Top 10 Largest Houses in the World
A house is a building or structure that has the ability to be occupied for dwelling by human beings. The term house includes many kinds of dwellings ranging from rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes to free standing individual structures. In some contexts, “house” may mean the same as dwelling, residence, home, abode, lodging, accommodation, or housing, among other meanings. These are the ten largest house in the world.
10. Updown Court
Updown Court (grid reference SU944641) is a neo-classical Californian style residence situated in the village of Windlesham in Surrey, England and was, in 2006, the most expensive private home on the market anywhere in the world. It is currently the largest private residence to be built in the United Kingdom since the 19th century and was listed with Savills and Hamptons International (estate agencies), in 2005 for £70 million (138 million USD). This 103-room mansion has 58 acres (230,000 m2) of landscaped gardens and private woodland. The property has been constructed using some of the rarest materials on Earth, notably marble from Italy.
9. Maison de l’Amitie
The 80,000 square feet (7,432 square meters) of Maison de l’Amitie feature a ballroom and a conservatory, 15 full bathrooms and eight half-baths. Not to mention the 15 bedrooms spread throughout the main house, guest cottage and tennis house. If the ocean is too salty for your taste, you can even take a dip in the 100-foot-long (30.4-meter) swimming pool.
8. Fleur de Lys
Size 35,046 square feet, 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms. Fleur De Lys – The Finest Estate in America. Available by appointment to pre-qualified clients only. The property has 12 bedrooms, 15 baths, guest house on a 5.01 acres.
7. Dracula’s Castle
The building of Bran Castle started somewhere around the year 1378. The constructors somehow succeeded in combining wood with the rock brought from Magura Branului. The castle had a protective and commercial purpose. It had two rows of walls closing the passing towards South. They were made in stone and brick. Only few traces of the initial defense position still exist. The undersized building of the ancient Post Office had a pit with 6-8 rooms and a cellar also used as prison. It hasn’t been preserved.
6. Hala Ranch
The Hala Ranch is a 95-acre (380,000 m2) estate located just north of Aspen, Colorado, originally purchased and given its name by Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The main house on the property was designed by the architectural firm of Hagman Yaw and built by Hansen Construction of Aspen, Colorado, in 1991. The estate has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the most expensive home in the United States, listed at $135 million. The home is 56,000 square feet (5,200 m2) and is currently the third most expensive home on the market in the United States.
5. Aaron Spelling’s Manor
The home was built for Spelling in 1991, with all the bells and whistles the family demanded. The 123-room home, which covers 56,500 square feet (5,249 square meters) of living space, spans 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of prime Los Angeles real estate. In addition to the home’s 123 rooms, you’ll find an indoor skating rink, swimming pools, tennis court and bowling alley on the grounds. It also has some more unusual features, like a doll museum, a room used exclusively for wrapping presents and an entire floor dedicated to closet space. The grounds even include a private orchard, which might just keep the home’s three kitchens fully stocked.
4. The Penthouses at One Hyde Park
Existing facilities in this house is fairly plush, arguably even more like a hotel. There is news saying that if the building is finished completely, it will be able to beat the price of William Randolph Hearst’s Mansion. The house is still under construction. When finished, it will be the second most expensive house in the world with a net worth of 160 million dollars. It will be located in a skyscraper in London called One Hyde Park.
3. Elena Franchuk’s Victorian Villa
It is a five-storey detached house with 10 bedrooms, a swimming pool, a panic room, theatre and a sauna plus gym and is the home of Ukrainian businesswoman and philanthropist Elena Franchuk.
2. William Randolph Hearst’s Mansion
Hearst Castle was built on Rancho Piedra Blanca that William Randolph Hearst’s father, George Hearst, originally purchased in 1865. The younger Hearst grew fond of this site over many childhood family camping trips. He inherited the ranch, which had grown to 250,000 acres (1,012 km2) and fourteen miles (21 km) of coastline, from his mother Phoebe Hearst in 1919. Although the large ranch already had a Victorian mansion, the location selected for Hearst Castle was undeveloped, atop a steep hill whose ascent was a dirt path accessible only by foot or on horseback over five miles (8 km) of cutbacks.
Like many families with the means to do so, the Ambanis wanted to build a custom home. They consulted with architecture firms Perkins + Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the designers behind the Mandarin Oriental, based in Dallas and Los Angeles, respectively. Plans were then drawn up for what will be the world’s largest and most expensive home: a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Mumbai with a cost nearing $2 billion, says Thomas Johnson, director of marketing at Hirsch Bedner Associates. The architects and designers are creating as they go, altering floor plans, design elements and concepts as the building is constructed.