The 10 Biggest Houses in the World
You might have seen or read about some large houses throughout your life, but chances are you don’t know about the 10 houses on our list. Most people associate huge homes with celebrities, politicians, philanthropists, musicians, and artists. It’s a well-known fact that the elite own some of the biggest houses in the world.
Although it might be true that the world’s richest own incredibly large homes due to the status in society they gain, it’s also true that their homes are places of refuge, comfort, joy, and security. The 10 largest homes in the world have a few things in common. All of them have modern amenities, incredible features, and expensive price tags.
We realize that if money was no object, most of us would be considering owning a home as spectacular as the ones on this list. Unfortunately, most of us will never own a house similar to the homes featured, but that doesn’t stop us from learning more about them. So without further ado, let’s look at the 10 biggest houses in the world and what makes them unique and worthy of being mentioned on our list.
1. Istana Nurul Iman Palace, Brunei
Currently, the world’s largest house is the Istana Nurul Iman Palace located in Brunei. This house is more a palace than a mansion and belongs to the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. This extraordinary home was designed by Leonardo Locsin and is also called the “Palace of Faith Light.”
It is believed that the Istana Nurul Iman Palace, built in 1984, is 2.15 million square feet. It has an estimated value of $1.4 billion, making it also one of the most expensive residential abodes globally.
In this palace, there are 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, a mosque that can seat 1,500 people, and a 110 car garage. Additionally, the stables at this residence are airconditioned, and they can house 110 horses. There is also a banquet hall, a throne chamber, staterooms, and multiple swimming pools.
Interestingly, the Istan Nurul Iman Palace is the building where the Sultan entertains foreign dignitaries. This palace is also utilized by the Brunei government for all state functions and houses the prime minister’s office. Moreover, the Istan Nurul Iman Palace also serves as the designated seat of the Brunei government.
2. Antilla, India
Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest homes in the world is also owned by one of the current richest men in the world, who has an estimated net worth of more than $90 billion. The Antilla is a mega-mansion that Mukesh Ambani owns. Besides having an astounding 400,000 square feet, it also has an incredible 27 stories that equal approximately 600 feet in height.
Due to its impressive height, this home that was first commissioned in 2006 and completed in 2010, can be seen on the Mumbai skyline in India. The Antilla is believed to have cost Ambani approximately $2 billion to design and build, making it currently the most expensive private residence in the world. It is thought that the Antill requires around 600 staff to maintain it daily.
The Antilla was specifically commissioned for the Ambani family according to their preferences. It was designed by the prestigious Chicago-based architecture firm Perkins and Will and built by the renowned Australian housing construction company Leighton Holdings.
Each floor in this mega-mansion features its own distinct layout and is built from different materials. The family’s living quarters are situated on the upper floors, and this home features a theatre, a ballroom, and a two-story recreation area with a spa. There are also guest apartments, a yoga center, multiple swimming pools, a jacuzzi, and four floors of beautiful terrace gardens.
Additionally, the Atilla also features helipads and a garage that can house 168 vehicles. Yet perhaps what is most impressive about this home is that it has been built to withstand an earthquake that measures up to an eight on the Richter scale.
3. Biltmore Estate, United States
One of the oldest houses that is also recognized as one of the biggest in the world is the Biltmore estate found in Asheville, North Carolina, in the United States. The gorgeous French Renaissance chateau-style house was commissioned by George Vanderbilt and built in 1895. The house itself lies on a 3,200-hectare property and is still owned by the Vanderbilt family.
Currently, the Biltmore Estate is the largest house in America that is privately owned with a size of approximately 178,917 square feet. The house is believed to be worth an incredible $37 million, while the land the house is built upon is believed to be worth $64 million, making this house in its entirety worth $101 million.
Inside this luxuriously opulent residence are 250 rooms, of which there are 34 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. There are also three kitchens, a bowling alley, an expansive indoor swimming pool, 65 fireplaces, a winery, and stables. The exterior of this North Carolina home is just as magnificent as the interior.
The gardens were designed by the renowned Fredrick Law Olmsted, who was the designer of New York’s Central Park. The Biltmore Estate is also open for tours, and guests can even opt to stay at the hotel situated on this estate.
4. Safra Mansion, Brazil
It’s unsurprising that one of the world’s most well-known banking families, the Safra’s, owns one of the biggest houses in the world. Little is known about the Safra mansion, but this estimated 117,000 square-foot home is reminiscent of Villa Leopolda, a spectacular French Riviera mansion. Additionally, it is believed that the Safra mansion is worth $750 million and is the biggest privately-owned residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Safra mansion has 130 rooms, of which there are 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. It is believed that the house features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a tennis court. A large wall surrounds the entire home due to the family’s want for privacy, which is partly why not much is known about what this spectacular home features.
