Some houses around the world are incredibly luxurious – and this is reflected in the astronomical price tags. This article covers some of the most expensive houses in the world, which are constructed with architectural intricacy and elegance and boast mind-blowing features and amenities.
A Royal Residence
Located in Westminster, London, Buckingham Palace is home to the Queen of England and other British sovereigns. Built in 1703, it stands on approximately 40 acres of land and is worth an estimated US$5 billion. Over the years, the palace has undergone multiple renovations and changes to preserve the structure and decoration of the building. From the magnificent structural architecture to the stunning artworks and furniture inside, Buckingham Palace is both impressive and luxurious.
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The palace contains a total of 775 rooms, including 188 staff bedrooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and 19 staterooms. Amenities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, a lake, a cinema, a staff eatery and a chapel – everything a royal could ever want is at their disposal.
A Wonder in the Sky
Antilla in Mumbai, India, is a 27-story, 56,000-foot skyscraper that serves as a residential building. With an estimated value of US$1 billion, it is owned by Mukesh Ambani, the wealthiest man in India and the 19th richest man in the world.
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Designed by Americans Lawrence Perkins and Phillip Will and constructed by Leighton Holdings, the residence is well equipped with beautifully designed features and structures, including nine elevators, three helipads, six parking lots with a total car capacity of 168, multiple swimming pools, a three-floor well-manicured balcony garden with its plants serving as energy-savers, a temple, a health spa, a snow room, an ice cream room, a saloon, a 50-seat cinema, a ballroom, a gym, and indoor and outdoor bars. Also, there are approximately 600 members of staff tasked with ensuring the smooth running of the building and all its facilities, who also have access to their relaxation room. With the construction able to withstand an earthquake scoring eight on the Richter scale, Antilla is also one of the safest places to live in the region.
Fit for a King
Villa La Leopolda in Cote D’Azure, France, was named after the late King Leopold II of Belgium. The design, by an American named Ogden Codman, and building process was concluded within the space of two years, from 1929 to 1931. The estate is built on 50 acres of land and has a current estimated value of US$750 million.
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Its features include 11 bedrooms, an outdoor kitchen, a pool, a large lawn and a host of workers. Ownership of the magnificent building has changed over the years: the King gave the estate to his mistress, Miss Blanche Zélia Joséphine Delacroix, and it was later inherited after the King’s death and the eventual eviction of Delacroix by his nephew King Albert I. Until 1965, the home was occupied by Dorothy Killam. In 1987, it was bought by Edmond Safra and his wife. Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov made numerous attempts to acquire the villa from Safra before settling on a price of €370(~$430) million in 2008. Prokhorov later denied buying the home and tried to withdraw from the sale. As a result, a lawsuit ensued between Prokhorov and Safra, with the court’s ruling in favor of Safra.
The Chartwell Estate
Situated in Bel Air, Los Angeles, the 10-acre Chartwell Estate property is on the market for the first time in 30 years for approximately US$350 million after television executive owner Jerry Perenchio passed away in May.
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The main house, designed by architect Sumner Spaulding, is comprised of a limestone facade made famous on The Beverly Hillbillies, exuding grand 18th-century French Neoclassical style over 25,000 square feet. The interior features include a living room, bedrooms, a ballroom, a formal salon and a paneled dining room.
The Glass House
The Bel Air Spec House in Los Angeles, California, built by luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, is situated on a 38,000-square-foot plot of land and regarded to be the most expensive home ever to be listed in the US at US$250 million.
Inside, in addition to the 21 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms, there is a wide range of exciting features such as pools, turf and white walls, a vast glass candy wall, a James Bond-themed home theater and a four-lane bowling alley. Also, the entire house is covered in plate-glass windows, adding to the elegant aesthetics of the property.
The Fair Field property in the Hamptons, New York, is owned by billionaire industrial investor Ira Rennert and regarded as one of the most extensive and most expensive homes in the US. Construction commenced in 1988 and was completed in 2003, and the property currently costs US$249 million.
Fair Field consists of 29 on-site power bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, three swimming pools, a 164-seat movie theatre, two tennis and squash courts, beautifully cultivated gardens, a spa and a gym.
