A House is one of the basic necessities of mankind. An average person struggles for a major portion of his life to get for himself a decent house to live in. But there are various people on this Earth who have been blessed immensely with wealth. For these billionaires, a house is not just a necessity, it its a style statement. It is a symbol of their financial worth. These houses can be called modern day palaces and are furnished with the best of the amenities and luxuries. These people have in real what we can only dream of. Although there are many exotic houses in the world, but depending upon their present cost, the following are the top 10 most expensive houses in the world. Hold your breath, the cost of these houses is going to simply leave you speechless.
10. Dracula mansion, Romania (Estimated cost:$135 million)
Dracula’s castle is not the actual name of this magnificent property. The actual name of this castle is Bran castle. It a 14th century castle and is located in Romania. This castle has in all 57 rooms. At present this castle is a national monument and 17 to 20 of its rooms are used to house the magnificent historical and art works of the palace. Dracula’s castle receives on an average 400 million visitors annually. Even with such a mighty price tag, Dracula castle is the cheapest on our list of expensive homes.
9. Updown Court Surrey (Estimated cost: $139 million).
The next on the list is the Updown Court in Surrey, England. The Updown Court has been built twice. The first house was built in the year 1924 and it covered an area of 12 acres. In the year 1987, the house was completely destroyed in the “Great storm of 1987″ due to a large fire. The construction of the 2nd house, which we see today, began in 1998. The house has in all 103 rooms, tennis and squash courts, bowling alley, and 5 swimming pools.
8. The Manor, Los Angeles (Estimated cost: $150 million).
This magnificent piece of artwork is located in Holmby hills is the beautiful city of Los Angeles. It was built in 1988 and was owned by a Aaron Spelling, a TV producer. At present it is owned by, Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of the F1 racing genius Bernie Ecclestone. It was purchased at a price of $85 million and now stands with a price tag of $150 million. The mansion covers an area of 56,000 sq. feet and has 123 rooms, gym, screening room, 3 rooms for wrapping gifts, 4 car garages, a pool and a tennis court. The parking space has space for 100 vehicles.
7. Pinnacle, Montana (Estimated cost: $155 million).
The Pinnacle is a beautiful ski resort which lives up to its name. The word Pinnacle means an architectural gem that is located at the crown of a buttress. This exotic house is just like the gem in the mountains. Pinnacle, most elegant of the Yellowstone club assets, at present costs $155 million. This house cum ski resort is owned by Tim Blixseth who is the owner of the Yellowstone club. Since it is located in the icy mountains, the entire mansion has heated floors which continues up to the drive way. The resort also has a personal chair lift taking the residents to the ski point. There are 10 bedrooms at this resort. The guests, who are exclusively billionaires, get to enjoy world class luxury as well as breathtaking views of the Yellowstone club, Cedar Mountain and Pioneer Mountain.
6. Franchuk Villa, Kensington (Estimated cost: $161 million).
Franchuk villa was bought in the year 2006 at a record selling price of 80 million British pounds which is around 113 million American dollars. The house was earlier a prep school but after purchase it was refurbished into an exotic villa later on. It is owned by the AIDS philanthropist, Elena Franchuk, ex-wife of Ukraine based business man Igor Franchuk. The house is an exotic 5 storeys mansion which has an underground pool, a gym and a private cinema. The mansion has a world class interior with some of the finest art works.
5. Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills (Estimated cost: $165 million)
Hearts mansion popularly called as Hearst Castle, is located in the prestigious environment of Beverly Hills in US. It was designed by Julia Morgan and constructed from 1919 to 1947. It was owned by the newspaper magnate, Mr. William Randolph Hearst. He passed away in the year 1951. In 1976, it was purchased by Leonard Ross, an investor and lawyer. The castle is spread over an area of 6 acres and has 29 bedrooms, 8 fireplaces, 3 swimming pools, tennis court as well as a nightclub and the neighbors of celebrities like Tom Cruise, David and Victoria Beckham.
4. Fairfield pond, New York (Estimated cost $198 million).
This is considered to be the largest residential mansion in the whole of US. The house has been named after the “Fairfield pond” that is adjacent to the house. This gigantic property belongs to Ira Rennert who is an American businessman and his worth as if 2013, is estimated to be around $6.5 billion. This house is facing the Atlantic ocean and is located in Sagaponack in New York. The property is covering an area of 63 acres. The house is spread over an area of 110,000 sq. feet and has 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms. There is also a 91 ft long dining room, a bowling alley, a basketball court, 2 squash and 2 tennis courts and a hot tub worth $150,000. The house even enjoys a private beach stretch. In 2007, the house had a market value of $170 million. It is somewhere around $198 million at present.
3. Henley Mansion, Berkshire (Estimated cost: $ 218 million)
This is probably the oldest on our list of most expensive houses. This mansion is a 300 year old structure and has a great and royal history to its name. The mansion is located on the banks of the mighty Thames river. Therefore an exotic view of nature is something that is guaranteed for the residents here. At present the mansion is owned by a Russian billionaire who bought it for an astounding $218 million. The mansion has a helipad, spa complex, excellent security system and 2 golf courses.
2. Villa La Leopolda, France (Estimated cost: $506 million)
Villa La Leopolda is a French villa which is located on the banks of French Riviera. The present structure of this villa was built in between 1929 and 1931. The original home was built in 1902 and is named after the owner, King Leopold II. The villa has 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, swimming pool and exotic lawns. 20 acres of this property is covered under 1200 cypress, lemon, orange and olive trees. The price of this villa is around $506 million. Some reports say that its actual worth is around $730 million.
1. Antilla, Mumbai (Estimated cost: $1 billion).
This house is owned by the Indian petrochemical biggie, Anil Ambani. This is a residential building having 27 floors. The Ambani family stays on the top floor. The first 6 floors are dedicated to parking space for their 147 cars. Each floor has a separate look and design theme. The top floor gets to enjoy the view of the Arabian Sea. There is also a private theatre room. There are 600 workers maintaining this structure.