The most Top 10 Expensive Houses in the World in 2013 are as under mentioned.
10. Toprak Mansion London, England
Toprak Mansion sold for a record £50m
A palatial home complete with a Turkish bath for 20 people has been sold for £50 million, breaking the record for the most expensive new-build house in Britain, which was recently set by a nearby property.
Toprak Mansion in Bishops Avenue, Hampstead, boasts seven bedrooms, seven kitchens, an 80ft salon, a swimming pool and a two acre garden.
The new owner, who does not want to be identified, is planning to spend £30m “improving” the home, and installing a beauty salon, spa, and 35-seat cinema.The property was originally built by Turkish businessman Halis Toprak.
However, it is thought he only lived in it for two days.
Other features of the mansion include a Turkish bath for 20 people, a glass lift, and a swimming pool with a glass bridge, and following the improvements will also include a squash court.
Trevor Abrahmsohn, of Glentree Estates, which sold the property, said: “It just shows you that the market is as strong as ever at the top end.”The owner, believed to be a woman from Kazakhstan, has changed the property’s name to Royal Mansion.Previously, the highest price for a new-build home was £35m, which was bought in the same area last week by an Israeli billionaire.
It was also sold by Glentree Estates.The most expensive house purchase in London is reported to be a 12-bedroom mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens, bought by Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal in 2004.
The property, bought for a reported £128m, was also said to be the most expensive private residence ever purchased in the world.
09. Waterfront Estate : Bosporus, Istanbul
Waterfront Estate : Bosporus, Istanbulis a house or mansion constructed at immediate waterside (almost exclusively seaside, particularly on the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul) and usually built with an architectural concept that takes into account the characteristics of the coastal location. A family who owned a waterside residence would spend some time in this usually secondary residence located at the sea shore, as opposed to the “konak” (mansion, aside from the term’s use to refer to buildings with administrative functions) or the “köşk” (pavilion, often serving a determined practical purpose, such as hunting, or implying a temporary nature).
Thus, going to the “yalı” acquired the sense of both going to the seaside and to the house situated there. In its contemporary sense, the term “yalı” is used primarily to denote the total amount of 620 waterside residences, mostly dating from the 19th century (some of them date from the 18th century, and some from the early 20th century), sprinkled along the Bosphorus in Istanbul. As such, they constitute one of the city’s landmarks.
Finely worked wood was the predominant construction material chosen for yalıs, as it was for the large majority of traditional Turkish houses. Successive restorations often caused the wooden parts of the overall structure to be gradually reduced, but wood nevertheless remains the prominent and identifying material of historic yalıs. It is not uncommon for the most recently restored mansions to employ wood principally for external decoration purposes.
The oldest surviving yalı is the one built by the grand vizier Amcazade Köprülü Hüseyin Pasha (of the highly influent Köprülü family) in 1699 at the Kanlıca neighbourhood (within Beykoz district), on the Asiatic shores of the Bosphorus. From this yalı, the hall of audience (divanhane) and its immediate annexes have survived. On the opposite European shores, the oldest to remain is the “Şerifler Yalısı” in the Emirgan neighbourhood (within Sarıyer district), which was built in 1780 but bears the name of a later owner. The most expensive yalı is “Erbilgin Yalısı” located in Yeniköy, Istanbul. Forbes magazine listed “Erbilgin Yalısı” as the fifth most expensive house in the world with a price tag of $100 million.
08. Fleur de Lys Beverly Hills, California, USA
Fleur de Lys is a mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Situated on five acres of land in Holmby Hills, the 45,000-square-foot property has twelve bedrooms, fifteen baths, a fifty-seat theater, a ballroom, a gym, a pool house, a 1,200-metre running track, a tennis court and a guest house.There is a 200-yard driveway from the gate to the main house.forbfleurdelys
The house was commissioned in 1996 and completed in 2002.It was modelled after King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles.It was designed by architect Richardson Robertson III of Robertson Partners.
The original owners were David I. Saperstein and his wife Suzanne Saperstein.However, when they divorced in 2004, his wife received the property in the settlement.She put it on the market for £78 million in 2006.
In 2012, Tamara Ecclestone (born 1984), daughter of Bernie Ecclestone (born 1930) and Slavica Ecclestone (born 1958), purchased the property.Her sister, Petra Ecclestone (born 1988) owns The Manor, also located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
07. Starwood Estate : Aspen, California, USA
Another house in Aspen worth $135,000,000. I guess these are alright if you like snow and cold weather but can’t help wondering what the heating bills are like.
With breathtaking mountain views, dramatic vaulted ceilings and fireplaces around every corner this 7-bedroom villa is an ideal choice for an Aspen holiday.
The indoor pool, steam room and Jacuzzi offer an inviting place to relax, before enjoying a cocktail at the mountain-view bar. Cap off dinner with a movie in the private cinema, a glass of wine in the wine room, or curl up in front of one of the Starwood Estate’s many fireplaces.
Starwood Estate’s scenic outdoor entertainment spaces, tennis court, and proximity to a wide range of outdoor activities including horseback riding and mountain biking make this villa an excellent base for discovering Aspen in every season.
06. Hala Ranch : Aspen, Colorado, USA
The Hala Ranch is a 95-acre (380,000 m2) estate located just north of Aspen, Colorado, originally purchased and given its name by Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The main house on the property was designed by the architectural firm of Hagman Yaw and built by Hansen Construction of Aspen, Colorado, in 1991. The estate has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the most expensive home in the United States, listed at $135 million. John Paulson bought the ranch for $49 million according to the Wall Street Journal.
The home is 56,000 square feet (5,200 m2) and is currently the third most expensive home on the market in the United States.