London’s Most Expensive Penthouse
One Hyde Park, which has an 86-residence capacity, is considered to be the world’s most expensive apartment building. Since its debut in 2011, apartments have sold for up to a staggering US$3.37 billion, primarily due to its prime location in central London and the impressive features and amenities, which include bulletproof glass doors and windows, armed and professionally trained security guards, car parking, a spa, a golf course and a pool.
The building’s 16,000-square-foot penthouse, however, with its missing interior wall, bathroom and flooring, is listed for US$221 million and currently owned by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov. It has been estimated that, upon completion, it will be worth at least US$266 million.
Farquhar’s Little Italy
Owlwood in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, the brainchild of a renowned architect Robert D. Farquhar, was once home to Sonny and Cher. It is situated on a 10-acre estate that was sold last September for US$90 million, the second-largest sale in Los Angeles County history. It’s now, inexplicably, back on the market for double the initial price, interestingly with nothing having changed.
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The 12,000-square-foot Italian villa offers features such as a marble fireplace, a crystal chandelier, 24-carat gold bath fixtures, large dining rooms, living rooms and master suite bedrooms, all with exquisite finishing and detail. The property also comes with a pool, a tennis court and an additional lot for development.
The Great Island
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Great Island, located just an hour away from Manhattan, offers a secluded escape from the city. This private property is made of stone with Guastavino tile ceilings and is situated on a 63-acre waterfront estate. This tranquil oasis costs US$175 million.
The Godfather Mansion
Situated in the leafy suburbs of Beverly Hills and belonging to former newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Mansion is one of the most expensive residential properties listed in the US at US$165 million, despite being bought for approximately US$120,000 in 1947.
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It notably featured in the 1970s international blockbuster “The Godfather.” The masterpiece contains 29 bedrooms, three swimming pools, tennis courts, its cinema and a nightclub. Also, the property is decorated with statues that were brought from the owner’s Hearst Castle in San Simeon, including life-size paintings of Davies. The new owners will have notable neighbors, including David and Victoria Beckham.
The Glory of the Megamansion
The Manalapan Megamansion in Lantana, Florida, is set on a 16-acre estate that features 1,200 feet of private oceanfront, a botanic garden comprising 1,500 species of tropical trees and plants, a sports complex and a treehouse.
The property itself, built in 1940, boasts a total of 33 bedrooms and 47 bathrooms and was once the home of Gloria Guinness, a 20th-century style icon and one of Truman Capote’s “Swans.” The mansion was originally listed at US$195 million.
The Pinnacle of Montana
The Pinnacle in Montana, listed at US$155 million, boasts ten bedrooms with private bathrooms and fireplaces, an indoor and outdoor pool, a wine cellar and a gym.
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Situated within the billionaire Yellowstone Club Resort and belong to Tim and Edra Blixseth, this property is ideal for winter sports enthusiasts, as ski slopes make up the immediate surroundings.
Topping the Hamptons
Situated in New York and sitting on more than 14 oceanfront acres, the three-lot Meadow Lane property in Southampton, New York, is currently the most expensive listing in the Hamptons.
At US$150 million, the property consists of a 12,000-square-foot principal residence with an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, a pool and spa, two golf greens and three private walkways to the beach.
The Precambrian Ranch
West Creek Ranch in Colorado is approximately 7,000 acres and includes, but is not limited to, a substantial main residence with a two-level circular stone library and helipad, as well as jaw-dropping views of the Precambrian rocks.
Situated in a serene environment that is the natural habitat of bears and mountain lions, the listing also states there are “real dinosaur footprints” located around the property. The ranch is priced at US$149 million.
Classic Hamptons Appeal
Built in 1900 and listed at US$145 million, the iconic La Dune offers classic Hampton’s appeal across a primary residence and separate guest residence.
The entire interior boasts 22,000 square feet, with 22 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms, and is nothing short of an architectural masterpiece with intricate details such as chandeliers and decorated ceilings. The exterior consists of beautifully cultivated gardens in which the ocean breeze can be enjoyed.
