We present you the 10 most expensive villas in the world...
They lure with their beauty and amenities, exquisite architecture and perfectly designed interiors. Villas that we present you this time can be found in different parts of the world and their owners deal with different things, but they have one common element - all 10 villas on this list are expensive, extravagant and luxurious. Each of them embodies the grandeur and style of its owner, a perfect display of his power and desire for enjoyment. People who want to enjoy the luxury life do not hesitate to spend a lot of money on their villa, which in addition to being a place to live in and in which you will enjoy and spend the best moments, can be a kind of investment.
As part of the villa there is everything you need that they do not even need to leave, except for shopping and walking. Almost every one of them has a private pool, an expensive car in the garage and perfectly decorated garden that looks like it was a piece of heaven on earth. Take a look and judge for yourself whether these villas are really worth that much cost...
1. Villa which convincingly takes first place on our list is in London and it costs a whopping 1.58 billion dollars. It is located in Kensington, south-western part of London, known for its prestige and landscaped appearance. Once, this house was a school for girls, and now is the perfect possession with Victorian architecture, ten bedrooms, underground swimming pool, sauna, gym and home theater. Its exterior you might not find impressive, but the interior is something else entirely – there are marble pillars, floors of superior wood, details made of brass and gold, precious furniture of the Old World, as well as many priceless works of art. The owner of this villa is Elena Franchuk, Ukrainian oligarch and daughter of former President of Ukraine. She is known world-wide as a philanthropist and a good friend Elton John.
2. The second estate on our list is the famous Buckingham Palace, that is also, as you know, is located in London. Price of the Buckingham Palace is 1.55 billion dollars. Primarily, the estate was built with the intention to be a big town house of the Duke of Buckingham 1703, and King George III bought it 58 years later. Now, this villa is the official home of the British monarch. It has 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 rooms for servants, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
3. Antillia, the building which is located in Mumbai in India and that is worth a billion dollars is third in the list. It has 27 floors and about 4,500 m2 of space. It is considered the first house that transferred the value of a billion dollars. Parts of it are the six levels of underground parking and three helipads, and it requires 600 staff members for maintenance. Its owner is Mukesh Ambani, an Indian billionaire and owner of the second most valuable company, Reliance Industries, which is engaged petrochemicals, oil and gas.
4. The Villa Leopolda, located on the beautiful and magical Cote d'Azur had to be on our list, if nothing else - at least because of its great location. It costs $ 750 million. It had primarily been one of the homes of the mistress of the Belgian King Leopold II, who was evicted when the king died in 1909. In 2008, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov was planning to buy the estate, but reneged on the deal, although he paid a deposit of 50 million Euros. Her owner is Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist and socialite, who was the wife of a wealthy banker Edmond Safra. He was killed when their home burned down in Monaco, and apparently the fire was deliberately caused by his bodyguard.
5. Fairfield Pond, possession which is located in New York and costs 248.5 million dollars is in fifth place. This mansion with 29 bedrooms has its own power plant. Buildings that are within this estate have a total area of about 1,500 m2, while the estate on which is located has 63 acres. In it there are 39 bathrooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, squash court and tennis court, grand formal dining room, and three pools. Its owner is an American investor and businessman Ira Rennert, who owns several mines, factories for processing metal and construction vehicles.
6. Sixth place was taken by Kensington Palace Garden, possession which is also in London and which costs 222 million dollars. Located in an extravagant street which is called the Billionaires Row, Kensington Palace Gardens consists of several villas, near the former residence of the Duke and Duchess. Now this is the home of Prince William and Kate Middleton. One of these villas is owned by Mittal, who bought it from Bernie Ecclestone in 2004. His house has 12 bedrooms, a Turkish bath, indoor swimming pool and parking for 20 cars. Otherwise, Arcelor Mittal was also the fourth richest man in the world, and is known as the Indian tycoon and leading man in steel production.
7. Ellison property which costs $ 200 million dollars is our number seven. It is located in Woodside CA. Inspired by Japanese design, this property which is situated on 23 acres consists of 10 buildings, an artificial lake, koi pond, tea room and bath. The construction of this villa lasted for nine years. This property is just one in a series that is held by Ellison, who owns almost all parts in Malibu. Otherwise, Larry Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle company and was once the third richest man in America.
8. This estate is located in America, in Los Angeles. Hearst castle which costs 191 million dollars was built in the Italian style, and it was used in some scenes from the movie The Godfather. In this mansion with 27 bedrooms many celebrities were accommodated, such as John and Jackie Kennedy, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. This estate is considered a tourist attraction and part of the heritage of the United States.
9. The ninth is The Pinnacle property worth 155 million dollars. It is located in Montana and is considered the most exclusive in the luxury community. It is part of the Yellowstone Club, where they only those who are the epitome of luxury and prestige can have access. Throughout the estate you can see floor heating, while you can enjoy a crackling fire in the fireplace in the bathroom, and there are wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pool, gym and a private ski lift. Yellowstone Club went bankrupt in 2008, and then the estate passes into private property – it was bought by American baron in the field of real estate and timber, producer and songwriter Tim Blixseth.
10. The tenth place is another estate, which is within the Kensington Palace Gardens, near Mittal's possession, in the Billionaires Row. The owner of this possession is Roman Abramovich, who plans to build an underground extension of the villa in which there will be placed a tennis court, a health center and a museum of cars.