If we could take a sneak peak at your browsing history, we know what we’d find - and we’re here to tell you that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Wait, what were you thinking? We are talking about gazillion-bedroom mansions, helipads and swimming pools…acres of land as far as the eye can see, and don’t even get us started on that cinema room.
It’s all a bit too much for before the watershed, but it’s all right here in our Priciest Property Portal, for you to drool over to your heart’s content. Our property-mad team here at Bankrate UK have built this envy-inducing tool for your viewing pleasure. You’ll find the 12 most expensive properties currently on the market in each of the UK’s regions, updated in real time so you can keep coming back for more.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s even some bonus content of private islands, castles and more from around the world. Judging by some recent research we did, loads of us look at houses online even when we have no plans to move AND we look at fancy pads that are way above our budget, out of pure fascination and sheer lust.
There is no denying that browsing websites, magazines and reality TV shows for a glimpse at how the other half live can be an addictive past-time, but have you ever wondered what kinds of property the super rich can afford to live in?
We’re not just talking about those run-of-the-mill A-list celebrities and CEOs with a few million in the bank; these are the kinds of homes that one can only secure for themselves once they’re approaching - or have exceeded - billionaire status.
So, exactly what could one expect from some of the most expensive mansions in the world? What kind of features are most likely to appeal to some of the wealthiest people in the world? Where in the world are they located? And most importantly, how much did they set their owners back financially?
Below are a selection of nine of the most expensive mansions sold in recent years to give you some food for thought:
The most expensive property in our list by far is Antillia, the quite frankly mind-boggling 27-floor skyscraper in the “billionaires’ row” area of Mumbai. It’s reportedly the second most valuable property in the world (after Buckingham Palace) and is home to Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in Asia, and – as of March 2021 – the 10th richest person in the world. Ambani has amassed his $83.1 billion fortune through his role as chairman, MD and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd, a Fortune Global 500 company that is the most valuable company in India by market value.
The home, named after a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean, boasts 3 helipads, a cinema, dance and yoga studios, a 168-car garage and more than 600 staff. The Ambani family live on the top six floors of the building to make the most of the views and sunlight. They have also reportedly decorated their opulent abode with crystals, marble and mother-of-pearl.
Arguably the most fascinating feature of the home, however, is that Ambani and his family have access to their very own ‘snow room’ for the days when the heat is just too overwhelming and air con won’t suffice. The walls reportedly blast out man-made snowflakes on demand!
This estate, situated on 18 acres of land within the French Riviera, once belonged to King Leopald II of Belgium, and during WWI it was used as a military hospital.
It was also the setting for the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film 'To Catch A Thief' starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
It's rumoured that the mansion hires 50 staff just to deal with the expansive gardens and landscape scenery surrounding the estate.
What we do know for sure is that there are 19 bedrooms situated within the residence, each featuring their own private bathrooms and outdoor terraces. There is also a built-in bowling alley, private movie theatre and several private kitchens for those late-night cravings!
Situated on Middle Gap Road - one of the most prestigious gated communities in Hong Kong - this rare and exclusive mansion went on the market for $447.8m back in 2019.
Built in 1991, this mansion boasts a relatively modest four bedrooms and four bathrooms, unimpressive you might assume, particularly in comparison to some of the other residences featured on the list!
The appeal of Middle Gap Road Mansion is the fact it’s shrouded by lush country park greenery for utmost privacy in one of the busiest and most overcrowded cities in the world. With a site area of 16,330 square feet and a swimming pool that overlooks stunning views of Hong Kong’s south side, there couldn’t be a more desirable home for anyone living in the region.
Businessman John Caudwell (who sold his Phones4U chain for £1.5 billion back in 2006) created Britain’s most expensive home in the heart of Mayfair, and the price tag just goes to show there was certainly no expense spared!
The Mayfair Mega-Mansion is the result of two substantially sized houses knocked into one and is more than twice the size of the Royal Albert Hall. The home features a 120-capacity ballroom, 15 bedrooms and spans eight floors.
