I found this infographic on the top 10 most expensive homes in the world interesting for the random trivia it includes. I enjoyed reading it so much I looked up some of the houses for more random trivia. Although Versailles in Florida when it is finished will be the largest family house in the United States, it is relatively cheap compared to these big boys.
The most expensive on the list is Buckingham Palace, residence of our very own Queen. Interestingly, 4 of the 10 houses are in London so once again providing ammunition for the theory that London real estate is stupidly expensive.
The second most expensive house, Antilia, is owned by a private individual, an Indian magnate. He’s built a 27 floor behemoth in Mumbai for his family. In true Indian style, prior to Antilia he had lived in a shared home with his extended family. So when he built his own home, he went big. Really big. It’s got 400,000 square feet and space for parking 168 cars. My favourite random piece of information is that one of the umpteen rooms in the house has a snow- flurry making machine. For when you miss your chalet in Gstaad and the heat of Mumbai gets to be too much.
These homes are all over the world but mostly located amongst the usual suspects of expensive locations. Except the one in Montana – I didn’t even know you could spend $155 million on a home in Montana (well, without buying a significant portion of the state along with the house). It’s relatively cozy by megamansion standards with only 10 bedrooms. It does have a heated driveway so some poor minion(s) won’t have to shovel snow in the Montana winter.
My favourite random fact is that a Russian buyer pulled out of buying Villa Leopolda and lost his 50 million Euro deposit. Ouch.
Not in the top 10 homes list but listed as the world’s most expensive apartment is the Odeon Tower Penthouse in Monaco. Check out the large slide which goes down 2 stories to the rooftop infinity pool! So cool. If only I had a spare $400 million. I was reading that the tower has been nicknamed Odious Tower by its neighbours. Yes – in Monaco which is known for its subtlety and good taste. Now that is priceless.
Enjoy some vicarious snooping!