Abramovich’s Billionaires’ Row
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is perhaps best known for his ownership of the hugely popular Chelsea Football Club, owns multiple properties in London, but his US$140 million Billionaires’ Row mansion stands out from the rest.
As well as the multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a private cinema, swimming pools and a helipad, this property in Kensington Palace Gardens also features an underground tennis court, a museum, and a health center.
East Hampton’s Patch of Serenity
Regarded as East Hampton’s most expensive property on the market is Briar Patch. At US$140 million, the 11.2-acre waterfront estate has been on the market since November 2014 with no price cuts.
The 10,000-square-foot Georgian revival main house has six bedrooms and features handmade wallpaper, four fireplaces, and numerous French doors. The property also includes a 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom guesthouse, a tennis court, a pool, a hot tub and a private pond, woodlands and lawns.
Manalapan’s Old Word Residence
Set on 5.5 acres with 520 feet facing the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, The Manalapan Residence combines a blend of Old World elegance and classicism with 21st-century facilities.
Valued at US$135 million, the three-story beach house includes 14 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, 18 car garages, a 6,140-square-foot master bedroom suite, a movie theater, a casino and club room with an aquarium wet bar, a gymnasium with a beauty salon, a shark tank, two elevators, a bowling alley, tennis courts and a go-cart track.
The Palace of Love
Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills is an architectural marvel situated on a 25-acre piece of land. As well as a 35,000-square-foot main residence, the property includes a heated swimming pool, a reflecting pool, pristine gardens, a waterfall and parking for 150 cars.
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Listed for US$129 million, this property offers prestige and beauty, as well as all the necessary amenities.
The Victorian Villa
The Victorian Villa in Upper Phillimore Gardens, London, was once the most expensive house in the world. Now listed at US$126 million, it has been owned since 2008 by business mogul and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk, who is married to Olena Pinchuk, the daughter of the former President of Ukraine.
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It has been reported that the Pinchuks spent US$15 million modifying the property to their taste and specifications when they initially bought it. The 10-bedroom, five-story building, boasts fantastic features such as an underground pool, a hi-tech panic room, a spa, a gym and a cinema.
The Gates Estate
Xanadu 2.0, the home of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who was once the wealthiest man in the world, is in Seattle, Washington.
Worth an estimated US$121 million, this high-tech customized home features a 2,300-square-foot reception hall, a 2,500-square-foot gym, a 2,100-square-foot dome-shaped library, a 6,300-square-foot underground garage and a swimming pool with an underwater sound system.
Mountain Home Road
Japanese Softbank billionaire Masayoshi Son, who has a staggering net worth of US$14 billion, is the owner of Mountain Home Road in Woodside, California – a US$117.5 million, a 900,000-square-foot architectural masterpiece.
The property features a pool with a 1,170-square-foot portico, a tennis court, a private library, a separate leisure building and well-groomed ceremonial gardens, as well as the usual bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms.
Florida’s Italian Renaissance
The style of this property in Palm Beach, Florida, is clear from the name “Italian Renaissance.
” Owned by billionaire Netscape co-founder Jim Clark, the stunning 1930s property features ten spacious bedrooms, two elevators, a 50-foot living room, a modern kitchen featuring marble floors, a swimming pool with beautiful architectural design surrounding it, a study area and a dining room with an elaborately carved ceiling. A series of pavilions around the main building add to the unique design of this property. The price was recently lowered from US$137 million to US$115 million.
The Canyon Ranch
On the market for the first time in 50 years, the Las Varas Ranch, Santa Barbara, is situated on a 240-acre plot of land with fabulous canyon and ocean views.
Costing US$108 million, the property includes two miles of private beachfront, a cottage, a guest house, a barn and various outbuildings dating back to 1880, as well as the 3,500-square-foot main residence.
The Fleur de Lys
Constructed from the architectural design of Richard Robertson for original owners David and Suzanne Saperstein between 1996 and 2000, the Fleur de Lys mansion in Holmby Hills, California, is a sight to behold.