A five-floor penthouse in one of the most exclusive and luxurious destinations in the world, this home encompasses a total of 31,500 square feet. It features a rooftop deck and an infinity pool that contains its own impressive waterslide to transport passengers directly from the dancefloor to the pool.
With six bedrooms and a kitchen on each of the 5 floors, residents of the penthouse also benefit from a private chauffeur, a caterer, a 24-hour concierge service and a health club.
This beach-side property, a commuter ride away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, currently belongs to billionaire businessman Ira Rennert. Rennert is the Chairman and CEO of Renco Group, a New York City based holding group which invests in other companies across a range of different industries.
Alongside the main residence, the Fair Field estate consists of a 'play' house and two further pool houses, spread out across more than 110,000 square feet. The home boasts an impressive 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, its own power plant, 3 swimming pools, a synagogue, 2 courtyards, an orangery, a 164-seat home theatre, a basketball court, and a bowling alley! You’d never be bored, would you?
This impressive penthouse residence is owned by Billionaire Ken Griffin, who purchased his New York City home for an eye-watering $238m back in 2019. His slice of the Big Apple reportedly set the current record for the most expensive home ever bought in the city; not too surprising considering the fact Mr Griffin is worth an estimated $8.84 billion!
The record-breaking property covers the three top floors of 220 Central Park South, a skyscraper located in Manhattan that boasts some of the most spectacular views of the city skyline. Each of the penthouse's 3 bedrooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, black and white marble baths, steam showers and heated floors. The building, where singer Sting also owns an apartment, gives its residents exclusive access to an 82-foot saltwater pool, fitness centre, squash courts, library, screening rooms and outdoor terraces.
The St Moritz Mansion is a seven-floor home located in a luxury Swiss ski resort that had the initial architectural brief of being able to "make a billionaire’s jaw drop" and it’s safe to say the goal was reached!
The residence is one of the most expensive homes ever put on the market in Switzerland and is currently owned by an unnamed billionaire family. The home has a private ski lift to the slopes, a $1.3 million home cinema, a fully-equipped spa featuring an extravagant pool lit by swarovski crystal lights, a wine cellar, an underground lake and even 24 KARAT GOLD WALLS. Talk about showing off!
This Mediterranean mega-mansion and compound is located in the A-Lister’s playground of Beverley Park, California. The residence is made up of a main house and three guest cottages, and sits across nine acres of prime Californian real estate, justifying its hefty price tag!
The mansion was originally sold back in 1998 after five years of building work, has 13 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, and 28,660 square feet of living space. The mansion is owned by billionaire businessman Steven Udvar-Hazy, former CEO of one of the biggest aircraft leasing businesses in the world. Celebrity neighbours of the current residents include Hollywood actors Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy, as well as legendary Scottish singer Rod Stewart.
When it comes to what the majority of people would visualise when asked to imagine their version of ‘paradise’, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t see themselves sitting on a white sandy beach, surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters, sipping on a fruity cocktail while the warm sun beams down on their face.
Sounds like a perfect scenario doesn’t it?
Now, imagine if that wasn’t just something to aspire to once or twice a year on holiday abroad, but your reality, as you own a home on a tropical island. Hard to believe that some of the lucky – and super rich – few can call our idea of paradise home, but indeed they do.
Here are nine examples of the most luxurious island homes around the world, as well as how much they’ve been purchased for during recent years:
This luxury estate, situated on the island of Kaibu in Fiji, is an 800-acre plot of land featuring not one, not two, but three secluded and luxurious seaside villas, boasting beautiful views of the beach and nearby lagoon. Vatuvara can only be accessed by private plane and features infinity pools, private beaches, indoor massage areas and opulent dining gazebos overlooking the picturesque South Pacific Ocean.
The owners of the villas currently rent out the homes to those looking for the ultimate tropical getaway; and with the likes of Harry and Meghan previously visiting, absolutely no one can argue that it isn’t fit for royalty!
