There are a variety of homes on the market that most definitely deserve some bragging rights. From the Buckingham Palace to Drake’s million-dollar crib, these luxury houses surely are massive in size, and in wealth. But let’s not forget that a few of the many reasons why homes are so expensive (and what truly adds to a home’s overall worth) include the amenities, the interior, and the location, to name a few. And though the price of expensive luxury homes is nothing to millionaires, they certainly serve as a way of fantasy for the average homeowner, and rightfully so, as homes can serve as a healthy form of escapism. From 200 million to 4.9 billion, ahead, we’ve compiled a list of the most expensive houses in the world today.
1. Buckingham Palace
Coming in hot for #1, Buckingham Palace is the most expensive house in the world today. Occupied by the royal family, there are a total of 775 rooms including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. The palace is approximately 8,28,000 square feet with a 40-acre garden. The palace has served as the British royal family’s home of residency since 1837 and is now the official headquarters of the British Monarch.
Located in Mumbai, India, Antilia ranks as the second most largest home in the world and is owned by Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in India. Ambani is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company. His home was built and designed by Perkins&Will, a Chicago-based architecture and hospitality design firm. The house is approximately 4,00,000 square feet and is located in Mumbai’s Cumballa Hill neighborhood. The home stands at 27 stories and includes earthquake-resistant features to withstand 8-magnitude earthquakes or higher. The $1 billion dollar mansion includes a health spa, an ice cream room, a temple, a 50-seat movie theater, a salon, three helipads, and a ballroom. There are more than 600 + staff working in the mansion. Oh, and did we mention that the house has an actual snow room to beat the heat?
3. Villa Leopolda
Coming in as the third most expensive home in the world is Villa Leopolda. Located in the Frances Apls-Maritime department of the Cote d’Azur Region, the villa is owned by Lily Safra, a widow, and wife to the Lebanese Brazilian Banker, Edmund Safra. The home’s name originated from the original owner, King Leopold II of Belgium, and was redesigned in 1920 by the American architect Ogden Codman Jr. The home is estimated at $750 million and includes 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a helipad, a commercial greenhouse, an outdoor kitchen, and 12 swimming pools. What adds to this villa’s charm, is that Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 movie, ‘To Catch A Thief’ was shot there, making this home even more popular.
4. The One
Adding to the ongoing list of the most expensive houses in the world is ‘The One.’ A palatial bungalow with 9 bedrooms and multiple kitchens. The house is located in California and is owned by Nile Niami, a former film producer turned real estate owner. The home is $500 million and is roughly 105, 000 square feet.
5. Les Palais Bulles
Ranked at $390 million, Les Palais Bulles is known as the “Bubble Palace,” and was designed by the Hungarian architect, Antti Lovag. The house was built between 1975-1989 and is owned by an Italian-born French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin. Nicknamed from a series of circular rooms that overlook the mediterranean sea, Les Palais Bulles has three swimming pools, several gardens, and a 500-seat amphitheater. The $390 million dollar home is located in Théoule- Sur – Mer, France.
6. One Hyde Park
Located in London, One Hyde Park sits at $209 million and is said to be the most expensive flat. The home is a two-story penthouse that has two wine cellars, heated marble floors, multiple parking lots, and storage areas. The flat is located across the street from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel which provides room service to One Hyde Park residents. Qatari prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, is one of the tenants that live in this two-story home. The house offers a 360 view of the city and is located in the U.K. Safety and security measures at the home are highly impressive and provide the utmost protection to One Hyde residents. Bulletproof windows, ample security, and a strict policy of not allowing unauthorized people access to the building are what make this home such a costly place to live.
7. Beyonce and Jay Z’s Home
In 2023, the power couple secured California’s most expensive mansion at a whopping $295 million. Overlooking the Malibu coastline, the property is approximately 30,000 square feet and was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The home features enormous hallways, floor-to-ceiling walls, and manicured lawns.
8. Palazzo di Amore
Coming in seventh is the Palazzo di Amore home in Beverly Hills at $195 million. The home is estimated to be 53-000 square feet and ranks as one of the most expensive homes in Beverly Hills. The home was built by Mohamed Hadid, Bob Ray Offenhauser, and Alberto Pinto. The enormous house has 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, 15 swimming pools, tennis courts, waterfalls, and a 50-seat theater. As guests arrive they are greeted by a two-story entrance hall that has two sweeping staircases to the second floor. The home also includes a 5,000-square-foot master suite, 15,000 square-foot entertainment center with a bowling alley, an infinity and reflecting pool, and lastly, a 25-acre wine vineyard.
9. Drake’s Toronto Mansion
It is without a doubt that of all the rappers in the game, Drake’s crib undeniably takes the cake as one of the most expensive luxury homes in the world. Ranking at number nine for $100 million, Drake’s home is truly a home lover’s vibe. The 860, 000 square foot property was designed by Ferris Rafauli, a Canadian architect who built Drake’s crib from the ground, up. The rapper originally bought the home for 6.7 million, but later made it into a $100 million dollar estate. The Mansion includes an NBA-sized basketball court, a two-story closet, and a living room with walls that stretch 44 feet high. The home includes a plethora of amenities and other features which makes this one-of-a-kind home truly remarkable.
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by Arielle Clay | January 19, 2023
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