Most expensive homes in the world

Top 4 most expensive homes in the world

Buckingham Palace and India’s billionaire feature prominently on this illustrious list

Most Expensive Homes in World

Queen of England! The price tag for a larger-than-life house, in this case, a palace no less, goes all the way to $1 billion. Consider it ironic or fact being stranger than fiction, but the second most expensive house in the world is in India and it belongs to Mukesh Ambani, whose 27-storey Antilia on Mumbai’s Cumballa Hill, was built in 2010 at an estimated cost of between $1-2 billion.

Since the Buckingham Palace is Crown property, Ambani’s Antilia is actually the most expensive private residential home in the world.

A few uber-rich buyers, such as Brazilian-born philanthropist Lily Safra, purchase historic estates and renovate it to suit their tastes, sort of like building their own personal helipad. However, some take it a notch higher by building a palace for themselves—from the ground up, like the Villa Les Cèdres on the French Riviera, built for the King of Belgium.

We make a list of some of the most expensive homes in the world—some of them are so expansive, they deserve their own pin code. Don’t believe us? Take a look at 4 of the world’s most expensive houses below.

1. Buckingham Palace | London, UK – Most expensive home in the world

The Queen of England is the queen of real estate. Buckingham Palace is technically a Crown property and comprises 775 rooms, 188 staff rooms, including 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 19 staterooms making this not just the world’s most expensive residence but also the most ‘roomy’.

2. Antilia | Mumbai, India

Most Expensive Homes in World

Owned by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, the 400,000-square-foot Antilia on Mumbai’s Cumballa Hills is situated in one of the world’s most expensive addresses—Altamount Road. Designed by Chicago-based architects Perkins and Will, and with the Australian-based construction company Leighton Holdings taking charge of its construction, the building comes with 27 floors, but even with replete with extra-high ceilings.

Every floor is equivalent to an average two-storey building’s floor. In fact, Antilia can survive an earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale. India’s most expensive house also has six dedicated floors for cars, including Ambani’s INR 5 crore Mercedes Maybach.

3. Villa Leopolda | Cote D’Azure, France

The villa has had several notable owners including Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Izaak and Dorothy J. Killam, and, since 1987, Lily Safra, who inherited the villa after her husband’s death.

A Brazilian philanthropist and widow of Lebanese banker William Safra and her 50-acre estate includes a massive greenhouse and a swimming pool but not without pool house, an outdoor kitchen, helipad, and a guest house. The house was even used as a set in the Alfred Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief

This home even has a massive greenhouse indoors ERIC ESTRADE / Getty Images

4. Villa Les Cèdres | French Riviera

The Villa Les Cèdres on the French Riviera—priced at a whopping $410 million—is fit for a king, probably because it was built for the King of Belgium back in 1830 .

The 18,000-square-foot home comes with

  • 14 bedrooms,
  • an Olympic-sized swimming pool,
  • a wood-panelled library holding 3,000 books on flora and naturalism (including a 1640 edition of a botanical codex),
  • a man-made pond with Amazonian lily pads and a bronze statue of Athena,
  • a chandelier-lit ballroom,
  • a stable big enough for 30 horses,
  • grand sitting rooms,
  • 19th century portraits in ornate frames and stunning wood work throughout.

With a list price of €350 million ($410 million), the owner, the Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, is betting that the house’s combination of history and luxury, and a prime location but not only will be enough to make it the most expensive residential sale in history.

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