The average person is simply delighted if they are lucky enough to buy a home of their own, but there are a few people in this world who think nothing of owning more than a few homes in several different countries.
There’s also a handful of people who are more than willing to spend the kind of money on a home that most of us don’t even earn in a lifetime and here’s a list of the 13 most expensive homes in the world.
Nr 13 – The Manor – Los Angeles
The Manor boasts the title of the biggest and most expensive home in Los Angeles County.
Originally built during the great depression of 1934, and once owned by (crooner) Singer Bing Crosby, who sold the property to Aaron Spelling in 1983 for a hefty price tag of $10.5 million.
Spelling had the house bulldozed in preparation for a French Chateau style, 123 room mansion at an estimated cost of $12 million. It took two years to build the 14 bedrooms, 27 bath rooms home, upsetting the neighbors in the process, who were not too pleased with the noise created by all the heavy construction equipment and gangs of workers.
After Spelling died, the home was sold in 2011, to 22 year old socialite and Formula One Heiress, Petra Stunt for $85 million in cash.
She also made several more renovations to the house and has recently put the 56,500 square-foot property on the market with an asking price of $ 175 million.
Nr 12 – Bel Air Spec Manor
Relatively new to the US property scene, 60-year-old, Barry Makowsky’s latest creation was built on a purely speculative basis, with no buyer lined-up in advance.
His latest project is the 10th home he’s built and it reflects his own extravagant interests and tastes. He is not afraid to take risks and with no outside investors, he doesn’t hold back on expense.
Nicknamed Bel Air Spec, it has all the hallmarks of a house out of a James Bond movie. The sprawling mansion of 38,000 square feet is spread across four floors, with 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, a 40-seat movie theater, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar and 270-degree hilltop views of the ocean.
As part of the package, the fully furnished home comes with a $30-million fleet of exotic cars and motorcycles neatly parked in the foyer.
It has helicopter is parked on the roof, a crocodile-embossed elevator and the house comes with seven full-time employees, who live in a separate staff wing.
With all the extra trimmings, Makowsky is hoping to scoop $ 250M, for the property.
Nr 11 – Fairfield Pond
This sprawling Hampton Estate took five years to build. The property consists of four different houses spread across 63 prime acres with a private shoreline in Sagaponack, New York.
The main house, consists 43,031 sq. ft. with 21 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms and a 91 foot-long dining room.
The sprawling compound includes three swimming pools, a 164-seat screening theater, two bowling alleys, two tennis courts, two squash courts, a basketball court and a hot tub that cost $150K, and all the amenities are all powered by the property’s own on-site power plant.
With a price tag of $250 million dollars,
The owner of this prime real estate, is billionaire, Ira Rennert who is asking around the $250 million mark for arguably one of the most expensive homes in America.
Nr 10 – Updown Court
Situated on a secluded estate in Windlesham, Surrey, the lavish mansion, Updown Court, has has had several owners in the past and is repeatedly been marketed as “Britain’s most expensive home”.
Set in 58 acres of rolling forested countryside, this four-storey mansion has 103 rooms, including 24 en-suite bedrooms, two guest houses, a security lodge, five swimming pools, a bowling alley, a cinema with a bar, a wine cellar, a squash court, a floodlit tennis court and it even has a panic room.
The penthouse balcony, has a heated open-air spa pool for year round pleasure.
The property is fitted with a computer controlled, state-of-the-art high-tech maintenance and security system which is voice-activated and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
The basement has enough space for eight cars and the driveway is heated to combat any winter ice. There’s also stabling for five horses.
With a price tag of £70 million, plus £3 million stamp duty, Uptown Court is considered to be the most expensive private residence on the UK property market.
Nr 9 – Playboy Mansion
Built in 1927, the Playboy mansion sits luxuriously on 21,000 Sq Feet of prime real estate in Beverly Hills.
The mansion had seen its fair share of previous owners before it was purchased by Playboy Enterprises in 1971, for a meagre $1 million dollars. Surprisingly, Hugh Hefner had to pay the same amount each year to Playboy Enterprises as a rental fee.
The twelve bedroom mansion also has, a huge wine cellar, a movie theatre, several tennis courts, a grotto style, swimming pool and even a zoo.
In its heyday, the mansion had 80 full time staff catering to the needs of Hefner and his many house guests.
It was rumored that Hefner had as many as 12 girlfriends living with him at any one time and he would always select one ‘‘special lady’’ who would share his sleeping quarters. The girlfriends were each given a weekly allowance of $1,000.
Notoriously wild parties took place at the mansion more than 40 years before Hugh Hefner’s demise in 2017. After his death, the mansion was sold to Daren Metropoulos the co-owner of Hostess Brands and head of the investment firm Metropoulos & Co., for $100 million dollars.
Nr 8 – Dracula’s Castle
Dracula’s Castle gets its name from the fictional Irish writer, Bram Stoker who characterised Count Dracula in his first novel “Dracula”, published in England in 1897 and as Bram Castle perfectly fits the tale of Dracula, it is known throughout the world as Dracula’s Castle
Bram Castle is gloriously perched on top a huge rock, high above a valley that overlooks a flowing river, near the city of Braşov in the Principality of Transylvania, Romania.
Built between 1211-1388. In 2006, the Castle was inherited by Archduke Dominic Von Habsburg, of the Austrian royal family. He had spent his childhood at Bran Castle where his grandparents Queen Marie and King Ferdinand had lived before the Communists came to power in 1948, forcing the family to flee.
The castle has been restored to its former glory, attracting around 560,000 visitors annually, all keen to explore the Castle’s mysterious past with 57 rooms, 17 bedrooms, and a Dungeon.
Filled with priceless antique furniture, the Castle is valued at $135 million on today’s market.
