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The Top 10 Most Expensive Houses in the World
The most expensive homes in the world are pretty much what you’d expect: opulent mansions with swimming pools, bowling alleys and panic rooms galore. Ordinary folks would never be able to afford these houses, never mind the staff, upkeep, property taxes and home insurance. So if you can’t afford to live on the pinnacle of luxury, you’ll have to make do by checking out this list of the top 10 most expensive houses in the world.
Antilla—Mumbia, India ($2 billion)
When your net worth is $65 billion, I suppose it makes sense to build a $2 billion home, especially one with a six level garage that can fit 168 cars. Antilla is 550 feet high with 400,000 square feet of interior space spread over 27 stories (but because the ceilings are so high, it’s actually around 60 stories). Features of the home include 9 elevators, a health club, stages for entertainment, a helipad, an air traffic control facility and a home insurance bill like you wouldn’t believe. No two floor plans are alike, and different materials are used in each level.
Villa Leopolda—Cote D’Azur, France ($506 million)
Villa Leopolda was originally built by King Leopold II of Belgium, in 1902. It’s located on the French Riviera, the playground of the rich and famous, on a majestic hilltop with the best sea views in the south of France. Set among 20 acres of gardens, it boasts 19 bedrooms, sports courts, numerous kitchens, a movie theatre and a bowling alley.
Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills ($165 million)
Hearst Mansion, the former home of media baron William Randolph Hearst, is one of the most expensive private residence ever listed in the United States. It occupies 6.5 acres, including 72,000 sq ft of living space spread over six residences. For your personal enjoyment, the mansion features 3 swimming pools, 2 tennis courts, a private movie theatre, a disco and numberous statues from Hearst Castle at San Simeon.
One Hyde Park, The Penthouse—London ($200 million)
This six-bedroom, two-floor apartment costs more than $9,000 per square foot. That price will get you loads of unnecessary features, including a 360-degree video screen/mirror which allows the owner to examine themselves from the back with the help of a time delay. You will also enjoy a panic room, floor-to-ceiling bullet-proof windows, views across the Serpentine, a private car park, 24 hour room service and access to spas and squash courts.
Fairfield Pond—The Hamptons ($175 million)
Publicity-shy Ira Rennert, a billionaire businessman and investor, built the largest occupied residential compound in America. The grounds total over 100,000 square feet, including a 66,000 square foot main residence that has 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms and a dozen chimneys. It also features a bowling alley, two tennis courts, two squash courts, a basketball court and a $150,000 hot tub—one more reason never to leave Fairfield Pond.
Franchuk Villa, Kensington, UK: ($161 million)
Formerly a girls’ preparatory school, this large Kensington mansion swapped books and pencils for marble paneling and basement swimming pools. The mansion boasts 21,000 square feet of living space with 20 foot ceilings, as well as a sauna, gym, movie theatre and news room. It also has a panic room, which seems to be a standard feature in multi-million dollar mansions.
Updown Court—Windlesham, England ($138 billion)
Updown Court sells itself as “The Most Important Private Residence to be Built in England since the 19th century. That’s probably true, considering it’s bigger than the royal residences of Hampton Court Palace and Buckingham Palace. The 103-room mansion is nestled in 58 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands and is constructed from some of the rarest materials on Earth. The property also features 24 bedrooms, a fully-automated bowling alley, five swimming pools, a wine cellar, and of course a panic room.
Three Ponds— Bridgehampton, New York ($75 million)
This 60-acre farmland property has a long list of excessive features. In addition to its three namesake ponds and 20,000 square foot main house, the grounds include a grass tennis court, a swimming pool, two three-car garages, separate staff quarters, vegetable gardens, lily walks, butterfly gardens, a barn, orangeries and various other outbuildings. The most excessive features? A full 18 hole golf course, complete with pro shop and golf club.
Penthouse at the Pierre—New York ($70 million)
New York is notorious for expensive real estate, but can you imagine paying $70 mil for an apartment? That said, the Penthouse does encompass the top three floors of the Pierre Hotel, one of the most renowned New York hotels (and also a place where staff outnumbers guests 3 to 1). The penthouse has five huge bedrooms, 7 full baths, 5 fireplaces and separate guest suites and staff accommodations. The living room was the original ballroom at The Pierre, with 23 foot high curved ceilings and 20 foot French doors overlooking the park. Just your average New York apartment!
Rocky Oaks Estate—Malibu, California ($65 million)
Malibu oozes glamour, so it might come as a surprise that their biggest listing goes for a mere $65 million. Rocky Oaks is a 37-acre Tuscan estate with a 9,000 square foot house, a 9,500-vine award-winning vineyard, helicopter landing pads, a guest house and a guard gate. It also features 360-degree views of hills with hundreds of citrus, avocado, olive and fruit and nut trees. Oh, I forgot to mention the 5,000 sq ft Egyptian limestone deck.