You’ve seen the most expensive cars, and you know about the most expensive art. But what about the most expensive houses in the world? When it comes to real estate, a lot of these properties don’t really seem like houses. They’re more like castles—with a few mansions and private islands thrown in for good measure. In no particular order:
1. Antilia (Mumbai, India) – $1 Billion
The most expensive house in the world is Antilia, a 27-story Mumbai building that cost $1 billion to build. It was designed by architecture firm Perkins and Will and built by Indian business tycoon Mukesh Ambani. It has been described as India’s “most iconic home,” with its own private movie theater, ballroom, gymnasium, and other luxury amenities.
The mansion also includes a helipad for private aircraft to land on its roof, according to Business Insider. The building’s exterior is covered with marble imported from Italy; there are 400 carvings on each side of the main door alone!
2. Villa Leopolda (Côte d’Azur, France) – $70 Million
Villa Leopolda is a French palace, built between 1879 and 1881, located in the municipality of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur. It was built for the Belgian King Leopold II. The villa has been owned by various people over time, including Jean de Reszke. Today it is owned by Stephane Ducret who bought it from Shari Arison in 2002 for $70 million USD
3. Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle (England) – $580 Million
Located in Windsor, UK, Windsor Castle is the Queen’s personal home. It is also the Queen’s private residence, favorite residence, and official London residence. It serves as the official country retreat for Her Majesty during her time off from royal duties and is used as an official weekend retreat when she wants to escape from her busy schedule for a bit longer than just one night.
Her Majesty also owns another home nearby called Frogmore House which is often used by herself and various members of her family when they do not wish to stay at either Buckingham Palace or Sandringham House (the other two homes owned by Queen Elizabeth II).
4. Valderrama (Sotogrande, Spain) – $80 Million
Valderrama is a golf resort, hotel, and course. It was designed by Jack Nicklaus and has since been ranked as one of the top 20 courses in Europe. The resort is located in Sotogrande, Spain, and was built in 1992. It’s owned by Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who bought it for $80 million dollars in 2003.
5. Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina, United States) – $344 Million
The largest privately-owned home in the United States and one of the most expensive properties in the world, Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 as a winter retreat and is an enormous chateau-style mansion. It has 250 rooms, 43 bathrooms, and eight kitchens.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, this beautiful estate was named after its original location on Grand Avenue (now Park Avenue) where it was built for $4 million by George Washington Vanderbilt II. The property has since been sold to several different companies over time but remains a tourist attraction today with guided tours offered throughout much of its interior spaces.
6. Four Fairfield Pond (Sagaponack, New York, United States) – $110 Million
Built-in 1970, this 11,000-square-foot mansion is located on the exclusive Fairfield Pond in Sagaponack, New York. The home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a pool. It was originally listed for $150 million but sold for $85 million before being relisted for $110 million in 2015.
7. Hearst Mansion, Los Angeles County, California, and the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, United States – $172,000,000
The Hearst Mansion, also known as “Hearst Castle,” was the former home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Located in Los Angeles County, California, and San Simeon, California respectively, both properties were designed by architect Julia Morgan and have been featured in several films and television shows over the years.
The Hearst Mansion was built between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hearst’s wife Millicent who wanted to move from New York City to Southern California. It was built at a cost of $9 million using materials imported from all over the world. It has approximately 200 rooms that include 35 bedrooms upstairs; 18 bedrooms downstairs; 17 bathrooms throughout; an indoor swimming pool with changing rooms; a bowling alley on one side with a billiard room on the other; two kitchens (one for servants), a dining room seating 50 guests at one sitting; movie theater seating 15 viewers simultaneously plus four private screening rooms where movies could be shown simultaneously (one even contained an early color projector); enormous library containing thousands of books including many first editions by Dickens & Shakespeare among others plus many other interesting artifacts collected by Mr. Hearst during his travels around the globe such as Ming Dynasty porcelain vases which he acquired while visiting China in the 1920s – these items alone took up 2/3rds space within the library!
8. Manor (Los Angeles County, California, United States) – $120 Million
There’s a lot to be said for the allure of California, and this stately estate in Los Angeles County makes it clear why. With its 10 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, and 15 acres of private grounds (not to mention an indoor pool), it’s also got more than enough room to accommodate guests. Add in a staff of 19 including maids, chefs, and security guards—which comes out to one person per bedroom—and you’ve got yourself an ideal place for entertaining friends or hosting charity galas.
Of course, if the thought of sharing your home with so many people makes you uneasy (and if you’re not interested in working there yourself), then maybe this isn’t quite the residence for you.
9. Franchuk Villa (London, England) – $161 Million
The house was built in the early 20th century by Russian-born art dealer Semyon Kirillovich Franchuk and his wife, Elizabeth Ann. The couple moved to London from Paris in the 1920s, where they lived with their children Alexandra and Michael.
The 5-bedroom home covers around 13,000 square feet, according to the property website Zoopla.
10. Hala Ranch (Aspen, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States) – $135 Million
Hala Ranch is a 60,000-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. The prince has plans to build a hotel on the property that will be open to the public. He also owns another property nearby called the Woolworth Mansion Estate which was once owned by F.W. Woolworth founder Frank W. Woolworth for $12 million in 1997.
The three properties combined have an estimated worth of over $135 million making it one of the most expensive homes in America!
11. The Pinnacle (Big Sky Mountain Village Resort), Montana, the United States – $100 Million
Located in Big Sky, Montana, and owned by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the Pinnacle is America’s most expensive home. It’s a luxury estate that includes a ski resort as part of its amenities. The house has 30 rooms and sits on 250 acres of land.
The estimated cost of this property is $75 million; however, it has been reported that the actual price could be $100 million+.
12. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Springwood Estate (Hyde Park, New York, United States) – $161 Million
If you’re looking for a place to call home that gives you the feeling of royalty, this is the house for you. The Springwood Estate was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home from 1887 until his death in 1945. Located in Hyde Park, New York, it was built by James Brite and John Carrère & Hastings between 1913 and 1914 as they were inspired by Tudor architecture. In 1928 it became a National Historic Site and has been owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1959.
13. Xanadu 2.0 – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’s home (Medina, W.A., United States ) – $150 Million
The house is a 66,000-square-foot mansion located in Medina, Washington. It was designed by renowned architect Jim Cutler in the modernist style and has an indoor pool, fitness center, and large library.
The home was first listed at $125 million but sold for $150 million to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 2018.
We hope this post gave you a glimpse into the beautiful world of luxurious homes! Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be able to buy one of these expensive houses. You can always dream!
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