Who needs a real estate bubble? Not us, that’s for sure. Take the bank out of the equation by being rich! Having shelter from the elements is a basic necessity, and having someplace to put all your tech toys is awesome too. Rain doesn’t go well with electronics. For the super rich, there is a plethora of options. Here are the top 10 most expensive houses in the world.
10. Toprak Mansion, London ($92 million)
Only the second most expensive house in England, this 30,000 sq. ft. palace comes with seven bedroom suites, four kitchens, a swimming pool and a Turkish bath that seats 20. Feel like one grand staircase isn’t enough? That’s fine, this place has two. Are you sick of never having enough room for your many plasma screen televisions and pool tables? It also comes with a leisure complex. An entire complex for leisure – sounds good to me!
9. Maison de L’Amitie, Palm Beach ($125 million)
This is what they meant by “dream house”. Featuring 475 feet of ocean front, 18 bedrooms, 20-40 foot ceilings, a 4,100 sq. ft. conservatory with Venetian-style mouldings, and two quest HOUSES, this is truly a palace. Do you like art? It comes with an art gallery. Want to swim, but the ocean isn’t doing it for you? There is an in-house 100ft swimming pool. Other amenities include a ballroom, carriage house, and a media room.
8. Starwood Estate, Aspen ($135 million)
For those who enjoy the rugged beauty of Aspen, this estate is 56,000 sq. ft. and features 15 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms. Truly massive, the house is surrounded by several smaller buildings, stables, and a tennis court. Tired of skiing? The home also includes an indoor swimming pool.
7. Updown Court, Windlesham ($139 million)
Here it is, the most expensive house on the planet, and so well known that the house has its own website. With 103 rooms and 5 swimming pools for variety, this estate takes up 58.23 acres. It features 24 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, 7 reception rooms, a bowling alley, a 50-seat screening room and a squash court. Need a place to park? There is underground parking for at least eight cars and a helipad for private landings. Make sure you bring walkie-talkies into this place; you might never see your guests otherwise. Then again, maybe they’re staying in one of the two staff/guest houses, chilling in the separate manager’s office or the security lodge.
6. Franchuk Villa, Kensington ($161 Million)
Until 1997 this Victorian Villa was home to a prep school for girls. It was later purchased by Ukrainian AIDS philanthropist, Elena Franchuk which is how it received the name “Franchuk Villa”. After she purchased it Franchuk put roughly $10 Million into fixing the place up.
5. Hearst Mansion, Beverley Hills ($165 Million)
This home was originally owned by American newspaper magnate and leading newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. His life story was portrayed in a movie that you might have heard of, Citizen Kane where the main character Orson Welles is a depiction of Hearst. You may recognize this house from many major motion pictures, most notably from The Godfather.
4. Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons ($170 Million)
Owned by Russian billionaire, Ira Rennert, Fairfield Pond is the largest residential compound in America. The buildings on the compound total over 110,000 sq ft, including the 66,000-sqft main house which has a total of 29 bedrooms, and 39 bathrooms. One of the highlights of the property is the $150,000 hot tub!
3. One Hyde Park, London ($221 Million)
Home to the World’s Most Expensive Penthouse, this residential/retail space is home to many $20 Million + condos, but the one that takes the cake is the Penthouse which sold for an astonishing $221 Million!
2. Villa Leopolda, French Riviera ($525 Million)
Villa La Leopolda was built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium as a gift for his mistress Blanche Zélia Joséphine Delacroix. The house was also used in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief in 1955.
1. Antilla, Mumbai ($1 Billion)
By far the most expensive, and first home to break a BILLION DOLLARS, Antilla is the definition of excessive. Essentially a condo for one man, this castle has a staff of 600 servants and is owned by the worlds 5th richest man Mukesh Ambani, head Reliance Industries (Indian petrol giant).