Top 7 Most Expensive Houses in the World

For the last couple of years we’ve been hearing how the “Real Estate Bubble” affected the house prices, but after some research, it seems that it hasn’t done any harm to the value of the most expensive houses in the world. This brought me the opportunity to share with your the Top 7 Most Expensive Houses in the World to date:

1. Antilla Mumbai

Location: Mumbai, India

Price: $1 billion (estimated)

Owner: Mukesh Ambani

Named Antilla, the house owned by Mukesh and Nita Ambani, is a 27-storey, 40,000-square foot tower. Known for its custom measurements and fittings, Antilla comes with a six-story car park. In this house lives the man himself, his wife, his 3 children and his mother Kokilaben. The house has a staff of 600 people to do the maintenance activities.

The house has been designed after consultation with architecture firms Perkins and Will & Hirsch Bedner Associates based in Dallas and Los Angeles. No floors in their home are alike. Each floor has a different layout, material and design. Atop the parking lot begins the living space with nine elevators in their lobby. The house also boasts of a silver coloured railing large ballroom with 80% of its ceiling covered with crystal chandeliers. The 570-foot tall mostly glass, the tower has 600 staff to handle the chores. There is a crystal chandelier in the ballroom ceiling. It also features retractable showcases for artwork and entertainment stages. Each floor is double the average height.

The head of Reliance Industries, a oil and petrochemicals giant, Mukesh Ambani holds a net worth of $29 billion, allowing him a place in our Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 list.

Interesting facts:

  • 3 helipads on top. Mumbai corporation has not given permission for making this operational yet
  • Hanging gardens within the structure
  • Swimming pool within the structure
  • A two story Health centre
  • Parking space for 168 cars (6 floors). I initially thought that meant there will be a mini office in the building but apparently that is not the case. All these cars will belong to Mukesh Ambani! Just in case you are interested, he
  • drives a 5 Maybach now.
  • A floor exclusively for servicing these automobiles within the building.
  • A floor for Home theater – sitting capacity of 50

2. Villa Leopolda

Location: Cote d’Azur, France

Price: $506 million

Owner: Lily Safra

This villa on the French Riviera was built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium and takes its name from him. It belonged to Edmond Safra, and still belongs to his wife Lily. This 80,000+ sq/ft estate showcases beautiful antiques, boasts 19 bedrooms, sports courts, bowling alley, multiple kitchens and dining rooms and movie theatre. The Villa also includes lavish gardens.

Until 2010, Villa Leopolda was the most expensive house in the world. A Russian billionaire called Mikhail Proklhorov lost a $53 million deposit on a sprawling villa called Villa Leopolda on the French Riviera after a court in Nice refused to return the lump sum. He backed out of the sale of the clifftop Villa Leopolda after promising to buy it for €390 million in 2008. The luxury property has had many price tags but it’s average price has hovered around the staggering $500 million. That was until Antilla Mumbai was unleashed, the first billion dollar house.

The villa was used as the location of Lermontov’s villa in The Red Shoes. The heroine climb the steps to the villa thinking that she’s been invited to dinner when really she is going to be given the star role in the new ballet.

Interesting facts:

  • Villa Leopolda is most famous, not for the King’s gift to his lover, but because of one the home’s rumored owners, Bill Gates
  • Villa Leopolda has been featured on many television shows like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and VH1’s Fabulous Life Of. It has also been featured in many magazines such as Forbes, and is constantly considered one of the foremost historical properties in all of Europe

3. The Penthouse

Location: London, UK

Price: $200 million

Owner:N/A

The Penthouse is recognized as the most expensive flat in the world and is located atop, Number One Hyde Park, one of the most highly desired addresses in London. Resident security is tight with SAS guards, panic rooms, bulletproof windows, iris scanners and even a secret tunnel to the nearby Mandarin Hotel. The building has communal spas, squash courts and wine tasting rooms, and the penthouse is served by 24 hour room service.

Interesting facts:

  • One Hyde Park, which boasts 86 properties starting at around $30 million, is the brainchild of luxury property developers Christian and Nick Candy, and according to The Daily Telegraph 65% of the flats and penthouses have now been purchased.

4. Fairfield Pond

Location: The Hamptons, New York, USA

Price: $170 million

Owner: Ira Rennert

The 63-acre home of American investor and businessman Ira Rennert is considered the largest residential compound in entire America. The publicity shy billionaire owns the most valuable home in the Hamptons; with 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, as well as a huge dining room (91 feet long), 5 sports courts, bowling alley and a $150,000-hot tub.

Interesting facts:

  • This is a beachfront home is completely use for private house. People was hard to believe for the first time that this house is not used for hotel, spa or retreat place.

