Check out the 10 Most Expensive Homes in Europe
Hello Aluxers, we’re room raiding today! We know you guys like to see the most expensive and ludicrous things only billionaires enjoy, so we bring you today the most expensive homes in Europe that are available or not for sale.
The list today includes western countries like France, Italy or UK and the most luxurious estates you can find on the continent. These houses we are about to rank here are highly luxurious penthouses, old castles and holiday mansions that were once owned by kings and famous deceased billionaires.
Although the housing market right now in Europe is rising with almost 5%, rich people still have a big interest in estates all over the continent for both professional and personal use. If you bought a new house or planning to, have a look on these following homes and maybe you will find some inspiration for your own home. It’s always good to keep an eye on the billionaires and remember to buy investments pieces that will grow in value over time, because if you ever need money you can sell them for twice the price or even more. With that being said, let’s see how much it costs to buy a cozy yet luxurious nest in Europe.
- 10. Franchuk Villa, UK – Price: 161 Million Dollars
- 9. St. Moritz Resort House, Switzerland – Price: 185 Million Dollars
- 8. One Hyde Park Penthouse, UK – Price: 227 Million Dollars
- 7. Kensington Palace, UK – 230 Million Dollars
- 6. Chateau Louis XIV, France – Price: 300 Million Dollars
- 5. Odeon Tower Sky Penthouse, Monaco – Price: 400 Million Dollars
- 4. Rafik Hariri’s London Mansion, UK – Price: 400 Million Dollars
- 3. Villa Les Cèdres, France – 410 Million Dollars
- 2. Villa Leopolda, French Riviera – Price: 736 Million Dollars
- 1. Buckingham Palace – Price: 1.5 Billion Dollars
Here’s a countdown list of all 10 of these babies, with visuals!
With that checked, let’s move forward and read about the 10 most expensive homes in Europe:
Franchuk Villa, UK – Price: 161 Million Dollars
London is the perfect city for architecture lovers and bloggers. There are so many beautiful houses, especially in the central neighbourhoods that is almost impossible to choose only one that you like. Good news, the perfect villa exists in real life, and is the Franchuk Villa in central London. This mega house is a 10 bedroom and 5 floors Victorian style estate that is equipped with a private cinema, a panic room, underground indoor swimming pool and a gym with all the facilities.
The house belongs to Elena Franchuk, the daughter of former Ukraine president and wife of oligarch Viktor Pinchuk. At 161 million dollars worth is for sure one of the most expensive homes in UK and Europe. She bought the mansion in 2006, and prior to that it used to be a girls prep school until 1997. The house has a lot of history and is a mix of relatively modern interior design, pops of color and classic pieces covered in marble, gold and expensive artwork, as expected for such an important figure.
St. Moritz Resort House, Switzerland – Price: 185 Million Dollars
Moving on with a beautiful resort home in the luxurious ski resort St. Moritz in Switzerland, a country that is notorious for being expensive and exclusive. Only the rich come here to sky and enjoy New Year’s Eve and for those who are in love with the breathtaking landscapes of the Alps there is a cozy and luxurious nest build purposely for billionaires.
The mansion is worth 185 million dollars, and apart from being one of the most expensive homes in Europe, it also stands as the most expensive house in the country. At the moment is owned by an unnamed billionaire and he gets to enjoy 24 carat gold walls, 35 feet long wide windows with views of the Swiss Alps, mink fur and velvety red walls as well as a theater, a spa and a wine cellar.
The mega house has 7 floors, a private lift to the ski slopes and the most amazing thing ever, an underground lake. This is how every ski holidays should look like.
One Hyde Park Penthouse, UK – Price: 227 Million Dollars
Only people that live in London or have visited the city know how crazy expensive it is. Housing, transportation, food, utilities everything is either overpriced or suited only for the royal family and their friends. London is full of rich people and as you’d expect they live in the most expensive and luxurious houses. One of the most expensive penthouses in Europe located in the middle of London near Hyde Park.