The Saudi Prince purchased the land while he served as ambassador to the United States, and originally visited about three times a year. The Prince’s visits, which were always announced to local officials for security reasons, became less frequent after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which were carried out mostly by Saudi nationals. Prince Bandar bin Sultan is now selling the estate, as he has accepted a position as National Security Councillor in Saudi Arabia.
The estate has its own wastewater treatment plant and a mechanical shop with its own gasoline pumps and car wash. Cross-country ski trails are maintained throughout the property. The centerpiece lodge of the estate is larger than the White House. It is built in a rustic style, with massive timber beams and stone columns, and contains 15 bedrooms, all with patios, and 16 bathrooms. There is also an interior elevator. The decoration of the interior features mahogany wood and bronze hardware, as well as stained glass windows and a wood-burning fireplace. The master wing has a room set aside for grooming, while guest rooms open onto a courtyard with a reflecting pool and waterfall. Other amenities of the estate include a commercial kitchen, a fishing pond, a racquetball court, a sophisticated security system, heated hay barn and stables, steam room, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.
05. The Manor : Los Angeles, California, USA
The Manor, also known as Spelling Manor, is a mansion located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Constructed in 1988 for television producer Aaron Spelling, it is the largest home in Los Angeles County. It is currently owned by heiress Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One racing magnate Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone purchased the home for $85 million after it had been on the market for two years with an asking price of $150 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in the US.
The Manor was listed for sale in 2009 at an asking price of $150 million—making it the most expensive home in America. When the house was listed, Candy Spelling called it the “greatest entertainment house ever” with a “kitchen where you can cook for two or 800.” In her 18 years living at The Manor, Spelling recalled, “All the stars came through, Prince Rainier, Prince Charles, Jackie Kennedy—every star from every one of Aaron’s shows.”In June 2011, the house was sold to 23-year-old socialite Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One racing magnate Bernie Ecclestone for $85 million — one of the largest real estate sales in Los Angeles County. Subsequently the chandeliers, wall lights and fireplace mantels were removed by the new owner and the interior was updated.
04. One Hyde Park : London, England
One Hyde Park is a major residential and retail complex located in London, United Kingdom. The development includes three retail units (Rolex, McLaren Automotive and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank) totalling 385,000 sq ft (35,800 m2) and 86 residential properties marketed with prices starting at around £20 million.
The building is owned by Project Grande (Guernsey) Limited, a joint venture between the Christian Candy-owned CPC Group and Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. It was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, built by Laing O’Rourke and was financed via a £1.15 billion development loan from Eurohypo AG. Candy & Candy were the development managers and interior designers for the scheme.
In November 2011 it was reported that only nine out of the 62 apartments that had been sold sold at One Hyde Park were registered with Westminster City Council for Council Tax. Despite prices ranging from £3.6 million for a one-bedroom flat to £136 million for a penthouse, only four properties were paying the full £755.60 a year Council Tax plus the £619.64 Greater London Authority charge (collectively below the national average), while five were paying the Council Tax at the 50% reduction for a second home. Westminster North MP Karen Buck stated: “When council spending is under unprecedented pressure, it is scandalous that residents in luxury apartments can avoid their share of council tax liability. It sometimes seems as if the more money you have the less you are required to pay.”
03. Victorian Villa:Ukraine
The world’s most expensive home has been bought in London with a record £80million price tag.
The buyer of the large five-storey detached house in Kensington, South-West London, is thought to be Ukrainian businesswoman and philanthropist Elena Franchuk, a friend of Sir Elton John.
The sale smashes the previous high of £67million for steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal’s home in Kensington Palace Gardens.
Contracts for the house in Upper Phillimore Gardens are believed to have been exchanged in recent weeks and suggests that the global credit crunch is yet to hurt the high end of the property market.
However, the record may soon be broken by another London home in a matter of weeks.A six-storey house in Belgrave Square is due to come on the market in the spring for around £90million.
For her money, Ms Franchuk owns a Victorian villa, which has been rebuilt and refurbished at an estimated £10 million, but is not yet ready for occupation.Builders have for the past 18 months been installing an underground swimming pool, gym, sauna and cinem.Due to be completed in April, the house has at least ten bedrooms and a secure “panic room”.
02. Hearst Mansion:San Simeon, California, USA
Hearst Mansion is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.
Hearst formally named the estate “La Cuesta Encantada” (“The Enchanted Hill”), but usually called it “the ranch”. Hearst Castle and grounds are also sometimes referred to as “San Simeon” without distinguishing between the Hearst property and the adjacent unincorporated area of the same name.
01. Antilla: Mumbai, India
Antilia is a 27-floor personal home in South Mumbai belonging to businessman Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries. A full-time staff of 600 maintains the residence, reportedly the most expensive home in the world
The building is named after the mythical Atlantic island of Antillia. Antillia, according to Aristotle, was a huge island in the Atlantic Ocean known to the Carthaginians.
The Antilia building is situated on an ocean-facing 4,532 square metres (48,780 sq ft) plot at Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai, where land prices are upward of US$10,000 per square metre. In August 2008, Altamount Road was the 10th most expensive street in the world at US$25,000/sq m (US$2,336 per sq foot).
Indian media has frequently reported that Antilia is the world’s most expensive home costing between US$1 and 2 billion. Thomas Johnson, director of marketing at architecture firm Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates that was consulted with by Reliance during building floor plan design, was cited by Forbes Magazine as estimating the cost of the residence at nearly $2 billion. In June 2008, a Reliance spokesman told The New York Times that it would cost $50–$70 million to build. Upon completion in 2010, media reports again speculated that, due to increasing land prices in the area, the tower may now be worth as much as US$1 billion.
Source : Ahsan