*Unless otherwise noted, all prices in US dollars.
Former home of William Hearst, and location of the famous horse head scene from Godfather, this mansion is on five acres and has sick structures, with the main mansion being a 50,000 sq ft masterpiece built in 1927 with 28 bedrooms and 38 bathrooms.
Pricetag: $195 million
Waterfall Bay Villa
The perfect mansion for a Thailand retreat, this 6 bedroom home has a theater, spa, and the typical swimming pool. The key that this home has to offer is the amazing views of Waterfall bay from the terrace.
Pricetag: $20 million
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 in the 1930’s to be the summer house of Imam Yahya, the Islamic leader of Yemen. It’s famous for its numerous secret passageways.
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41 Popcorn Lane
This Aspen mansion has all the staples of a luxury mansion with a 13,000 sq ft main house and a 4,000 sq ft caretaker’s house. The true luxury of this home is the location – the amazing Roaring Fork River runs right through the property – and the fact that you are in the heart of ski country.
Price tag: $39.5 million
Alan Jackson Estate
Singer Alan Jackson’s former house can be found in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. Sprawling over 135 acres it comes with a 20 car garage, a custom pub and game room, three ponds, a boat house, a barn with attached apartment, and of course a tennis and basketball court.
Price tag: $28 million
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. Not to mention the 2,000 gallon aquarium wet bar and glass wine room.
Price tag: $26.5 million
As the home of the Royal Family in Scotland, Balmoral Castle is just a small part of the Queen’s extensive portfolio of properties. With the foundation of the existing castle being built in 1853 under the order of Queen Victoria, the current castle was completed in 1856. It’s so big that it comes with managed herds of deer, cattle, and ponies, and in the Spring guests, can register for a guided safari through the grounds.
Price tag: $140 million
Fair Field Mansion
Built by Ira Rennert in Sagaponack, this massive mansion is 62,000 sq ft on 63 acres of Hamptons beachfront property. Like any true mansion, the splendor doesn’t stop in the main house, instead extending to a play house (with a bowling alley and basketball court) and two pool houses along with a 164-seat theater. This house is so big the garage can hold 100 cars!
Price tag: $248 million
Elena Franchuck Villa
This Victorian villa is a five story, 10 bedroom house in London that blends British class with Old World styling. The former prep-school has an underground swimming pool, sauna, gym, panic room, and millions of dollars in upgrades.
Price tag: $127 million
This New Zealand retreat overlooking a river is more of a compound then a single mansion but is just as great. The compound has a gym, pool room, 10,000 bottle wine cellar, Olympic-standard clay target shooting range, fly fishing, and a private airstrip. This home away from home has everything you need to enjoy New Zealand.
Price tag: $23.5 million
Toprak Mansion a.k.a. Royal 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, Copper roof, grand double staircase, glass elevator, and so much more. Rumor has it that the most recent owner (who purchased it in 2008) is in the process of a $38 million renovation.
Price tag: $65 million
Shaq’s amazing Windermere, Florida, house is a testament to everything Shaq. From the life-sized front of a truck with an embedded fish tank, an ancient Egypt themed room, a indoor basketball court, a 900 sq ft master retreat, and a 17 car garage, this mansion is pretty impressive to say the least.
Price tag: $28 million
Mount Lavinia Hotel
Although today it serves as a hotel, this 275 room Sri Lankan mansion was originally built as the Governor’s home in 1806. Located right on the water, the Mount Lavinia is a testament to colonial luxury.
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There are several locations in Romannia claiming to be the home of the infamous Dracula. (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.
Price tag: $80 million
Likely South Africa’s most amazing vacation house, the Enigma House is located on the Cape Town shore and is dripping in extravagance from the gold tabletop fixtures to the poolside retreat. At 17,000 sq ft, the truly amazing part of this mansion is the ocean views in a one-of-a-kind surrounding.
Price tag: $7.3 million
The 66,000 sq ft home of Bill and Melinda Gates, the Gates family has been building the Xanadu complex for years. In addition to the cool entertainment features (like an indoor trampoline room and a massive pool and reception hall), the home is loaded with technology that lets you climate control each room and even change the art work with the touch of a button.
Price tag: $125 million
The largest family home (90,000 sq ft!) ever built in the US was started by mogul David Siegel and has been under construction for more than 10 years. Even so, this wannabe has 30 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, and a garage that will fit 20 cars.
Price tag: $100 million
Fleur de Lys
This Beverly Hills estate is yet another expensive mansion modeled after the Palace of Versailles with 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a two story library, a ballroom for 500, a 3,000 sq ft wine cellar, and a ton more crazy indoor and outdoor features.
Price tag: $102 million
If modern design is more your thing, Yakusha Design’s House 2000 is five stories of amazing design in the Ukraine. Designed for a family, the house has a dedicated children’s section with a tree house room, multiple built in loft rooms, and an amazing indoor pool.
Price tag: Undisclosed
Considered by many to be one of the greatest beach homes of all time, this mansion located in Manapalan, Florida, comes with a 6,000 sq ft master bedroom (63,000 sq ft and 33 bedrooms total), a PGA standard golf practice area, a tree house, and a shocking 47 bathrooms.
Price tag: $135 million
Built for King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902, this enormous French estate is 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms on 50 acres. In addition to being stunning, the house has been used in multiple movies.
Price tag: $750 million
Considered by some to be the most luxurious private residence constructed in England since the 19th century, this pricey place has an helipad, heated driveway, and an underground garage that will fit 8 limousines. After sitting on the market for almost six years, the most recent buyers got this massive home (originally listed for $91 million) for a bargain!
Price tag: $45.6 million
A 16,145 square foot penthouse apartment found at Number One Hyde Park overlooks Central London and is rumored to be one of the most expensive in the world. The apartment, which was bought unfurnished, stands to be one of London’s most expensive.
Price tag: $255 million
As the largest privately owned home in the United States, the Biltmore comes in at a mind-blowing 250 rooms and is still owned by one of the descendants of its original builder, George Vanderbilt.
Pricetag: $300 million
If you’ve seen our list of the 25 richest people in the world, then you know that Mukesh Ambani is up there. Not surprisingly, he also owns the most expensive house in the world. Named after the mythical Atlantic island of Antillia, this house has 600 full time staff.
Price tag: $1 billion