The most expensive single-family home ever sold in America has just been bought for $100 million by a Russian billionaire. The lush mansion in Silicon Valley has been compared to a French Chateau, thankfully they said on steroids because apart from its size, the mansion has little else in common with any Chateau!
With 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a ballroom and indoor and outdoor pools the 25,500 square meter mansion on 11 acre grounds is certainly an impressive home. However its buyer, Yuri Milner, who lives in Moscow with his wife and family, told the Wall Street Journal through a spokesperson that he has no intention of moving into his grand new acquisition.
49 year old Milner made his fortune with Digital Sky Technologies and well timed $200 million investment in Facebook 2 years ago, which is now worth $10 billion. Yuri Milner also invested in GroupOn.
Meanwhile, back in the real US world — where people still buy houses to live in them — house prices are still falling practically across the board, with the average house price in some major cities lower than it has been for 11 years.