10 Most Expensive Houses In The World
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Not all homes are created equal; in size, design, and of course, price. Today we will be looking at ten of
the most ridiculously expensive houses in the world. Make sure you stay tuned for number 1, this house
is quite literally, a palace.
Number 10. Xanadu 2.0
Microsoft co-founder Bill gates is one of the richest men in the world. In fact, he is currently the second
richest man in the world with a net worth of $95.3 million dollars. So, it’s only natural that he splurges
on some things, like his house for instance, which he named Xanadu 2.0.
It took Gates seven years and $63 million to build his Medina, Washington estate, named "Xanadu 2.0"
after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane, the title character of "Citizen Kane." At 66,000 square
feet, the home is absolutely massive, and it's loaded to the brim with high-tech details, including but not
limited to a guest monitoring system that would put Big Brother to shame.
When guests arrive, they're given a pin that interacts with sensors located all over the house. Guests
enter their temperature and lighting preferences so that the settings change as they move throughout
the home. Speakers hidden behind wallpaper allow music to follow you from room to room.
The house has a current worth of $127.48 million.
Number 9. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens
Also known as “Billionaire’s Row”, Kensington Palace Gardens is home to royalty, oligarchs, tycoons and
ambassadors. The average price of a house here floats around £33 million. So it shouldn’t come as a
surprise that one of the most expensive homes in the world can be found in this place.
18-19 Kensington is currently owned by Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian business boss of Arcelor Mittal - the
world’s largest steel manufacturer, but the house itself has a lot of history behind it, dating back to its
completion in April 1847.
A few notable people who owned and lived there in the past include Lionel de Rothschild who bought it
in 1912, it also served as the Egyptian and Russian embassies for many years. In 2001, Bernie Ecclestone
of Formula 1 fame bought the house for £50 million. However, his then wife, Slavica, allegedly disliked
the building and refused to live there. Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal stepped up and bought the
55,000 sq ft mansion for just over £57 million – a far lower offer than Ecclestone’s original asking price
of £85 million. The property became known as the 'Taj Mittal', and is thought to have trebled in value
since its purchase.
Number 8. Palazzo di Amore
Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, is an outstanding palace. Once you step inside this 12
bedroom, 23-bathroom palace, you immediately get the feeling of elegance and sophistication. The
property features more than 35,000 square feet of living space, including a two-story entrance hall with
a chandelier and two sweeping staircases.
It also features a 15,000-square-foot entertainment complex, complete with a disco/ballroom, a
revolving dance floor, a DJ booth and a laser-light system. Inside the complex, as many as 250 guests can
make use of a 50-seat theater and a bowling alley. Outdoor amenities include a 128-foot reflecting pool
and fountain, a waterfall, a swimming pool, a spa, a barbecue area and tennis court.
Guests can also visit the beautiful vineyard, which produces 400 to 500 cases of wine a year under its
own private label, Beverly Hills Vineyards.
Finally, Palazzo di Amore, which boasts spectacular views of the West Side of Los Angeles, Century City
and the sea, can host up to 1,000 people, with on-site parking for as many as 150 vehicles.
The house was put up for sale back in 2014 with an asking price of $195 million.
Number 7. Ellison Estate
Valued at over $200 million according to tax assessments, the Fair Field Estate of industrial billionaire Ira
Rennert is arguably the largest and potentially, the most expensive home in America.