The top ten most expensive houses in the world list not as cut and dried as one may think. This list does not include billionaire condominiums or other multi-family properties that are priced higher than some of these single family dwellings. Homes that are now considered museums, such as Count Dracula’s Bran Castle are also not included. The prices used for this list are either those amounts the property sold for, the current asking prices, or if not on the market, expert’s estimates of value. Read on to count down to the most expensive house in the world.
10. The Spelling Manor: Los Angeles, California – $85 Million
The largest home in Los Angeles County, and tenth on the list for most expensive houses in the world is the Manor, located in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighborhood was built by Aaron Spelling in 1988. The 56,000 square foot house contains 123 rooms, an ice rink, and a bowling alley. The home is now owned by Petra Ecclestone, an heiress of the Formula One racing tycoon, Bernie Ecclestone, who bought the home for $85 Million.
9. Maison de l’Amitie – $95 Million
The estate known as Maison de l’Amitie is a beachfront property formerly owned by Donald Trump. The 80,000 square feet mansion houses a ballroom, conservatory, 18 bedrooms, 15 full bathrooms, eight half-baths, and a 100 foot swimming pool. Russian businessman, Dmitry Rybolovlev, purchased the estate in 2008 for $95 million putting it at ninth on the list.
8. Hearst Mansion: Beverly Hills, California – $95 Million
Shaped like the letter H, the six-acre estate features 29 bedrooms, three swimming pools, a disco, and a movie theater. The home gained prominence when it was used as the setting for the “severed horse head” scene in “The Godfather.” President Kennedy also stayed there during his honeymoon. The current owner of the mansion is Leonard M. Ross, an attorney-investor. It is currently on the market with an asking price of $95 Million and eighth on the list of most expensive houses in the world.
7. Erbilgin Yalisi: Yeniköy, Istanbul – $100 Million
Erbilgin Yalisi is one of the 620 waterside residences located along the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. Waterside estates were built architecturally to accommodate their coastal locations and mainly date from the 19th century although some were built in the 18th century. Considered one of the city’s landmarks, these waterfront mansions are called “Yali”; a term that reflects both the coastal location and the house that is situated there. Yalis are predominately made of finely crafted wood. Of the 620 yali, Erbilgin Yalisi is the most expensive and according to Forbes magazine carries a price tag of $100 million dollars.
6. Elena Franchuk’s Victorian Villa: London, England – $108 Million
Formerly a girl’s prep school, this freestanding, five-story, ten bedroom home was purchased in 2006 by developers who put in substantial upgrades including an indoor, underground swimming pool, gym, sauna, movie theater, and a panic room. The developers sold the home to businesswoman, Lena Franchuk, in 2006 for $108 Million.
5. Fleur de Lys: Beverly Hills, California – $125 Million
Located in Holmby Hills, the 45,000 square foot Fleur de Lys was designed after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th century French chateau, by David and Suzanne Saperstein, Texas billionaires. The five acre estate includes 15 bedrooms, fifteen baths, a 50-seat movie theater, gym, pool house, ballroom, running track, tennis court, guest house and 200 yards of driveway from the gate. The outside walls of Fleur de Lys are overlaid with handpicked limestone imported from France. Twenty-four karat gold trim adorns the interior. The home includes historic furniture acquisitions such as Marie Antoinette’s fire screen and Napoleon’s favorite chair. Placed on the market in 2007, the price tag for this elegant home is $125 million.
4. The Pinnacle, Yellowstone Club, Montana — $155 Million
A main reason The Pinnacle, owned by Tim Blixset, is fourth on the list of most expensive houses in the world is the private chair lift that goes directly from the house to the neighboring ski-resort; also owned by Blixset. This luxury lodge has ten bedrooms, heated flooring, heated driveway, a huge wine cellar, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, massage room, and every bathroom has a fireplace. The price tag for this luxurious ski-mansion is estimated to be $155 Million.
3. Hyde Park Mansion, London, England – $484.51 Million
This mansion was built by billionaire and former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, who originally built it as four separate family houses. The 60,000 square foot property is now being sold as a single-family home, second in size only to Buckingham Palace. According to insider’s reports, the seven-story home contains 45 bedrooms, an industrial sized kitchen, bullet-proof windows, and is adorned with millions of dollars of gold leaf décor. The mansion has been placed on the market with an asking price of $484.51 million.
2. Villa Leopolda, French Riviera, France – $736 Million
Belgium’s King Leopold II built this home in 1902. Formerly owned by Bill Gates, Microsoft billionaire, the 29,000 square foot mansion has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. The mansion has 27 stories with outdoor staircases and balconies leading down to the swimming pool and grounds. Plants and bushes surround the estate; a large enough garden to employ 50 full-time gardeners. Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, paid $736 million for the French Riviera home placing it as the second most expensive house in the world.
1. Antilla: Mumbai, India – $1 Billion +
No question, the most expensive house in the world is Antilla valued at $1 billion dollars. The ocean-front house is 400,000 square feet, 570 feet tall, and predominately made of glass. The 27-story high-rise is ultra-modern and contains a gym, health spa, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, yoga studio, ice room, six-floor garage, 50-seat movie theater, ballroom level, and three helipads. Every level has luxuriant gardens and is uniquely constructed with different room design and materials. Antilla is home to Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries.