since 1986 and is now open to the public for tours.
2. Champs d'Or - Dallas
Referred to by D Magazine as the "biggest little teardown in Texas," Champs d'Or was built as the internationally-inspired dream home of a cell phone mogul gone bust. The 48,000 square feet of broken dreams was built by Alan and Shirley Goldfield in 2002 and was listed for sale almost immediately after its completion. The massive home took over a decade to sell, and less than two years after being in the possession of its new owners, it is now back on the market.
Why, with such opulent surroundings, would such a mansion be so difficult to sell? The answer lies in the old real estate adage, "Location, location, location!" The Champs d'Or is situated in a picturesque area; however, the location is not very exclusive. The mansion is less than a mile from the local Walmart and less than two miles from the nearest trailer park. Most buyers wouldn't want to spend the original asking price of $72 million to live in an ornate mansion just down the road from a Rent-a-Center.
1. Crespi-Hicks Estate - Dallas
Located in Preston Hollow, the former home of Tom Hicks was originally commissioned by Italian Count Pio Crespi and was the last home designed by famed architect Maurice Fatio before his death. The 50,000-square-foot home sits on 25 acres in perhaps the most prestigious neighborhood in Dallas. Within Preston Hollow live billionaires, public figures and politicians, including former President George W. Bush.
The Crespi-Hicks home is considered architecturally significant, and at the time of its listing in 2013, it was the most expensive home in America with a price tag of $153 million. The three-story pool house alone boasts an outdoor living room and kitchen, an enormous game room and a movie theatre that takes up an entire floor. There are two guest houses on the grounds, and the interior of the main house is a showcase of grandeur with 19th-century Italian walnut panelling in the library, an exercise room and a mirrored art-deco bar room.