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The 5 Most Expensive Homes in the World

While the most expensive real estate is hotly contested and constantly changing, the most recent results are in! Below you can see the list of the current 5 most expensive homes in the world, based on their recent sale price, taxation value or current asking price. We’ve put together a short video so you can take a look yourself or you can read through a bit more detail on each of these grand palaces below.

5. Beverley House, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Currently for Sale: US$195 Million

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The huge, sprawling mansion covers an area of 55,000 square feet

Coming in at 5th on our list is Beverley House in California. This incredible home was where Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy honeymooned in 1953, and was also used in the movies “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard”. The dwellings on the property total a massive 55,000 square feet which is the same as the entire White House in Washington D.C.

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The almost Olympic-sized swimming pool at Beverly Mansion

The current owner, attorney-businessman Leonard M. Ross has recently put the house on the market again. He bought it in 1976 for just under US$2 Million, but is now asking US$195 Million. The main house has 19 bedrooms and suites, a commercial-grade kitchen and two screening rooms. There is also a seven-bedroom house on the property. In addition to the near Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, there is a spa, lighted tennis court, and architect-designed landscaped gardens which include a waterfall and towering trees.

inside the beverly mansion

The main floor hallway features opulent decor, art and antiques

4. Fair Field, The Hamptons, New York State, U.S.A.

Value: US$248 Million

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An aerial view over Fair Field in Sagaponack, The Hamptons

Fourth on our list of the most expensive homes in the world is Ira Rennert’s mansion in Sagaponack, The Hamptons, N.Y. The junk bond billionaire’s Fair Field has been the centre of a number of controversies since it was built in the 1990s. Representatives of a now defunct mining business claim Ira looted the company to build his home, and in February 2015 he was ordered to pay back US$118 Million in damages.

The mansion spans 62,000 square feet, and the property itself is massive, covering 63 acres of prime Hamptons beachfront land. Included in the excessively large and lavish estate is a 91 foot long dining hall, and a 10,000 square foot playhouse which includes a basketball court, two-lane bowling alley, a billiards room, two tennis courts and two squash courts. The home also contains a 164-seat theatre and a 100-car garage.

fair field in sagaponack

Due to Ira’s reclusive nature there are no shots of Fair Field available online

3. Le Palais Bulles “The Bubble Palace”, French Riviera

Currently for Sale: US$455 Million

the bubble palace

Pierre Cardin’s mansion includes a 500-seat amphitheater and heralds spectacular views of the Mediterranean

Third on our list is the home of Italian-born, French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin. Le Palais Bulles, otherwise known as The Bubble Palace, is built on the southern coast of France with panoramic views of the Bay of Cannes. The 13,000 square foot structure is made up of ten interconnected domes, and also includes three swimming pools and an amphitheater that seats 500 people.

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The smallest of the three pools at Le Palais Bulles – all featuring a stunning backdrop over the Bay of Cannes

Pierre has only just recently put his eccentric and somewhat wacky looking home up for sale for the sum of US$455 Million. The home has been visited by many celebrities including Marion Cotillard, Rhys Ifans, Dakota Fanning and Pierce Brosnan, and even Prince Harry’s ex-beau Cressida Bonas during some of the many large and fancy parties, fashion shows and other events held there.

inside the bubble palace

The inside of the Bubble Palace is just as strange and unconventional as the outside

2. Villa Leopolda in Villefranche-sur-Mer, French Riviera

Value: US$600 Million

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Villa Leopolda sits on 18 acres of land looking out over the Mediterranean near the city of Nice

The large villa was designed and built between 1929 and 1931, on an estate once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium. It has had a string of notable owners including the president of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli, and is currently owned by Lily Safra a Brazilian socialite who attained considerable wealth through her four marriages.

the pool at la leopolda

Stunning grand architecture and antique decor are features of the Villa

There are 19 luxurious bedrooms inside of the Villa, including huge bathrooms, antique furnishings, walk-out terraces, and fireplaces. Other features inside of the home include sporting courts, a bowling alley, multiple kitchens and dining rooms, a movie theater.  Rare marble and period artwork compliment the architecture of the second most expensive house in the world.

inside leopolda

Rare marble and period artwork compliment the fine and sometimes eccentric decor

 

1. Antilia, Mumbai, India

Cost: US$1 Billion

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The most expensive home in the world towers over its surroundings at 27 stories high

Number one of our list of the most expensive houses in the world is Antilia in Mumbai. It seems like it would be more like living in an office tower rather than a typical home, the skyskraper is 570 feet tall, with 27 stories covering a massive 400,000 square feet. The structure cost US$1 Billion to build when it was completed in 2010.

A helipad sits atop Antilia, and 600 full-time staff maintain the residence. India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani – ranked by Forbes as the ninth wealthiest person in the world – is the owner of this home, where he and his family all reside. The building has been completed in a modern but unconventional and to many an unattractive design however the interior is beautifully done in a more sophisticated and lavish, yet modern style.

inside antilia

The interior of Antilia is decorated in a more likable and less controversial style than the outside

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