A home is a place where we can spend most of our fortune, afford incredible luxuries and flaunt wealth. But for most of us, the size of the house doesn’t matter what essential is the sense of comfort and modesty. If you talk about billionaire homes such as Ira Renner, Mukesh Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal, their houses are architectural examples made of lavishness and pride. Their lavishness and uniqueness not only inspire civilians towards riches but also provide opportunities for technological innovations and experiment.
In this article, we take a look at all kinds of houses, from Penthouses in Monaco to Palaces in England. So, without further briefing, here’s a list of the 10 most expensive houses/mansions in the world.
1. Buckingham Palace
Location: London, Worth: $2.9 Billion
Buckingham Palace tops the world’s most expensive house list. The palace is owned by the British Royal family and is one of a number of luxury properties in its collection. It is located in Westminster, London, and has 775 rooms, including 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices and 19 dining rooms.
Since 1873, it has been the royal family official residence. The palace is about 828,000 square feet large and the garden alone is 40 acres. Despite its impressive size and taking the title of the world’s most expensive house, it is not yet the world’s largest palace.
Location: Mumbai, Worth: $1 Billion
Antilia is undoubtedly the priciest private residence in the country, sometimes priced at $1 billion. The 400,000 square foot building is located in the neighbourhood of Cumballa Hill in Mumbai. Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and reportedly the richest person in India belongs to the elevated villa, apparently named after a mythic island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Designed and developed by the Architectural firm of Chicago, Perkins & Will, Hirsch Bender Associates, and hospitality design company. It holds many luxurious amenities which includes three helipads, a 50-seat movie theatre and six floors of parking space that can accommodate 168 cars. There are around 600 staff members who are maintaining this big mansion.
3. Villa Leopolda
Location: France, Worth: $750 Million
Villa La Leopolda is a palatial villa situated in the Alpes-Maritimes on the French Riviera, with cascading terraces. This 20-acre villa has a prestigious legacy of owners like Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Izaak and Dorothy J. Killam. This has been owned since 1987 by a Swiss businessman, Edmond Safra, who transferred it to his beneficiary and lover, Lily Safra.
There is a commercial greenhouse, a helipad, an outdoor garden, and a beautiful pool and was the location for the 1955 film To Catch a Thief featuring Alfred Hitchcock. Villa La Leopolda is named after its original owner: In the early 20th century King Leopold II of Belgium gave the estate to his mistress Blanche Zelia Josephine Delacroix.
4. Villa Les Cedres
Location: France, Worth: $450 Million
Villa Les Cèdres is located in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. It was first built in 1830 and bought by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1904. It was previously considered the most expensive house on the market until 2017. The property is set on approximately 35 acres of gardens, and its name derives from the many cedar trees on its grounds.
The house itself is approximately 18,000 square feet and consists of 14 bedrooms. It also has an Olympic swimming pool and a large stable which is large enough for 30 horses.
5. Odeon Tower Penthouse
Location: Monaco, Worth: $400 Million
The title of the most expensive apartment in the world may soon be in the penthouse above the new Odeon Tower in Monaco. The five-storey penthouse will have 35,500 square feet of interior space, along with a master bedroom. Special features include a curved open-air swimming pool and a two-story water slide twisted into the upper floors of the building.
Architect Alexandre Giraldi designed the Tour Odeon, built by the Mazococo Group. The penthouse consists of a private elevator on several levels. If that’s not enough, then how about a private water slide into a 360-degree view of the infinity pool?
6. Le Palais Bulles
Location: France, Worth: $390 Million
Le Palais Bulle was designed by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag and constructed between 1975 and 1989. It is also known as a bubble palace, and the reason behind this unusual name is a collection of circular rooms that look out over the Mediterranean Sea. Bubble Palace is now owned by Pierre Cardin, an Italian-born French fashion designer. The property is mainly used by Pierre as a vacation home as well as a glamorous venue for activities and parties including when Dior showed his cruise collection at indoor/outdoor fashion shows there.
Its highlights include a big lounge with beautiful panoramic views of the Bay of Cannes, 28 Room made with an exterior of sandy brown concrete, a 500-seat amphitheatre built into the hillside grounds, numerous gardens and three swimming pools.
7. Four Fairfield Pond
Location: New York, Worth: $248 Million
Four Fairfield Pond is the home of Ira Renner, owner of the Renno Group, an investment company in the smelting and manufacturing sector. This luxury mansion is located in the Hamptons, on 63 acres of beachfront land. This house is furnished with 29 bedrooms, an expensive 91-foot dining room, 39 bathrooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, tennis courts, squash courts and three swimming pools.
It requires a gigantic amount of electricity to power the mansion, fortunately, the house comes with its own on-site power plant. Four Fairfield Pond also has a garage which can hold up to 100 cars.
8. Ellison Estate
Location: California, Worth: $200 Million
This $ 200 million property is one of the most expensive houses in the world and owned by Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle and one of the richest men in the world. Because of the vastness of the estate, the property contains more than one home, 23-acres to be precise. There are ten separate properties inside this property, a tea house and a bathhouse, a man-made lake and a Koi pond.
Most of the property’s architecture is inspired by Japan and was modelled after a palace of the Japanese emporiums. Paul Driscoll, the architect and teacher of Zen Buddhism, designed this house. There are also many very expensive trees on the farm, such as cherry flowers, maples, oaks and redwoods.
9. Palazzo di Amore
Location: California, Worth: $195 Million
The Palazzo di Amore is a Mediterranean-style villa that tops 53,000 square feet of space in Beverly Hills, California. It is owned by successful real estate entrepreneur, Jeff Green. The Mederteranian-style Villa has an entertainment complex containing a ballroom with a revolving dance floor.
Apart from this, it has 12 bedrooms, numerous swimming pools 23 bathrooms, a bowling alley, a theatre, tennis courts, swimming pools, reflecting pools, waterfalls and a garage that can comfortably fit 27 cars. The house generally looks more like a holiday resort than someone’s home but still, it is one of the worlds most expensive homes.
10. Kensington Palace
Location: London, Worth: $128 Million
In one of the most exclusive areas in London, 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens is on the Billionaires List. The property now belongs to Indian business magnate and billionaire, Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal’s Chairman & CEO. Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal calls this Kensington Palace Gardens home his “Taj Mittal,” which he purchased from English businessman Bernie Ecclestone in 2004 for £57 million.
Mittal refurbished it with marble coming from the same quarry as the Taj Mahal itself. It has 55,000 square feet of space, 12 bedrooms, a Turkish bath, an indoor swimming pool, a photo gallery, a ballroom and enough 20 car parking spaces.