Mega Mansions: The 10 Most Expensive Houses in the World

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Despite being among the top 1 percent, not every billionaire in the world is concerned about having the biggest house. However, the ones who have decided to create astonishing homes have gone all-in where the cheapest house costs $128 million alone, and the most expensive house in the world is the Buckingham Palace in London. This list consists of homes, penthouses, and estates located from England all the way to India and many more.

So, let have a look at the 10 most expensive homes in the world without worrying about a lengthy introduction.

10. 18-19 Kensington Gardens – $128 Million

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Coming at number 10 is 18-19 Kensington Gardens which is a luxury home located on Billionaires Row of London’s most prestigious area, Kensington Gardens. This is the area where Prince William and Kate Middleton also live. This property is owned by the Indian billionaire and business tycoon, Lakshmi Mittal. He is the CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker.

Spanning across 55,000 square-foot, this house was constructed during the 19th century and was originally two semi-detached houses, which were converted into one big mansion by renowned developer, David Khalili. Featuring 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, Turkish baths, and enough parking spaces for 20 cars, this massive home has been in the hands of some of the wealthiest families such as the Rothchilds, Free Poles, David Khalili, and Bernie Ecclestone before Mittal got his hands on.

9. Palazzo di Amore – $195 Million

Located in Beverly Hills, California, the 9th most expensive home belongs to a successful real estate entrepreneur, Jeff Green. The Mederteranian-style Villa spans 53-000 square feet features 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, numerous swimming pools, tennis courts, waterfalls, and theatres, and also has a 27 car garage which is great for an investor like Jeff. This Beverly Hills mansion is more like a holiday resort rather than a home, as the house also has a revolving dance floor and ballroom which is readily available to host some wild parties.

8. Ellison Estate – $200 Million

As the name hints, this $200 million mega-mansion is owned by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who is among the richest men in the world. Larry’s home sits on a 23-acre property that has other dwellings too. There are 10 different properties within the area, including a tea house and bathhouse, a man-made lake, and a Koi pond. It was designed by Paul Driscoll, who was an architect and Zen Buddist teacher, with inspirations that root from a Japanese Emporer’s palace. This property has preserved natural value by having expensive trees such as cherry blossoms, maples, oaks, and redwoods. 

7. Four Fairfield Pond – $248 Million

At number seven, is Ira Renner’s $248 mansion who is the owner of the Renno Group, a holding investment company in smelting and manufacturing. The specialty of this property is its location. How could we not have something special from the Big Apple?

Four Fairfield Pond is a 63-acre home in New York City and features 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a 91-foot dining room, basketball court, bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts, three swimming pools, and the list goes on.  With so many amenities, the house requires a great amount of juice to power the electricals. Therefore, a billionaire’s solution is to have a private power plant located on-site. But the good news for gearheads is that the property could store as many as one hundred cars.

6. The Odeon Tower Penthouse – $330 Million

The Odean Tower Penthouse is owned can be yours if you’ve got $330 million in your bank account. Located within the Golden Citadel of Monte Carlo, the Odean tower is one of the most luxurious and expensive properties in the area. This tower was designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi and developed by Groupe Mazococo. 

At the very top of the building, sits the 35,000 square-foot apartment which is spread across several floors. The luxurious penthouse offers a private elevator, 360-degree views, a water slide into the infinity pool, and much more. You could be the next owner and appear on our updated list, once you snatch the deal when it next comes back on the market.

5. Les Palais Bulles – $390 Million

As you can see, the Les Palais Bulles’ design is unique as the inspirations come from man’s earliest dwellings, but is now equipped with the latest comforts. For instance, the property has three swimming pools, numerous gardens, and a 500-seat amphitheater built into the hillside grounds. 

This property was designed by Hungarian Architect, Antti Lovag and was built somewhere in the region of 1975-1989. Also known as the “Bubble Palace,” Le Palais Bulle is located near Cannes, France, and is owned by fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who uses it as a holiday home. It is also used as a venue for fashion shows and events.

4. Villa Les Cèdres – $450 Million

Another mansion located in France is Villa Les Cèdres. To be exact, this property is in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, also known as the “Peninsula of Billionaires.” Estimated at almost half a billion dollars, this villa was the most expensive home till 2017. It was first built in 1830 and purchased by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1904, but is now owned by Ukrainian billionaire, Rinat Akhmetov.

This villa sits on 35 acres of gardens which are filled with cedar trees. However, the house only spreads across 18,000 square feet and is equipped with 14 bedrooms. The highlight of this property is the Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a large stable, big enough for 30 horses. 

3. Villa Leopolda – $750 Million

Coming at number 3 is Villa Leopolda, which is located in the Frances Alps-Maritime department of its Cote d’Azur Region. It was originally owned by the Belgian King Leopold II who paid just 1 franc for the entire land and built a hospital in 1915. However, in 1958 it was bought by Giovanni Agnelli, owner of the Italian car brands Fiat and Ferrari, and later sold to Coming at number 3 is Villa Leopolda, which is located in the Frances Alps-Maritime department of its Cote d’Azur Region.

It was originally owned by the Belgian King Leopold II who paid just 1 franc for the entire land and built a hospital in 1915. However, in 1958 it was bought by Giovanni Agnelli, owner of the Italian car brands Fiat and Ferrari, and later sold Edmund Safra, Lebanese Brazillian Banker. Unfortunately, Safra died, and it was owned by his wife for some time, who sold it to Russian tycoon, Mikhail Prokhorov.

The property occupies 8 hectares of land, which is equivalent to 8 football pitches, and has 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a commercial greenhouse, a helipad, an outdoor kitchen, and one of the most beautiful swimming pools you’ll ever see. It was also featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 film: To Catch a Thief

2. Antilla – $1 Billion

Owned by renowned Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited. This is the second most expensive house in the world and is located in Mumbai, India. This massive mansion is worth 1 billion dollars, is 27 stories high which spreads across 400,000 square feet. Although it’s this tall, the building is able to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale. It was designed and built by Chicago based architecture firm, Perkins & Will, and hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bender Associates.

The lavish house is equipped with every top-notch amenities that you could think of. The car garage occupies six floors and has a private service station as well. Inside the house, you’ll find a temple, a 50-seat movie theatre, nine elevators, a health spa, three helipads, a salon, a ballroom and yoga studio, an ice-cream room, and the list goes on. With all these, maintenance would not be too easy. That’s why Ambani has recruited around 600 staff members to keep things flowing smoothly.

1. Buckingham Palace – $2.9 Billion 

Buckingham Palace is claimed as the most expensive home in the world, with a staggering estimated value of $2.9 billion. Located in Westminster, London, this palace is one of the lavish properties owned by the British Royal family. This has been the official residence of the monarchy since 1878.

Spanning across 828,000 square feet in 40 acres, the palace has 775 rooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, and 19 staterooms, but it’s reported that the Queen only uses six rooms. The interior is perfectly Royal-themed and lavish fixtures like the one-of-a-kind art masterpieces and chandeliers.

Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most expensive houses in the world:

  1. Buckingham Palace – $2.9 Billion
  2. Antilla – $1 Billion
  3. Villa Leopolda – $750 Million
  4. Villa Les Cèdres – $450 Million
  5. Les Palais Bulles – $390 Million
  6. The Oden Tower Penthouse – $330 Million
  7. Four Fairfield Pond – $248 Million
  8. Ellison Estate – $200 Million
  9. Palazzo di Amore – $195 Million
  10. 18-19 Kensington Gardens – $128 Million

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