There’s something nice about having some space to stretch out. With these houses, that certainly wouldn’t be a problem. While most of us want nothing more than a few rooms and some yard space, these houses were built to allow for much more spacious pursuits.
1. Antilla in Mumbai, India
Antilla is the towering 27 story Mumbai family home of the world’s 5th richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and the biggest house in the world. The house contains almost every facility you could imagine wanting, including pools, a helipad, yoga studios, bars, and even a Hindu temple.
Ambani is a huge car fanatic, and 6 entire floors of his house are dedicated solely to storing his collection. With a house this mammoth, serious maintenance is needed. To keep the world’s biggest house in top condition, the Ambani family employs more than 600 household staff.
Price: $1 billion.
2. Fairfield Pond in The Hamptons, US
This sprawling home, located in one of the most exclusive holiday regions in the United States, is the biggest residential complex in the USA. So what’s the biggest house in the US like? The house has a private bowling alley, and is rumoured to also have a $150,000 hot tub.
The size and grandeur of the house mean it is often mistaken for a large hotel! The Hamptons are the summer playground of America’s rich and powerful, and Fairfield Pond is the undisputed king of Hampton’s real estate. This private holiday home with 29 bedrooms and 5 tennis courts more than earns its place on a list of the world’s biggest houses.
Price: $170 million.
3. Hearst Mansion in Beverly Hills, US
Newspaper billionaire William Randolph Hearst built this Beverly Hills mansion, and the home remains fit for a tycoon to this day. Containing 6 separate residences, 29 bedrooms, and 3 swimming pools, Hearst Mansion stands in Beverly Hills, California’s most expensive and exclusive area. The mansion’s grounds spread over 6 hectares, and it even has its own nightclub! With all these exclusive facilities spread over a huge home, it is hard to believe that Hearst sold the mansion in 1971.
Price: $165 million.
4. Villa Leopolda in Cote D’Azur, France
The Villa Leopolda estate is made up of 2 guest houses and occupies 20 acres of private, perfectly manicured gardens. Built for a king, and rumoured to be currently owned by Bill Gates, the villa has private access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the South of France. With 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and grounds with numerous lemon, olive and cypress trees, Villa Leopolda is the perfect holiday retreat for royalty and the super rich. Who wouldn’t want to stay in one of the world’s biggest houses, surrounded by the beauty of southern France?
Price: $506 million.
5. Updown Court in Windlesham, Surrey, UK
The behemoth property known as Updown Court has 103 bedrooms and grounds which take up 53 acres. Located in the Windlesham area of Surrey, the house is packed with entertainment facilities such as private cinemas, a bowling alley, stables which can accommodate up to 20 horses, and several squash courts and tennis courts. The mansion’s marble driveway is big enough for 8 limousines to park with room to spare. Perfect for the incredibly wealthy crowd a home such as this is likely to attract.
Price: $139 million.
6. Franchuk Villa in Kensington, UK
Currently the most expensive house on the market anywhere on the planet, Franchuk Villa is a 6 story Victorian style mansion located in the highly sought after London neighbourhood of Kensington. The house is packed with expensive and luxurious features including a basement pool, a private cinema, gyms, and even its own news room. The house is being sold by its Lebanese developer and may well break records for London’s most expensive home when the sale is completed.
Price: $161 million.
7. The Pinnacle in Montana, US
The Pinnacle is a luxury ski lodge, and the largest property in the exclusive Montana ski resort known as Yellowstone Club. The house boasts many of the luxury features you would expect from such an elite location. It has a huge wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pools, and every bathroom in the lodge comes with its own fireplace. Stunning views over the mountains and access to some of North America’s best ski routes make The Pinnacle isa snow sport lover’s dream home.
Price: $155 million.
8. The Manor in Los Angeles, USA
The Manor was built in 1991 in the style of a French Chateau, and is the biggest privately owned property in Los Angeles. The house sits in 4.6 acres of private gardens and grounds, and inside the house you will find a staggering 123 rooms. Cinemas, a bowling alley, pools, and a beauty salon are just some of the mansion’s facilities, and in the grounds there is room for over 100 cars to park. Perfect for parties! The gardens are huge and distinctively styled, and the house boasts an orange garden and generous roof terraces.
Price: $150 million.
9. The Penthouse in London, UK
The world’s most expensive apartment is located in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge, and commands views directly over Hyde Park and of the city’s iconic skyline. Security features are numerous, and the property is kitted out with bullet proof glass and a panic room. Other facilities include spas, squash courts, and even its own wine tasting room!
This mammoth apartment broke records for the maximum selling price of a London property, and the size, facilities, and location combine to make it one of the most exclusive homes available in the world.
Price: $200 million.
10. Dracula’s Castle in Romania
No list of the world’s biggest and most expensive houses would be complete without a genuine castle. This beautiful home set in the countryside of Romania is widely believed to have been the home of Count Dracula, and the castle is home to a museum dedicated to the famous former resident.
The castle also has a remarkable collection of antique furniture and fine art. The famous Count may have been a blood sucking monster, but he obviously had excellent taste in homes!
Price: 135 million.