Owning real estate geared with all luxuries and amenities has been the dream of many. Some take years to move in a house that they can proudly call their home while others have to make peace with the fact that it is one luxury which is hard to afford.
Speaking of luxury, houses have now become one of the most accepted definitions of a person’s wealth and towering ambitions. As a matter of fact, luxurious houses that have mind boggling architecture, immaculate décor, hi-tech security, interior designing and royal service on call can have leave people with their mouth agape. These houses are both public and private property but they have one thing in common; opulence. Here we bring you 15 most luxurious houses in the world that just go to show that the rich are blessed the power to literally own the world!
15. Dracula’s Castle
Although the name can send shock waves to people, in reality Dracula’s Castle is among one of the best luxurious houses in the world and perhaps the only castle to feature in the list. Situated near Bran in the country of Romania, there’s antiquity galore in the 57 room castle that has 17 bedrooms adorned with period furniture. Currently valued for around $135 million, the house was turned into a museum and yet it captivates the imagination of any property owner dreaming of real estate amidst sky-kissing valley.
14. Barbie Malibu Mansion
Who would have thought that Barbie, the beloved companion of growing girls and globally famous line of toys would have real estate inspired after her? Well, much to the delight of the doll’s admirers, Barbie’s opulent dream house has now come to the fore thanks largely to the scrupulousness of interior decorator Jonathan Adler. The “life-size” mansion as it is called boasts of 3,500 square foot area along the shore of Pacific Ocean. Interiors of the house have generous use of pink hue especially the bedroom that has pink carpeting and Barbie’s initial embossed in it. The mansion has big swimming pool with best of the lighting supplies. However, it is probably some of the standalone pieces like an Andy Warhol painted portrait of Barbie worth $200,000, a pink Volkswagen Beetle themed in the lines of the doll that which adds to the value of the mansion in hundreds of millions.
13. Fair Field, Sagaponack , N.Y.
2012 tax assessment appraises the value of Fair Field mansion at $248 billion. Owned by billionaire Ira Rennert, the property sprawls over 63-acre of total area consisting of 29 bedrooms, 39 baths which makes for basic amenities. For the ultimate luxury and entertainment resources, the controversial property which kicked off in 1999 has three swimming pools, its own power plant, a pair of courtyards, and synagogue along with home theater besides basketball court, bowling alley and orangery. Nonetheless, possession of this property was not a cakewalk for Rennert with Southampton neighborhood engaging in a long legal battle before the billionaire could move in.
12. Palazzo di Amore, Beverly Hills, California
To be the owner of real estate in a happening place like Beverly Hills can have anyone feel like the king of the world. And when one has 25 acre posh villa, the deal just gets sweeter! The Pallazo di Amore is the most luxurious house in the entire country which is owned by real estate giant Jeff Greene. The villa which is designed in Mediterranean inspired style has dedicated entertainment complex with such recreational spots like bowling alley, tennis courts, theater, swimming pools and waterfalls. Wait! There’s more. The 12 bedroom, 23 bathrooms loaded house also has 15,000 square feet of dedicated area for entertainment complex that can accommodate 1000 people at a time wherein there’s a ballroom and the very fancy revolving floor. Part y people also have the access to the villa’s self-produced wine from its vineyard. And lastly, the $195 million villa’s garage provides ample space for parking 27 cars!
11. The Manalapan Residence
At an estimated price of $135 million, Manalapan residence is probably the best mansion across the ocean that one can fancy living at. Spread out in the area of 5.5 acres Manalapan residence leaves its resident pampered with its best in class amenities which include 14 bedrooms, 24 restrooms, a plethora of entertainment options like movie theatre, casino, bowling track, tennis court etc. Visitors can also go for indulgence in the mansion’s beauty salon, gym and club rooms. The property also offers a go-cart track, quick access via 2 elevators.
10. Xanadu 2.0, Medina, Washington
Owned by Bill Gates, Xanadu 2.0 is very characteristic of the Microsoft founder’s forte in the world of technology. The property which originally cost around $14 million at the time of purchase in 1998 is now appraised at $125.5 million. The beautiful estate is laden with hi-tech features that can set the temperature and room’s lighting as per visitor’s preference via electronic pin. It also houses gym, library, reception hall, underground garage spread across thousands of square foots.
9. Updown Court, England
The most expensive real estate of the world back in 2005, Updown Court is a majestic property to own in the village of Windlesham, Surrey. Designed in the lines of Californian style of architecture, the palatial house consists of 103 rooms coupled with swimming pools and other sources of entertainment within the 58 acre property.
8. The Manor, Los Angeles, USA
The Manor was built in 1991 on the blueprint of French Chateu styled mansions. There is absolutely no dearth of modern day facilities within the 56,000 square foot property built for Aaron by his wife Cindy. The 123 room property is replete with dedicated spaces for sports court, private orchard, indoor skating rink, multiple swimming pools and even rooms meant for doll museum and for wrapping presents! The mansion was sold by Tori Spelling in 2007 as it was deemed too large a place to reside.
7. Franchuk Villa, UK, London
Another lavish villa in the UK, Franchuk Villa borrows the Victorian style of architecture for its entire six floors that house luxurious amenities like swimming pool, gym and private theatre. With lush green lawn and rustic Victorian era built, the property is now worth $161 million.
6. Tour Odeon, Monte Carlo, Monaco
The latest entrant in the list of luxurious houses, the penthouse is the second tallest building in the Mediterranean region. Its most novel add on is the circular rooftop infinity pool. Once the apartments are sold, it is estimated to fetch around $400 million!
5. Kensington Palace Garden, 18-19
To be proud owners of real estate in the world’s most expensive neighborhood is hardly achievable by many billionaires in the world. No wonder, Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal is the man of everyone’s attention and envy as the owner of 18-19 Kesington Palace decked with Turkish bath, 12 bedrooms and hordes of ornate interior decoration items. This particular property of the Arcelor Mittal head is priced at whopping $222 million.
4. Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills
The $165 million mansion in Beverly Hills may not too valuable in terms of the dollar mark but what make it truly desirable is its neighbors who include celebrated names like Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, David Beckham and Posh Spice. The mansion which has 29 bedrooms, tennis club, nightclub, three swimming pools had US newspaper magnate William Randolf Hearst as its erstwhile owner. Another striking feature is the “H” shape that the mansion resembles.
3. Versailles, Florida
The property has already $75 million in the pot and requires another $25 million to make it all set for possession; and why not? This grand property owned by David Siegel has the following at disposal. Mesmerizing views over Lake Butler, 30 bedrooms, 23 restrooms with Jacuzzi, Brazilian mahogany doors carved in French style, sports facilities, 120 foot Grand Hall to name a few.
2. Villa Leopolda, Cote D’Azur, France
The house famously featured in Hitchcock’s classic flick To catch a thief. The estate sprawls over 50 hectare and has swimming pool, pool house, helipad outdoor kitchen. It is owned by Lila Safra, widow of Lebanese banker William Safra and it has current worth of $750 million.
1. Antilia, Mumbai, India
Humungous yet ostentatious. A pioneer of architectural brilliance and yet a structure that has faced the flak of many for being stark contrast to the definition of need; and also for highlighting the widening gap between rich and poor. The insanely large property that runs till 27 storeys in 400,000 square foot area is laced with helipads, six underground parking lots, never seen before art-construction in every floor and 600 full time employees for maintenance. Antilla, the atrociously mammoth property is owned by Reliance Industries head Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest and sixth in the list of richest person in the world.
Some of the properties in the aforementioned have defined the very demography and the city it is located at. It comes as no surprise that the eventual value of all these properties shall go anywhere up. Much like the Buckingham Palace in England, many of these houses can be one of the artifacts and valuable asset for that particular country’s tourism.