Who hasn’t dreamt of living in a castle, a country mansion or a penthouse apartment in an iconic city? Of course, most of us never had the opportunity to live this dream. The finances required for such an undertaking are beyond most people’s means. There are, however, those who are untroubled by the economic landscape of the day and still wish to have the stately, refined living quarters, complete with separate staff area, specifically themed rooms, and reception halls capable of entertaining hundreds of guests.
The question is where are these properties and how much would one be expected to spend? Unsurprisingly, the most expensive of the properties were found in cities where property values are high to begin with. If a one bedroom flat in London is on average 6 times more expensive than anywhere else in England you would expect a higher sales price. The same goes for New York City. Consequently, six out of the ten properties listed come from these two cities. When you get right down to it makes sense, who would not want to live in two of the most vibrant, culturally aware cities in the world?
If you are one of the lucky ones and you have over 100 million U.S. dollars lying around, maybe one of these ten properties will be the next place you will hang your hat. In order to make the list coherent all prices appear in USD.
10 Heath Hall: Bishops Avenue, London: $106,000.000
This Edwardian estate was constructed in 1910 and boasts over 27,000 square feet of living space. It has serious curb appeal with its wrought iron gate and wide driveway. The house itself is a mix of Scottish Baronial and classical designs. Many of the period pieces have been restored, melding into the modern additions that make this house a masterpiece of the period.
One highlight is the master bath, which is carved out of a solid block of marble. The home has a total of 15 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 6 reception rooms and a complete leisure space with a full gym, tennis court and swimming pool. Location of this mansion makes it all the more desirable being only 1.5 kilometres from Highgate Village and 650 meters from the East Finchley underground station.
9 One Beacon Court; Duplex, New York: $115,000,000
This is the smallest entry on the list with only 9000 square feet of living area and the only one without any outdoor area. It is located in the residential portion of the Bloomberg building in Manhattan. What it lacks in size it makes up for in modern style and extravagance. The main feature of this apartment is the views.
The two 24 foot windowed walls provide a panoramic view of Manhattan. Regardless of your position in the duplex you will have the same view. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 full and 2 half bathrooms, a state of the art stainless steel chef’s kitchen and two staff rooms. It may be on the small side for the price but if modern elegance is your thing, then this is the one for you.
8 Zeki Pasa Waterside Mansion: Istanbul, Turkey: $115,000,000
The only entry from outside the U.K. or the U.S. is a 19th century Baroque style masterpiece. This waterfront property has a 130m long piers, 5 floors, 23 rooms, 8 bathrooms and an extensive 40000 square foot Japanese garden complete with a marble swimming pool and fountain. It is located on the Bosporus strait, which separates the Asian and European sectors of Turkey. The unique feature about this property is the fact that a bridge was built right over it, this can be a drawback or a incentive depending on the potential buyer. Maybe the owners could have asked for a couple of more million had the bridge never been built, although having a link between two continents over your head might appeal to certain people.
7 The Penthouse at the Pierre Hotel: New York: $125,000,000
Comprised of the 41st, 42nd and 43rd floors of the glorious Pierre Hotel, this abode has wonderful views of Manhattan and Central park. The 12,000 square foot property has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, staff quarters, and its own elevator, separate guest suites and four separate terraces.
What really sets this place apart is its living room, a huge expanse that contains the original ballroom from the Pierre Hotel. The large ornate staircase that greets a visitor upon entry sets the stage for the opulence to come. This is the most expensive apartment style abode on the list.
6 The Residence at River House: New York: $130,000,000
The Residence at River House is the largest single family home in New York City. There is proposed renovation which, when completed, will provide 62,000 square feet of living space separated over 5 floors. The first floor is an 8400 square foot elegant living area with 20 feet ceilings and large light filled spaces. The leisure level would be a 27,000 square feet adult play area, complete with a swimming pool, tennis court, wine cellar, gaming room, spa and screening room.
The bedroom level would feature a humongous master suite, with his and her baths, dressing rooms and closets. Even the staff level is over 6000 square feet large. In total there are 30 rooms, 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and a garden. This is the ultimate townhouse in New York!
5 Crespi-Hicks Estate: Dallas: $135,000,000
The Crespi-Hicks Estate in Dallas was built for Count Pio Crespi when he was sent to the U.S. to expand the family’s cotton empire. Designed by Maurice Fatio one of the most sought after architects of the day, this French Chateau style home boast over 42,000 square feet of living area, separated between a 5 storey main house, a 3 storey pool house and a 2 storey guest house.
Located on a sprawling 25 acre estate is a tennis court, several greenhouses, rose and vegetable gardens, a tree house and even a second hidden driveway into the property. The Hicks part of the name comes from the current owner Tom Hicks, the billionaire known by many as the former owner of the Dallas Stars, the Texas Rangers and Liverpool Football Club.
4 Copper Beach Farm: Greenwich: $140,000,000
Greenwich Connecticut is famous through its affluence and proximity to New York City. Many prominent New York businessmen choose to live in this satellite community only a 40-minute train ride from Grand Central Terminal. There are many wonderful properties in this town but by far the most luxurious is Copper Beech Farm. This 50-acre property has a 1,5 km of shorefront, a beach, a spa, a greenhouse, an immense swimming pool, a stone carriage house, a cottage and even comes complete with two small islands.
The main house has 13,519 square feet of living space with 12 bedrooms and 7 full and 2 half bathrooms. There is a wonderful porch that provides unobstructed views of Long Island Sound. This is the epitome of a country retreat. There is even a potential to make some money with this property as it is divided into two 20 acre and 30-acre lot that could be further subdivided.
3 The Owlwood Estate: Los Angeles: $150,000,000
The Owlwood Estate, built in 1936, is a Tuscan style mansion located in the Holmby Hills outside of Los Angeles. This 10 acre estate has the pleasure of having been owned by some famous citizens such as Tony Curtis and the them married Sony Bono and Cher, if this was not enough it is rumoured that Joseph Schenk, founder of 20th Century Fox, began his affair with Marilyn Monroe in the guesthouse.
It definitely has some star appeal. The main house is made up of 22 rooms, 9 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a spectacular 1500 square feet living room. This is a unique property for its size and its history.
2 Kensington Palace Gardens: London: $163,000,000
Kensington Palace Gardens is one of the richest streets in the world. Known as billionaires’ row this street is home to some of the richest people in the world, including the Sultan of Brunei and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their newborn Prince George, who are presently calling Kensington Palace home.
The home is currently owned by Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd. All potential buyers must sign a confidentiality agreement before viewing the property; consequently very few details about the mansion have been leaked. Suffice to say, as the price tag suggests, you are paying to live among Princes and future kings.
1 18 Carlton House Terrace, London: $380,000,000
The number one house far outstrips its competitors by having a sales prices over twice as rich as its nearest competitor. This six-floor mansion boasts over 50,000 square feet of living area. It is in a prime location, backing onto St.James park, within a stone’s throw of Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly circus and a mere 800 meters from Buckingham Palace.
Although there were no modern pictures of the interior provided, vintage images were released, which show a sweeping double staircase and a grand ballroom. It is one of the finest houses in London and, short of the Queen’s abode, likely the most expensive.
Will these homes sell in 2014? The law of real estate states; you can ask whatever you want for your property, which does not mean there will be someone willing to pay it.