25 of the Most Insane Mansions in the World

Posted by on March 8, 2012

As you will see in a moment, the billionaires on our list of the richest people in the world have more money to spend than they know what to do with, and as a result these extravagant homes are equipped with heated driveways, helipads, and $150,000 bath tubs. Not all of the mansions on our list, however, are there because of the price tag. In some cases it’s their sheer size, while in others it’s their quirkiness. Whatever it may be though, from Beverly Hills to the French Riviera, these are 25 of the most insane mansions in the world.


25

Hearst Mansion

Former home of William Hearst, the famous newspaper tycoon, this extravagant Beverly Hills property was sold in 1947 for $120,000. Today it goes for over 1300 times that much, it has its own nightclub, and the neighbors include Tom Cruise and David Beckham.

Pricetag: $165 million

24

The Manor

With 123 rooms, an indoor skating rink, and a room dedicated just to wrapping presents, the opulence on display in this Los Angeles mansion is borderline obscene.

Pricetag: $150 million

23

Dar al-Hajar

Nicknamed the “Rock Palace” due the fact that it seems to grow out of the rock on which it was constructed, this mansion was built to be the summer house of Imam Yahya, the Islamic leader of Yemen and is famous for its numerous secret passageways.

Pricetag: N/A

22

Hala Ranch

Owned by Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, he purchased the property when he was ambassador to the United States and as one of the largest in the country, it comes with its own waste water treatment facility, gasoline pumps, and ski resort.

Pricetag: $135 million

21

Alan Jackson Estate

Singer Alan Jackson’s house can be found in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. Sprawling over 135 acres it comes with the good old 20 car garage that seems to be so popular on this list.

Pricetag: $35 million

20

Acqua Liana

Florida is famous for its luxury abodes but this one takes it a step further. Frank McKinney, the famous real estate artist, built this 15,000 sq ft eco mansion after being inspired by trips to Fiji and Tahiti. Its features include an army of solar panels, a water system that fills the pool with runoff rain water, and enough reclaimed wood to save roughly 10 acres of rainforest.

Pricetag: $23 million

19

Balmoral Castle

As the home of the Royal Family in Scotland, Balmoral Castle is just a small part of the Queen’s extensive portfolio of properties. It is probably one of the larger properties on the list, however, at 50,000 acres. It’s so big in fact that it comes with managed herds of deer, cattle, and ponies.

Pricetag: N/A

18

Fairfield Pond

At $198 million this is one of the most expensive properties in the United States. Built by Ira Rennert in Sagaponack, New York to the dismay of his neighbors, it faces the Atlantic and is packed with numerous “toys” including a $150,000 hot tub.

Pricetag: $198 million



17

Elena Franchuck Villa

Atlhough no one is completely sure, it has been rumored that Elena Franchuck, a Ukrainian businesswoman, is the undisclosed buyer who purchased this absurdly expensive villa in southwest London.

Pricetag: $161 million

16

Poronui Station

At $25 million dollars this New Zealand piece of real estate is a steal compared to every other mansion on this list. It comes with over 16,000 acres of land and the main house is constructed on a plateau over the Taharua River.

Pricetag: $25 million

15

Toprak Mansion

If this list tells us anything, it would surely include the fact that London is not a cheap place to live. Built by Turkish businessman Halis Toprak, this massive mansion in the north of the city comes with its very own Turkish bath.

Pricetag: N/A

14

Barbie Mansion

Located in Malibu, California, this life size replica of Barbie’s house features a very prominent motif of the color pink, numerous dolls scattered throughout the premises, and a $200,000 chandelier made of blonde wigs.

Pricetag: N/A

13

Mount Lavinia

Although today it serves as a hotel, this 275 room Sri Lankan mansion has an extensive past and at one point even served as a military hospital in World War II.

Pricetag: N/A

12

Bran Castle

There are several locations in Romannia claiming to be the home of the infamous Dracula and you can find a few others on our list of 25 awesome castles you should see. This one has had its fair share of ownership disputes, however, and eventually found its way back into the hands of the Hapsburgs after being seized by the communists earlier in the century.

Pricetag: $91 million

11

The 6 foot Wide House

Okay, so its not really a mansion, but come on, here we have a house that is barely 6 ft wide selling for almost $1 million dollars. That’s a lot of value for barely being able to fit a toilet in there.

Pricetag: $1 million