5. Hearst Mansion

Location: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Price: $165 million

Owner: Leonard Ross

This Luxurious home that located on Beverly Hills is formerly the prestigious home of the U.S. newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for the main character in “Citizen Kane”. The house has 6 separate residence, three swimming pools, eight fireplace, tennis courts, night club and 29 bedrooms. Those facility is spread in 6 hectares area in the famous platinum triangle neighborhood in Beverly Hills. This renowned house was purchased by Leonard Ross, a lawyer and investor in 1976 that wanted a change of lifestyle.

Interesting facts:

  • Former US President John F Kennedy stayed in the mansion during his honeymoon
  • The estate became a pop-culture icon after being used in The Godfather movie, when the infamous severed horse’s head turned up in the owner’s bed
  • If you own this house you become the close neighbor of Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham

6. Franchuk Villa

Location: Kensington, UK

Price: $161 million

This Victorian Villa was a girl’s prep school until 1997.

Bought by developers and upgraded in 2006 with more than 10 million pounds, it was purchased by Ukrainian AIDS philanthropist Elena Franchuk.This 5-story home is freestanding, with 10 bedrooms, an underground swimming pool, movie theatre, panic room, saunas and gym.

7. The Pinnacle

Location: Montana, USA

Price: $155 million

Owner: Tim and Edra Blixseth

The first luxury ski-lodge to make the top ten, The Pinnacle is said to be the largest property in the exclusive billionaires-only private ski and golf community, “Yellowstone Club.” Owned by American billionaire Tim and Edra Blixseth, the lodge has 10 bedrooms and includes heated flooring throughout, fireplaces in all bathrooms and a huge wine cellar, an indoor/outdoor pool, gym and massage room

Source: rediff.com, collthings.co.uk, www.doughroller.net, overseaspropertymall.com
This Luxurious home that located on Beverly Hills is formerly the prestigious home of the U.S. newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The house has 6 separate residence, three swimming pools, eight fireplace, tennis courts, night club and 29 bedrooms. Those facility is spread in 6 hectares area in the famous platinum triangle neighborhood in Beverly Hills. This renowned house was purchased by Leonard Ross, a lawyer and investor in 1976 that wanted a change of lifestyle. If you own this house you become the close neighbor of Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham. 

“The Pinnacle,” Montana, US: $155 million

This ski Lodge is the largest property in the exclusive private ski and golf community “Yellowstone Club”. You can get a conclusions that this become the owner’s home. Yes, It’s true. It’s the home of Tim and Edra Blixseth. It’s not that big compared to other house in this list with only 10 bedrooms. What’s the facility can be found here? You can find the heated flooring system that stretched throughout the house, fireplace in all bathrooms, a huge wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pool as well as gym and massage room.

The Manor – Los Angeles – $150 Million
Spelling towers is still on the market, after the wife of the television producer Aaron Spelling put it up for sale two years ago – despite not selling, the huge price tag has remained static at a staggering $150 million. Set in 4.2 acres, the 123 room chateau-style mansion has a cinema, bowling alley, tennis courts, swimming pool, a 100 car parking lot and three rooms dedicated purely to the art of present wrapping.

This house was built in 1991 with French Chateau style. This house has 5,248 square meters of room area with more than 4.6 hectares total house area. It’s also the biggest house with the private ownership in the Los Angeles County. The main house is located at the end of long road and well protected with security system. You can find bowling alley, humidity controlled silver warehouse, tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, and luxurious woman beauty care such as beauty salon in the attic and a spa. You can find several garden as well like 18th century style gardens,roof gardens and orange gardens. This house has a parking lot that large enough to park up to 100 cars. You can also find private cinemas on this luxury house.

Updown Court, Windlesham, Surrey, UK: $139 million

This amazing house builton 58 acre land in the Windlesham neighborhood. This huge structure offers 103 rooms with all facility you can imagine as a rich person. There’s a private cinemas in the north part of the house as well as bowling alley for recreation of the owner. You can find horse barn, squash and tennis courts in case you want to get some refreshing with sport. You can find a marble drive away as well that wait you every morning with a parking lot that large enough to park up to 8 limousines.

One Hyde Park – London – £135 million

Launched at a lavish, celebrity studded party in January 2011, One Hyde Park is reputed to be the most expensive residential property in the world – retailing in excess of £6,000 per square foot. Composed of 86 properties, one of which is rumoured to have sold for £135 million, the building boasts a private cinema, sauna, gym, swimming pool, golf simulator, wine cellar, concierge, valet and room service, never mind the highly desirable address.

Dracula’s Castle, Romania: $ 135 million
Dracula’s Castle seems like a bad name but it’s actually a Romanian castle. The castle became a museum during 1980s. The owner of the castle, Archduke Dominic put up the castle for sale. This amazing house, though named as a castle has 57 rooms, 17 bedrooms and unique and beautiful antique furniture.

 

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