One of the key dreams nearly every human has is owning his or her own home. Unfortunately today owning a home has become one of the biggest and expensive asset one can invest in and it has remained nothing but just a dream to many. In many parts of the world just a basic house with 4-5 rooms its market price is around $100,000 and this has resulted to many opting for rented homes. However not everyone lives in an average house. Kings, emperors, queens and the rich billionaires of the 21st century live in what we can describe as mansions, fonts or palaces. The wealthy live in what we can only describe as luxurious homes worth millions of dollars even more than some gross domestic product of some countries in the world.
Here is a countdown of the top 10 most expensive homes in the world 2017.
10. 17 Upper Phillimore Gardens ($128 million)
This property is located in London and was once a preparatory school which has been turned today to be an amazing 10 bedroom mansion. It’s owned by a Ukrainian business woman Elena Franchuk who is a popular philanthropist focusing on AIDS treatment and cure. Some of the key features that distinguishes the house from an average common house is the presence of an underground swimming pool, sauna, gym, and cinema and in addition a panic room. The house interior is all covered with marble and gold and the walls have been decorated with priceless art works. The floors have extensive living and entertainment area which receives abundant natural light.
9. Hearst Castle ( $130 million)
It’s located in San Simeon in California. Formerly the home belonged to publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst who died in 1951 and today it’s no longer a private home nor is it for sale for it is a heritage and a tourist site which is part of the California park system. The home came into limelight during the filming of the movie “The Godfather. The Hearst castle which is shaped like letter H has 61 bedrooms, 56 bedrooms, 19 sitting room ,an airfield, a private zoo, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a film theater, disco area and so much more.
8. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens ($150 million)
The place is located in west central London and was used in the Second World War and cold war by British government M119.kensington hosts some of the most expensive residential houses and wealthy residents and for years it has been known as Billionaires Row. Many of its residents are people like Abramovich, Leonard Blavatnik, The home has exchanged hands with many residents such as Rothschild family, Bernie Ecclestone, Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. The palace today is decorated with marble floors and pillars sourced from the same source as Taj mahal’s. The house has 18 bedrooms, a Turkish baths, swimming pool and much more. This locale has all the comforts that suits the lifestyle of any billionaire.
7. Seven The Pinnacle $155 million
The largest property in Yellowstone club which is a private ski and golf community for the super wealthy people and located in Big sky of Montana is among the most expensive homes in the planet. It has 123 rooms and the whole home covers approximately 57,000 square feet. The home is owned by the famous real estate developer, timber baron also the co-founder of yellow stone club Tim Blixseth and Edra. The home irrespective of being located in the mountain it has heated flooring system, 10 lavish bedrooms, a gym, massage and spa areas, indoor and outdoor pool, fireplaces in all bathrooms and much more amenities.
6. Ellison Estate $200 million
Owned by the man nicknamed “the nation’s most avid trophy-home buyer” who is also the founder Oracle Corporation and a man who features in the top 10 wealthiest men on the planet is located in the Woodside in California. The estate consists of 10 buildings sitting on 23 acres of land, it has also a man-made lake in its compound, a tea house, bath house, a horse farm, a koi pond among other unique features. Its exterior showcases a Japanese garden theme and the construction of the home is quite unique since it can withstand an earthquake of over 7.0 yet it is made without any nails.
5. Four Fairfield Pond ($250 million)
One of the world’s most expensive home is Fairfield Pond which is named by its owner billionaire Iran Rennert and is estimated to be worth more than $250 million. This mansion which is considered one of the biggest occupied residential compounds in the united states is located in sagaponack ,New York and has 39 bathrooms, 2 tennis court, two tennis courts, 3 swimming pools, two squash courts, basketball court, Italianate façade, 28 long formal dining room, bowling alley and 29 bedrooms. The house sits on 63 acres facing Atlantic Ocean.
4. Rutland Gate Mansion — $365 million
This house was once a home to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and a Lebanese prime minister. This 60,000sq ft., 45 bedroom house is located near Hyde Park in London. It has a large swimming pool in its basement, industrial –size catering kitchen an underground parking and several lifts. The interior of the house was the work of the famous photographer Alberte Pinto. Other unique features of the house is that its numerous bathrooms are all decorated with gold, silver and bronze attachments, semi-precious stones and malachite, Baldi baths and other Baldi home jewels. The house windows which face the Hyde Park 68 of them are said to be bullet proof. The house was being sold in 2015 for 300 million pounds and it instantly the most expensive home in Britain
3. Villa Leopolda ( $750 million)
This home once belonged to King Leopold II of Belgium who built it in 1902 and hence its named after him.it was used to be the site of Lermontov’s villa in 1948 film” The Red Shoes” and 1955 movie To Catch a Thief . It is considered as the second most expensive private home in the world after Antilla. This home is also considered one of the greatest wonders of the world due to some mind boggling features such as its beautiful landscape which is surrounded by thick trees, and still the house retains the original steps which were pink and beige. The lies on 18 acre piece of land and has 19 luxurious bedrooms on which every bedroom has a fire place, sporting courts, movie theater, bowling alley, existence of rare marble and period artwork, swimming pools, vast formal gardens and many other features.
2. Antilia ($1 Billion)
The home is owned by the richest Indian man Mukesh Ambani who is the chairman of Reliance industries and one of the world’s top 20 rich people with an estimated net worth of $23 billion. He moved in in 2012 together with his wife and three of their children. This is the world’s most expensive private residential property. It’s located in Mumbai’s tony Altamount road most expensive addresses in the world and its said to cost $ 1 billion to build. The house is 400,000 square foot and has 27 stories and some of its breath taking features are, large car parking that can contain 168 cars, three helipads, a spa, terraced gardens, a Hindu temple, ice room with man-made snow, multiple swimming pools, yoga studio, conference room, a home theater that seats 50, a ballroom, more than 600 workers who work 24/7.
1. Buckingham Palace ($2 billion)
Located in the City of Westminster it was built in 1703 for Duke of Buckingham and later became the residence of Queen Charlotte in 1761 and Queen Victoria in 1837.today the house can be classified as a home since it’s the residence of the Queen of England and also serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. It’s also a focal point for significant national celebrations and commemorations. The palace has 775 rooms which include 78 bathrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 52 royal guest rooms, 92 offices and 19state rooms. The valuation of the house is $2 billion as per national building society.
Many of these houses with the exemption of national heritage houses that are not for sale can only be affordable to the rich billionaires of this world. It’s said money cannot buy everything but it can surely purchase you one of these high end homes that is if your account is reading 9 zeros.