Let’s face it, when you have so much money that you don’t know what to do with it, you’re likely to start spending it on outrageous things. A swimming pool filled with champagne perhaps, or a garage filled with sports cars. However, what would that champagne-filled swimming pool and snazzy sports car collection be if an enormously extravagant and expensive house didn’t accompany them?
We’ve taken a look at the top 3 most expensive homes in the world to give you a taste of how the other half lives, or rather the top 3%! If these homes are a little out of your budget, don’t worry – they are out of most; but if you have aspirations of living in mansion one day why not try a few online casino games and see if you can at least win enough for a down payment!
You’ve likely heard of Buckingham Palace, or even seen it in a few movies. It’s where the royal family in the United Kingdom live, and boy do they have enough bathrooms to go around. 78 of them, to be exact, so there’s little chance of hearing a Royal Flush! The residence is held in a trust by Crown Estates and occupied by the Sovereign, and it’s one of England’s oldest and most beautiful buildings.
The truth is, Buckingham Palace isn’t just a residence any more. The $1.56 billion establishment is a tourist attraction, museum, and art gallery. Tourists swarm about the place on a daily basis, being in general awe of the excessive luxury, and the legendary lifelessness of the guards. They are not allowed everywhere of course, and the Queen still has her rooms – and her toilets – that are kept private. Plus, she owns 2 other properties, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House just in case she feels the need for a change!
Second on the list, unlike Buckingham Palace, really is a private residence. Antilla is located in South Mumbai, India, and towers up over the city like a giant diamond studded finger. From bottom floor to roof, the building has 27 floors, although the structure of the floors very much does not conform to traditional architectural rules. Instead, it appears top heavy, and almost ready to come crashing down. It won’t though, if the $1 billion price tag has anything to say about it.
Antilla has 6 underground parking floors below, and 3 helipads above. It really isn’t clear why a residence needs 3 helipads, but assumption is that sometimes a person wants to land a helicopter in a new location from time to time. Mukesh Ambani owns Antilla, and is a man who apparently likes helipads, and at least 6 floors worth of garage space for his large car collection.
Villa La Leapolda
As far as the residences on this list go, you would expect that Villa La Leapolda would be at number 1, given how outrageously luxurious the residence looks from the air. But it only comes in at number 3, with an estimated value of around $750 million. The Villa was originally built for King Leopold II, from Belgium, and specifically designed to be the most expensive residence in France. It still is, though having only 19 bedrooms; it is a far cry from Buckingham Palace standards.
Villa La Leapolda also has a bowling alley and a movie theatre, and is partly constructed from rare marble. Though, it isn’t clear if the rare marble used actually adds improvement to the living standards of the villa, or if that was simply used in an attempt to achieve the previously mentioned most expensive residence in France award. Either way, the villa is enormously impressive, especially when viewed from the sky. No word on if helipads will be installed though, so Mister Ambani from number 2 on the list would probably not be impressed in the slightest.