25 Most Expensive Homes In The World

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tags:  Expensive   Luxury   Mansion   Real Estate  

most expensive homes in the world

Everyone plays the “what would you do if you have 300 million dollars” game every once in a while—usually when the media is making a big deal about a huge Powerball jackpot—and no one ever seems to give sensible answers, like “invest in mutual funds” or “set up a trusteeship that will take care of my loved ones after I’m gone.” And why should we give practical answers? We’re talking about what we’d do with an ungodly fortune—a sum of money 99.9% of us (hey look at that, I’m political!) will never have. So yeah, blow that hypothetical cash on yachts, supercars, or  expensive cigars. Better yet, by an insanely expensive house with your pretend fortune—no! Buy two. In fact, here’s a list of ones you might consider: the 25 most expensive houses in the world (give or take a market fluctuation here and there).

Happy daydreaming.

25. Royal Mansion (Formerly Toprak Mansion)

toprak mansion

Location: Hampsted, London, England

Estimated Value: $64,000,000

Features: It’s 33,000 sqare feet with a Turkish bath, glass elevator, swimming pool with a glass bridge, an 80 foot ballroom, 7 bedrooms, and, obviously, 7 kitchens.

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24. Hollywood Hills Mansion

hollywood hills mansion

Location: Bel-Air, California

Estimated Value: $72,000,000

Features: 48,000 square feet with 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and a 280 degree view of the city and surrounding mountains.

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23. Tamara Ecclestone's Mansion

Tamaras Ecclestone's Mansion

Location: Kensington Palace Gardens, London, England

Estimated Value: $72,000,000

Features: The first of two London mansions on this list purchased by F1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone for his two daughters.

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22. Cielo de Bonaire

cielo de bonaire

Location: Mallorca, Spain

Estimated Value: $74,000,000

Features: This one’s got a helipad, tennis court, spa, guest house, elevator, and a bunch of bedrooms and bathrooms. Also: one hell of a view.

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21. New York Neo Renaissance Mansion

new york mansion

Location: New York City

Estimated Value: $75,000,000

Features: neo-renaissance home with limestone facade has 21,000 square feet spread out over five stories, plus a private garden…in Manhattan.

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20. Hummingbird Ranch

Hummingbird Ranch

Location: Simi Valley, California

Estimated Value: $75,000,000

Features: it’s a 123-acre “equestrian estate” with a 17,000 mansion with 6 guest houses, 10 staff houses, a helipad, and of course equestrian facilities…so you better like horses.

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19. Villa La Palladiana

Villa La Palladiana

Location: Cap d’Ail, France

Estimated Value: $76,000,000

Features: the mansion is nice—with its 9 master suites, indoor pool, and sauna—but most of that three quarters of a billion pays for the terraced garden with view of the French riviera.

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18. Sloane House

sloane house london

Location: London, England

Estimated Value: $87,000,000

Features: Obviously Bernie Ecclestone loves his daughter Petra more than his daughter Tamara, since he bought her the more expensive London mansion. (Those girls have a tough life.)

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17. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens

18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens

Location: London, England

Estimated Value: $89,000,000

Features: 53,000 square feet, and used to belong to Bernie Ecclestone. Apparently he bought it, but his wife didn’t like it so she refused to move in—which is a shame, because they could have been neighbors with daughter Petra (see previous entry)>

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16. Rybolovlev Estate

Rybolovlev-Estate

Location: Palm Beach, Florida

Estimated Value: $95,000,000

Features: Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought this oceanfront estate with 475 feet of private beach on the Atlantic from American billionaire Donald Trump. Now it’s locked in limbo and falling into disrepair thanks to Rybolovlev’s nasty divorce

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15. Albemarle House

Albemarle House

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Estimated Value: $100,000,000

Features: situated on 300 hundred acres, but your neighbors are the Jeffersons. (As in the Thomas Jeffersons—the founding father’s famous and historic Monticello estate is right next door. Talk about property with pedigree.)Source

14. Tranquility

Tranquility tahoe mansion

Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Estimated Value: $100,000,000

Features: 20,000 square feet and modeled after a northern European mountain home, this thing has a 3,500 bottle wine cellar, indoor swimming pool, and a 19-seat movie theater.

