Castles, manors, and mansions are not reserved for the royal families anymore. There are billionaires and millionaires out there whose homes may seem to put many previously thought luxury homes seem like hovels and shacks. Some European Homes are the most expensive and opulent in the world, take a look at 10 of the most luxury houses in Europe and their lucky owners.
HANLEY MANSION, Thames River
The Henley Mansion is owned by a Russian billionaire and is estimated to be worth nearly two hundred and twenty million dollars. The mansion is located on the Thames River with an amazing view, and also includes some gorgeous swimming pools and golf courses. But what really sets this mansion apart from the others is the numerous ghost stories it holds, so beware.
MOSCOW MANOR, Moscow
The Moscow Manor in Russia is located just a few miles outside of Moscow, the capital of Russia. Even if you had previously not wanted to live in Russia, you may change your mind after taking a look at this mansion with an incredible pool, recreational center, and separate homes for guests
KENSINGTON PALACE GARDENS, London
This beautiful estate is worth over two hundred and thirty million. The Kensington Palace Gardens in Britain was bought by Lakshmi Mittal, a steel magnate and one of the wealthiest men ever to have lived. The home has recently gone back on the market, however, so it’s up for grabs!
UPDOWN COURT, Surrey
The Updown Court is located in Surrey, England and has some of the best amenities of any home in the United Kingdom. There are numerous private theater and movie rooms, tennis courts, bedrooms and swimming pools, as well as a barn and a garage to keep dozens of horses, cars, and limousines. The home was originally built in the 20’s, but has since undergone many renovations to look modern.
ELENA FRANCHUK’S VICTORIAN VILLA, South West London
Elena Franchuk, a very wealthy philanthropist from the Ukraine, recently purchased this home in South West London, for over eighty million pounds. However, beyond the price, the home itself is absolutely stunning. The house consists of five stories, ten bedrooms, an indoor, underground swimming pool, movie theater, sauna and a personal study and gym. The house has also undergone numerous upgrades over the years. The Victorian Villa originally served as a prep school for girls until 1997, when it began to go through upgrades to be transformed into the truly gorgeous mansion it is today.
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ONE HYDE PARK PENTHOUSES, One Hyde Park
The One Hyde Park Penthouses are among the most expensive penthouses in the entire world, worth over two hundred million dollars each. Not only is that some of the highest prices of any penthouse in the world, it’s also the most expensive home in the United Kingdom. At seventeen thousand square feet, the One Hyde Park Penthouses overlook the largest park in London and contain everything a dream home would need: private gyms and studies, entertainment centers, swimming pools, etc. Of course, these penthouses are nowhere close to being as impressive as the two hundred million dollar ones, but they are certainly still very valuable in their own right.
HARIRI’S LONDON MANSION, London
The Hariri London Mansion is not only seven stories; it has forty-five bedrooms. Not only that, but you’ll also be impressed by the bullet proof windows that keep the home safe and secure, as well as the kitchen made out of golden material and appliances. Originally, this mansion was built as four different homes but eventually was sold as just one large home. All in all, the Hariri London Mansion is one of the largest and most expensive homes in the United Kingdom, with an asking price of over three hundred million pounds.
BRAN CASTLE, Romania
Bran Castle was built in 1300 and on over twenty acres in Romania and is famous for being the home of the infamous character, Count Dracula. Bran Castle became a museum in the 80’s, before the owner offered to sell the castle for an unknown figure, although it is estimated to be’ in the hundreds of millions. This bold castle still stands magnificently, with seventeen bedrooms and forty other rooms, hundreds of pieces of old furniture and various antique items.
VILLA LEOPOLDA, French Riviera
Worth half a billion dollars, Villa Leopolda is undoubtedly one of the most expensive homes in the world and is also considered to be the most expensive home on the mainland of Europe. Nestled nicely in the French Riviera, the Villa Leopolda was built all the way back in 1902, by King Leopold of Belgium. The Villa stands at twenty-seven stories, with nineteen bedrooms and a massive garden and swimming pool. The property alone requires hundreds of workers, just to keep everything well maintained.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE, London
You may not have been surprised to see this one, but Buckingham Palace is officially the most expensive home in Europe, worth a staggering $1.5 billion. The Palace has served as the home of Queen Elizabeth II, ever since she ascended the throne decades ago in 1953, but it has also served as the home for many British monarchs, ever since Queen Victoria.
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