Buckingham Palace, London
Estimated Value: $2.9 Billion
Given that it is the administrative headquarters of a monarchy that rules over the United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace may not be a house in the traditional sense, but it is a private residence and the Queen does live there. So on our list, it goes.
The Palace was built as Buckingham house in 1703 and currently features 775 rooms of which, 188 are staff bedrooms, 92 are offices, 78 are bathrooms, 52 are royal and guest bedrooms and 19 are staterooms. In total, the Buckingham Palace grounds span over 39 acres. When the queen is not home, typically during the summer, the State Rooms are open to the public.
Over 50,000 guests are invited to the Palace each year. They are entertained at reception garden parties and banquets with some garden parties hosting as many as 8,000 invitees. Talk about being a good host.
2. Antilia Tower, Mumbai
Estimated Value: $1 – 2 Billion
Antilia Tower was built for Indian Billionaire Mukesh Ambani and it is quite honestly, a stunning piece of architecture.
Aptly named, Antilia Tower is 27 stories high and spans 400,000 square feet. It has a dedicated 6-floor car garage with space for 168 cars. It also has 3 helipads on the roof for those who prefer to take to the skies. You’d be right to wonder how you get around 27-stories of a home. The Tower has nine elevators in the lobby alone. In addition, there is also a spa, terraced gardens and a temple where the family prays. With a 50-seat movie theatre and a ballroom, there is no opportunity for boredom.
Named after a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean and built to survive an earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale, the Antilia Tower is literally proof that legends do exist. And good luck trying to knock it down.
3. Villa La Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Estimated Value: $750 Million
Slightly more practical – slightly – Villa La Leopolda is owned by Lily Safra, widow of the Brazilian Edmond Safra.
The estate was originally named after its original owner King Leopold II who gifted it to his mistress Blanche Zelia Josephine Delacroix. As it stands today, Villa La Leopolda was designed and built from 1929-1931 by American architect Ogden Codman Jr. and boasts 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. Sprawling across 18 acres of France’s Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, Villa La Leopolda has a commercial greenhouse, an outdoor kitchen, pool (even though it is a waterfront property) and helipad.
It has a place in pop culture as well as having been used for famous films such as “The Red Shoes” and “To Catch a Thief.” It is so magnificent and such a symbol of French luxury and opulence that it has been registered as a French monument.