Room to Roam: 8 Humongous Homes to Own

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Room to Roam: 8 Humongous Homes to Own
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These are the big, the expansive, the obscenely opulent, but who cares when you get a chance to gawk and stare? No Mc in these mansions, here's a grouping of eight homes with layouts to get lost in. 10,000 square feet? 20,000? Who's counting, really? The idea is for space and more space with grand furnishings to match.

Upper East Side, NYC
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Upper East Side, NYC

In a market where most people consider 25 feet luxurious, this Manhattan townhouse is 45 feet wide. And in a style that is neo-Italian Renaissance, there is no need to explain yourself to the cognoscenti. The 1922 C.P.H. Gilbert-designed building climbs five stories, covers approximately 21,000 square feet with marble staircase, marble fireplace and basement: $50,000,000.

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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

With six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and garage space for five cars, this 27,186-square-foot estate is just another home, but that's life in the Holmby Hills. Situated a stone's throw from the Playboy Mansion, and a drive and a wedge from LA Country Club, further inducements include indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, underground disco and library for those with time to read: $27,500,000.

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Chicago
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Chicago

At a mere 11,000 square feet, this six-bedroom home occupies a prime locale in the River North section. To underscore its place in society, an elevator whisks you from floor to floor with three fireplaces providing the requisite heat. There is also 1,700 square feet of rooftop space and while it won't catch you a glimpse of a Cubs game, views of the city and lake will do. The Billy Goat Tavern is in easy stumbling distance: $3,950,000.

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Philadelphia
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Philadelphia

One word -- speakeasy. Any house that features its own speakeasy bar is worth the price of admission. And with a gated entrance, stone courtyard, carriage house, cottage, seven bedrooms and a hundred ticks shy of 18,000 square feet, it should be fairly easy to hide from Elliot Ness. But with five wooded acres to surround in the hamlet of Chestnut Hill, peace and privacy are the status quo. If activities are needed, the tennis court and bowling alley are included: $3,950,000.

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Phoenix
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Phoenix

Biltmore defines elegance like few enclaves in the Valley of the Sun. To keep up with its well-heeled neighbors, this house at 17,800 square feet spared little. A total of nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms sprawl across this 2002 golf course home that includes not one but two master suites and that uber essential -- a wine cellar: $6,950,000.

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Dallas
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Dallas

Fountains, waterfalls, tennis court and a lakeside pavilion are the underpinnings of a place that could charge an all-inclusive rate -- and that is just on the outside. But at 4-plus acres of land and 14,500 square feet of dwelling, give or take a broom closet, this private residence should be sufficient to entertain your friends. There are eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, great rooms, offices, media room and, well, the list goes on: $12,500,000.

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Houston
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Houston

At 2,800 square feet there is plenty of room. For your guests, who get their own. You can lounge around your main house and feel eight times bigger. But here's the kicker -- no one has ever lived in this house that was built in 2002. And they didn't exactly cut any corners. There are two master suites among the eight bedrooms and the others feature lofts. Throw in kitchens, inside and out, a theater, library, wet bars galore and the only thing this house doesn't have is a home: $2,500,000.

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San Antonio
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San Antonio

Don't be afraid to take in the entire family -- in-laws, second cousins, assorted pets -- because six bedrooms and nine bathrooms scattered about 15,000 square feet should be plenty of space to keep the peace. A pool, tennis court and indoor theater will keep the folks entertained: $4.950,000.

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