How do you picture your dream house?
Situated on stunningly dazzling heights? Surrounded by lavish nature? Featuring a large, stunning and exclusive outdoor space? Or, embracing an elite, infinity pool?
Well, one thing I’m sure of is that such a house will definitely have a price tag that only a billionaire or a millionaire can afford to buy.
#1. Antilla Tower in Mumbai – $ 1-2 Billion
Often mentioned in Bollywood movies, Mukesh Ambani, the man perceived by India’s rich, middle class and poor as a successful business icon, is the sole reason behind the construction of this luxurious 27 stories high tower.
This gigantic and stunning structure was designed and constructed by Perkins & Will, an American-based architecture firm, along with a large hospitality design firm called Hirsch Bedner Associates. The interior design was built using the shapes of the lotus and the sun and this pattern flow throughout the building with crystals, marble and mother-of-pearl.
Found in Mumbai’s Cumballa Hill, one of India’s posh and upmarket neighborhoods, the 400 000 square foot residence consists of a temple, a 50-seat movie theatre, nine elevators, a health spa, a salon, a ballroom, a yoga studio, an ice-cream room and six floors dedicated only for cars. Quite impressive, isn’t it?
That being said, according to a few sources, the impressive building requires at least a staff of 600 people to keep things running efficiently.
#2. Villa La Leopolda in Cote D’Azure – $ 750 Million
Who doesn’t dream of living in a sumptuous villa, located on heights, surrounded by lush nature and getting an awe-inspiring view of the Mediterranean?
I’d say perfect landscape for some French romance. Or, rather some wild French hanky-panky.
Back in the early 20th century, this prestigious French jewel was owned by King Leopold II, who then gifted the property to this mistress (these kings I tell you!) This truly exceptional place was then passed on to Giani and Marella Agnelli, Izaak and Dorothy J. Killiam, Lily Safra and now, it’s owned by none other than Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian business tycoon.
Located in a serene neighborhood, the mansion features 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, an outdoor kitchen, a few swimming pools and a huge greenhouse.
You won’t believe me if I told you that this breathtaking mansion is the same place where Hitchcoook shot the movie Catch a Thief.
#3. The One in Bel Air, California – $ 500 Million
To be honest, if I earned as much as Bill Gates (don’t know why I just love mentioning him everywhere), I would have certainly bought this megamansion. And, that’s a pinky swear.
As one of the most palatial and expensive homes in California, “The One” is the crème de la crème of Nile Niami. Known as a famous real estate developer for gigantic mansions, he is the creator of this massive, colossal masterpiece.
With an estimated worth of $ 500 million, this amazingly fancy mansion is spread over 105 00 square feet with 20 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms (wow, I guess there will be no sibling fight over who’s going to the loo first)
#4. Villa Les Cedres in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat – $ 450 Million
It is quite difficult to grasp the captivating beauty and rich history of the 187-year-old mansion just with a few pictures. But, an exclusive tour of the property will be enough to explain why it was considered as one of the most expensive and luxurious homes in 2017.
Built in 1830, this $ 450 million structure is indeed a royal heaven.
Established on 14 hectares, this charming villa will all but lure you with its world-breaking botanical garden, Olympic size swimming pool and 14 posh bedrooms. And, that’s not enough, you’ve got to see the fine crystal chandeliers surrounded by ancient glided woodwork with 19-century oil paintings and a wood-paneled bibliotheca, which features at least 3,000 books.
#5. The Odeon Tower Sky Penthouse in Monaco – $ 330 Million
If I had to describe this property, I’d say, shining majestically above the calm waters of the Mediterranean, there lies the epitome of sophistication and elegant lifestyle.
Located in the heart of Monaco, this epic beauty, rising with its glitz and glamour, was designed by Alexandre Giraldi. With several floors, a private elevator and a blue azure pool, this house is the start of a luxurious lifestyle.
But, I wonder: Do such luxurious houses feature only in the playground of the rich and powerful? What is your say on it?