House is a place where we live together with our family. We eat together, watch Television together and enjoy the precious time with our most loved ones under the same roof. These houses also have their own variety, some are small and some are big, some are simple and some are full of royalty, depending upon how much money we can spend on a house. In this article, we’re talking about the most expensive houses in the world.
The World’s most Expensive Houses! What this brings in your mind? Of course some luxuries dream houses full of every type of facility anyone can desire for and also the large number of bedrooms, bathrooms, tennis courts, bowling alleys, indoor & outdoor pools, private movie theaters and a lot more. And of course not everyone can live in such luxuries houses, but some rich business mans and celebrities around the world have made it.
Out of the number of big and expensive houses of the world, I’ve listed below the
“6 most Expensive Houses of the World”.
6. Hearst Mansion – $165 Million:
The Hearst Castle is located on the Central Coast of California, United States and was designed by the architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hearst (the newspaper magnet). Hearst died in 1951 and then after six years in 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated castle to the state of California. The Hearst Castle was used in the famous movie “The Godfather” and also the former US president J.F. Kennedy spent his Honeymoon there. The other features include 29 bedrooms, a movie theater, three swimming pools and the most unusual one is a disco.
5. Fairfield Pond – $198 Million:
The Fairfield Pond is located in Hamptons, New York and is the most valuable residence in US. It is owned by the billionaire Ira Rennert. The Fairfield Pond has 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, 63 acre compound, 100,000 square feet of buildings, a basketball court, a bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts and a $150,000 hot tub. There are a dozen chimneys, Mediterranean style tile roof and a 91 foot long formal dining room in the house.
4. The Penthouse – $214 Million:
Surprisingly, not a mansion, but an apartment has made its space in the list of 10 most expensive houses of the world. We’re talking about the Penthouse at One Hyde Park. Rinat Akhmetov (the Ukrainian oligarch) bought two top floors apartment of one of the towers in One Hyde Park for $214 million in 2011. The Penthouse apartment has 17,000 square foot of space is filled with luxuries features and technology. The bullet proof windows of the penthouse, a British SAS watchman for the protection and iris eye scanners are the unique features. There’s also an emergency exits via an underground tunnel to nearby Mandarian Hotel. Other features include private gyms, study rooms, spas, squash courts, wine tasting rooms and panic rooms.
3. Hariri’s London Mansion – $ 484.51 Million:
The Rafiq Hariri’s London Mansion has been put up for sale at an asking price of $484.51 million and is expected to be the most expensive housing transaction in the history of England. The Hariri’s London Mansion is a seven-storey building with 5 bedrooms, 2-8A Rutland Gate and covers 60,000 square foot of area. Rafiq Hariri died on 2005 and then the mansion was gifted to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, who also died in October. The other features include a large swimming pool, industrial sized kitchen, lifts and underground parking. The Hariri’s London Mansion is also rumored to contain millions of dollars of gold leaf. The mansion was made as four separate family houses but is being sold as a one single family house.
2. Villa Leopolda – $ 736 Million:
Villa Leopolda is situated in Villefranche-sur-Mer town on the French Riviera and was built by the King Leopold of Belgium in 1902. The current owner of the Villa Leopolda is a Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who also own the basket ball team the Brooklyn Nets. The Ville Leopolda is a 27-storey residence with 19 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, pools and whirlpools, gym and a movie theater. The villa was also used in movies like The Red Shoes in 1948 and To Catch a Thief in 1955.
1. Antilia – $1 Billion (Top Most Expensive House In World):
Breaking all the records, the Indian business man Mukesh Ambani (Chairman of Reliance Industries and the world’s fifth richest man) built a personal 27 storey house “Antilia” in South Mumbai, India and worth of $1 billion. This makes Antilia the most expensive house of the world. The Antila is named after a mythical Atlantic island, Antilia and is situated on a 48,780 square foot plot at Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai. It was designed by Chicago based architects Perkins and Will on the basis of Indian tradition called Vastru Shastra and was constructed by an Australian based company Leighton Holdings starting from 2005 to 2010. The Antilia has 27 floors with extra high ceiling and is designed to survive an earthquake of 8-richter scale.
The amazing Antilia has every feature anyone can imagine of, beyond the limits of money and of architecture. Here’s a big list of features: a ballroom with chandeliers of solid gold and designer lighting, an ice room infused with artificial snow flurries, a 50 seat movie theater, rest rooms, green room, nine cocktail lounges, three helicopter pads, a health club, spa, yoga studio, a stunning pool, six underground storeys of parking, four storey gardens and its own Hindu Temple. A housekeeping staff of 6000 maintains this big giant house.
The list of most expensive houses is not limited to just “6”. There are many other lots of houses which are expensive as hell and filled with tons of luxuries features and facilities like Rybolovlev Estate, Sillicon Valley Mansion, Fleur De Lys, One57 Penthouse, Maison de I’Amitie etc. Of course such expensive big houses are not affordable for all. The other side of these royal houses and mansions is that some of them, like the big giant Antilia, have been in controversies that instead of wasting so much money on buying or building such expensive houses, owners should have helped the poor people around the world. There are lots of uncountable little children dying for food in India, Africa, Haiti and in many other poor countries.
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