What are the most expensive houses in the world? A question that inspires brain activity in diverse people ranging from millionaires looking for what to invest in, to rich people who just want to break a record, down to ordinary people who just happen to have a little bit of curiosity.
An equally important question is what kind of people spend their fortunes buying houses of such tremendous value, and why?
An investment: a valuable house is a good store of value. A house worth a hundred million dollars in 2005 could be worth around one hundred and fifty in 2015. Some people have had their fortunes wiped out as a result of economic crises resulting in the deterioration of their currency, or a crash of the stock market in the country where they are based. Such a crash of value is rare with real estate: unless in the event of a serious natural disaster or war, and as soon as such events have passed, real estate prices tend to bounce back immediately, even going higher than their previous prices.
Furthermore, investments in real estate are usually safe from the corporate thieving of banksters and taxmen. Put simply, when you buy a precious valuable house you literally live your net worth.
A good house could also be a status symbol, announcing to the world the arrival of the owner. A person who buys an expensive house could even gain certain advantages because that could attract more friends to him, and thus increase his chances of landing lucrative business deals.
Furthermore, a good house can offer more advantages in the way of privacy. This is perhaps the reason why such expensive houses are so attractive to celebrity actors, musicians and other such people who have grown tired of reporters, photographers and television crews following them about, looking to capture the minutest details about their lives and everything they do. A big expensive house shields them from the press, and people who love to gossip. That explains why popular figures – George Clooney and Bill Gates own exclusive and very expensive houses. George Clooney owns a villa that costs around $100 million, and Bill Gates owns a $127-million mansion. We must state that Bill Gates is an astute businessman, and so his house may actually be more of an investment.
Most Expensive Houses In The World 2020
- 1. Buckingham Palace – $2 billion
Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster, and the building was erected in the year 1703. It served as the residence of Queen Charlotte (1761), and Queen Victoria (1837). Today, it also houses the Queen of England and is the headquarters of the English Monarchy. This building has hosted many foreign dignitaries (including recently the President of America- Donald Trump). Countless national celebrations, including conferment of titles, have been held there. And now the specifics of the building: The building has 775 rooms, including 78 bathrooms, 52 royal guest rooms, 19 staterooms, and also 188 bedrooms for the staff of the English Royal Family, as well as the staff of the foreign dignitaries who visit from time to time.
- 2. Antilia – $1 billion
Antilia is the most expensive house in India and the second most expensive house in the world. This princely mansion belongs to Mukesh Ambani. The house is sited in Mumbai, and it has unique medieval architecture, a large car parking area, a spa, three helipads for ease of movement especially during emergencies, several gardens, an ice-room, the palace also has a Hindu temple, a conference room where dignitaries meet for important discussions, several swimming pools, a yoga studio, a ballroom for stately high society occasions, and a theatre which can also hold performances of a musical nature.
- 3. Villa Leopolda – $750 million
Villa Leopolda, in Belgium, comes in at number 3 on the list of the most expensive houses in the world. The palace is named after King Leopold II who was the ruler of Belgium. The house was constructed in 1902, and even today it is among the most expensive private houses in the world. The house boasts a beautiful landscape, well laid out with beautiful evergreen trees, and the medieval architecture of the building make it not only one of the most expensive houses in the world, but also one of the most breathtaking mansions in the world. The specifics of the house: the house has 19 luxurious bedrooms adorned with fireplaces, a movie theatre, a number of rare and expensive artworks, swimming pools, and gardens. The building is also said to have some animal hides, tusks, and even whole stuffed animals, which were removed from Africa when the King of Belgium ruled over parts of Africa. The mansion occupies a vast compound of 18 acres.
- 4. Rutland Gate Mansion – $365 million
Although this is not the most expensive building in the world, it has many distinctions to boast of. To start with, this is the biggest house in the world. The building is situated near Hyde Park in London, and it has 45 bedrooms, all of which are reputed to be decorated with gold, a large swimming pool which is said to be Olympic size, underground parking, and bulletproof windows. The interior of the mansion is said to have been designed by the famous photographer Albert Pinto. It was the most expensive house in the world which was available for sale in 2015.
- 5. Four Fairfield Pond – $250 million
Four Fairfield Pond is next on the list with 250 million dollar valuation. This beautiful structure is located in Sagaponack, in New York, USA, and sits on 63 acres of ground directly facing the Atlantic Ocean. The building has well-planned amenities such as 39 bathrooms, 29 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, 2 squash courts, and also 2 tennis courts.
- 6. Ellison Estate – $200 million
Ellison Estate comes in at number 6 on the list, but make no mistake about it, this property has some wonders to offer. The estate consists of 10 buildings situated on 23 acres of land; there is an artificial lake on the grounds of the estate, a bathhouse, a tea house, a pond with crystal clear water, as well as a horse farm. There is no doubt about it, this is one of the most intriguing places to live or visit.
- 7. Seven the Pinnacle – $155 million
Seven Pinnacle comes in at number 7 on our list and is sited in Big Sky, in Montana, USA. This is the largest property of Yellowstone Club, which is a private golf and ski community. This house is equipped with 123 rooms and the building occupies 57,000 square feet of land. The owner of this property is Tim Blixseth, who is a co-founder of the Yellowstone Club mentioned above. The building is equipped with a heated flooring system, a gym, and also ten lavish bedrooms, there is also a spa area, pools, several fireplaces for heating, and more.
- 8. Bel Air Spec Manor – $150 million
Bel Air Spec Manor comes in next with a valuation of 150 million dollars. The mansion was designed by Luxury developer Bruce Makowsky. This magnificent mansion is equipped with a four-lane bowling alley, a movie theatre, 12 luxury bedrooms, and also 21 bathrooms. It is situated in Los Angeles, California, USA.
- 8. Kensington Palace Gardens – $150 million
Sharing the number 8 spot on the list of the most expensive houses in the world, due to the same valuation of 150 million dollars is the Kensington Palace Gardens, which is also located in England- west-central London to be precise. The building’s value is bolstered by its historical significance because it was used by the British Government as both an officer’s lodge and also a command post during the Second World War and also the Cold War. The mansion is fitted with marble floors, 18 bedrooms, a swimming pool, and also Turkish baths.
- 9. Hearst Castle – $130 million
Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon, California, USA, comes in next on this very impressive list with a valuation of 130 million dollars. This amazing mansion is named for William Randolph Hearst the builder and original owner. This mansion is historic and famous because some scenes of “The Godfather” movie were shot there. This was the mansion where the Corleones lived and called ‘The Enclave.’ The castle is shaped like letter H and is equipped with 56 bedrooms, 19 sitting rooms, a private zoo with exotic animals, an airfield for landing aircraft, several inside and outside swimming pools, a disco area for private parties, and much more.
- 10. Upper Phillimore Gardens – $128 million
Upper Phillimore Gardens, in London, comes in last on this exclusive list with a valuation of 128 million dollars. This massive building is fitted with 10 luxury bedrooms fit for the most extravagant guests. This building was once a preparatory school building, but is now, after a series of extensive and also expensive modifications, one of the many private residences of Ukrainian businesswoman Elenna Franchuk. She is also a famous philanthropist. This house has an underground swimming pool, as well as a gym, sauna, and also a cinema.
That’s all for now on the most expensive houses in the world 2020.
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