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16 July 2011

10 MOST Expensive Houses In The World

10) Dracula’s Castle, Romania
Price – $135 million

  • This home needs no introduction.
  • Built in the 14th century, the castle is now a national monument and museum thanks to the legend surrounding it, which also needs no introduction.
  • It has 57 rooms in total, including 17 bedrooms filled with antiques and historical artefacts. It wouldn’t do for the publicly shy Ira Rennert mentioned above.
  • But for the quirkier billionaire, the 450 million tourists that visit every year may be worth it for living in Dracula’s castle.

9) Updown Court, Windlesham, Surrey 
Price – $139 million

  • The description of this home is above, as it was the 3rd most expensive home in 2008.
  • What is interesting however, is that in 2008 it was valued at $110million, meaning its value has grown substantially even during such difficult financial times.

8) “The Manor,” Los Angeles
Price – $150 million

  • The home of Aaron Spelling, dubbed “The Manor” by wife Cindy, has 123 rooms for his family to choose from.
  • An indoor skating rink, multiple pools, three kitchens, sports courts, private orchard, and a bowling alley.
  • The home, which he had built from scratch in 1991 also has a room used exclusively for wrapping presents and an entire floor dedicated to closet space.

7) “The Pinnacle,” Montana
Price – $155 million

  • This is the home of Time and Edra Blixseth, owners of the billionaires-only golf and ski resort “Yellowstone Club” in Montana.
  • It will be the largest and grandest property on the resort, but is still small in comparison to some of those on this list, with only 10 bedrooms.
  • To catch up the property has impressive features such as every inch of floor being heated, a heated driveway and fireplaces in all bathrooms. (3-2 to America).

6) Franchuk Villa, Kensington
Price – $161 million

  • Anyone else spotting a trend here (the most expensive homes being mainly in the UK and US, this making it 2 all). This Victorian Villa was a girl’s prep school until 1997, when it was bought and upgraded in 2006.
  • After receiving a £10 million overhaul and refurb it was purchased by Ukrainian AIDS philanthropist, Elena Franchuk, and renamed the Franchuk Villa.

5) Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills
Price – $165 million

  • This mansion — the former home of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for the main character in “Citizen Kane” –, features 29 bedrooms and three pools.
  • The estate became a pop-culture icon after being used in The Godfather movie.
  • The fact that assassinated President John F Kennedy stayed in the mansion during his honeymoon also added to its status.
  • The house has some notable neighbours, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham.

4) Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons
Price – $170 million

  • This 63 acre home is considered the largest residential compound in America. The 29 bedroom beachfront home of publicity shy billionaire Ira Rennert has 5 sports courts, a bowling alley and a $150,000 hot tub.

3) The Penthouse, London
Price – $200 million

  • It boasts a penthouse view over Central London, a private wine-tasting facility and an underground passage to a Heston Blumenthal restaurant.
  • Throw in security measures a James Bond villain would be proud of and a ‘panic room’ in case things go wrong, and you would expect to pay a high price.
  • But even estate agents could not contain their amazement yesterday as a London property was on the verge of being sold for £200million – making it the most expensive flat in the world.
  • Costing more than £6,000 per square foot, the two-floor apartment in the One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge block has floor-to-ceiling windows, its own car park and access to a host of spas and squash courts.

2) Villa Leopolda, Cote D’Azur, France
Price – $506 million

  • The villa appeared in the news in the summer of 2008 with reports of the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov having purchased the home at a price of approximately 500 million ($736m / £397m).                           

1) Antilla, Mumbai
Price – $2 billion

  • Antilia is the name of a twenty-seven floor personal home in South Mumbai belonging to businessman Mukesh Ambani, the billionaire Chairman of Reliance Industries.
  • There will be 600 full-time staff to maintain the residence!
  • The home will house Ambani, wife Nita, their three children and Ambani's mother.
  • The Antilia building is situated on a 4,532 square metres (48,780 sq ft) plot at Altamont Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai, where land prices are upward of US$10,000 per square metre.
  • Altamont Road was the 10th most expensive street in the world at US$25,000/sq m.
  • 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of living space.
  • Parking space for 168 cars.
  • A one-floor vehicle maintenance facility.
  • 9 elevators in the lobby.
  • helipad and an air traffic control facility.
  • Health spa, yoga studio, small theatre with a seating capacity for 50 on the eighth floor,multiple swimming pools, three floors of hanging gardens, and a ballroom.



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