The Most Expensive House in the World – Top 10 List
There was a time in the 20th century when a nine-figure real estate deal was unheard of. But, come to the 21st century where nine-figure deals are “hallmark” of the super-rich! Well! You may think that the world’s most expensive house must be of Bill Gates’. But wait! This is not the case. It does not belong to Bill Gates or Warren Buffet but, instead, it belongs to the Royal Family of Britain. Surprised? Then, Let us have a look at the top 10 extravagant, luxurious and expensive homes in the world.
1) Buckingham Palace – The Most Expensive House in the World
Price: $1.33 billion (as per current Dollar-to-Pound exchange rate; based on value estimated by Zoopla)
Owner: The British Royal Family currently headed by Queen Elizabeth II, who became queen after the Second World War
Location: London, United Kingdom (Where is the most expensive house?)
- 775 rooms which include 52 bedrooms, 188 staff rooms
- 92 offices, 19 staterooms, and 78 bathrooms
- Also, it includes an additional surrounding 40 acres of land, a cinema, swimming pool and its own post office.
Buckingham palace was initially established as a plantation of mulberries for the rearing of silkworms. However, later it was taken over by different people, until finally, John Sheffield, the Duke of Buckingham built the “Buckingham House”. One of the most shocking things about this Royal house is that it was bombed in the Second World War by the Luftwaffe (Nazi Germany’s Air Force). (Ref) Yet, the King George VI and his Queen Consort survived the onslaught of the Luftwaffe. The sprawling palace and its association with the Royal Family of Britain makes it the most expensive property in the world. However, a thing to note is that it is not available for sale.
2) Antilia – India’s Most Expensive House
Price: $1 billion
Owner: Mukesh Ambani, an Indian billionaire
- 27-stories, including 6 floors for just car parking;
- 400,000-square-foot carpet area, six underground parking,
- three helipads on the roof and super-fast elevators. (Ref)
Mukesh Ambani, the owner of Antilia, is the son of late Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani. Mukesh inherited his father’s wealth along with his brother Anil Ambani and both of them grew their father’s business and diversified it to make it a conglomerate. Both of the brothers are billionaires and one of the richest men in India.
What makes the house so expensive? The answer is that it is not only located in the most expensive residential area of the world (Altamount Road), but also, the fact that it is equipped with a health spa, a ballroom, a salon, swimming pools and also a Mandir (temple). It is said that no two floors in the Antilia are alike – whether in design or in materials used to construct them. The 400,000-square-foot house requires a staff of 600 to maintain it. Since Buckingham is a royal property, Antilia is referred to as the ‘most expensive private residential property’. During its construction, Ambani’s home ran into several controversies, including that with the Indian Navy who opposed the construction of helipads on the top of a skyscraper.
3) “Bubble Palace” – The Most Expensive House in France
Price: $455 million
Owner: Pierre Cardin
Location: Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France
Details: Extremely Bizarre house with 28 spherical rooms, three swimming pools, gardens and 500-seat amphitheater
Pierre Cardin is an Italian-born French fashion designer who is known for his unorthodox fashion design consisting of geometric shapes and motifs. He is most famous for bringing the Space Age looks in the mainstream fashion. He is one of those fashion designers who does not mind, incorporating Japanese fashion style into their own. Coming back to the Bubble palace, it was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag. Bubble Palace is also famous for being a place for celebrity parties. What is interesting about this place is that you can hire it for holding parties and it will cost more than $10000 per day.
4) Penthouse at the Tour Odéon – World’s Most Expensive Apartment
Price: $387 – $400 million
Owner: Marzocco Group owned by Claudio Marzocco
Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Details: 3,300 square meters of area, five-storeys, multiple swimming pool, waterslide, a health center and private staff
Tour Odeon was designed by the architect Alexandre Giraldi as consisting of a double tower with 70 apartment units, giving a 360-degree view of Monaco. It is the tallest building in Monaco and also the second tallest on Europe’s Mediterranean coast. Initially, the construction of the tower was stopped by Prince Rainier III. But his son, Prince Albert gave the permission to build the tower. The tower has been engulfed by the controversies and criticism ranging from complaints by the neighboring towns and also nearby residents about the change in the landscape being brought up by the tower.
