There was a time when Kings & Emperors used to live in big forts and palaces. But, as the time passed and their reins ended, only the rich can afford such huge mansions. Seeing the places and estimated price of these mansions, we have prepared a list of top 10 most expensive houses in the world. Also, these mansions have everything like Swimming Pools, Gardens, you name it and they have it. The owners of these houses are some of the richest people in the world, people whose cleverness, acumen, and very hard work has gotten them more money than most of us could ever imagine – a $1,000,000 house seems impossibly extravagant in this day and age! We know you would be wishing that you had one of those. Before deciding to buy such mansion, check out the price of top 10 most expensive houses in the world.
1. Antilia, Mumbai, India – $1 billion
By far the most expensive house on this list – to give you an idea, you could afford to buy multiple houses on this list for the price of the Antilia – this thing is definitely not worth its price tag. Although it was designed by forward-thinking Chicagoan architects Perkins & Will, and features a temple, a health-level, a home-theatre, three helipads, and a garage with space for 168 cars, it’s unimaginable that any house could ever be worth one billion dollars.
The house is 400,000 square feet, but rather than being flat and wide, like say a ranch, it’s a 27-story skyscraper. To compare to the Penthouse in London, here square feet are only $2.50 apiece – considerably more bang for your buck (or pound for your pound!)
2. Buckingham Palace
|| $1.5 billion
The Queen’s residence was valued at roughly $1.5 billion by the Nationwide Building Society in 2012. In addition, the property holds a massive structure having 775 rooms, including 19 staterooms, 52 bedrooms, 188 staff rooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Actually, technically it is not a house but it not certainly for sale. It is officialy at the top of most expensive houses in the world.
3. Villa Leopolda, Villefrance-Sur-Mer, France
Most of the properties on this list are relatively new. If they were not, chances are people wouldn’t pay that much money to get them. Expensive old homes either become part of the cultural patrimony or are bulldozed to make space for something new. The Villa Leopolda has been around for quite some time, though. King Leopold of Belgium had it built in 1902 as a gift to one of his mistresses (mustn’t she have been charming?).
In 2008, a Russian billionaire named Mikhail Prokhorov tried to buy the house and it was valued at 500 million euros, or roughly 750 million USD. Despite not having all the cool stuff the rest of these homes do, the Villa Leopolda is a monument to aristocratic good taste, and does, after all, occupy 50 acres of desirable land.
4. Penthouse at Tour de Odeon, Monaco
Monaco, like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is known for its extreme, sun-soaked luxury. The penthouse at the Tour de Odeon there has been called the most expensive apartment in the world.
It’s in the second tallest building on the Mediterranean skyline, and it has fun hookups like a 360° view of the water, and access to a rooftop infinity pool with a waterslide that goes into it. Plus, the apartment is in Monaco, a tax haven that attracts high-rollers, so life in general is pretty glitzy.
5. Four Fairfield Pond
|Sagaponack, New York
|| $250 – 260 million
This 29-bedroom home sits on an area of 63 acres and has its own power plant. In addition to that, it has 39 bathrooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts, three swimming pools, and a 91-foot long dining room. It is owned by the Ira Rennert who owns the Renco Group, a holding company with investments in auto manufacturing and smelting.
6. Kensington Palace Gardens
|| $222 – 250 Million
This residential mansion has 12 bedrooms, Turkish baths, an indoor pool, and parking for 20 cars. It is owned by the steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, the head of the largest manufacturer Arcelor Mittal, and is one of Forbes 100 Richest Indians. Also, it is located near the house of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
7. The Penthouse
This apartment in London costs more than six-thousand pounds, or $9,500, per square foot. That’s absurdly expensive, considering that a square foot can hold like, a $1 jug of distilled water. But it comes with some good add-ons, including floor-to-ceiling windows, a panic room, SAS trained security guards, bullet-proof windows, 24-hour room service from celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, an access to luxurious spas and squash courts.
8. Palazzo di Amore
At $195 million dollars, this home is in the top tier of expensive homes in the world. Its title, Italian for “Palace of Love,” really does it justice: this place would seduce you immediately.
The Palazzo di Amore is a 53,000 square foot Mediterranean-style villa. 15,000, or roughly ¼ of that, is an entertainment complex containing a ballroom with a revolving dance floor. The house also has amenities such as 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, a bowling alley, a theater, tennis courts, swimming pools, reflecting pools, waterfalls and a garage that can fit 27 cars. If you lived in this California mansion, you would never have to leave.
9. Ellison Estate
|| $205 – 215 Million
Having a man-made lake, a koi pond, a bathhouse and also a tea house, this mansion is owned by Larry Ellison, who is the co-founder of Oracle and was the third richest man in 2013 as voted by none other than Forbes. A house as luxurious as this one should be on a list of most expensive houses in the world.
10. Hearst Castle
|San Simeon, California
||William Randolph Hearst’s trustees
|| $190 – 200 Million
The 27-bedroom castle, came to fame when it was used in the movie “The Godfather”. Also, it was hosted by John and Jackie Kennedy, Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, and other famous figures. The castle was built by the country’s first newspaper magnate. Also, it is now a heritage and tourist site of the California Park System.
11. Spelling Manor
The 57,000 square foot home sold for an undisclosed price in 2012, but it was listed at $150 million. It has fourteen bedrooms and twenty-seven bathrooms, along with certain highly specialized activity rooms, such as a wrapping room and a silverware-storage room.
12. Shepard Krech House
As of July 27th, 2015, this property, whose main residence is called the Shepard Krech house, is the most expensive property for sale in America. Located in the East Hamptons, this property extends over 11.2 acres of some of the most expensive land in, well, the land.
The house itself is 10,300 square feet, or big enough to have 10 bedrooms, four fireplaces, a workout room, an art gallery, a conservatory, and a guest-house. In other words, if you can afford to buy this house, then you can afford to literally never leave again, and never get bored because your house is like basically a mini city. All you would need is friends.
13. One Hyde Park Penthouse – Knightsbridge, Central London
Price Tag: $137 million
Property Details: 385,000 sq ft (35,800 m2) and 86 residential properties
Owner: Project Grande (Guernsey) Limited,
Unique Features: This apartment that located in Hyde Park is considered one of the most expensive flat in the world at the price of £6,000 per sq/ft. This apartment specializes in a top level security system. There are systems such as panic room, bulletproof window, iris scanner, and you can find a tunnel to the nearby area of Mandarin hotel. There are communal spas, squash courts and you can find amazing wine tasting rooms here. Of Course, this apartment will be served 24 hours by the staffs.
14. Fleur de Lys – Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Price Tag: $760 million
Property Details: Five acres of land in Holmby Hills, the 45,000-square-foot property
Owner: Former junk bond king Michael Milken
Unique Features: The 12-bedroom, 15-bathroom home, which was modeled after the French castle Vaux le Vicomte when it was built in 2002, has a 3,000-square-foot wine cellar with a tasting room, two-story library, commercial kitchen, cutlery room and spacious ballroom.