26 Most Expensive Houses in The World
When you think of expensive houses, what may come to mind is that stately home you’ve spotted on the way to work, or the 10 bedroom villa you've been dreaming about buying.
However, compared to the super super rich’s houses – the billionaires of the world, those houses could be compared to a dolls house.
Billionaires don’t live in mere £5 million homes, no, their houses must flaunt their wealth and how deep their bank accounts are. Extravagance and size really does matter when you’re a billionaire.
Below, you’ll find the most expensive homes in various locations across the globe.
26 of The Most Expensive Houses in The World
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The Most Expensive Homes in The USA
Although the USA is home to a large number of celebrities – the majority of which do in fact own multi-million dollar homes; the average Hollywood star is not rich enough to purchase these top 5 luxury US residences. (Prices in USD)
5. 924 Bel Air - Bel Air, LA ~$150m
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Named “Billionaire” this Bel Air mansion, designed by David Gould, was once the most expensive private residence in the US – originally listed for sale in 2017 for a staggering $250 million. However, since then, the asking price has been reduced to $150 million.
If you happen to acquire a significant windfall and purchase this 38,000 sqft property, you’ll have 12 double bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, 3 kitchens and 3 dining areas, 5 bars, a fitness suite and spa, a bowling alley and a movie theatre which seats 40. All of those rooms not enough? Don’t worry – outside, you’ll have 17,000 sq ft of space, equipped with an outdoor theatre screen, 85 foot infinity pool and a helipad. If you’re a car fanatic, you’ll love this property – included in the price is $30 million worth of luxury cars, including a one-off Pagani Huayra.
4. 220 Central Park South, New York ~ $238m
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In 4th position, we’ve listed this penthouse located next to Central Park in New York, which has a hefty selling price for an penthouse of $238 million.
Located on the 40th floor, with views over Central Park, the interior of this penthouse was designed by Robert A.M Stern and features enormous rooms that include marble, chrome and glass designs.
The penthouse compromises of three bedrooms, which of course are all en-suite, a laundry room, a large kitchen and a living/dining room.
Billionaire Ken Griffin is the owner of this NY penthouse and it is rumored that other extremely wealthy individuals own units within the same building.
3. Mesa Vista Ranch, Pampa, Texas ~ $250m
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In number 3 is this colossal ranch in Pampa, Texas, owned by oil tycoon Boone Pickens.
Covering a total area of 100 square miles, Mesa Vista Ranch includes a main property of 30,000 sqft with a separate guest house and a lake house of 11,000 sqft. Along with these buildings, the property also includes a private runway, a pub and a small chapel.
Forming one of the boundaries around the property is a 25 mile stretch of the Canadian River, some of which is diverted into numerous man-made streams, creeks and lakes dotted around the land.
With a love for hunting, Boone ensured that the property featured numerous deer and quail feeding points, which has set wildlife preservation standards in other public hunting grounds throughout the country.
2. Gateways Canyons, Colorado ~ $280m
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Set in the small town of Gateway, Colorado, this ranch/resort was initially a small parcel of land purchased by billionaire John Hendricks at around 1990. Since then, Hendricks purchased surrounding plots to acquire the total area of 8700 acres on which the property currently sits.
The main residence is a 22,000 sqft house, known as the West Creek Ranch, which is accompanied by a 72 room resort spa. Along with the main house and resort, the property also boasts a runway and hangar, 2 helipads and a car museum.
1. The One, Bel Air, LA ~ $500m
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Designed by Paul McClean and Niles Niami, this mega mansion is the most expensive in the US, with an initial selling price of $500 million. There is no coincidence as to why the mansion is named “The One” – the property boasts a total living area of 100,000 sqft, a moat, 20 double bedrooms, fish tank walls, a 4 lane bowling alley, 4 swimming pools and a home cinema.
