Although many of us dream of living in a mansion with more rooms that you can count, and a closet that holds the most extravagant shoes and clothes you could possibly imagine, the fact is that most of us will never get the privilege of living in a multi-million dollar mansion. Sadly, most of us will probably never set foot in a home as extravagant as the ones listed below. Luckily for us, we have the Internet. So instead of daydreaming about how the other half-lives, we can simply indulge our senses by surfing the Internet for pictures of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in the world. Below is a list of ten houses that most people would only dream about living in. They are extravagant, envy worthy and of course, incredibly expensive. But don’t worry, instead of breaking the bank by purchasing one of these homes, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy reading about how the richest of the rich spend their days.
10. Bran Castle
You might recognize Bran Castle more by its nickname, “Dracula’s Castle.” This fabulous castle is located near the border of Wallachia and Transylvania. It’s been nicknamed “Dracula’s Castle,” because Vlad III, the “impaler” of Wallachia, once resided in Bran Castle. Today, the Castle serves as a museum that is opened to tourists all around the world. But before the Castle became a popular tourist destination, it served as the humble abode for Romanian royals. The Castle boasts 17 rooms and has been offered to the Government of Romania for the cool price of $80 million by its current owner, Archduke Dominic.
9. Updown Court
Updown Court is located in Surrey, England, on 58 acres of land. The home was originally built in 1924, but was forced to go through major renovations after a fire devastated the home. The mansion has a grand total of 103 rooms, 24 of which are bedrooms. In addition to 24 bedrooms, the mansion features a heated marble driveway, a tennis court, five swimming pools, a two-lane bowling alley, a squash court, a wine cellar, a cinema and a garage that has the capacity to fit eight stretch limousines. In 2005, Updown Court was listed as the most expensive home in the world, at $138 million.
8. The Manor
The Manor, also known as the Spelling Manor, is a mansion located in Los Angeles, California. The luxurious home was originally constructed for television producer, Aaron Spelling and his family. The current owner of this extravagant mansion is no other than Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone. When Ecclestone purchased the home, it was being listed at $150 million. Although she ended up paying $85 million, the house was the most expensive residential real estate listing in the United States at the time of its listing, and rightly so. The manor has 123 rooms, a screening room, a gym, a bowling alley, a tennis court, a pool and of course, a room made specifically for wrapping presents.
7. The Pinnacle
The Pinnacle is a $155 million residence and ski-lodge, located in Montana. The beautiful home is located in an elite and grand neighborhood. The owners of the house are Edra and Time Blixseth. The Blixseth’s are also the owners of the Yellowstone Club, a ski resort that only accepts billionaires. The residence holds a total of 10 bedrooms, all of which have heated floors. In fact, even the house’s driveway is heated, so you never have to worry about your vehicles freezing up. In addition, all of the rooms in the house have their very own fireplace, which makes this home the perfect place to be for a cozy winter night.
6. Franchuk Villa
Franchuk Villa was once a girl’s prep school, but today, it’s home to Ukrainian businesswoman, Elena Franchuk. The house is reportedly worth $161 million. This ten bedroom, five-story home features a private movie theater, a sauna, a gym, and an underground swimming pool. In addition to all the modern facilities that the Franchuk Villa has to offer, it also contains rare, antique artworks and beautiful wood furnishings. In fact, the artwork and furnishings in the house are so unique that they account for more than half of the cost of Franchuk Villa.
5. Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle was originally designed for newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst. However, when Hearst died in 1951, The California Park Commission voted to include it in the California State Park System. This allows tourists to come to the Hearst Castle and enjoy all it has to offer. The Castle features 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms and 127 acres of breathtaking gardens. In addition, the house has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, a nightclub and, believe it or not, the world’s largest private zoo.
4. Four Fairfield Pond
Fairfield Pond, named after the body of water that neighbors the property, is home to billionaire, Ira Rennert. The mansion sits on 63 acres and includes 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms. If you’re in the mood for fun and games, the house has a basketball court, a bowling alley and a tennis court. To top it all off, the mansion is home to one of the most expensive hot tubs in the world, with a price tag of $150,000. The house is estimated to be worth about $220 million.
3. One Hyde Park Penthouse
One Hyde Park Penthouse is on the topmost floor of the One Hyde Park Luxury Apartment building in London. The Penthouse boasts spectacular views of Hyde Park and Harrods, and was recently sold this year for $255 million. The two-floor apartment features bulletproof windows, an air purifier in case of gas attacks, and bodyguards. The apartment also has an impressive underground passage to the Mandarin Oriental and 24 hour room service, if you’re feeling a bit lazy.
2. Villa Leopolda
Villa Leopolda is a villa in the French town of Villefranche-sur-Mer by the French Riviera. The house is priced at $506 million, rightfully making it the most expensive mansion in all of Europe. King Leopold II of Belgium originally built the Villa in 1902. Villa Leopolda has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. It has gone through a number of owners since being built, and was even rumored to have belonged to Bill Gates at one time.
Antilia is a residential complex located in South Mumbai, India. It is currently reported to be the most expensive residence in the entire world, at an estimated worth of $1 billion. The building is owned by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man. The home towers at 27 floors and contains floating gardens, three helipads and six floors, solely dedicated to parking (imagine the amount of luxury cars). In addition, the house features a ballroom, and a health floor with a Jacuzzi.
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