Did you know that of the ten most expensive properties that appeared on the market this year in Saskatchewan, Saskatoon had three entries! Properties valued at a huge $2.9 million, $2.5 million and $1.9 million (the most expensive house was 400 Lakeshore Drive in Wee Too Beach and was offered up at $4.9 million). That’s a pretty penny to pay for a property, no matter how luxurious, but it got us thinking about what other expensive properties can be found around the world.
Bel Air Spec Manor, Los Angeles, USA
The most expensive property in the USA that went to market in 2017 was the Bel Air Spec Manor in LA, a huge 380,000 square foot mansion boasting some impressive features including twelve bedrooms, three kitchens, an 85-foot infinity pool and not one, but two (fully stocked!) wine-champagne cellars. The home, designed by famous developer Bruce Makowsky, took over four years to build by a workforce of over 300 people and was listed to sell at a cool $250million, although was reduced in April 2018 to a “more affordable” $188million. Potential buyers aren’t just buying the property for that amount of money though, the price includes everything laid out inside including $30million in luxury vehicles and several million dollars’ worth of fine art, including sculptures and paintings.
Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
The most expensive French villa in the world was valued at an astounding $750million back in 2008 although hasn’t received any valuation since then. Overlooking the Mediterranean on the French Riviera, the Villa Leopolda in France lies on 18 acres of beautiful grounds and is famous for once being the home of King Leopold II of Belgium, who also gave the villa its name. The property has seen a lot since its construction in 1929; gifted to the King’s mistress, used as a military hospital during World War I and used as filming locations in the 1948 film The Red Shoes and the 1955 film To Catch a Thief.
Antilia, Mumbai, India
The private residence of Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of energy and material firm Reliance Company, Antilia is found in South Mumbai, India and is a 27 storey, 550-foot-tall skyscraper building comprising of an amazing 1,788 rooms. It’s considered the tallest single-family home in the world and boasts 257 bathrooms, 9 high-speed elevators, 600 permanent members of staff, 6 storeys dedicated to parking, took 7 years to build and cost an estimated $70million to construct. If you think those numbers are impressive – the property was originally valued at a controversial $1billion and is thought to be worth close to $2billion today. The figure, a huge amount due to a price escalation in the Mumbai housing market is considered even more controversial considering the area it resides in, which sees residents living on the equivalent of $2 a day.
Buckingham Palace, London, UK
The title of the most expensive property in the world goes to Buckingham Palace, valued at $1.5billion by the Nationwide Building Society. Technically a home, the palace contains 775 rooms of which almost 200 are dedicated to staff, also including over 50 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices and almost 80 bathrooms.
There are plenty of luxury properties in the city of London, which is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world and there aren’t many boroughs left where the average house price doesn’t fall close to £1million. If you wanted to own a slice of London luxury but are concerned about the cost, fractional ownership in the UK could be the answer. Allowing you to buy partial ownership of a prestigious, managed property in some of the most popular areas of the city.
With these impressive homes in mind, we want you to consider – if you could live in luxury anywhere in the world, where would you choose?