5. Witanhurst, United Kingdom
Although Buckingham Palace is the largest estate in the United Kingdom, the Witanhurst house is the largest privately-owned residence in the country. This spectacular charming old English home that features Georgian Revival architecture was designed by the famed architect George Hubbard and is believed to have been commissioned and built between 1913 and 1920. The Witanhurst is over 90,000 square feet and is believed to have cost a whopping $450 million to build.
The Witanhurrst residence features 65 rooms, of which there are 25 bedrooms, a Chinese room, a dining room, a private billiards room, a massage parlor, a gym, a sauna, and a movie theatre. Additionally, the English house boasts a swimming pool and plenty of parking space, which is rare in the UK.
Curiously, the Witanhurst was placed on the market and sold to Russian billionaire Andrey Guryev in 2008. It is believed that he paid only $64 million for the residence, which is quite a bargain considering it is estimated to be worth $450 million.
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6. Versailles, United States
The Versailles, a modern mansion in Florida in the United States, has had many fears surrounding whether it will ever reach completion. This extraordinary home has even had its own documentary series that centered around parts of its construction. Surprisingly, the Versailles has still not been completed, but the commissioners of the property, David and Jacqueline Siegal, have reportedly stated that its construction will be complete in 2022. According to reports, the Versailles is approximately 90,000 square feet and is rumored to be worth over $100 million.
At present, this home has 32 bathrooms, an 8,000 square foot master bedroom, 14 other bedrooms, 11 kitchens, and 16 swimming pools. There is also an arcade room, a large garage that can house 30 cars, a salon, a gym, and a movie theatre. Unbelievably the home was going to have an indoor ice rink, but the idea was scrapped in favor of a more versatile roller rink.
7. La Reverie, United States
In 2019 the La Reverie modern mansion that is situated in Palm Beach, Florida, in the United States was bought by hedge fund billionaire Steven Shonfeld and his wife. The couple purchased the home for a jaw-dropping $111 million, which is significantly less than the asking price of $200 million.
However, at $111 million, the La Reverie residence, built in 2001, was the most expensive home ever sold in Florida until 2021, when a mysterious Russian buyer reportedly bought a $140 million residence nearby.
The La Reverie is a neoclassical-style house that is deemed to be an architectural masterpiece. It has 70,000 square feet of living space. There are 11 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, a spa, a candy parlor, a bowling alley, and an ice cream stand.
8. Villa Leopolda, France
The Villa Leopolda has historical royal roots as this private residence used to belong to King Leopold II of Belgium. According to accounts, the king built this sprawling French home as a gift to his mistress Blanche Josephine Delacroix. The Villa Leopolda is believed to have been constructed between 1929 and 1931 and has a total area size of approximately 84,000 square feet.
With a royal heritage, it’s no wonder this house has an expensive price tag as it is thought to be worth an estimated $500 million. From 1987 until 2008, the Villa Leopolda was owned by Brazilian banking billionaire Lily Safra until 2008 when she sold it to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
The Villa Leopolda has been featured on many television shows and even earned a place in Forbes magazine. This is because it is highly regarded as one of the most important residential properties in Europe. The primary residence has 19 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. There are also two pools, a sports court, a movie theatre, and a bowling alley. Additionally, this classical home also features antique furniture, period artwork, and valuable marble.
9. The One, United States
The recently completed “The One” mansion in California has surprisingly been listed at a loss. It is believed that this massive 74,000 square foot home was listed for $340 million, which is significantly less than the $500 million it is believed it cost to build. This ginormous outrageously opulent modern mansion was designed by Paul McClean and built by the influential and well-respected property developer Nial Niami.
The One features 42 bathrooms and 21 bedrooms with a 5,500 square foot master suite and shockingly even has a nightclub able to accommodate 900 people. There is also a four-lane bowling alley, jellyfish in the glass ceilings, two-car display turntables, a spa level, a philanthropy wing that can house 200 people for gala events, and a 30 seat movie theatre. Additionally, this ridiculously high-tech, luxury mega mansion features an impressive 10,000-foot sky deck and five swimming pools.
10. Pensmore, United States
One of the most interesting houses on our list is the Pensmore residence that is situated in Missouri. Instead of being constructed for luxury, this approximately 72,215 square foot home was built for science.
Former CIA officer and astrophysicist Steven Huff built Pensmore to test disaster-resistant building technology and energy efficiency technology. The Pensmore is built with energy-saving concrete, and the entire house is reinforced with incredibly durable Helix steel fibers.
It is believed that this residence can withstand many natural disasters, including earthquakes and hurricanes, because of the Helix steel fibers used during its construction. The home is also believed to be somewhat bulletproof and bomb-proof.
This home has 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a history museum space, a testing ground for students, and a library tree trail. Additionally, according to Huff, the home should survive for at least 2,000 years.
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