Located in an area known locally as the 'Barbados Riviera' on the west coast of the island, the Palazzate estate includes four separate ocean front homes, each boasting 13,000 square feet, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a media room and a pool. It also has underground parking for 18 cars, a spa and staff quarters.
Built in 2015, designers of Palazzate aimed to redefine contemporary Caribbean living with the beachfront estate and used the finest materials from around the world to create a distinctive look and style.
One of the most expensive properties ever put on the market in Hawaii, this home comprises four Balinese-inspired pavilions with stunning views of the pacific ocean, a main house, two guest houses and a caretaker’s residence.
Altogether the estate totals six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and more than 15 acres of land that comes with its own exotic fruit farm. For those that don’t enjoy swimming in the ocean, there is also a 1,600 square foot infinity pool or a Jacuzzi to relax in.
One of the most expensive homes to ever hit the market in the Caribbean, this stunning main property is a 12-bedroom beachfront villa boasting stunning ocean views and an array of additional guest villas and suites on the waterfront.
Neighbours of the anonymous property owner include singer Eric Clapton and fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who both own homes in stunning Antigua.
At one point, this palatial home was the second most expensive property in Spain. The sprawling mansion is just a stone's throw away from the luring appeal of Ibiza’s nightlife and its many beautiful beaches.
Built on roughly 22,000 square feet of land, White Ibiza Villa comes with 10 bedrooms, a professional tennis and squash court, a huge swimming pool, jacuzzi and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Settled in a remote privately-owned jungle, this seriously impressive real estate comprises 3 separate villas and was once owned by Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and director Mel Gibson.
Each villa is just a short walk from the white sand beaches below, and feature vaulted ceilings, a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor BBQ area, a private pool and cosy verandas.
An expansive, private Bahamian property that boasts 17,250 square foot, this estate has unsurprisingly been designed to appeal to those with a deep love of sailing (and even deeper pockets!).
Maintaining a nautical setting throughout, the property features handmade onyx tiles, with each bathroom designed in a unique and distinct theme. The home has six bedrooms, a pirate-themed home theatre room and exclusive waterfront access with its own marina.
This luxury beachfront property is one of the most exceptional in Indonesia. Built beneath the sacred volcano Mount Agung, it features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, outbuildings and a swimming pool.
The home was originally envisioned by the renowned Hollywood film director Rob Cohen and his wife, who modelled the architecture on the royal residences of the Minang people of Sumatra.
A stunning 14,000 square foot villa located on a pristine Maldives island, this property is surrounded by white sand and protected coral reef containing multi-coloured fish.
This nine-bedroom property features stunning indoor and outdoor living areas, and a dining table in the middle of the pool for the ultimate ‘Al Fresco’ dining experience!
Nine castles you can live in around the world – and what they are worth!
Growing up and living in a fairytale castle is the ultimate fantasy for children obsessed with all things Disney; but did you know that for an incredibly lucky few, the childhood dream of escaping to a castle to live can be turned into an adult reality?
It’s becoming increasingly common to see renovated castles being sold on property sites as the ultimate family home; and for those with the financial means to do so, it’s easy to see the temptation of being a small part of a castle’s expansive history.
Bearing this in mind, we have compiled 9 stunningly beautiful castles from around the world that are currently used as residential properties or hotels for others to stay in:
Commonly known amongst locals as ‘the King of Czech castles’, the Zinkovy castle has over 129,000 square feet of interior space, and over its 800-year history has been owned by a number of Czech nobles and dynasties, including the famous Skoda family.
The round dining room features a frescoed ceiling and chandelier, with grand décor throughout the rest of the house. As well as the main building, the castle grounds also include an office building with a restaurant and fully equipped kitchen, a conference room and 4 additional apartments. There is also a renovated farm building, 12 two-bedroom bungalows and even a church.
Currently on the market for property hunters with at least £8 million burning a hole in their pocket is Seton Castle in Scotland.
