No matter which part of the world we go, home is the best place to be in at the end of the day. That is the reason why some people who have made a big fortune for themselves, like to take a further step when it comes to building a residential home. They try to accumulate all the luxurious amenities of the world inside the premises of their residents, making them the most expensive homes in the world.
In this list of top ten most expensive homes, we have included royal residences and privately owned homes. We have excluded the properties which are not used for residential purposes.
Xanadu 2.0 – Medina, Washington ($150 Million)
Xanadu 2.0 is a mansion owned by the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates. The 66,000 square feet mansion comprises of estate-wide server system, a 60 feet swimming pool with underwater music system, a 2,500 square feet gym, a 1,000 square feet dining room along with other features like heated floors and driveways and so on.
Spelling Manor – Los Angeles, California ($155 Million)
Spelling Manor is owned by Petra Stunt who is the daughter of Formula One racing magnate, Bernie Ecclestone. The Manor is a French chateau-style mansion sitting on 56,000 square feet of area and includes 123 rooms, a bowling alley, an ice rink, gym, a screening room, tennis court, pool and several other features.
Palazzo di Amore – Beverly Hills, California ($195 Million)
Jeff Greene, a real estate entrepreneur and American politician owns the grand Palazzo di Amore. This massive 53,000 square feet villa includes 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, a theater, a garage accommodating 27 cars along with other features.
Ellison Estate – Woodside, California ($200 Million)
Ellison Estate is owned by the co-founder of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison. The 23-acre property consists of 10 buildings, a man-made lake, koi pond, tea house, bath house along with other features. The exterior of the property showcases a Japanese garden theme.
Four Fair Field – Sagaponack, New York ($249 Million)
The Fair Field belongs to an industrialist named Ira Rennert. The 64,389 square feet of property includes 110,000 square feet estate with some amenities like 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, its own power plant, 3 swimming pools, 2 bowling alleys, squash court, indoor basket court, a theater with seating for 164 people, a synagogue and an orangery. The house is valued at around $249 million.
Villa Les Cedres – French Riviera ($400 Million)
Originally built for the king of Belgium back in 1830, the 18,000-square feet home is owned by the family of Marnier Lapostelle since 1924. The Les Cedres features 14 bedrooms, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a man-made pond, a ball room, a stable for 30 horses and stunning woodwork throughout the home.
Villa Leopolda – Cote D’Azure, France ($750 Million)
Currently owned by Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist and widow of Lebanese banker, William Safra, the 50-acre estate once belonged to King Leopold II of Belgium. Villa Leopolda includes 19 luxurious bedrooms, sporting courts, a movie theater, bowling alley, swimming pools, vast formal gardens and rare marbles and periodic artwork.
Antilia – Mumbai, India ($1 Billion)
Antilia is owned by the richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani who is the chairman of Reliance industries. Antilia is the world’s most expensive private residential property with an area covering 400,000 square feet. The 27-storey home features 6 dedicated floors for cars, 3 helipads, a spa, terraced garden, multiple swimming pools, yoga studio, conference room, a ball room, a home theater that seats 50 and more than 600 workers who work 24/7.
Buckingham Palace – London, U.K. ($1.5 Billion)
First built in 1703 for Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham palace is now home for the Queen of England. The palace is technically a crown property which comprises of 775 rooms, 118 staff rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and 19 staterooms. The Queen of England is undoubtedly the queen of real estate too.
Istana Nurul Iman – Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei ($2 Billion)
‘Istana Nurul Iman’, which translates to ‘The Light of Faith’ palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. It is considered the world’s largest residential palace which consists of 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, a banquet hall which can accommodate 5,000 guests, a mosque accommodating 1,500 people, 110 cars garage, a stable for 200 polo ponies and 5 swimming pools. The palace has a total floor area of 2,152,782 square feet.