Nr 7 – Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace has been a favourite residence of successive royals since 1689. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria.
In more recent times, its inhabitants have included Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Margaret, and currently, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In 2012, the Palace underwent a £12m refurbishment with the previously grandiose interior being replaced by a more minimalist, modern approach. THe Palace also now includes a Health Centre, Tennis courts and an auto museum.
Situated in the heart of London’s most expensive neighbourhood and boasting some of the best kept gardens in the city that include a rectangular pond at its centre, the property is now valued at $140 million dollars.
Nr 6 – Great Island Connecticut
This estate on Great Island in Darien, CT, is the largest private island sale on the East Coast.
The iconic family property has been in the hands of the Ziegler family for more than a century and its listing is causing quite a stir.
Just a short half hour drive from New York City, the 13,000-square-foot main house, named, Stone Manor, was built in 1905. The house includes, nine bedrooms, a guest wing, a wing for the staff.
The rooms with 15 foot ceilings are kept warm with, seven fireplaces and the seven sets of double French doors offers waterfront views from almost every room.
Perched atop a rocky coastline, the estate offers access to a protected cove with a sandy beach and deep-water mooring for a 100-foot yacht and access to more than a mile of the Long Island Sound, with unobstructed views.
An elevated grass terrace is accessed from three sides of the house that lead to additional buildings on the estate including, a caretaker’s house, a seaside cottage, and boat and beach houses. The property also has its own equestrian center with 18 stables and two indoor and outdoor riding arenas and the 63 acres property is listed at $120 million dollars.
Nr 5 – Hearst Castle
After inheriting land from his parents in 1919, Newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst teamed-up with renowned Architect Julia Morgan, to start building his dream home.
The building project would continue for the next 28 years, finally becoming one of the world’s greatest showplaces, with an accredited museum.
When building began Hearst renamed the rocky perch from which his dream house would rise and called it “La Cuesta Encantada” – The Enchanted Hill.
Built on 125 acres of land, the dream house would eventually comprise a total 165 rooms, with 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms,18 sitting rooms, a movie theatre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, including Roman styled temples and a neptune pool, tennis courts, 125 acres of manicured gardens, an airfield, and one of the largest privately owned Zoos in the world.
The property which can only be described as majestic, is valued at $191 million dollars.
Nr 4 – The Penthouse
In 2004, business brothers, Nick and Christian Candy bought a dowdy 1950’s office block for £150 million. Years later, they have transformed the building into some of the hottest properties in London including this one simply named, ‘The Penthouse.’
This luxury, two floor penthouse in Hyde Park London, has floor-to-ceiling windows, its own car park for two cars, and access to a host of spas and squash courts in the building and it now costs more than £6,000 per square foot.
The penthouse offers stunning views over Central London, a private wine-tasting facility and an underground passage to a Heston Blumenthal restaurant who is also on call for room service 24/7.
For the security conscious, the apartment is kitted out with a ‘state of the art’ security system that includes, eye scanning entry, bullet proof windows, an SAS trained security team and a lock-up panic room.
The price tag for this prestigious London address is a mere £140 million.
Nr 3 – Villa Leopolda
Leopolda villa sprawls across 80,000 sq metres of land on the French Riviera between the city of Nice and the Principality of Monaco. The large grounds are looked after by 50 gardeners who tend to the vast orchards of lemons, plums, olives and oranges.
The mansion has a rich history and was originally built for Belgian King Leopold II in 1902. In 1915, the villa was used as a hospital.
Previous owners include, the late Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli, and Lebanese-born Swiss banker Edmond Safra, who died in his home in 1999, in a fire that was believed to be an act of arson.
Mr Safra’s widow, Lily recently sold the property that’s considered to be the most expensive villa in the world for a whopping $506 million dollars to Russian Tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov.
For that kind of money, the villa boasts, 19 deluxe bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, several terraces, a huge oval pool, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, and tennis courts. Marble ordains most of the villa which also is also furnished with valuable antiquities.
Nr 2 – Antilla
Purportedly inspired by the mythical Atlantic island, Indian Billionaire, Mukesh Ambani’s residence, Antilla, looms over one of the poorest slums in Mumbai.
It is however, considered to be the world’s highest residential property in the world and the second most expensive property after Buckingham Palace with an estimated construction cost between $1billion and $2 billion dollars.
The 60 floors of the 27-story building cover 400,000-square-feet and the skyscraper home includes six stories of covered parking that can accommodate up to 168 cars, three rooftop, helicopter pads, and an estimated full time staff of over 600 to maintain the property.
With super high ceilings, each floor is equivalent to the average height of two stories and the construction is reportedly earthquake proof up to 8 on the Richter scale.
With 9 high-speed elevators, the mansion includes a home theatre for 50 people, an indoor and outdoor bar, four floors of hanging gardens, a health floor with a Jacuzzi and Indoor pool and an ice room where the family of five can enjoy the experience of real snow.
Nr 1 – Buckingham Palace
Buckingham House was bought by George III in 1761 for use as a comfortable family home close to St James’s Palace, where many court functions were held.
In 1826, his son George IV, decided to transform the huge home into a palace with the help of
his architect, John Nash at an estimated cost of £150,000, but in 1829, as work progressed, that cost escalated to nearly half a million pounds. The extravagance cost the architect his job and on the death of George IV in 1830, his younger brother William IV contracted Edward Blore to finish the work.
Today, Buckingham Palace consists of 775 rooms, that also include, 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The building measures, 354 feet in length at the front, 393 feet deep, (including the central quadrangle) and 78 feet high.
The Palace receives more than 50,000 visitors each year and if it were ever put on the property market, its estimated value would be around $1.55 billion dollars.