A man’s home is his castle, and he is entitled to do anything and spend any amount he deems fit to make his home as comfortable and as luxurious as possible. A lover of cars would probably erect a huge garage, while an athletic person would build different sports facilities.
Here is a list of the ten most expensive houses in the world. Some of its amenities may seem outright ridiculous, but as they say, to each his own.
1. Antilia, Mumbai, India – $1 billion
Yes, you read that right. The most expensive home in the world is worth a billion dollars. I am not sure how many hungry children that a billion dollars can help feed, but for Mukesh Ambani, no amount is too much to attain a perfect home. The house has 27 storeys…that is not a typo as the house indeed has 27 storeys! Some hotels do not even go up that high!
You may ask what exactly are in these 27 storeys. With a total of 40,000 square feet, the house, as you may expect, has almost everything. If anyone in the family needs to exercise, there is a floor for athletic activities there. For the family’s spiritual needs, a temple dedicated to Krishna is available. Do you want to exercise your mind and soul? Ambani had a yoga studio built into the house. Late night relaxation and after-work unwinding can be done in the house bar. And just in case you need to research for anything, the house also has its own library. And you will never get bored either, as each floor has its own unique design and materials.
Ambani also has a passion for cars. He already has nearly 170 cars in his collection, all stored in six of the house’s floors that are all designated as parking lots.
With all these stuff going on, how exactly does it get maintained? Well, a staff of 600 personnel has been hired to do all the work and make sure that the house is spanking clean.
2. Villa Leopolda, Cote d’Azur, France – $506 million
Standing on 20 acres of prime real estate on the French Riviera, this villa has two houses covering 80,000 square feet. The house’s ownership has been the subject of speculations, with some saying that Microsoft founder Bill Gates has bought the place, and others claiming that a Russian billionaire tycoon is the one that calls this as his home (or one of his homes). What is definite is that it was originally built for Belgian King Leopold, and this house is indeed fit for royalty. It has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, as well as a garden dotted with cypress, lemon and olive trees. It also has a private beach front of the most beautiful beach of southern France.
3. The Penthouse, London, England – $200 million
This is actually a flat. But it is not just any flat, but The Penthouse that offer amazing views of Central London. Conveniently located in Hyde Park, The Penthouse also has its own car park and room to taste wines. Need to pump up your heart rate? This place has access to several squash courts. Need to relax? There are a number of spas nearby. Are you paranoid about your security? The Penthouse has bulletproof windows and a panic room. It also has an iris-check device designed to scan anyone who wants to enter your place. Butler and chambermaid services are also available 24 hours a day.
4. Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons, New York – $170 million
This house is the largest residential compound in the entire United States. Covering 63 acres, it is owned by businessman Ira Rennert. It has 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms, one of which is outfitted with a $150,000 tub. It also has its own bowling inn and five tennis courts.
5. Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills, California – $165 million
Beverly Hills is the enclave of the rich, and the Heart Mansion is the richest of them all. Built by American publisher William Hearst, it is now owned by lawyer Leonard Ross. And he is enjoying the house’s 29 bedrooms, 8 fireplaces, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts and a nightclub; all spread over six separate residences.
6. Franchuk Villa, Kensington, England – $161 million
The Victorian-era-style house has 21,000 square feet of space and features a building with six floors and 20-foot ceilings. Located in central London, it has several private cinemas, a basement swimming pool and a modern gym.
7. The Pinnacle, Montana – $155 million
Located in the exclusive ski and golf enclave called Yellowstone Club, this house is the largest in the area. Owned by real estate developer Tim Blixseth and his wife Edra, the house is designed to counter the bitter cold through a heated flooring system that covers the entire indoor area. There is also a fireplace in every bathroom. The house also features a wine cellar, a gym, a massage room and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
8. The Manor, Los Angeles – $150 million
Imagine a place with 123 rooms, a cinema, bowling alley, tennis courts, swimming pools, a beauty salon and a spa. It may sound like a hotel in a mall, but this is actually the largest privately owned house in Los Angeles. This French Chateau mansion sits on 4.6 hectares of land and has a parking lot for up to a hundred cars. After all, somebody has to occupy all those rooms.
9. Updown Court,Surrey, England – $139 million
Located in the Windlesham neighborhood, the house has more than a hundred bedrooms. All the rich man’s facilities are here, from the private cinemas to the tennis courts. Add to those a horse barn and a marbled garage that can accommodate eight limousines.
10. Dracula’s Castle, Romania – $135 million
This used to serve as a museum back in the 80s, but it is actually a house with 17 bedrooms. The whole place is also furnished with antique items. Plus, you may get a visit at night from Count Dracula, who supposedly used to live in this castle.