Every week, glossy mags show off the houses of the rich and famous. The swimming pools, marble bathrooms, and wardrobes the size of bedrooms. But the countries with the most expensive homes in the world aren’t always the ones you’d think.
Here’s a sneak peek into some of the most extravagant homes … and where you can find them.
According to Forbes magazine, the most expensive house in the world is in a country many wouldn’t expect: India.
Worth more than $1 billion, this 27-floor Mumbai home is named after the mythical island, Antillia. It has several floating gardens, three helipads and six floors for parking. Only six?!
The owner is India’s richest businessman, Mukesh Ambani, who is the Chairman, Managing Director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited.
The second most expensive house, a villa, can be found on the French Riviera and is worth 500 million Euro ($790 million AUD). The ‘Villa Leapolda’ belongs to Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist who inherited most of her fortune from four marriages. It has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, and is rumoured to have belonged to Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Now, you’d think that the most expensive house in America would be in Hollywood – but that’s not the case. Sitting atop a hill in the Hamptons, this New York mansion, ‘Four Fairfield Pond’ carries a price tag of about $290 million AUD.
It has 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, three swimming pools and even its own power plant (imagine how much the electricity would cost!).
California isn’t exactly far off and some of the world’s most expensive homes can be found there, including Oprah Winfrey’s $88 million mansion.
Facebook investor Yuri Milner owns a Silicon Valley mansion, which has a ballroom, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and costs about $100 million.
Famous for the Buckingham Palace, London certainly loves its royalty. That’s why one of its most expensive homes is a palace – or near enough. Valued at roughly $310,000 million AUD, the mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens has an underground tennis court, a health centre, and a car museum. Not a bad spread!
London is also home to the world’s most expensive apartment, which set the global record after selling for $US221 million in 2011 to Ukraine’s richest man. But is it worth the price tag? Apparently, yes – it comes complete with bulletproof glass and a 24-hour, hotel-style concierge service.
Although they’re very grand to the average person, price wise, Australia’s most expensive homes don’t quite compare.
According to Domain, Australian billionaire James Packer’s six-storey mansion topped the Aussie list after selling for $70 million. Packer and his wife Erica bought three properties in Sydney’s exclusive eastern suburbs before building their mega mansion.
The second most expensive house in Australia is found in Western Australia. The cliff-side mansion is owned by mining magnate Chris Ellison and his wife Tia, and is worth $57.5 million. It contains two helipads, two swimming pools, five houses, a private airstrip and a polo field.