Top 5 biggest houses in the world
Welcome to the top 5 biggest houses in the world!
If we wanted to just make a list of the largest residences in the world, it would be full of palaces. The Sultan of Brunei’s 2,152,782-square-foot, the marble-laden palace would be at the top of the list.
- But if we dismiss royalty, we get a number of mansions and villas that belong to the average billionaire. Well, the people who own these homes aren’t exactly average. But, they’re not next in line for the throne (at least not literally).
For our list of the world’s biggest homes, we tried to stick completely with privately owned homes, so we excluded Oheka Castle, Arden House, and some other Vanderbilt and Hearst homes, as they’re now a hotel, research facility, and the property of a university or parks department, respectively.
We scoured Google Earth to find some of the largest homes in the world. Get ready to feel like Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids.
Top 5 biggest houses in the world are:
- Antilia — Mumbai, India
- Biltmore Estate — Asheville, North Carolina
- Safra Mansion — Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Witanhurst London — England
- Versailles — Windermere, Florida
1. Antilia — Mumbai, India
Antilia tops the top 5 biggest houses in the world deservedly.
With a net worth of approximately $49 billion, Mukesh Ambani was named the richest person in India in 2018. He’s also one of the most affluent humans on Earth. The oil and gas tycoon can also brag about owning the world’s largest and most costly private residence. The $2 billion home known as Antilia — because, as you’ll notice, naming your home is obviously a thing for the uber-wealthy — is a towering, 27-story skyscraper situated in downtown Mumbai.
Ambani managed with architecture firms Perkins + Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates to build his personal skyscraper. Standing 550-feet high and entertaining 400,000 square feet of living space, the entire scheme took more than four years to finish. To limit repeating architectural elements, no two floors are alike in either floor plan or building material. The overall composition is based on Vaastu, an Indian architectural philosophy that’s similar to the Chinese Feng shui belief. Nine elevators carry individuals throughout the large complex, and the top floors of Antilia offer panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.
2. Biltmore Estate — Asheville, North Carolina
Biltmore Estate came second in the “Top 5 biggest houses in the world” list.
If you had to imagine where shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt and his heirs built some of many residences, you’d probably say New York City or Long Island. And you’d be right. Asheville, North Carolina presumably wouldn’t instantly spring to mind unless you’re familiar with the Biltmore Estate. Finished in 1895, the chateau-inspired main house has 250 rooms. Still occupied by the family, the estate’s 8,000 acres now hold a winery farm, stables, and gardens. (The Devil in the White City readers will recognize the name of Frederick Law Olmsted, who created the gardens, in expanding to Central Park and the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.) Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil started the home to the public in 1930. While you can’t stay in one of the house’s 34 bedrooms, there is a hotel, inn, and cottage on the grounds that accept guests.
With its 43 bathrooms, three kitchens, 65 fireplaces, banquet hall, 70,000-gallon indoor swimming pool, 23,000-book library, and bowling alley, it’s a magnificent structure that came equipped with modern facilities for the era: electricity, central plumbing and heating, fire alarms, and elevators. The 178,926 square-foot-home is considered the largest private residence in the U.S.
3. Safra Mansion — Sao Paulo, Brazil
What can we tell you about this estate owned by a especially private banking family, the Safras? Not much, except it’s ginormous and is a bit nostalgic of Villa Leopolda, a French Riviera mansion that once fitted to his brother Edmond. Encircled by a high wall, the 130-room house is about 10,868 square meters (35,565 square feet), according to Brazilian journal Folha. There are two pools on the property, including one that’s indoors.
The biggest private residence in Sao Paulo, it’s placed in the Morumbi neighborhood, next door to the city’s second-biggest home. Though it’s been the site of several Safra family members’ weddings, there don’t seem to be many photos of the home online. The Safra family is as sprawling as its mansion, and they have pricey real estate all over the globe. In 2014, Joseph bought the Gherkin, a London high-rise, for more than $990 million (£700 million). Jacob M. Safra, the son of Joseph’s late brother Mosie, obtained Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s childhood home for more than $25 million in 2017. According to Forbes, Joseph Safra is worth $23.5 billion, making him number 36 on its billionaire list.
4. Witanhurst London — England
Technically, Buckingham Palace is the most magnificent residence in London. It has approximately 830,000 square feet of living space, 775 rooms, and several corgis. Because it’s also the home of a queen, we’re bouncing it in favor of the city’s second-largest abode. Planned by architect George Hubbard to include part of the Georgian-style Parkfield estate that beforehand stood on the property, the newly named Witanhurst was built between 1913 and 1920. A previous resident who had grown up using the trapeze in Parkland’s gymnasium once referred to the renovated home as “the present monster.” Over the next century, Witanhurst became dilapidated after decades of neglect, notwithstanding serving as the setting for the BBC show Fame Academy in the early 2000s.
If Lady Greig thought the 40,000-square-foot home was prodigious before, there’s no telling what she’d make of Witanhurst’s most recent restoration. With the extension of two basements — housing a 70-foot swimming pool, movie theater, massage parlor, a sauna, gym, and parking spaces — the living space will add up to 90,000 square feet. Just who bought the mansion for £50 million in 2008 was a mystery, until 2015, when The New Yorker reported it was Russian billionaire Andrey Guryev.
5. Versailles — Windermere, Florida
Versailles completes our “Top 5 biggest houses in the world” list.
Getting the gem-encrusted floor of your dreams can be a rocky road. The ups and downs of Jacqueline and David Siegel’s mega-mansion were chronicled in the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles. Back then it seemed like the couple might lose their still-under-construction behemoth. But in 2017, they were reportedly trying to hire Bravo’s Flipping Out crew to illuminate every inch of the provincial palace’s 90,000 square feet. Jeff Lewis turned the job down.
The home has 32 bathrooms, 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, arcade, gym, salon, and a movie theater. There’s also space for 30 cars in the garage and six pools to pick from. On the Bravo show, Jackie said she abandoned plans for an indoor ice skating rink because she thought a roller rink would be more versatile. As of January 2019, the home mansion is still under construction but should be completed within the next year or two.