With more than 1,500 billionaires in existence in the world, it is safe to assume that there are some very large, lavish homes out there. While some high-net worth home owners aim for the most unique house or the most expensive house in the area, others decided that the only way to approach their residence was to go big. This resulted in what are called “mega-mansions”, houses that are typically larger than 20,000 square feet and that contain amenities rivaling those of a luxury hotel.
Unsurprisingly, many of these homes are located in the USA. This is in part because America has the highest number of billionaires and also because it aligns nicely with the notion of the American Dream. In Europe, residences of this scale were typically only built for members of royal families and are either still used by them or are now public historic landmarks. In America, large-scale mansions started being built during the Gilded Age for those who were successful entrepreneurs, like the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. With their great self-made and tax-free incomes, all they needed were homes of palatial proportions to secure their positions as American royalty.
It would seem that this tradition is still strong today. In Europe, the construction of manors has somewhat slowed down and the size of these homes have remained mostly steady. However, in America and elsewhere, homes are reaching new heights, widths, and lengths.
Here are 5 of the biggest single-family private homes in the world.
5 Fairfield Pond, New York, USA – 43,000 square feet
4 The Spelling Manor, California, USA – 56,000 square feet
3 Pensmore, Missouri, USA – 72,000 square feet
2 Versailles, Florida, USA – 90,000 square feet
1 Antilia, Mumbai, India – 400,000 square feet
The only residence to make the list that is not built on American soil is Antilia, a 570 foot-tall structure located in downtown Mumbai. The owner of the building is Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, an Indian holding company. The building, which is almost as large in square feet as Windsor Castle in England, has 27 floors but because most floors have extra-high ceilings, its height is comparable to a 40-storey building. Among these 27 storeys lie a health floor, movie theater, several levels of parking, and much more. The house is so large and contains so many amenities that it is valued at over $1 billion, making it the most expensive house in the world. Because it is so otherworldly, its name comes from that of a mythical island that was said to exist west of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, the level of luxury that Antilia embodies and conveys is but a myth to many who live in India, as most of its citizens live on less than 2 USD per day. Because of this, Antilia and its owner have many critics, with many calling the construction “inappropriate” and one writer even declaring it a potential “regretful nightmare”.
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