When we talk about homes, most of us think about a place where we feel secure and comfortable. However, for those referred to as the richest people on earth, there is more to a home than just being a piece of utility. Wealthy billionaires consider homes a place where they can channel millions of money for both comfort and to flaunt their unimaginable luxury.
With so many billionaires out there, one may be left questioning – which are the most expensive houses in the world? Whether you want to gain inspiration from these unique architectural designs or you simply want to fantasize living in any of these residences, brace yourself to be awed by the below most expensive homes list.
1. Buckingham Palace - $2.9 Billion
This doesn’t come as a surprise because it is the official residence of the British Royal family since 1873. However, we have to hand it down to the Buckingham palace as it is the most lavish property on our list.
Located in Westminster in London, the Buckingham palace has 775 rooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 19 staterooms. Somebody can easily get lost in this palace. This luxurious property sits on 828,000 square feet of land. As big as this palace may seem, kindly note that it's not the biggest and were it to be sold, it would cost an estimate of $2.9 billion.
2. Antilla - $1 Billion
Antilla located in Mumbai is ranked as the most expensive house in the entire world. This luxurious home was built by Perkins & Will, an architecture company based in Chicago and the popular Hirsch Bender associates.
When we started this blog post, we talked about how the wealthy have a taste of the finer things in life. Well, to prove that point, the Antilla was built for Mukesh Ambani who is the MD of Reliance Industries. Mukesh is the richest man in India.
Unlike other billionaires who build their homes far from prying eyes, the Antilla takes up 400,000 square feet of Mumbai City. It’s a 27 storey building that was designed to withstand an earthquake of a magnitude eight.
Inside the Antilla, there is a 50 seat movie theatre, a temple, nine elevators, and 6 storey car garage. At the top of the roof, you will find a helipad. Within the same premises, there is an ice cream room, a bunch of cinemas, and a yoga studio amongst others. The entire house is serviced by over 600 staff.
3. Villa Leopolda - $750 Million
Do you think that the villas in Hawaii are luxurious? Well, the Villa Leopolda takes the word luxury to the next level. Home to Lily Safra, widow to the late Lebanese Brazilian Banker Edmund Safra, this villa uses up 50 acres in the Frances Alps-Maritime.
There is a helipad, a commercial greenhouse, a bunch of swimming pools, 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. This villa has been a home to King Leopold II of Belgium and Ogden Codman Jr, a popular architect in the 1920’s. It’s also where To Catch a Thief was filmed.
4. Villa Les Cedres - $450 Million
Villa Les Cedres also belonged to King Leopold II. It appears this guy had great taste in real estate. Estimated to be worth half a billion dollars, the Villa Les Cedres was ranked the most expensive house in 2017. This is before the above three overtook it with time.
Its name is derived from the many cedar trees found in the 35-acre garden. The entire villa stands on 18,000 square feet of land. There is a 30 horse stable and an Olympic size swimming pool. Being an old villa, here you will find popular 19th-century paintings, crystal chandeliers, and a wood-paneled library with a collection of more than 3,000 books.
5. Les Palais Bulles - $390 Million
Popularly known as the Bubble Palace, the architectural design of this home makes it a very unique place to live in. Built during the 1980s, the Les Palais Bulles features a set of round rooms facing the Mediterranean Sea.
It was built by Antti Lovag, a famous architect who was inspired by man’s early dwellings. The Las Palais Bulles has an amphitheater that can accommodate 500 people. It has several gardens and three swimming pools.
Currently, Les Palais Bulles is owned by Pierre Cardin who is a popular French fashion designer.
6. The Odeon Tower Penthouse - $300 Million
Monaco is one of the most luxurious tourist destinations. It’s natural beauty, breath-taking seaside, and glamorous atmosphere attracts people from all over the world. Well, Groupe Marzocco, an elite real estate company saw this as an opportunity to create one of the most expensive homes in this beautiful environment.
The apartment measures 35,000 square feet spread out on several floors and comes with a private elevator. Everything about the Odeon Tower Penthouse is amazing. Starting with the 360-degree view pool, a state of the art gym, and many other facilities. If you love the life of a party and are willing to spend $300 million, then be on the lookout for this penthouse when it gets back to the market.
7. Four Fairfield Pond – $248 Million
Our most expensive homes list would be incomplete if we didn’t look at this beautiful palace in New York City. Going for an estimated value of $248 million, the Four Fairfield Pond is the home to Ira Renner, owner of the smelting company Renno group.
The palatial home sits on a 63-acre piece of land. Inside there is a bowling alley, basketball court, 39 bathrooms, and 29 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, and a 91-foot dining room. This gigantic mansion has its power plant within the premises and a humungous car garage that can at least 100 cars.
Other expensive homes that are worth looking at include;
Ellison Estate worth $200 Million
Palazzo di Amore worth $195 Million
18-19 Kensington Gardens worth $128 Million
Mesa Vista Ranch worth $250 Million
Out of the thousands of luxurious homes built all over the world, the above are the 7 most expensive houses. Ranging from villas to palaces, waking up in a multi-million dollar home will definitely change your perception of luxury and class.
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