This holiday season, Luxury Defined tours some of the world’s largest family homes—built to host lavish festivities and accommodate guests by the score
There’s no place like home for the holidays, when those welcome hordes of relatives and friends descend upon the family household, where merrymaking—and logistical chaos—ensue. Here we present an alternative to that “relative” chaos with this collection of epically proportioned homes. Spanning from 15,000 to 56,000 square feet, these are no ordinary houses: among this box of delights is the inimitable L.A. manor house built for TV mogul Aaron Spelling; a fairytale French château (complete with a moat); the ultimate New England family compound, with its own helipad, amphitheater, and dock; and a stately villa to waltz in the famous Viennese New Year Ball. All have exquisite décor, five-star amenities, dedicated entertaining areas, and—most importantly—oodles of accommodations (without a fold-out sofa in sight). Happy Holidays!
The Manor (56,000 square feet)
Holmby Hills, California
The Manor is the largest and grandest private residence in Los Angeles and one of the most luxurious homes in the world. Perched atop approximately five acres of exquisitely landscaped land in prestigious Holmby Hills in Los Angeles’ Platinum Triangle, the elegance and grandeur of this world-famous estate put it in a category of luxury all on its own. The French château-style residence was built by entertainment royalty Candy and Aaron Spelling. Originally designed by architects James Langenheim & Associates in 1988, the main residence’s most recent renovations took place in 2011, and the current owner spared no expense to update the estate to a contemporary style.