The views that the property displays may add a significant value to the overall price; Not only did the land alone cost $28 million, but the property has uninterrupted 360 degree views; to one side you look out to the Pacific ocean, and to the other, the LA Skyline. Nearby, you will also find the residences of Elon Musk and Jennifer Aniston
Most Expensive Houses in The UK
Within the UK, the most expensive houses are nearly all exclusive to London – No other location in the UK can compare to the high prices within London, especially in areas such as Knightsbridge, Kensington and Belgravia. “Millionaire’s row” is a nickname given to Bishops Avenue in London due to the cumulative value of the properties situated on the street. However, surprisingly, a large number of these properties are not lived in and are in fairly bad condition! (Prices in GBP)
4. Penthouse in One Hyde Park, London ~ £160m
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This property has gained serious media attention due to an astounding selling price of £160 million, although it was never actually sold, only remortgaged with a loan of around £80 million (hence why we have listed it in 4th position) by owner Nick Candy – a property investing tycoon.
Designed by Richard Rogers of Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners, One Hyde Park includes 86 separate apartments. The penthouse itself is situated on the top two floors of the building.
Residents of One Hyde Park have use of the facilities, maid service and dry cleaning from the neighboring hotel Mandarin.
Outside One Hyde Park, there are trained SAS soldiers on security 24/7 – just to keep you reassured that no one is coming to take your wallet.
3. 16 Kensington Palace Gardens, London ~ £88m
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Owned by Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, this property is located on “Billionaires Row” – Kensington Palace Gardens in central London. Although extremely pricey, the house is a little too small for the Russian billionaire – there are rumors that he may extend the property downwards to include a leisure complex and auto-car garage.
2. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens, London ~ £140m
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Next door to Abramovich is steel-tycoon Lakshmi Mittal’s mansion which was designed by Sir Charles Barry as two separate semi-detached villas.
It is reported that Mittal spent millions to transform the two semi-detached villas into what he refers to as “Taj Mittal”; The property incorporates marble from the same quarry which was used in constructing the Taj Mahal.
Within the 55,000 sqft property, there are twelve bedrooms, a swimming pool including a Turkish bath, a ballroom and a gallery.
1. Buckingham Palace, London. Estimated Between ~ £1 to 3 billion!
While there is no official figure of the price of Buckingham Palace – as it has obviously never been on the market, estimates of the value have ranged between £1 – 3 billion.
The interior consists of 775 rooms – 52 of which are royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms 78 bathrooms and 92 offices.
The Most Expensive Houses For Sale in Canada
The large majority of the priciest houses for sale in Canada are located in or near to Vancouver and Toronto. In fact, Vancouver and Toronto are said to be the most un-affordable areas to live in the whole of North America.
Below are some of the most expensive properties in Canada which we found that are currently on the market. (Prices in CAD)
5. The Bridle Path, Toronto ~ $32m
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Located in one of the most affluent areas of Toronto is this 35,000 sqft property which was constructed by Valleymede. The interior compromises of 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a garage with space for 36 cars. Within the property, you’ll find other notable features such as a 2 storey salon, a cathedral ballroom, elevator and grand designer staircase that incorporates hand-forged iron.
Within the landscaped gardens is a stone terrace, tennis court and water fountains.
4. Belmont Avenue, Vancouver ~ $32.8m
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Constructed in the year 2000, this mansion sits on a plot of over 25,000 sqft and is located in a highly prestigious area of Vancouver. With the fairly high(!) price of £32.8m, the property boasts a long driveway which leads into a magnificent foyer with a 21ft ceiling. Also within the foyer is a grand staircase and rounded skylight.
The property also boasts a pool and jacuzzi with mosaic artwork, an aquarium, a theatre and music room, an office and a separate penthouse suite. Throughout various sections of the property you’ll find the use of Italian marble. One of our favorite aspects is the panoramic views of the ocean and mountains.
3. Howe Street, Vancouver ~ $35.8m
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Our chosen property for the number 3 spot is this 4 bedroom penthouse located in downtown Vancouver, which will set you back a generous £35.8m.
Designed by Mitchell Freedland, the construction of the penthouse has recently been completed this year (2019). If you plan on purchasing this penthouse, along with the 4 bedrooms, you’ll have use of 7 bathrooms, 5 terraces, an outdoor fireplace with integrated BBQ, a large living and dining room, billiard room, a wet bar, island kitchen. All of these rooms and features sit on a total living area of 7200 sqft, which boasts a panoramic view of the city.
As the penthouse is located in the Hotel Georgia, you’ll have access to a 24-hour concierge, pool, spa, gym and parking for 4 cars.
2. Thurlow Street, Vancouver ~ $38.88m
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Making the 2nd spot for expensive houses in Canada is this prestigious waterfront apartment located on the 26th floor of the Three Harbour Green tower.
