When you think about your dream house — the one that you will probably never be able to afford (short of winning the lottery) — how much is it? One million dollars? Two? Maybe $5 or $6 million? And what does it have that makes it so special? A swimming pool, a few guest rooms, a killer master suite, and a chef’s kitchen maybe?
If you were one of the richest people in the world, though, what would you consider an acceptable dwelling? All of a sudden, how good the local public schools are and whether or not you live close to a grocery store don’t matter. Luxury fixtures, killer views, custom design, and the best appliances are features that only begin to scratch the surface.
We took a look at some of the most expensive homes around the world. One thing they all have in common? They all have a name. (Not a bad idea… maybe we should name our modest 1980s Arts and Crafts house…) Oh, and they all come with a price tag far above the $100 million mark. Which one would you choose, you know, if you had a few hundred mill’ to spare?
5. Woolworth’s Building “Pinnacle” — New York, N.Y. — $110 million
This penthouse apartment atop the historical skyscraper comes in at just under 10,000 square feet. That puts the seven-floor apartment at $11,329 per square foot. But hey, you’re right in New York City and the property features a 400-square-foot open-air observatory with breathtaking views of Manhattan.
4. Odeon Tower Sky Penthouse — Monaco — $330 million
How about spending more than a quarter of a billion dollars on a property that stretches into the sky, rather than outward? You won’t get sprawling coastlines or horse farms with this purchase, but you will get a 5-story penthouse atop a skyscraper right on the Mediterranean. Not too shabby. According to the Robb Report, if you live here you can hop on a “waterslide that transports residents from a glass-encased dance floor to an infinity swimming pool overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean.” Surprisingly, though, the 35,500 square feet only translate to five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
3. Chartwell Estate — Bel Air, Calif. — $350 million
This sprawling mansion remains the country’s most expensive property. The 25,000-square-foot home features a measly 15 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms. The grounds also include a 75-foot pool, tennis courts, a guest house, and parking for 40 of your closest friends. You might recognize this home, as it was featured in the show The Beverly Hillbillies, but it has since been renovated to make it as spectacular as it is today.
2. Bubble Palace — Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur — $418 million
South of France? Check. Waterfront swimming pool? Check. Five-hundred-seat outdoor amphitheater? Yep. It also has 10 bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 13,000 square feet, and a unique design of bubble-like “pods.” The rooms don’t have boring straight edges. They are instead circular — the result of Hungarian architect Antti Lovag’s vision.
1. House on the Peak – Hong Kong — Asking $446 million
Sure, this is nice. It’s very nice. But it’s nowhere near what you think it should be for $446 million. What’s so special about this house, which just hit the market in Hong Kong? Its extremely exclusive location in the Peak neighborhood. It is a relatively small neighborhood atop a 552-meter (nearly 2,000 ft.) mountain with breathtaking views of the city. This particular home just happens to be the most recent one to go on sale there (and that doesn’t happen often). If you purchase this one, you’ll probably want to set aside a few extra dollars for some renovation. While the outdoor pool is pretty, the kitchen could use a bit of a facelift.