Top 5 Most Luxurious Houses
Having big house when you are wealthy isn’t always the most important thing. Having a luxurious home is much more important. This way wealthy people are showing off their class, the money they have spent on buying and decorating the house and of course they are showing off their taste (which can’t be bought, no matter how much money a person owns). This list would take you to some of the most luxurious houses around the world and for sure will take your breath away.
#1. Antilla, Mumbai
The first Billion dollar home in the world. How rich should a man be to be able to spend one billion dollars on a house? The answer is a lot. Mukesh Ambani is the fifth richest man in the world and head of the Mumbai based petrochemical giant Reliance Industries which is worth about $43 billion. The man owns a 27-story skyscraper in Mumbai that is to cost him crazy $2 billion! His wife was staying in the Mandarin Oriental in New York City and was so impressed with Asian style decor that she wanted something similar for her own home. Each of the 27 stories costs a lot of money to get the exact decoration, so no wonder they had to pay so much money in order to complete the wanted picture.
#2. Updown Court, England
This is the most important private residence ever built in England since the 19th century and it costs $150 million. This palace is situated only 25 miles from London. The property besides its beautiful architecture is best known for its price tag: more than 85 million British pounds. It has103 rooms, 5 swimming pools and 24-carat-gold leafing on the study’s mosaic floor. There’s a squash court, bowling alley, tennis court, 50-seat screening room, heated marble driveway and helipad. So practically it is as big as a five star hotel. There palace owns eight limousines in the underground garage. Of course, this place isn’t build just anywhere so among the neighbors there is the queen (at Windsor Castle) and Elton John.
#3. Fleur De Lys, Beverly Hills
This is also known as Mariah Carey’s palace. The singer Mariah Carey had no problem paying 125 million dollars to get this dream mansion. The Fleur De Lys is among the world’s most expensive estates with and was built by a Texan billionaire on 5 acres; it is 41,000 square feet of pure diva and was modeled by the Palace of Versaille, the former home of Marie Antoinette. Around the mansion there are rolling lawns, ornamental gardens and old trees, a 3,000-square-foot manager’s house, staff quarters for 10 people, a spa and pool with a pavilion, a championship tennis court… Mariah Carrey once opened the door for the viewers to see her hidden paradise and it really was beyond luxurious.
#4. Villa Leopolda, France
This $750 million Villa Leopolda in Villefranche-sur-Mer was built for King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902. The estate is so big that it needs 50 full time gardeners to maintain it. The grounds cover 20 acres of garden and visitors can stroll amongst 1,200 olive, orange, lemon and cypress trees. Now former owner Lily Safra decided to sell it in 2008 and the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov set his eyes on this luxurious home. He paid ten per cent down-payment, but then backed out of the sale after the global credit crunch hit. The court in Nice ruled that he had to forfeit the rest $75 million deposit he put down for the mansion. The misfortune of Prokhorov was that he had signed a sales agreement for the Villa, and French law stipulates that purchasers lose their deposits if they pull out after such an agreement has been executed. Don’t worry, the man wasn’t left poor because he had remained with $17.85 billion in bank.
#5. Barbie Malibu Mansion
This is a life-size mansion inspired by Barbie’s dream house (the things rich people are investing their money on these days). In honor of Barbie’s 50th birthday celebration, interior decorator extraordinaire, Jonathan Adler, decked out a real-life 3,500-square-foot mansion with a view on the Pacific Ocean. The Barbie’s bedroom has pink carpets with her initials and the closet is filled with 50 pairs of pink peep-toe heels. This house is practically a museum dedicated of the doll and has25 vintage Barbie dolls on display. The garage also is in pink manor with pink Volkswagen New Beetle with a motorized pop-up vanity in the trunk. In the living room there is an original Andy Warhol portrait of Barbie valued at over $200,000 and a chandelier designed by “Project Runway” contestant Chris March made up of over 30 blond wigs. The one-of-a-kind black-and-white wall mirror created with 64 dolls also decorates the living room walls.