Home is where the heart is. Though this is how the whole concept of dwelling began, over the years houses are considered more of a status symbol than a place one
can call home. No wonder, the wealthy people leave no stone unturned to come up with the snazziest designs for their homes, in spite of these costing them a fortune.
Take a look at the biggest houses in the world.
1. Istana Nurul Iman Palace – 2.15 Million sq. feet
This is the official home of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. It has 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, 5 swimming pools, a stable that is air conditioned and can hold 200 ponies, 110 garages for cars and a mosque that can house 1500 people.
2. Antilla, Mumbai – 400,000 sq. feet
The dream home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani, the construction of this house spanned over four years. Comprising of six floors, this house is 550 feet high and the estimated cost of building it is about $2 billion.
3. Fairfield Pond – 110,000 sq. feet
Situated in USA, tis impressive house is owned by well known entrepreneur Ira Rennert with the main living area covering a whopping 600,000 sq feet. The house comprises of 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a bowling alley squash courts, tennis courts etc.
4. Versailles – 90,000 sq. feet
This house is located in Orange County in USA and is owned by the CEO of Westgate Resorts, David Siegel and his wife Jacqueline Siegel. Its master bedroom spans over 8000 sq feet. It also has 15 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, 11 kitchens and 6 pools along with a basement garage that can house 30 cars.
5. La Reverie – 84,626 sq. feet
Owned by Sydell Miller, the co-founder of Matrix Essential Hair Products, this house is situated on Palm Beach in Florida. The huge expanse is used not only for living but to host balls and concerts.
6. Villa Leopolda House VilleFranche – 80,000 sq. feet
Situated on the banks of French Riviera, this house was built in 1902 for King Leopold. The house contains two guest bedrooms that are spread over 80 acres of land. It also has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms along with beautiful gardens.
7. The Pensmore Mansion – 72,000 sq. feet
This mansion was designed to endure the toughest of conditions and is said to be indestructible. The house is owned by well known entrepreneur and engineer Steve Huff. It is believed that the house can withstand natural disasters as well as manmade attacks.
8. Xanadu 2.0 – 66,000 sq. feet
Owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, this house is extremely tech savvy and at the same time very eco friendly. It is surrounded with tree canopies that keep the interiors cool and hence energy efficient. It is fitted with all the latest gadgets that is a treat for all techies.
9. Maison de L’Amitie – 60,000 sq. feet
Owned by Donal Trump, this house has a garage that can accommodate 50 cars. It also comprises of more than 20 bathrooms and even has a 500 feet ocean within its premises.
10. The Manor – 56,500 sq. feet
Situated in Los Angeles, California, this house is sprawled over 47 acres of land and has seven bedrooms and double staircase. Presently owned by F1 CEO Bernie Eccleston, the mansion is said to have housed Prince Charles during an LA visit.
11. Hala Ranch – 56,000 sq. feet
12. White House – 55,000 sq. feet
13. Hearst Castle – 50,000 sq. feet
14. Mega Mansion – 49,300 sq. feet
15. Fleur De Lys Estate – 45,000 sq. feet
16. Updown Court – 230,000 sq. m
17. The Castle – 30,000 sq. feet
These are the dream homes of some of the most influential and wealthy people in the world. These have been designed by the best architects and are maintained by the most efficient staff to ensure that they stay spic and span.