You may have heard that there's another huge lottery jackpot, and that has a lot of people thinking about what they could do with all that money if they won. As a service to those of you who are entertaining thoughts like those, I present three real-estate options for your consideration.

For just under 5 million dollars, you can pick up House Island, just off the coast of Portland, Maine. First settled in 1623, the 24-acre island includes three cottages and a fort that was occupied by the military from 1808 through to 1945. Harold Cushing Jr's family has owned the place since 1954, and he won't say why he wants to sell. Perhaps the island is haunted? Let's hope not!

Maybe you're looking for something a bit more upscale? If that's the case, you might consider the Crimson Palace for sale in Beverly Hills. Sitting on an acre in the 91020, the magnificent house has 48,000 square feet of living space. That includes seven bedrooms and eleven bathrooms, which should be enough for the huge parties you'd probably throw in home like this.  Oh, the asking price? A cool 58 million dollars. With three floors, indoor and outdoor pools, a huge wine cellar and an underground garage, it might be worth it.

And finally, with one hundred million dollars, you could buy the most expensive apartment ever listed in New York City.  It's the penthouse that takes up the top three floors of the CitySpire building, overlooking Central Park. 8,000 square feet of living space, plus an additional apartment below for staff members and a wine cellar with room for a thousand bottles of your finest.

Of course, if you are in the market for a new house and your tastes aren't quite as extravagant, I can certainly help you find a beautiful home here in North Carolina. Just let me know how I can help you!


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Photo courtesy Wayne31r (House Island) and Troy McClure SF (CitySpire Penthouse)/