Some people dream of owning their own house with four bedrooms and a white picket fence. In many ways, these houses are the best kind, and they can often be found at places like Imsold Property, which may be worth checking out if you’re getting into the housing market yourself. Some people dream bigger, opting for swimming pools both indoors and out, tennis courts, six-story garages, gold-plated bathrooms, and
10. 7 Upper Phillimore Gardens
This $128 million London mansion used to be a 10-bedroom prep school. Now it’s someone’s private residence. Just like the Jodie Foster movie, this place comes complete with a full-fledged panic room in case intruders threaten the safety of the homeowner. The amenities are endless: a fitness center, theater, underground pool, and sauna, to name a few. Famous works of art decorate the marble-and-gold plated inside. It’s owned by Olena Pinchuk, the daughter of an ex-president of Ukraine.
9. 16 Kensington Place Gardens
Just as you’d expect, this gorgeous, $140 million London home is located on something called Billionaires Row. How would you like to have that as an address? Its owner, Russian investment firm owner Roman Abramovich, is certainly qualified to live on a road named as such — he’s worth an estimated $10.2 billion. He bought the house in 2011 from hedge-fund manager Pierre Lagrange.
8. Seven the Pinnacle
Located in Big Sky, Montana, this $155 million mansion is part of the ultra-exclusive Yellowstone Club, and it’s the biggest property in it. How’s this for a back yard: your own golf and ski centers (complete with lift). One pool just wasn’t enough, we guess — it has several. Tim and Edra Blixseth, the owners of this house, are co-founders of the Yellowstone Club. Not surprisingly, perhaps, Mr. Blixseth made his fortune in real estate. We’d love for him to develop a property for us.
7. Hearst Castle
Don’t be afraid to ask to spend the night when you visit the owner of this house. It shouldn’t be hard to find a spare place to sleep with 27 bedrooms to choose from in this $191 million home located in San Simeon, California. If it looks familiar to you, that’s because you’ve probably seen it before. This is the famous mansion from The Godfather. It’s owned by the trustees of the US’s original newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. It’s mostly used for tourism and has hosted such guests as Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.
6. Ellison Estate
Another California dream home! Owned by Larry Ellison, the third-richest man in the world, this $200 million “house” is actually ten separate buildings and a lake. We hope for convenience’s sake that the bathroom isn’t its own building. There’s also a bath house and a koi pond. Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle, an American computer technology corporation.
5. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens
Owned by Lakshmi Mittal, the owner of the largest steel manufacturer in the world, this $222 million home is also located on London’s Billionaires Row. There are only 12 bedrooms in this one — bummer, right? It also features Turkish baths and a 20-car parking garage. As one of the most expensive houses in the world, it took quite on quite a restoration project in 1992 when it caught fire. It’s now in even better condition than before.
4. Four Fairfield Pond
Looking to reduce costs on your electric bill? Do what Renco Group owner Ira Rennert did with this property and simply build your own power plant! You read that correctly. Located on 63 acres in Sagaponack, New York, this $248.5 million property allows plenty of room for the necessities: bowling alleys, basketball courts, squash courts, three swimming pools, and a dining room that measures 91 feet long are some of the fantastic features of this magnificent home. There are more bathrooms than bedrooms, at a 39-to-29 ratio.
3. Villa Leopolda
Why go grocery shopping for fresh produce when you can grow anything you’d like in your own back yard? This $750 million property, located in Cote D’Azure, France, comes with its own commercial sized green house. Fresh parsley with that? This house is owned by Lily Satra, the widow of a Lebanese banker. She’s also a philanthropist, but if we had a green house like that, we’d be spending all our time in the kitchen.
Well, we’ve finally hit the billion dollar mark for home value. Are you sure you want to keep going? They’re not getting any more affordable, and we’re pretty sure you didn’t have enough money to buy the first one we showed you. Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India, calls this pad his home. Twenty-seven stories high, this home comes with one caveat: it may be difficult to have privacy. Ambani apparently has to hire a staff of more than 600 people just to keep things in order. This $1 billion building extends underground, too, with six basement floors just dedicated to parking. Oh, and it has three helicopter pads on the roof. You know, in case you needed three. According to Forbes, Ambani is worth $23.6 billion, running the massively successful Reliance Industries. This building’s price tag is $1 Billion.
1. Buckingham Palace
Ok, this isn’t exactly on the market, but it’s the most expensive house in the world and home to arguably the most famous family on earth. Out of all of the most expensive houses in the world, London’s Buckingham Palace comes it at number one, with an estimated worth of $1.55 billion. Live like royalty — literally — in this giant mansion has 775 rooms. If you need a place to take a nap, go to one of the nearest 52 bedrooms and get some shuteye. Naturally, a large staff is necessary to keep this gigantic property in order. That’s what the — get this — 188 staff rooms and 92 offices are for. How much do you suppose it costs to employ one of those guards in the red outfits with the funny hats? Another benefit of living at Buckingham Palace, and we’re sure this comes in handy for the Queen — you’ll never have to worry about holding your bladder for too long, with a whopping 78 luxurious bathrooms to pick from. The $1.55 billion value was given to the residence in 2012 by the Nationwide Building Society.