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2012

10 of he Most Expensive Houses In The World


Beverly House
10. Beverly Hills Mansion - $135 million

An 18,000-square-foot Beverly Hills home once owned by comedian Danny Thomas has hit the market with a quiet ask price of $135 million, making it the second-most expensive home for sale in Los Angeles. The seven-bedroom, 10-bath Trousdale Estates mansion boasts 360° views of L.A., from downtown to the canyons. Set on 2.5 acres at 1187 N. Hillcrest Road in Beverly Hills, the home is influenced by Moorish architecture and features many archways, hand-made. There are $2.5 million worth of Baccarat chandeliers, gold leaf ceilings and crown moulding. There is an indoor ballroom, a media room, and a motor court that can accommodate 20 cars.

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Shepard Krech House - 140 million dollar
9. Shepard Krech House - $140 million

East Hampton is one of most coveted zip codes in the world thanks to residents like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, and Katie Holmes. So you can expect impressive properties, each with their own special something: breathtaking views of the coastal lagoon, acres of farm land, or notable renovations. This one has all three. Introducing the most expensive estate in East Hampton. Ever been inside a $140 million house? Here's your chance. The 11.2-acre spread on Georgica Pond known as Briar Patch boasts four bedrooms, the usual living room and kitchen and that's just the guest house. You'll find six bedrooms, a three-story living room and gym (architect Peter Marino's stunning work), as well as a sunken library in the main residence, built in 1931, which has its own name: "Shepard Krech House." And then of course there's the rest of the land (remember, there's a total of 11-plus acres). We're talking sprawling gardens, a tennis court, and a 60' lap pool. Don't worry, there's a cabana too.

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Spelling Manor - 150 million dollar
8. Spelling Manor - $150 million

Everyone remembers Aaron Spelling, arguably one of the most successful TV magnates of all time. He was the executive producer of Beverly Hills, 90210, Summerland, Wanted, 7th Heaven, and Charmed, among others. With a televised reputation like that, it's no wonder that Spelling could afford one of the most expensive pieces of property in the world. The 57,000 square foot home sold for an undisclosed price in 2012, but it was listed at $150 million. Specs on the home show that it has fourteen bedrooms and twenty-seven bathrooms, along with certain highly specialized activity rooms, such as a wrapping room and a silverware-storage room.

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Hearst Mansion - $165 million dollar
7. Hearst Mansion - $165 million

This mansion lies on the former property: Tycoon Hearst-the place where the movie "CitizenKane" was ispired. The property has 29 bedrooms, three pools as well as a nightclub and a theater. This is the mansion where the shooting of some scenes from classics like 'The Godfather' and 'The Bodyguard' took place.

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Palazzo di Amore - $195 million dollar
6. Palazzo di Amore - $195 million

Palazzo di Amore (or 'Palace of Love') boasts 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, 128ft reflecting pool and a 27-car garage. It was built over 25 acres, including 35,000 square feet of living space, a private vineyard and a detached guesthouse. Features a 15,000-square-foot entertainment complex with ballroom, 50-seat theater, bowling alley and a game room. Mansion is being sold by real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene, 59, who spent eight years and $25million expanding it. Mr Greene married his wife, Mei Sze Greene, at the California property in 2007 with Mike Tyson acting as his best man. Villa was created by developer Mohamed Hadid with aid of architect Bob Ray Offenhauser and designer Alberto Pint. At $195million, it is the most expensive property for sale in U.S.

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The Penthouse, London, UK - $200 million dollar
5. The Penthouse, London, UK - $200 million

When you say the word London, you expect the word high prices to follow. However, £6,000 per sq/ft apartment will shock even the most experienced real estate agents. Located in Hyde Park, this is the most expensive flat in the world. Not only does it offer magnificent views of Central London, it has its own car park and access to a number of spas and squash courts. It even has its own wine tasting rooms! As is expected, the apartment is protected by a number of security features such as bulletproof windows, iris scanner and a panic room. You will find round-the-clock help here on hand.

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Fair Field, Hamptons, New York - $250 million dollar
4. Fair Field, Hamptons, New York - $250 million

Fair Field is a 63-acre oceanfront property in the Hamptons, in New York. The house has 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a power plant, three swimming pools, a synagogue, two courtyards, an orangery, a 164-seat home theater, a basketball court, and a bowling alley. In short, it's an agriculture, entertainment, religious worship, workout, bowel movement (39 bathrooms?!) and sleep complex all in one. The house is so gigantic that the nearby residents in the Hamptons filed a lawsuit against the owner. They lost, but local legislators ratified a law after the house went up saying that from then on, Southampton homes couldn't exceed 20,000 feet (Fair Field is 110,000.)

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Penthouse at Tour de Odeon, Monaco - $400 million dollar
3. Penthouse at Tour de Odeon, Monaco - $400 million

With an estimated price tag that surely only a billionaire would entertain purchasing, the uber exclusive Tour Odeon Tower Sky Penthouse in Monaco is set to potentially become one of the most expensive luxury homes in the world. Sitting atop the second tallest building on Europe's Mediterranean coastline, the 35,500 sq. ft. five-storey penthouse could become one of the world's most expensive properties per square meter when it comes onto the market in 2014. Taking luxury living to dazzling new heights, the Tour Odeon "Sky Penthouse" is a grand vision of extravagant opulence built to dominate the top-tier of exclusive luxury residences around the world. Rising majestically above the azure waters of the Mediterranean, the resplendent Penthouse embraces unprecedented 360-degree views over the sea with a stunning outdoor rooftop circular infinity pool linked to a balcony by a water-slide, making it the epitome of a luxury lifestyle beyond imagination. Located within the Golden Citadel of Monte Carlo, the Tour Odeon Tower is the latest addition to the elite status of the city-state of Monaco, setting a new standard for luxury living on an international scale. Overlooking the stunning coast of the Principality of Monaco, with Larvotto Beach and the Ligharian Sea below, Tour Odeon is an unprecedented statement of extreme luxury in the veritable playground of millionaires and billionaires amid the glitz and glamour, wealth and oligarchical excess, that is at the heart of Monaco.

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Villa Leopolda, Villefrance-Sur-Mer, France - $750 million dollar
2. Villa Leopolda, Villefrance-Sur-Mer, France - $750 million

Named after Belgian King Leopold II, the expansive Villa Leopolda is both the largest and the most expensive French villa in the world. Overlooking the Mediterranean, it was both a military hospital during WWI and a set for Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film, To Catch a Thief. In 2011, it was purchased by an anonymous Russian oligarch, sparking intrigue.

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Antilia, Mumbai, India - $1 billion dollar
1. Antilia, Mumbai, India - $1 billion

The world's only billion dollar home is a 27-floor, 600 foot "modern Taj Mahal" built in South Mumbai for the family of businessman Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries.

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