Ever wondered what would it feel like to live in one of the most expensive houses of the world? Well, we cannot make that dream of yours come true, but we can definitely give you a sneak peek into the costliest homes on the planet.
Yes, here we have compiled an exhaustive list of the 10 most expensive houses of the world. Most of these exquisite houses are owned by billionaires comprising of some of the world’s richest business tycoons and celebrities.
Some are ancient and have historical value, while some have the best modern architecture. Some of these are even for sale. So, if you have a budget that suits it, keep an eye.
From having indoor and outdoor pools to panic rooms, these luxurious houses are more like modern castles. Read on to have a glimpse of the abodes of the richest of the rich.
10. THE BRAN/ DRACULA’S CASTLE
If you are into vampire and Dracula stuff, this one will particularly interest you. It used to be the home of Vlan, the Impaler, also known as the original Dracula. The palace belonged to the royal families for several years and has now been converted into a museum. This ancient castle has 57 rooms, and 17 bedrooms. The interior design is ancient with antique furniture. So, if you are a historical enthusiast, you should definitely pay a visit. The castle is located in Transylvania, Romania. The price of the castle keeps fluctuating. However, it is currently valued at $152 million.
9. THE PINNACLE
This house is located in Big Sky, Montana. It is the largest property in the Yellowstone Club. This is a cozy mountain-side mansion which has it all. It has heated floors and fireplaces, a gym, several pools, a wine cellar and staff to attend to your needs. For the super-rich people, it has a private ski and golf community. Adding to that, it also has a private ski lift. The house is owned by real- estate developer, co-founder of Yellowstone Club and timber baron, Tim Blixseth with Edra Blixseth. The house is priced at $155 million.
8. FRANCHUK VILLA
The house has the prime location in Belgravia, Central London. It is a Victorian style villa and has 10 bedrooms and 6 floors. It has a private movie theatre, a panic room, an underground indoor swimming pool, sauna, and a personal gym too. The property is owned by Olena Franchuk, daughter of Ukraine’s second president. It is worth $161 million.
7. THE HEARST MANSION
The Hearst Mansion is located in San Simeon, California. This mansion has been featured in the movie ‘Godfather’. It was also the honeymoon destination of the U.S. president J.F. Kennedy. It has also hosted many famous personalities including Winston Churchill, Jackie Kennedy and Clark Gable as well. It has three swimming pools, 29 rooms, a disco and a movie theatre. The house is owned by William Randolph Hearst’s trustees. It is now a part of the California Park System and a heritage and tourist spot. It is priced at $165 million.
6. ELLISON ESTATE
This vast estate is owned by the co-founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison. The property is spread over 23 acres with 10 buildings. It has a tea house, a bath house, a koi pond and a man-made lake as well. It is located in Woodside, California. The property is valued at $200 million. Larry was inspired by Japan’s Samurai Era, which can be seen reflected in this property.
5. KENSINGTON PALACE
This lavish property is owned by Indian steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal. It is located in London on the Billionaires Row and is at close proximity to the house of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It has 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, Turkish baths and a parking space with a capacity to accommodate 20 cars. The property is worth $222 million.
4. FAIRFIELD POND
This magnificent estate is located in Sagaponack, New York. It is spread over 63 acres and has 23 bedrooms. The house has three swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, a bowling alley and a basketball court. It also has 39 bathrooms and a 91-foot long dining room. It is owned by Ira Rennert, owner of the Renco Group. Its price is $248 million.
3. VILLA LEOPOLDA
This beautiful house is exotically located in Cote D’Azure, France. It was built by the Belgian king, King Leopold II in 1902. This house was famously used in the sets of the classic movie, ‘To Catch A Thief’ in 1955. The house is owned by a Brazilian philanthropist, Lily Safra. This 50 acre property has an exceptionally large guest house, a commercial sized greenhouse, a helipad, a swimming pool and a pool house and an outdoor kitchen. It has 27 stories and 19 bedrooms. It has a vast garden too, and it is said that there are 50 full-time gardeners employed to take care of the garden. The house is valued at $750 million.
The Antilla is located in Mumbai, India. This is not just a house, but a whole world in its own with highly modern architecture and interior design. The architecture is based on an ancient Indian tradition of Vastu Shastra. Each floor has a unique and aesthetic design. It is a 400,000 square foot building with 27 stories. The building is so huge that a staff of 600 people is required just to maintain it. It has three helicopter pads and six underground parking floors. It also has a four-story garden, a gym, jacuzzi and ballroom. This house belongs to Mukesh Ambani, the richest man of India and the owner of the Reliance Group of Companies. The building is valued at $1 billion.
1. BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Well, we have all heard of this one. The Buckingham palace makes to the top of our list of the 10 most expensive houses of the world. Though the house is not for sale, but the valuation of the palace by the National Building Society is $1.56 billion. The palace is located in London and is home to the Queen of England. The current owner of the property is Queen Elizabeth II, since 1952. The palace has a total of 775 rooms which includes 92 offices, 188 staff rooms, 19 state rooms, 52 bedrooms and78 bathrooms.