After the couple separated, Suzanne gained ownership and later sold the estate to an anonymous French billionaire in a secret agreement for US$102 million. This sale made history, as it became the most expensive property to be sold in Los Angeles. Situated on a 4.6-acre plot of land, the Fleur De Lys consists of 15 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms, two kitchens, a massive movie theater, a ballroom, a tennis court, a gym, a pool and a nine-vehicle garage.
The Silicon Mansion
The Silicon Valley Mansion in Los Altos Hills, California – a 25,000-square-foot French chateau-style mansion – is owned by Russian billionaire and Facebook shareholder Yuri Milner, who has a net worth of US$3.1 billion.
Valued at US$100 million, this property features 14 bathrooms, two dining rooms, a games room, an outdoor and indoor pool, a ballroom, a theater, well-manicured gardens, and garages.
Chalon Road in Los Angeles, California, is a new construction that has been spread out over 31,000 square feet. The master suite alone is 5,600 square feet, and there are a dozen bedroom suites and 23 bathrooms overall throughout the property, as well as multiple dining areas and spacious living rooms.
Other features include a swimming pool, walk-in closets, beautiful chandeliers, 40,000 square feet of covered patios, five bars, a two-lane bowling alley and a putting green.
Trump’s Old Abode
Maison de L’Amitie in Palm Beach, Florida, was purchased by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in 2008 for US$95 million. The previous owner of the property is the current US President Donald Trump.
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Set in front of a beautiful 475-foot-long beach, this property features 18 bedrooms, living rooms, a tennis court, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, cultivated gardens and parking for 50 cars. The mansion was demolished in 2016.
The Private Pumpkin Key
The Pumpkin Key property is situated on a private island in the Florida Keys, providing a secluded haven surrounded by natural beauty.
When initially listed in 2014, the 26-acre retreat was priced at US$110 million, but this has since been lowered to US$95 million. The property includes spacious tennis courts, several cottages, and a 20-slip marina, in addition to the 5,000-square-foot main house.
The Working Ranch
Situated in Augusta, Montana, and estimated to cost between US$90 million and US$135 million, the Broken O Ranch predominantly serves agricultural purposes. Located on a 124,000-acre plot of land, 13,000 acres are used for alfalfa hay production.
As well as a 10,000-square-foot main house, the property includes an indoor pool, horse stables, 3,500 cows, 800 heifers and 175 range bulls. The ranch is owned by Stanley Kroenke, a real estate mogul and agriculturist who also owns three other ranches in the US.
The Taj Mittal
Steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, who has a net worth of US$12.3 billion, owns the next home on this list – in Kensington Palace Gardens, London.
The 55,000-square-foot mansion has an estimated cost of US$90 million and boasts 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath, a private cinema, a ballroom, a living room, dining rooms, a garage, a guest house, a gazebo and well-manicured gardens. The billionaire spent millions revamping the house to suit his taste and specifications, dubbing it the “Taj Mittal.”
Oprah’s Promised Land
Oprah Winfrey often referred to as “the queen of media,” has houses scattered across the US, including Hawaii, Chicago, Colorado and New Jersey.
However, the Promised Land in Montecito, California, is arguably the most outstanding of all her properties. Situated on a 40-acre plot of land and costing US$90 million, the 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style house encompasses six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a tennis court, a tea house and a theater.
CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management Bill Ackman, who has a net worth of US$2.6 billion, bought a duplex penthouse in the One57 (formerly known as Carnegie 57) skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, for more than US$90 million.
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The apartment sits across the 75th and 76th floors of the 90-story building and consists of six bedrooms, six bathrooms and a three-story winter garden enclosed in a 51-foot-wide glass balcony with an incredible view. Ackman, however, doesn’t live in the apartment, stating that he purchased the condo for “fun.”
The Limestone Country Estate
The Brookline Estate on Woodland Road, Boston, is situated on a 14-acre plot of land five miles southwest of the city and costs US$90 million.
Owned by former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman, the residence features grand limestone architecture over 26,623 square feet and has eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Additionally, the property is surrounded by a country club and golf course.
