Real estate can be a really lucrative business if you know how to go about it. Some people may have gone completely over the top, however and built some of the most fantastical houses out there.
Looking at them, one does wonder exactly how much money people who own these houses would have.
Here is a list of the top five most expensive homes on 2014.
This extremely expensive home is truly a wonder to behold. Built by the richest man in India, this home is worth a whopping £609m. It features several luxuries like floating gardens and not one, not two but three helipads. Of the twenty seven floors on this building, six entire floors are for parking alone.
One can only imagine the time and effort it took to design and build this masterpiece and on such a grand scale too.
Villa Leopolda, Cote D’Azure
Located in Cote D’Azure in France, this large home is more like a palace. It features 14 bathrooms and 11 bedrooms. The land on which this large mansion is built once belonged to Leopold II of Belgium which is probably how the building got its name. It was gifted to Leopold’s mistress, Caroline Lacroix who was evicted from it after Leopold’s death and the house went to King Albert I, Leopold’s nephew.
With such a rich history, it is no wonder that the house is absolutely amazing.
If you have the cash, it could be yours for £457m.
One Hyde Park Penthouse, Knightsbridge
The most expensive penthouse in Central London is this 2-floor apartment in Knightsbridge. The reasons it is so expensive may have something to do with the fact that is has bullet-proof windows, specially trained bodyguards, a panic room and an air purifier that comes in handy in case of a gas attack. The £137m apartment also features an underground tunnel to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Those who are overly cautious, however, can choose to stay in the safety of the apartment and enjoy the twenty four hour room service.
Four Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons
This house is probably the best definition of what it means to be filthy rich. Located in the Hamptons in New York, this sprawling mansion and its ground belong to the billionaire Ira Rennert.
With 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms, the large mansion is a sight to behold. Also on the grounds is a play house, its own synagogue, basketball court two tennis courts and a bowling alley.
This doesn’t take up all of the land though and there is plenty more left.
The £133m property is still being developed with a museum in the works.
Hearst Castle, Beverly Hills
This home was designed between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hurst. The man himself died in 1951, but he did get to enjoy the luxuries of the older Victorian villa on the grounds. The main building of Hurst Castle is open to the public for tours and the other house is left to the Hearst family to use.
William Hearst is known to have invited several celebrities to his home for grand parties, the invitations to which were much coveted.
The original castle altogether featured 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, an airfield, tennis courts and more so guests were never bored.