Built in 2012, this apartment spans the entire 26th floor of the tower – the only apartment in the whole building with this attribute. With views of the ocean and Coal Harbour Marina, the mountains, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate bridge, along with 3 terraces, 2 fireplaces, indoor pool and garage space for 6 cars, it is no wonder that this apartment is priced at just below $40m.
1. Lakeshore Rd, Oakville, Ontario ~ $59m
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Taking the top spot for the most expensive property in Canada is this mega mansion, which is located in Oakville, Ontario.
Set on 10 acres of gated land, secured with a security house and office, the property itself consists of just shy of 44,000 sqft of living area. Along with the main building, there is also a separate housekeeping residence, a private chapel and underground parking to fit 12 cars.
The mansion boasts landscaped gardens, wine cellars, a tennis court, indoor and outdoor pools, a helipad, 6 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.
Most Expensive Houses in Europe
It seems although houses in France within the French Riviera are highly sought-after; all of the properties within our top 5 expensive properties in Europe are located in the French Riviera. Perhaps it’s the Mediterranean lifestyle that attracts the famous architects, millionaires, billionaires, gamblers and glamour. (Prices in Euro)
5. Villa l'Echauguette, Monaco ~ €125m
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This magnificent villa situated in the highly affluent city of Monte-Carlo, in the French Riviera was originally built in the 1860s. In 2008 the villa was renovated and is now for sale from Sotheby’s International Realty.
The villa boasts impressive views of Port Hercule, Prince’s Palace and the Mediterranean. If you’re an F1 fan, this property would be ideal for you; the villa provides exceptional front row seats to the annual Monaco F1 circuit.
Spanning over 6 storeys, Villa l’Echauguette includes a fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, library, wine cellar, small study, sauna, outdoor pool and a landscaped terrace. The garage has room for two cars.
4. Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France ~ €150m
Villa Leopolda was once the most expensive residence in the world, costing around €750m in today’s money, however it is reported the villa was on the market for €150 million in recent times.
The estate was once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, however in 1931, redesigns and renovations were carried out and completed by Ogden Codman Jr., an American architect.
Since then, notable figures have lived in the residence – Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Dorothy J. Killam and from 1987, Edmond and Lily Safra (now Lily Safra since her husbands death in 1999).
Villa Leopolda is situated on an 18 acre plot near Nice in the French Riviera and includes 29,000 sqft of living space which compromises of 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms spiraling staircases, terraces, an outdoor kitchen and impeccable views of the Mediterranean.
3. Tour Odeon Penthouse, Monaco ~ €387m
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With estimates of the value between €350 and €400 million, this 35,000 sqft penthouse is located in the 49 storey Tour Odeon in Monaco.
Developed by Groupe Marzocco and designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi, the Tour Odeon penthouse offers 360 degree views of the city and Mediterranean and is set over 5 floors.
The penthouse boasts a circular rooftop infinity pool, along with a slide to get from one floor to another! Set among the glamour and wealth of Monaco, the penthouse could be competing for the top 3 properties in terms of price per square meter.
2. Le Palais Bulles, Theoule-sur-Mer, France ~ €390m
Taking the 2nd spot for the most expensive house in Europe is a property known as the “Bubble Palace”, which was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag and completed in 1989.
Located in Theoule-sur-Mer, overlooking the bay of Cannes, the villa (or palace) was built on the side of the hills for a French industrialist, however was since purchased by Pierre Cardin – a fashion designer, as a holiday home.
To like the appearance of the villa may require some acquaint taste – Personally I don’t find the exterior very appealing. However, the interior does look rather intriguing and due to the localities of the spherical windows, there is ample natural light.
The villa boasts 3 swimming pools, landscaped gardens and an amphitheater which seats 500.
1. Villa Les Cèdres, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France ~ €413m
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In the number 1 position for expensive properties in Europe is Villa Les Cedres – another residence once owned by King Leopold II.
The 18,000 sqft villa sits on around 35 acres and boasts 14 bedrooms, a ballroom, a 46m pool, numerous terraces, a private chapel and stables with a capacity of 30 horses.
In 2016, Italian Campari purchased the villa from the Marnier-Lapostolle family, who had retained the property for nearly 100 years.