Luxurious Student Accommodation
The Central Park West Penthouse in New York belongs to one of the richest young people in the world – 22-year-old Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of Russian fertilizer tycoon Dmitry Rybolovleva and a current student at a New York University.
The house has magnificent interiors as well as expensive and extravagant finishes, boasting ten rooms, a wrap-around terrace, seven walk-in closets and a library. Located in a much sought after area of central New York City, the property is worth US$88 million.
The Platinum Triangle Villa
Designed in 1930 by a Californian architect called Paul Williams, the Holmby Hills Villa on Sunset Boulevard is located on a three-acre estate within Los Angeles’s prestigious Platinum Triangle.
With the huge 30,000 square-foot compound comes 17 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, five distinct gardens and a 6,000-square-foot private theater. It is owned by fashion designer Max Azria, who first put it up for sale in 2015 for US$85 million. It returned, inexplicably, in March this year for US$88 million and is still on the market.
The Stunt Manor
The Manor in Holmby Hill, California, is one of the largest homes in Los Angeles County and owned by Petra Stunt, daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone.
According to multiple sources, the house is said to have been initially put up on the market for an estimated US$150 million, but Stunt bought it for US$85 million after it reportedly failed to find a buyer for two years. The property is 56,000 square feet with a staggering total of 123 rooms and features a bowling alley, a gym, a tennis court, a gift-wrapping room, a screening room, a pool and a garage that can fit 100 vehicles.
Cher’s Equestrian Dream
Constructed in 1980, this Beverly Hills property was once owned by Cher, who later sold it to Eddie Murphy.
At US$85 million, the listing calls it an “incomparable equestrian dream” due to the miles of horse trails throughout the 16 acres of land that lead to five deluxe stables and two horse rings. In addition to the 20,000-square-foot main residence, the estate features a Moroccan-style guesthouse.
The Montecito Ranch
Sitting on 237 acres, the principal residence of this Santa Barbara County estate is a 30,000-square-foot building designed by architect Reginald Johnson in 1931.
Originally listed at US$125 million but dropping to US$85 million, Rancho San Carlos in Montecito also features ten residential cottages, equestrian facilities, and massive citrus and avocado orchards, making it perfect for those that enjoy agriculture.
Extra Perks in New York City
The entire 45th floor of the sleek Atelier condo tower in New York City’s Midtown West neighborhood is taken up by one apartment worth US$85 million.
The developers are now throwing in some “extra perks,” including a US$1 million yacht with docking fees for five years, two Rolls Royce Phantoms, a year of courtside season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets and a Hampton’s summer rental mansion for one year.
The Beaux-Arts Mansion
This auspicious, 1903 Beaux Arts mansion is located half a block away from Central Park and currently belongs to New York City developer magnate Keith Rubenstein.
The 15,000-square-foot limestone townhouse features red Hermès leather wall coverings, a temperature-controlled vault for furs, a refrigerator for makeup and marquetry floors inspired by the floors of the Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Recently put on the market, the property is listed at US$84.5 million.
Reaching for the Stars
432 Park Avenue in New York, designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, is the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere.
The 95th-floor penthouse, at 8,255 square feet and costing US$82 million, consists of six large bedrooms and seven bathrooms, as well as walk-in closets. Although the building is known to sway on windy days, the 10-foot-by-10-foot windows provide a spectacular view of the city that never sleeps.
Formula 1 and Billionaires’ Row
Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, is the proud owner of a home in Kensington Palace Gardens, also known as “Billionaires’ Row.”
The 57-room property contains a beauty salon, a bowling alley, a pool, a car lift, a dog spa and a basement cinema, and costs US$72 million.
The Most Expensive Townhouse
The Duke Semans Mansion on Fifth Avenue, New York, was purchased for US$44 million in 2010 by Carlos Helu Slim, a Mexican billionaire. It should be noted, however, that Slim prefers to reside in his humble abode in Mexico.
The Duke Semans mansion is an eight-story modern building with a French Renaissance interior featuring high ceilings and gold leaf-trimmed fixtures. It recently entered the market for US$88 million – if it sells for this amount, it will be the most expensive townhouse ever sold in New York City.