Monaco is the second smallest country in the world while the first being Monaco. It shares its borders with France and open outs in the Mediterranean sea.
5) Fair Field Estate
Price: $249 million
Owner: Ira Rennert
Location: Sagaponack, New York, USA
Details: ~43,000 square-foot, 20-29 bedrooms, 35-40 bathrooms, a screening court, a basketball court, a gym and a 2-lane bowling alley. Also, it has 12 chimneys, 91-foot-long dining room, a garage with parking capacity of 100 cars and also a plan to build a museum.
Being the most expensive house in the USA, the Fair Field Estate is owned by American junk bond billionaire Ira Rennert. This huge mansion has been named after a nearby water body named Fairfield Pond. The house is situated on the Eastern coast of America and it has an enormous beach front facing the Atlantic Ocean. The property tax paid for this house is around $400,000 and this amount is alone more than enough to buy another mega-mansion suiting every possible fancy.
6) Kensington Palace Gardens, London
Price: $222 million
Owner: Lakshmi Mittal
Location: West Central London, England
Details: 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, Turkish Hamam (bath) and parking for 20 cars
This house of Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is in the Kensington Palace Gardens which is also known as the “Billionaires’ Row” due to the fact that the houses in the street are owned by super-rich people from all over the world. For example, Roman Abrahamovic, a Russian billionaire; a Saudi Prince, many other Russian oligarchs like Leonard Blavatnik and so on. Kensington Palace is not only the most expensive street in the UK but also the most ‘exclusive and sought after’ address. Since the year 1860, the street has been known for its residences of the super-rich. As per the online property sales websites in the UK, the average value of properties is around 41 million pounds. The street with its centi-millionaire property values is also a symbol of the growing gulf between ordinary people and the super-rich.
7) Ellison Estate
Price: $200 million
Owner: Larry Ellison, an American billionaire
Location: Woodside, California
Details: A compound housing multiple buildings including a man-made lake, pond, bathhouse, etc.
Larry Ellison is one of the richest men in the USA. He is known as “America’s most avid buyer of properties”. He owns a significant stake in Oracle which he founded. Ellison is also famous for his love of yachts, private planes and fighter planes as well. His decision of purchasing a fighter plane ran him into controversies with the US government.
8) Palazzo DI Amore
Price: $195 million
Owner: Jeff Greene, a real estate magnate
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Details: 53,000 square foot area; 12 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms; an entertainment center, movie theater, a car garage and many others.
This expensive house is up for sale and Forbes cited it as the America’s most expensive residence up for sale. American billionaire Jeff Greene made his fortune in real estate and he also stood up for Senate elections in the year 2010. In 2010, Greene got caught up with a law-enforcement agency of Belize when his luxury yacht Summerwind accidentally damaged the coral reef. He is also a signatory of The Giving Pledge.
9) Blossom Estate
Price: $130 million
Owner: Ken Griffin
Location: Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Details: Eight-acre area.
Ken Griffin, the owner of this house, is one of the America’s billionaire hedge fund managers. To build the Florida’s most expensive house was not easy and Griffin had to buy four side-by-side properties and then build the Blossom Estate over it. Griffin is also the highest earning fund managers in the world for 2016.
10) Xanadu 2.0
Price: $121 million
Owner: Bill Gates
Location: Seattle, Washington.
Details: Total area is 66,000-square-foot; pool building, a gym, a large library with a dome ceiling, reception hall, underground garage and many other amenities.
Bill Gates, the man who needs no introduction, bought the house in the year 1998 and then custom-built it to make it a high-tech mansion. The house has an underwater music system, a trampoline room, a large reception hall and a big library housing a manuscript Codex Leicester, by Leonardo Da Vinci.