Living life in the fast lane is exhilarating. The finest French champagne, private jets, transatlantic shopping trips and exotic holidays all come standard. And what completes this lavish picture? It’s an estate worth millions – or even billions – to call home, of course. Here is a round-up of five of the most extravagant, and over-the-top, mansions from around the world.
Home, sweet home!
Bigger is definitely better in the United States. Proof of this is the Fleur de Lys, situated in the exclusive Holmby Hills of Los Angeles. It covers approximately 3800m2 of land and is built in a French chateau style. Amongst its features are 15 bedrooms, genuine gold trim on some of the interiors, antique furniture and a movie room with enough seats for 50 of your closest friends.
The Spelling Manor is also located in Holmby Hills. It was constructed for television producer Aaron Spelling in 1988 and at 5200m2 it’s even bigger than the Fleur de Lys. Here, instead of watching a movie, you can unwind with a game of ten pin bowling or do a couple of laps around the ice rink. If neither is your thing, you can always take your time to explore the 123 rooms in the house.
Across the ocean in the United Kingdom is Updown Court in Surrey. The owner of this home can say that their house is bigger than Buckingham Palace. It’s definitely not short on bathrooms – there are 22 spread across the home. It also has space for no less than eight limousines and since the winters in the UK can be bitterly cold, the marble driveway is heated to keep them cosy.
If you did a search for ’property for sale Gauteng’ in 2008, you would’ve come across a South African mansion in Sandhurst that eventually sold for a record-breaking R65 million. The owner of this house never has to leave it. Aside from seven en-suite bedrooms, the house has saunas, steam rooms and its very own hairdressing salon. If they do find themselves drawn to the outdoors, they can play a game of tennis, take a stroll to the koi ponds or simply watch the sun set from the terraced gardens.
In India, you’ll find the Mumbai home of multi-billionaire Mukesh Ambani. It covers a staggering 37 161m2 and is manned by 600 staff members. It’s likely that they spend the bulk of their time cleaning – the 174m tall building is made mostly of glass. Friends can park their cars in any of the six floors of the garage, or drop by per helicopter – there are three helipads on the property. Once there, they can watch their favourite films in the movie theatre, take a swim, do yoga in the studio or go to the health spa for some pampering.
Now you know how the other half lives. It can either inspire or depress you, but hopefully it’s the former.
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Terrence is a long-time writer and reader, who usually finds himself drawn to the weird and wacky. He makes it his mission to share whatever he finds.