10 Ridiculous Properties Owned By the Uber Rich
From a skyscraper in India to private islands, these properties will blow your mind.
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest home in the U.S. and comes in at a staggering 135,280 square feet. That’s 35,000 square feet more than the next biggest home in the U.S. The estate was built for the Vanderbilt family, which built its fortune through railroads. The home has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces and was officially opened in 1895, six years after construction started. In 1930 the estate became open to the public. Imagine living in one of these 50 incredible, remote castles.
Prince’s Caribbean Island Estate
Prince was known for being a bit of a recluse so it’s not a surprise that he had a private island estate called Turtle Tail in the West Indies. The Purple One left his mark on the 5-acre estate with a purple driveway that winds through the middle of the compound.
The 10,000-square-foot estate features two beaches and rises 40 feet above sea level. There are six bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath. There is also a tennis court and a guard home. The Great Pacific Garbage Island is anything but luxurious. Here’s what you need to know.
The Palace of Versailles in Florida
The rich duo of David and Jackie Siegel modeled this Florida complex after the Palace of Versailles in Paris. The outrageous home has been under construction for a whopping 17 years. It is reported that the home will be finished in 2020. It has a full-size roller rink and discotheque, nine kitchens, 30 bathrooms and 14 bedrooms! If you’re remodeling your home, see what you need to do to protect it during construction.
Located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the Spelling Manor is a 56,000-square-foot estate that was built in 1988 by late TV show producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy. The home sold to Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, for $85 million in an all-cash deal. It’s a 14-bedroom, 27-bathroom home and it is said to have an additional 17,000 square feet of attic space. Among the home’s most over-the-top features is the double staircase inspired by the one in the film Gone with the Wind. Increasing your square footage can increase your home’s value. Find out one easy way to add square footage.
Chateau Montagel was a dream home for Larry House, the former CEO of a medical supplier, MedPartners, in Alabama. The 54,400-square foot home on 27 acres was built with historic French and Italian castles in mind. It took four years to build and includes some quirks. The driveway is shaped like a guitar, there’s a commercial elevator and a theater with a 170-inch screen. The home recently sold for $4.8 million, well below a listing price of $17.9 million set in 2011. Make your home as safe as a fortress by understanding what burglars look for before breaking into homes.
Located in Woodside, California, Oracle founder Larry Ellison built this 23-acre Japanese-style estate in 2004. Featuring 10 buildings, a man-made lake, a tea house, a bath house and a koi pond, only the rich could create an outrageous home like this! Check out these 52 things that can make your home look more expensive.
This 74-acre private property, located in the British Virgin Islands, is owned by the chairman of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson. He bought this paradise for $180,000 in 1978, having agreed to build a luxury resort as a condition of the sale. Today, the resort can host 28 people in 10 rooms, and rents for $62,000 a day.
This 27-story skyscraper is one of the most expensive homes in the world! Located on the luxe Altamount Road in Mumbai, India, the home is valued at $2 billion, and belongs to Indian business tycoon and multibillionaire Mukesh Ambani. It features a multistory garage with space for 168 cars, a ballroom, three helipads, gardens, a temple, guest suites, a health level and a home theater that seats 50. Take a look at the most expensive neighborhoods in every state.
Located 25 miles outside of London, Updown Court features 103 rooms, five swimming pools, a squash court, bowling alley, tennis court, 50-seat screening room, heated marble driveway, helipad and 24-carat-gold leafing on the study’s mosaic floor. The home is owned by Leslie Allen-Vercoe, a businessman who made his fortune in the oil and gas industries. It can be fun to find little things left behind by previous homeowners when you move into a new house, but these things are definitely out of the ordinary.
Hala Ranch, Colorado
The 95-acre Hala Ranch in Aspen, Colorado boasts 56,000 square feet and 15 bedrooms in the main house, overlooking the Rocky Mountains. It once held the distinction of being the most expensive property in the U.S., when it had a price tag of $135 million in 2006. John Paulson, a hedge fund billionaire, purchased the ranch in 2012 for $49 million from Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former ambassador to the U.S. Bin Sultan bought the land for the house in 1989 and completed the house two years later. The Hala Ranch has its own wastewater treatment plant and we’re not talking a septic tank, though you might be surprised to know how a septic tank works.