Featuring a total of 13 bedrooms, gym, billiard room, private tavern, stables, cinema and a handy helipad; the castle was built with the remnants of a palace originally inhabited by Mary Queen of Scots.
Renowned architect Robert Adam built the vast mansion in 1789 using the original stones of Seton Palace, a 13th century medieval castle favoured by Queen Elizabeth’s rival. Sitting on a 13-acre park with beautiful gardens, the four-storey property is located near Longniddry, East Lothian - a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh and home to the world's oldest golf club.
An exceptionally beautiful seven-bedroom 17th Century stone-built castle with a total spacious living area of 567m2, set in the heart of a 70 hectare park and located just 30 minutes away from the Nice airport.
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Le Broc has been beautifully restored by world renowned architect André Svetchine and is set out across two floors. It boasts 15 rooms; including seven en-suite bedrooms, a spacious entrance hall with high ceilings and double French doors leading firstly to the library with wood-panelled walls and secondly to the main living room. A luminous dining room opens up to a garden. An open-plan and professionally equipped modern kitchen with a large central island and a TV living room also feature downstairs. The castle grounds include stunningly maintained lawns and a heated swimming pool surrounded by sunny terraces. There is also an independent studio, a guest house to fit four, an annexe and even a chapel.
This 18th-century Gothic Revival castle in the town of Mullingar, Ireland, sits within a 500-acre parkland estate. On par with some of the world's grandest stately homes, the ground floor includes a reception hall, a drawing room, dining room, ballroom and library.
With over 19,000 square feet of interior space, the home has a total of 12 bedrooms and is thought to be the first house in Ireland to have had both central heating and electricity installed.
A masterpiece of military architecture from the 1500s, the Castle of Caprarica, in the historic Salentine town of Tricase, is fascinating for several reasons. A classic rectangular layout, featuring four cylindrical towers in each corner, plus some harmonic and imposing proportions give it an utterly unique aesthetic.
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Perfectly restored and preserved, the castle is protected by six-metre-high walls. Inside, the ground hides a private garden, a one hectare park, beautiful infinity pool, two large outbuildings and a beautiful dovecote.
The original Devizes Castle was in the ownership of the Royal family for 500 years before being destroyed during the English Civil War in 1648. It has been re-built throughout the years and is still much admired and studied by historians.
The property has 10 bedrooms, four bathrooms, a study, a drawing room and a library, among other rooms, and is set among beautifully landscaped gardens. The listing for the property states: "Devizes Castle is an exceptional example of a Grade I listed property, predominantly built of attractive stone with alluring castellations and turrets.”
Designed in 1894 by renowned Beaux Arts architect Richard Morris Hunt, this home was inspired by Louis XIII’s hunting lodge at Versailles and built at a cost of $3.2 million (about $87 million today!) for banking heir Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont. Founder of Alex and Ani, Carolyn Rafaelian, purchased the castle in 2012 for $3 million.
With 60 rooms, the estate was intended to be Belmont’s summer bachelor pad, complete with stables on the first floor for its horse-loving owner. It’s also well known to be haunted - if you believe that kind of thing.
This 28-room castle - built on a hill in the middle of 395 acres of forest - was purchased by Hollywood actor Nicholas Cage in 2006, before reportedly being sold to a German advisor in 2009.
The 9,688-square-foot residence boasts 28 rooms, including 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms. After a massive renovation project, Cage intended to use the estate, which comes with nearly 400 acres of forests and grassland, as a relaxing family retreat.
Built in 1902, this romantic castle is an architectural masterpiece inside and out, boasting turrets, a steel spiral staircase and stained glass windows.
The 1,735-square-foot home includes a sunken living room, formal dining room and cosy library with period features. The original arched wooden doors, fireplace and stone fountains gracing the fairytale exterior all remain. Although the castle’s bold look has been kept firmly intact, the previous owners added 2 walk-out decks and rooftop access to the turrets to create the ultimate sanctuary.
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