Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to live in the lap of luxury. While the rest of us are content to do our decorating the cheap and cheerful way, namely trawling companies like Linens Direct, those born with a silver spoon in their mouths are lucky enough to inhabit some of the most expensive and largest homes that the world has to offer. But what exactly is it like inside some of these places? Let’s take a look at some of these incredibly expensive homes and see how they measure up.
Antilia, located in Mumbai, India, is not just the most expensive family home ever built, but also the largest. Erected (to the dismay of some) in 2011, the house belongs to the richest man in India Mukesh Ambani, has 27 stories but is technically big enough to house 60, and is staffed by 600 people. The interior has been shrouded in mystery until recently, when pictures finally became available to a fascinated public. The house includes a yoga studio, spa and even a movie theatre, but it doesn’t stop there. The house even has an ‘ice room’ where the family can enjoy the snow all year round if they so choose. According to Ambani’s wife, Nita, the design of the palatial dwelling was inspired by the lotus and the sun, following the philosophy of “Vastu Shasta” to promote positive energy, and is built with an array of luxury materials, including rare woods and Mother of Pearl.
Situated in the Kensington, London, this villa began life as a girl’s prep school until 1997. Following a series of very expensive renovations, the property was finally sold to Elena Franchuk for an unprecedented 67 million pounds, breaking the former English record. The renovations themselves cost up to 10 million and included introducing a sauna and gym, underground swimming pool and panic room. The property doesn’t look particularly impressive from the outside and easily has one of the more unremarkable exteriors on this list, but the inside is resplendent with vintage furnishings, marble, brass and gold. This Victoria era villa is far from the preparatory school it once was; now it’s the last word in luxurious. The swimming pool on its own, in fact, is so large that it takes up an entire floor to itself!
The Hearst Mansion
Originally built by William Randolph Hearst in 1919 and situated in Beverly Hills, California, the Hearst Mansion has been used not only in “The Godfather” but also housed President Kennedy during his honeymoon. The mansion is shaped like the letter ‘H’ and has three swimming pools, a tennis court, even its own night club. The night club, in fact, is one of its most infamous additions. The mansion is also known as Hearst Castle, and it’s not hard to see why with its expansive and classically designed rooms, which take inspiration from various sources. Built with rich woods and marbles and decorated with fine art pieces and Romanesque statues, the interior of the castle is truly stunning and incredibly opulent.