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13. Upper Philmore Gardens

Upper Phillmore Gardens

Location: Kensington, London, England

Estimated Value: $124,000,000

Features: 5 stories, 10 bedrooms, underground pool, sauna, gym, movie theater, panic room—this one’s got everything you need and a lot of things you don’t.

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12. Fleur de Lys

fleur de lys mansion 1

Location: Beverly Hills, California

Estimated Value: $125,000,000

Features: neoclassical architecture and palatial decor make this thing look like it was air-lifted from France. In any case, with that French name, you know it’s classy.

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11. Dracula's Castle

Dracula's Castle

Location: Transylvania, Romania (duh)

Estimated Value: $135,000,000

Features: wasn’t actually owned by Vlad III, aka Vlad the Impaler, Viviode of Wallachia and reputed inspiration for Bram Stoker’s undead prince. But it looks like it could be, and it’s a castle, so it’s got a hefty price tag.

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10. Updown Court

Updown Court

Location: Corner of Leftright Drive, Surrey, England

Estimated Value: $139,000,000

Features: 58 acres and 103 rooms, including a bowling alley, movie theater, horse stables, squash courts, tennis courts, and of course a couple of swimming pools.

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9. The Manor

the manor

Location: Los Angeles, California

Estimated Value: $150,000,000

Features: built by Aaron Spelling in 1991 and modeled after a French chateau, this thing is 58,000 square feet and has a movie theater, gym, pool, tennis court, and three separate rooms dedicated solely to wrapping presents.

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8. The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle Montana

Location: Montana

Estimated Value: $155,000,000

Features: this is the biggest house in the super exclusive “Yellowstone Club” ski and golf community in Montana. It’s only got 10 bedrooms, but it does feature both an indoor and outdoor pool, fireplaces in every bathroom, and a chair lift directly from the back door to the top of the mountain. Which would be convenient.

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7. Hearst Mansion

hearst mansion

Location: Beverly Hills, California

Estimated Value: $165,000,000

Features: built by newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and featured in The Godfather, this estate 6 residences, 3 pools, a nightclub, and two giant towers modeled after the church of Santa Maria Mayor in Ronda, Spain.

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6. Fairfield Pond

Fairfield-Pond-Mansion

Location: Hamptons, New York

Estimated Value: $198,000,000

Features: 63 acres, 110,000 square feet, 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, bowling alley, Atlantic ocean beachfront, yada yada yada…it’s basically a luxury resort, only it’s privately owned and used by one really rich dude: Ira Rennert.

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5. The Penthouse at One Hyde Park

one hyde park

Location: London, England

Estimated Value: $212,000,000

Features: London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so a luxury penthouse apartment staffed with private chefs (yes, they come with it), outfitted with bulletproof glass, and overlooking Hyde Park is going to cost a pretty penny.

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4. Park Place

Park Place

Location: London, England

Estimated Value: $218,000,000

Features: 30,000 square foot 19th century mansion recently purchased by a Russian billionaire.

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3. Villa Leopolda

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Location: Cote d’Azure, France

Estimated Value: $460,000,000

Features: 80,000 square feet and built by King Leopold II of Belgium, it’s got everything…including a pretty nice location and view.

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2. Mukesh Ambani's Antilla

antilla

Location: Mumbai, India

Estimated Value: $1,000,000,000+

Features: until recently, this 27-storey, 400,000 square foot “home” was the world’s most expensive. It was built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and requires 600 staffers to function. It’s got all the usual supermansion features, plus three helipads, a 168-car parking garage (Ambani is a collector), and an ice room that produces snow flurries. Because why not, right?

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1. Swiss Gold House

swiss gold house

Location: Switzerland

Estimated Value: $12,000,000,000

Features: solid gold and platinum fixtures throughout (about 400,000 pounds worth of precious metals), flooring made from meteors and dinosaur bone shavings, and of course a scenic location in the Swiss Alps. At only 12 billion, this one’s a steal

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