10 Most Expensive Houses in the World
One of the ways that the richest people love to swank their worth is through building a residence which is a world within. These houses have more than everything a person needs – expensive artworks, luxury cars, movie theaters, helipads, swimming pools, and even helipads. Want to know about these expensive houses in the world? The list below includes the world’s 10 most expensive houses.
List of Top 10 Expensive Houses in the World
Silicon Valley Mansion, Los Altos Hills, California
Located at Los Altos Hills, California, Silicon Valley Mansion belongs to the Russian tycoon and an investor in Facebook, Yuri Milner. Having resemblance to a French chateau, the mansion comprises numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a lavish ballroom, and living areas offering a majestic view of the San Francisco Bay. This 25000 Square Foot, the 11-acre property was bought by Milner for around $75 Million, which is now said to be worth almost $100 Million.
Xanadu 2.0, Seattle, WA
When it’s about the world’s most expensive home, the richest man in the world, Bill gates can’t be left behind. While the image above displays a simple looking house surrounded by the lake on one side and jungle on the other, but come see this place in person, you will witness a lavishly architected mansion, built on the edge of Lake Washington. Known by the name Xanadu 2.0, the 66,000 square foot house was designed by the famous BohlinCywinski Jackson and Cutler Anderson Architects. It took more than 7 years to build this beauty the accommodates numerous features in addition to having sustainable design, a high-tech sensory system capable of transforming the ambiance to match the mood and timing, a 2,500- square foot gym with a 20 feet high ceiling, a giant pool with an underwater music system, a library, 6 kitchens, a full-fledged guest house, and 24 bathrooms.
Blossom Estate, Palm Beach, Florida
Located at Palm Beach Florida, these four adjacent properties were bought by the American hedge fund manager and the owner of Citadel LLC, Kenneth Griffin. The deal cost Griffin a total of almost $130 million when he purchased it back in December 2012, however, at present, the property is worth more than $4 Billion.
16 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K
Making to the list of the world’s 10 most expensive houses is another Russian Tycoon, Roman Abramovich, who is also the owner of Chelsea Football Club. Abramovich owns this boisterous mansion “16 Kensington Palace gardens” located in London. Even though the lavish house worth an enormous price-tag, it lacks certain facilities and areas. To make the most of the place, Roman had the place extended underground to accommodate a leisure complex comprising a health center, an auto museum, and a tennis court.
Ellison Estate, Woodside, California
At number 5 is the world’s fifth-richest man and a reputed property collector, Larry Ellison, the co-founder and chairman of Oracle. Larry got this beautiful Japanese-style estate built-in 2004, which took nearly 9 years to complete the mansion. Inspired by a 1600 CE palace of a Japanese emperor, the mansion was designed and constructed by a Zen Buddhist teacher, Paul Driscoll. The property comprises three cottages, eight bridges, a gymnasium, a bathhouse, a five-acre man-made lake, a koi pond, and two gardens. Also, the landscape is adorned with cherry blossoms, maple, and other Japanese species along with redwoods, pines, and oaks.
An apartment in One Hyde Park, London, the U.K
Located in Knightsbridge, London, these two world’s most expensive apartments belong to the richest man and oligarch of Ukrain, RinatAkhmetov. Rinat spent £136.4m, a record-setting amount at that time. This 25,000 Square Feet project was developed by Richar Rogers and his firm. Both apartments are known for featuring a 3600 protection by bulletproof glass facades, stylish lighting systems designed by artist James Turrell, and elite-class interiors by Candy & Candy.
18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K
Located at the prime and priciest residential address of London – Kensington Palace Gardens, the 18-19 address on this street belongs to the Steel baron Lakshmi Mittal. Not just 18-19, Lakshmi Mittal also owns one more lavish home on this second most expensive street in the world, numbered 9a. Designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1845, as a pair of semi-detached ‘Palazzo’ style villas, Lakshmi spent millions to modernize this renaissance styled mansion into “Taj Mittal”. Featuring 12 bedrooms, Makrana marble, and a pool, this mansion is considered as an exorbitant honor to his Indian roots.
Fair Field, Sagaponack, N.Y, owned by Ira Rennert
This straggling mansion, owned by an American billionaire, Ira Rennert, is a part of a 63-acre estate known as Fair Field. The mansion comprises numerous built forms, featuring 3 swimming pools, 3 dining rooms, 39-bathrooms, 29 bedrooms, and a 164-seat theatre room. Moreover, the mansion also has a gym, two squash courts, two bowling alleys, a leisure pavilion with a basketball court, two tennis courts, and numerous other buildings. To maintain the supply of electricity to this giant estate, there is also an on-site power plant.
9. Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-mer, France
Located in the Alpes-Maritimes on the French Riviera, Villa La Leopolda is a splendid villa, spread across 20 acres, featuring cascading terraces. Designed by an American architect, Jr. Ogden Codman, the villa has a remarkable history of owners including Izaak, Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Dorothy J. Killam. Since 1987, the villa belonged to a Swiss banker Edmond Safra, which later was passed on to his survivor and mistress Lily Safra. The architecture of this villa is inspired by a historical style called Belle Époque that means ‘Beautiful Era’.
Antilia, Mumbai, India
The most expensive house in the world is owned by Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in Asia. The conceptualization and construction of this 27 stories building ‘Antilia’ were designed by the firm Perkins and Will. The building is titled after a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean. Worth more than $2 billion at present, the construction of this private home took nearly 4-years. The total area of this 173 m (568 ft) structure is around 400,000 square feet, surpassing the Palace of Versailles in terms of area covered. The building has six levels of underground parking, a ballroom, a health spa, a salon, multiple swimming pools, a 50-seat movie theatre, three helipads, yoga, and dance studios. It is said that to maintain Antilia need a staff of about 600.
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