Living big comes at, of course, a price tag that’s just as big. For most of us, owning a huge mansion or your own estate is, unfortunately, only possible in dreams but for the owners or former owners of the following 10 houses, which also happen to be some of the most expensive ones there are in the world of real estate, what is seen as wishful-thinking for us is in fact reality for them.
10. Rybolovlev Estate
Price: $95 Million
Once owned by Donald Trump and ex-wife Elena Rybolovlev, this single family home, with its 18 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms, is one of the most expensive ones in the country. After the divorce, it was originally put up for sale for a whopping $125 million but it got haggled down to a mere – “mere” for the much-more-than-average earning of us all of course – $95 million.
9. Silicon Valley Mansion
Price: $100 Million
The next on the list may be currently valued at $100 million but the Silicon Valley Mansion, also known as Palo Alto Loire Chateau, was once estimated to be worth a little more than half of its current value: $50.27 million to be exact. For reasons unknown to many, the estate’s current owner, tech billionaire, Yuri Milner, actually forked out about a 100% more than what the estate, with it’s 25, 545 square foot of living space, is actually worth.
8. Fleur De Lys
Price: $125 Million
The Fleur de Lys has been on the market since 2007 and its price tag of $125 million has not dropped a single cent since then – we have to give it up to owner Suzanne Saperstein for her patience and tough negotiating skills. But for anyone keen, this European-style is sized at a ginormous 35,000 square foot of living space that includes 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a 50-seat theater (not a home theater but an actual one!).
7. The Manor
Price: $150 Million
Situated in one of Los Angeles’ posh neighborhoods, Holmby Hills, the 15,700 square foot Manor was called home by entertainment royalty Candy Spelling and her late husband, Aaron Spelling. Now up for sale at the above mentioned price of $150 million, the luxurious estate houses more than a hundred rooms.
6. The Pinnacle
Price: $155 Million
Owned by Edra and Tim Blixseth – the same Blixseths who own the very exclusive Yellowstone Club – the Pinnacle is both a home as well as a ski lodge featuring 10 bedrooms and – get this – heated floors; even those in the driveway.
5. Franchuk Villa
Price: $161 Million
This London mansion was once a girls’ preparatory school before it was transformed into a home for Ukrainian businesswoman and philanthropist Elena Franchuk. Boasting 21,000 square feet of living space, 20 foot ceilings, an above average number of bedrooms – 10 to be exact – and other amenities like an indoor swimming pool and a private movie theater, the villa definitely meets the prerequisite of a multi-million dollar mansion.
4. The Hearst Mansion
Price: $165 Million
A gift from his “mistress”, actress Marion Davies, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s former mansion was created by architect Gordon Kaufmann who also happened to have played a role in designing the Hoover Dam. The estate has – just to name a few – 29 bedrooms, 40 bathrooms, a nightclub, a cinema, 2 tennis courts and a 75 foot long pool.
3. Fairfield Pond
Price: $198 Million
Next on the list is billionaire Ira Rennert’s Hamptons home with its breathtaking view of the Atlantic. Built by Rennert himself, the 63 acre estate boasts over 100,000 square feet of buildings, 29 bedrooms, 29 bathrooms, squash courts, tennis courts and a basketball court
2. Villa Leopolda
Price: $736 Million
Built by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902, the estate is currently home to Russian billionaire Prokhorov who despite having lost billions – no thanks to the latest economic crisis – still had enough to buy himself this estate which, among many other things, features 27 stories, 19 bedrooms and 50 gardens.
Top of the charts is this 27-storey Mumbai house that is worth so much, it’s within the billions range and features practically anything imaginable like 6 floors of parking, a 4-storey garden, a fully equipped health level and even a ballroom level.