The Top 10 most offensively decadent homes in the world (Serious Home Improvement)
For some an extension to the rear of the house or some decking will suffice. For others a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are the stuff dreams are made of. Then there are those select, wealthy few, who have insatiable desires for glamour and decadence. We’re talking gold gilded toilet seats, marble floors throughout, elevators and live-in staff. Here are the top 10 most offensively decadent homes in the world. Now this is some serious home improvement.
1- Antilia, Mumbai
Business man Mukesk Ambani owns and lives in this 27 storey ‘home’ in Mumbai. It boasts six underground levels of car parking and three helicopter pads. Well how else will his 600 staff get to work?
2 -Villa Leopolda, French Riviera
This massive French Villa was built by a king in 1901 and remains one of the most expensive houses in the country. It contains up to 20 bedrooms, a bowling alley, a cinema and olive groves on its 20 acres of land. It was once used as the set to Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief.
3 – Versailles, Orange County
So ambitious, or greedy, were the Siegel family with their plans for their mansion in Orange County that they ran out of funding before they could complete the project. When finished it’s expected to be worth over $100million and set over 90,000 square feet. They need not worry about being far from a bathroom however as there will be 25 of them. Even though the owner David doesn’t like wine, his cellar will house 20,000 bottles. Just ’cause.
4 – The Manor, LA.
Television tycoon Aaron Spelling built ‘The Manor’ in 1988 at a cost of $12million but it recently sold for $85million. This opulent resident boasts the usual bowling alleys, cinemas and gold plated lifts. You get the picture. What sets this one apart, however, is the three entire rooms dedicated solely to wrapping presents. Really?
5- Fair Field, The Hamptons.
Billionaire Ira Rennert Hampton getaway costs a cool $200million and covers 100,000 square feet of prime property in the Hamptons. They have at least two of everything. Two tennis courts, two bowling alleys and three swimming pools because you never know when you may need an extra one. The property even has its own power station to support the estate. This way they never ever have to leave and risk bumping into the riff raff.
6 – Ellison Estate, California.
One of the classier designs on this list, Larry Ellison’s Japanese-style home is worth an estimated $43 Billion and set over 23 acres. While the buildings may look modest, there are 10 of them spread over the estate and he can float between them on his man-made lake and ponder life in the customised tea house.
7- Kensington Palace Gardens, London.
Known as Billionaire’s Row, this tree-lined street houses some of the richest houses in the world and Lakshmi Mittal’s home is no exception. It’s playfully called the ‘Taj Mittal’ as Lakshmi imported marble from the same quarry as the Taj Mahal. He can relax in his private Turkish baths or bejewelled swimming pool.
8- Mar-A-Lago mansion, Florida.
Donald Trump bought this Florida mansion in 1987 for $10 million. Though used to living in luxury he may have found the 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms and the ballroom too much to handle, not to mention 3 bomb shelters. It’s now better suited as private members club.
9- Fleur De Lys Mansion, Beverly Hills.
Yet another home based on the Palace of Versailles this palace sits on only 5 acres but packs a lot into that space. The manager of the property gets their very own house as do the staff. Marble and gold line the walls and floors and a 50 seater cinema. We bet they get free popcorn too.
10 – Neverland Ranch
The former home of the most famous man in the world, the Neverland Ranch is the stuff of legend. If a child could design an estate this might come close to what you’d get. Complete with a carnival, zoo and man-made lake, it was a paradise for children and for adults to get in touch with their inner child. While it’s no longer a functioning estate, it is being restored and will be put up for sale.