Ever wondered what it’s like living in one of the world’s most extravagant homes? Jaw dropping features from the houses of prominent figures might spark some inspiration for a decadent dwelling – indeed, it could also grant some perspective into what you could do with (or without) in your next piece of real estate.
Here’s a look into some of the more outrageous abodes, which have often waited lengthy periods to be claimed by a wealthy enough buyer. Be warned – these properties will make you jealous!
New York’s Woolworth Mansion
The influence of US retail magnate Frank Woolworth during the 1890’s, saw a French Gothic style architect gladly create his beautiful mansion in New York. The interior includes rich bodied fittings like the grand staircase, which is boarded with intricately carved stone.
The name just exudes class and sophistication. The exquisite Miami Beach mansion designed by the late Gianni Versace is no exception to his stunning fashion items, which graced catwalks around the world.
Versace purchased his not so humble abode back in 1992, for just shy of US$10 million, and with some extravagant TLC it was back on the market this year for $125 million. Versace’s former home includes 11 bathrooms, has frescoes adorning multiple walls and ceilings, and of course, includes a 54-foot pool lined with, wait for it – 24 carat gold.
If you think Versace’s home was over the top…welcome to Updown Court, a cream coloured palace sprawled over the gorgeous green landscape of Surrey, England. It literally resembles your child’s favourite Barbie fun house, except it could move 22 life-size Barbie and Ken couples in, as it features 22 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms. But don’t worry, if you get lost you won’t be missing out on too much real world fun – you might casually wander across the interior bowling alley, cinema, or one of five extraordinary swimming pools.
We’ve all read about this tourist paradise, with it’s intelligible city infrastructure and resorts and hotel apartments fit for a king! Luxury villas in Palm Jumeirah will have you out of pocket for up to US$46 million. An artificial archipelago, the island is shaped like a palm tree and is dubbed as the “eighth wonder of the world”.
What about the land down under?
Australia is not exempt from paradise-laden properties. Perth harbours the fantastical former home of coal and power magnate, Ric Stowe. Nearly $70 million can get you a dwelling that includes 5 houses, a private chapel, and two helipads (just in case you need to be airlifted to the shops during the final Christmas rush). How much land could 5 houses take up, do you ask? Just a mere 2471 hectares!
Sarah Paige is a keen researcher of fantastic houses for sale. If you would like to explore some great living options, Paige recommends exploring land and home packages currently on the market in Victoria.