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The 12 Most Expensive Homes in the World

The 12 Most Expensive Homes in the World

What are the most expensive homes in the world? If you were one of the richest people in the world what would your dream home look like? Where would you build it? How big would it be? What cool stuff would your mansion feature? We here at Celebrity Net Worth are pretty much obsessed with celebrity homes and the mansions of world’s richest citizens. But what are the most expensive homes in the world? Who owns the most expensive houses? Where in the world are these fabulous mansions located? This list features American mansions, castles, ski lodges and a one billion dollar skyscraper. In total, these 12 mansions are worth$3.251 billion!

Take a look at our gallery below of the 12 most expensive homes in the world then tell us in the comments which one is your favorite and what your dream house would look like!


#12 Updown Court – $55 Million





More photos of Updown Court.






The property was listed for sale at $130 million but eventually sold for $55 million.






Annual maintenance will set you back $2 million per year and requires a full time staff of 12 or more people.





#11 The Spelling Mansion – $85 Million




Producer Aaron Spelling created shows like 90210 so it makes sense that he would build a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills. After Spelling's death, his widow listed the property for $150 million and it eventually sold to 22 year old formula one heiress Petra Ecclestone for$85 million. She paid in cash.






The Spelling Mansion from above.






The Manor features 123 rooms and covers over 56,000 square feet. It's the largest private home in Los Angeles.





#10 Fleur De Lys Beverly Hills – $125 Million




Fleur De Lys is a mansion in Beverly Hills that is currently the most expensive home for sale in the world at $125 million.






Fleur De Lys has been trying to find a buyer since 2007 but the developers have refused to cut the price.






Fleur De Lys from above.





#9 Hala Ranch Aspen $135 Million




Hala Ranch is a 95 acre mansion in Aspen that is currently owned by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The Prince has listed the property for sale at $135 million. It has 15 bed rooms, 16 bathrooms, elevators, a racquetball court, stables, tennis courts and a luxurious heated pool.






How often would you visit Hala ranch if you owned this property?





#8 Maison de L’Amitie – $150 Million




Billionaire Donald Trump purchased Palm Beach's Maison de L'Amitie out of bankruptcy in 2004 for $41.2 million. Just a few years later he listed the property for $150 million.






Maison de L'Amitie is 80,000 square feet and features over 20 bathrooms, 15 bedrooms, tennis courts, guest houses and a 100 foot swimming pool.





#7 The Pinnacle Montana – $155 Million




The Pinnacle is a $155 million ski lodge and residence owned by Edra and Time Blixseth. The Blixseths own the Yellowstone Club which is a ski resort that only billionaires belong to. The house has 10 bedrooms, every floor is heated...including the driveway.

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#6 Elena Franchuk’s Victorian Villa – $161 Million




Originally a girls prep school, Elena Franchuk's upgraded the property in 2006 to the Victorian Villa.





#5 Hearst Castle – $190 Million




William Randolph Hearst built his castle in 1919. The mansion features 29 bedrooms, three pools, a movie theater, a night club and several tennis courts.






More photos of Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo.






Hearst Castle pictured from above.





#4 Fairfield Pond The Hamptons – $220 Million




Fairfield Pond is the Hamptons home of junk bond billionaire Ira Rennert. Rennert used his $6 billion net worth to build his 63 acre compound, featuring over 100,000 square feet of buildings, a basketball court, bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts, 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms.






Fairfield Pond Hamptons pictured from above.






Fairfield Pond Hamptons.





#3 One Hyde Park Penthouse – $225 Million




Would you pay $225 million for an apartment? One with six bedrooms? The buyer is still a secret but this purchase was the most expensive in England's history.






This apartment covers two floors and features bullet proof windows, a panic room and panoramic views of The Serpentine.





#2 Villa Leopolda – $750 Million




Villa Leopolda is a 29,000 square foot, 11 bedroom, 14 bathroom palace on The Cote D'Azure in France. Once rumored to be owned by Bill Gates, a Russian billionaire offered $750 million to buy the property only to back out and forfeit a $60 million deposit. It is currently seeking a new buyer.






Villa Leopolda photographed from above.






The $750 million french mansion Villa Leopolda.





#1 Antilla Mumbai – $1 Billion




Take a look at the world's first billion dollar house, Mukesh Ambani's Antilla in Mumbai. Mukesh Ambani used his $43 billion net worth to build this architectural masterpiece.






The first six floors of this mansion are parking lots. The house has 9 elevators, a ballroom, indoor and outdoor pools and bars, silver railings, crystal chandeliers... One of the most amazing buildings ever created.






If you had a billion dollars to spend on a house what what you build? Where would you build your dream home and what would it feature? Let us know in the comments!
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