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What it's like to buy a $200 million home

By Herb Scribner

24 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's $200 million home purchase is the most expensive home ever sold in California. The Washington Post explores the desires of the wealthy when it comes to property.

Stephen Shapiro talks with rich and wealthy home buyers all the time. His agency's clients want homes that cost $3 million, $10 million, $14 million. They want gyms, pools, movie theaters and swaths of land.

And they want homes that even they can't afford.

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