Sunday, November 4, 2012

The world's most expensive homes

Sunday, Nov 04, 2012

Think a penthouse in Orchard Road is over-the-top expensive? Think again.

Some of the world's most expensive houses are worth hundreds of times more than the most expensive property you can find in Singapore - and they need not be very much bigger in size.

These homes test the limit of opulence human beings can indulge in, and with the world-class facilities built in them, also make you wonder if their owners ever need to step out into the real world.

Private cinemas, bowling alleys, spas and aquatic centres are just some of the amenities you will find in these homes.

From a 40-storey high building with 60 staff members to a one-bedroom apartment with a price tag worth more than some buildings in the city, here are some of the world's most expensive homes thus far.

1) Antilla, Mumbai : US$1 billion

This is a 40,000 sq ft home with 27 levels, many of which have inner levels, so the entire building is as tall as a 40-storey skyscraper.

There are also nine lifts and six floors of parking space in addition to this.

Run by 600 staff members, the home is owned by the Chairman of Indian petrochemical giant Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.

2) Villa Leopolda, Cote D’Azur, France: US$506 million

This 10-acre estate sits on the French Riviera and has 29,000 square feet of interior space, wide spacious lawns and a huge swimming pool.

Inside, there are 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.

It was originally built for Belgium's King Leopold's mistresses and was previously occupied by Bill Gates.

3) The Penthouse, London: US$200 million

The biggest and highest apartment at prestigious Number One Hyde Park is deserving of panic rooms, bulletproof windows, eye scanners and a secret escape tunnel.

Within the building, you will find 24-hour room service, communal spas, squash courts and wine tasting rooms.

4) Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons: US$170 million

This 100,000 square feet home sits within a 63-acre estate.

There are a total of 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms in the multiple buildings.

5) Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills: US$165 million

The most expensive home in the USA, this house sits within The Platinum Triangle of Beverly Hills estate.

It counts US newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst as a previous owner.

In addition to residences and sports amenities, it also hs a nightclub and 29 bedrooms spread across 6 acres of land.

6) Franchuk Villa, Kensington: US$161 million

This central London property has 20-foot ceilings and is six-storeys high.

It is owned by Lebanese property mogul Musa Salem.

7) The Pinnacle, Montana: US$155 million

A ski lodge which sits in an exclusive billionaires-only private ski and golf community called the “Yellowstone Club.”

Owners Tim and Edra Blixseth have 10 bedrooms, heated flooring, bathroom fireplaces, a wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and more.

8) Spelling Manor, Los Angeles: US$85 million

Owned by the daughter of F1 Chief Bernie, the Spelling Manor is so called because it was owned by TV producer Aaron Spelling previously.

It sits on 4.6 acres of land and has 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms.

There is even a a gift-wrapping room, a bowling alley, a beauty salon and 100 parking spaces.

9) Updown Court, Windlesham, Surrey: US$139 million

Sitting on 58 acres, this Windlesham home has 103 rooms, a bowling alley, a cinema, horse stables and more.

10) Dracula’s Castle, Romania: US$135 million

This gothic castle sits on a 200ft-high rock and has 57 rooms and undergrounf passages.

It is now being used as a museum of medieval arts.

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