Luxury homes are a goal for many people, but not many people manage to make this dream come true. Luxury homes have always been more than just a status symbol – they’re a piece of art. From the castles of the olden days to modern high-end Bay Area Lux Homes, there are a few world-renowned homes that have gained quite a reputation.
In this article, we’ll take a look at four of the most prestigious hotels, villas, estates, residencies, and homes, their current and past owners, and explore just what makes them so special.
Antilia – Mumbai, India.
Even on a list of crazy-expensive homes, Antilla is the only one that may be a bit much. This home is located in one of the poorest regions of Mumbai, yet it’s the most expensive residential structure ever created. Its approximated cost was anywhere between 1.5 to two billion dollars, putting it above and beyond most construction projects around the globe.
Other than its extravagant price tag, this is one of the unique buildings out there. The residence has a whopping 27 stories, six of which are designated just for parking the many luxurious cars that enter the residence of Mukesh Ambani, India’s wealthiest man and Antilla’s owner. The structure is designed to survive a magnitude eight earthquake.
Other than that, the building features an upright standing garden, three different helicopter pads, an air traffic control base, a swimming pool and spa combo, a temple, and even something known as a snow room, with snowflake machines to simulate winter.
Villa Casa Casuarina – Florida, USA.
Sure, Antilla might be an extravagant and absurd mega-mansion that is the size of a skyscraper, but the next addition is on this list for a reason. The Casa Casuarina isn’t the most expensive home on this list, nor is it overly large.
What is is is the ex-home of one of the biggest icons in fashion, Gianni Versace. The famed designer himself was murdered on the steps leading up to the Casa Casuarina, making it quite special.
The house was built in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style back in the eighteenth century but was remade into the palace today by the famed Italian designer.
The Versace Palace is now a boutique hotel, and it’s one of the most expensive hotels around the world. A night here will set you back a little over $1000, but for that, you’ll get the unique chance to explore the extravagant beauty of the place, as well as its signature swimming pool.
Casablanca Estate – Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa in itself is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and its most popular luxury home is a thing of marvel. The Casablanca Estate is a massive place, spanning over 33,000 square feet, most of which are covered in gold or marble.
It’s true luxury at its core, featuring a 14 car garage, crown molds, and even some of the most expensive crystal chandeliers in the world. The estate also has a cutting-edge theater, an indoor gym that features a swimming pool, spa, and all of the latest fitness equipment, and so much more.
This estate is a hotel, so you can have a stay in one of the few suites, but prepare your pocketbook – it’s going to be quite expensive.
Xanadu 2.0 – Washington, USA.
Xanadu 2.0 is not only one of the most elaborate and expensive estates that the world has ever seen – it’s home to one of the world’s richest people, Bill Gates! Xanadu 2.0 is a massive estate measuring 66,000 square feet, making it one of the largest mansions in Washington.
The tech-moguls home also unsurprisingly includes a lot of modern technology, a 60-foot swimming pool equipped with an underwater music system, and much, much more that we don’t know about.
A lot of the data around Xanadu 2.0 is pure speculation as Bill Gates is a pretty private person. We know that this residence features a stunning view of Lake Washington, a gorgeous Pacific Lodge design.
Most of us don’t have the pleasure of living in a ten thousand foot luxury mansion, but what we can do is gawk and awe at some of these gorgeous structures.
While you’re probably not Bill Gates, it doesn’t mean that you can’t own a luxurious home, as there are thousands of them on the market, and they’re being sold left and right. Just make sure to put your twist on it once you get it, and it may show up on a list like this in a couple of decades!