The extravagance and variety of the most expensive homes in the world are testaments to the unique wants and whims of the planet’s wealthiest homebuyers. Here are a few of the most exclusive listings making headlines this year.
Historic Tuscan Estate With the Best in Italian Design
Renovated in 2003 and large enough to serve as a five-star hotel, this Italian villa was once home to Leopold II, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. For a cool $70 million, it’s ready for private ownership again. Featuring a private golf course and vineyard, the estate has the potential to revert into a self-sustaining homestead if the lucky buyer replaces guest accommodations in the farmhouse and barn.
Traditional Chinese Aesthetics Fit for an Emperor
China continues to feature some of the most opulent homes, including “Unique Taohuayuan,” which boasts a design fit for royalty — and a sale price to match. Named “Peach Blossom Land” or “Utopia,” this 32-bedroom estate is the most expensive home ever sold in China, commanding an impressive $154 million. Focusing on culturally authentic designs crafted by the country’s best architects and artisans is increasingly becoming one way China’s elite set themselves apart.
Contemporary Living in Southern California
This year, the most expensive property in the U.S. is an ultramodern estate in Bel Air listed at $250 million. The home includes upscale trimmings such as a private helicopter pad, an underground bowling alley and a champagne cellar, and the price covers two years’ salary for essential staff, including a personal chef and a masseuse.