World’s Most Expensive Houses

August 3, 2012

To be the proud owner of the world’s most expensive properties, you have to be a billionaire or as one of the most successful men or a crown royalty.  Let’s take a look at some of the world’s crazy-expensive properties.

Updown Court

The Updown Court is just 25 miles off London.  You have Elton John, Duchess of York, and the Queen in Windsor Castle as neighbors.  This extravagant property is rumored to cost Dubai prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum about 70 million pounds.  Frequent guests to the mansion are high officials and VIPs.

For spending this much, the owner of the Updown Court gets to enjoy only the finest amenities, which include up to 103 rooms, 22 bedroom and bathroom suites, and complete sports facilities such as a bowling alley, squash court, stable, tennis courts, and swimming pools.  The 52-acre estate also houses its own luxury apartments and has 24-carat-gold leafing flooring.  The master bedroom alone comes with its own swimming pool, while the infinity pool is found on the rooftop.  The elegant structure has marble columns and double staircases.

Villa Leopolda

This 1902 property located at French Riviera has Belgian King Leopold II as among its first dwellers.  The 392 million pound Belle Époque mansion was sold in 2008 to Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire who amassed more than $22 billion in fortune as a precious metal mogul.

The 22-acre garden alone requires up to 50 full-time staff just to tend the garden.  There are about 1,200 trees sprawled throughout the wide expanse.  It has an olympic-size pool and some castle-like structures.  It looks like it has a never-ending staircase and some of the finest architecture money can buy.

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