The Real Deal Miami

Take a tour of the most expensive house for sale in America

August 01, 2015 04:30PM
By Business Insider

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This 1930s-built estate, called “Briar Patch,” in East Hampton is the most expensive home for sale in the U.S., according to Zillow Group.

Perched on a well-manicured knoll, the $140 million property skirts 1,156 feet along Georgica Pond and offers views of the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1931 and renovated in 1990 by renowned architect Peter Marino, it has even earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

The current owners, Chris Whittle and his wife Priscilla Rattazzi, bought the 10,000-square-foot home in 1989. Once the publisher of Esquire magazine, Whittle is the co-founder of Avenues: The World School, an elite private school in Manhattan. Peter Turino of Brown Harris Stevens, associated with Christie’s International Real Estate, holds the listing for the Briar Patch.

Keep scrolling for an inside-out tour of America’s most expensive house for sale.

Sitting on 11.2 acres of land, the property has two lots. The listing touts the open lot as a prime spot for a private art gallery, conservatory, spa/gym, or guesthouse.


The main residence, known as the Shepard Krech House, has 10,300 square feet of living space, four fireplaces, and a library.


Design details such as tray ceilings with hand-stenciling add to the hefty price tag.


The estate has 10 bedrooms, six of which are in the main house.


The remaining four bedrooms are located in the 3,500-square-foot guesthouse — also designed by Peter Marino.


On a sunny afternoon, hit the tennis court and practice your serve.


A 60-foot pool with an attached hot tub calls for an outdoor party. The changing cabana means guests won’t have to trek back to the house to put on their swimsuits.


And for those who love the open waters, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are all fair game.