The Most Expensive Houses in Asia
It comes as no surprise that the extremely affluent city of Singapore and nearby Hong Kong have made the list of the most expensive properties in Asia. However the location of the most expensive property in Asia may surprise you. (Prices in USD)
3. Harbour View House, Singapore ~ $56.33m
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This 12,500 sqft house, designed by SCDA Architects and located in Singapore takes third position.
The luxurious property boasts incredible views of the sea and compromises of two storeys, which include 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, ample living space and an outdoor pool.
2. 24 Middle Gap Road, Hong Kong ~ $450m
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While the price of this property may seem ridiculously high for the style and size on offer, a closer examination is required.
As with any property, the location plays a large role in determining the value – this house is no different. Overall, the market in Hong Kong is extremely expensive and this property adds in another factor: Perched on the peak of Hong Kong island, the house boasts views of Deep Water Bay – one of the most desirable locations in the area.
The house consists of 6,200 sqft of living area, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and an outdoor pool.
1. Antilia, Mumbai - India ~ $1-2 billion
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This tower is in fact one residence, owned by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and designed by Perkins & Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates.
Located in the neighborhood of Cumballa Hill in Mumbai, the residence is an astonishing 27 storeys high and has a total living area of 400,000 sqft.
Some of the most notable features of the property include a garage which can fit 168 cars, 3 helipads, a private temple, 9 elevators, numerous guest suites, a 50-seat home theatre and landscaped gardens.
The designers of Antilia have stated that the building is even able to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8.
The Most Expensive Houses in South Africa
Similar to the most expensive European residences and Asian residences being located in the French Riviera and Singapore, there is a similar trend carried into the houses in South Africa; Our top 4 most expensive houses in South Africa are all located in, or near to Cape Town. (Prices in South African Rand. 1R = 0.065 USD)
4. Villa in Camps Bay, Cape Town ~ R112m
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In 4th position is this award winning villa situated in the Western Cape, which was designed by architect Nico van de Muelen.
The villa sits on 21,500 sqft of land, 10,000 of which is the total area of the property. The interior compromises of 6 bedrooms, double living room, a stainless steel kitchen, 3 studies, 9 balconies, movie theatre, a gym, heated infinity pool and space for 4 cars in the garage.
3. Farmhouse, Burgundy, Bourgogne, Western Cape ~ R135m
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This traditional farmhouse in Bourgogne, near to Cape Town is the 3rd property on our list.
The property boasts exceptional views of the surrounding mountainous landscape and also has the capacity to produce wine and fresh olives. Along with the dramatic scenery, the farmhouse also includes a gym, swimming pool, modern technology, snooker table and bar, and a separate guest house.
2. 5 Bed House, Cape Town ~ R157m
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A 5 bedroom property in Cape town takes the second spot for the most expensive houses in South Africa.
With the fairly high asking price, you’ll receive a home fit for a billionaire, which has a total area of just under 11,000 sqft. The property includes 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 lounges, a study, wine cellar, sauna, steam room, outdoor pool and state of the art security. The garage has the capacity to fit 4 cars and there is a separate flat-let included in the home.
1. 5 Bed House in Clifton, Cape Town ~ R172.5m
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Taking the spot for the most expensive house in South Africa is this modern property designed by architecture firm SAOTA, located in the highly affluent area of Clifton, Cape Town.
The glamorous property has a total living area of 10,100 sqft and includes 5 beds, 5.5 bathrooms, 3 lounges, a kitchen and dining room, an open-plan living area, outdoor pool, garage for 4 cars and modern security system.
The #1 Most Expensive House in The World in 2020
For the #1 most expensive residence in the world, we’re not considering Buckingham Palace – while it is a private residence, it’s a royal private residence which has been occupied since 1703 and amassed a phenomenal wealth.
You may have read through this article and would therefore have deduced that the most expensive property in the world is in fact Antilia, owned by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani.
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Where is the most expensive house in the world?
The most expensive house in the world is located in Mumbai, India
What is the most expensive house in the world called?
The most expensive property is called Antilia – named after an island in the Atlantic. The property (or tower) covers a total area of 400,000 sqft.
Who owns the most expensive house in the world?
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani owns the most expensive residence in the world and has lived there since 2012 with his wife and 3 children.
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