It’s called One Hyde Park Penthouse and just one apartment was sold for 227 million dollars. Only the richest russians and arab sheiks afford to live in this area, and just as you imagined their apartments are full of luxury amenities. The two floor penthouse has a pool, wide floor to ceiling windows, SAS-trained security guards, a McLaren showroom downstairs as well as a secret tunnel to The Mandarin Oriental Hotel where you can go and have dinner at their restaurant. It sure is a lot of money for an apartment but that’s the price you have to pay if you want to live in the most expensive residential area in the world.
Kensington Palace, UK – 230 Million Dollars
Another huge and expensive house or castle if you want to call it, is the Kensington Palace, the place where the royal family resides makes it at number 7 in our list of the most expensive homes in Europe. They have been living there since the 17th century and currently is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex. [as well as Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.]
It was also the place where Princess Diana and Prince Charles lived until her death and the home of Prince William and Harry. The Palace was first bought by King William II and his Queen Mary II back in the day and they paid roughly 20.000 pounds at that time, now being worth around 230 million dollars. Since then a lot of renovation has been done to the Palace and, the State Rooms and now historic parts of the Palace are open for tourists to visit.
If you’re ever in London, Kensington Palace is definitely a tourist attraction you need to visit if you want to see how the royal family lives and some personal objects or art they own.
Chateau Louis XIV, France – Price: 300 Million Dollars
Moving to France we settle into one of the most expensive castles in the country. The Louis XIV Chateau from the 17th century is worth 300 million dollars and it was acquired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has multiple million dollar estates in his portfolio and a fortune of 10 billion dollars.
The castle has been renovated recently and it now has fountains that can be controlled from iPhone, a cinema, a maze and a luxurious swimming pool. The whole property has 57 acres and it seems to be part of a chain of luxurious purchases the Prince made recently including a 450 million dollars Leonardo da Vinci painting and a 500 million dollars yacht.
Although the castle is said to be from the 17th century it was in fact rebuild over an older castle’s ruins so it’s not the original structure, but is indeed lavish and looks like a modern version of a 17th century castle. The Prince doesn’t seem to be bothered about this detail anyway.
Odeon Tower Sky Penthouse, Monaco – Price: 400 Million Dollars
As you would expect apartments and houses in Monaco are among the most expensive estates in the world. This small city-state is the home of the most extravagant billionaires in the world, because it’s tax free of course. To give you guys a little context Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic or Bill Gates are residents of there among other billionaires.
This exclusive penthouse fitted for the most pretentious billionaires could not only be one of the most expensive homes in Europe but become one of the world’s most expensive properties per square meter. The 170 meters building has one of the most expensive penthouse in the world with a price tag of 400 million dollars. What do you get for that money? A 16 meter high wide apartment, with a direct slide into a rooftop pool looking over the mediterranean sea and all the facilities of a 5 star hotel.
This penthouse is now more expensive than the One Hyde Park penthouse in London. Other apartments in the tower are set to have a starting price of 25 million dollars. Although the tower has had some setbacks and critics, because it’s too tall and modern for the area it was successfully inaugurated in April 2015.
Rafik Hariri’s London Mansion, UK – Price: 400 Million Dollars
Back in London again, we found another house that’s even more expensive than Kensington Palace. It used to be home for the late Lebanon Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and then gifted to Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Currently the house is up to sale for 400 million dollars and if the owners don’t find a buyer they plan to sell all the furniture and luxury items, worth over 50 million pounds at an auction.
The huge 45 bedroom mansion has a large swimming pool, industrial-size catering kitchen, underground parking and several lifts. The rooms are filled with expensive artwork, beautifully french style custom made furniture and in the bathrooms there are golden tissue boxes. It’s a big splurge but there are said to be a few billionaires interested in it, even the Qatar embassy that’s near might be a potential buyer, sources say. The house has had some controversial owners but it’s a huge estate located in central London, making it a good investment.
Villa Les Cèdres, France – 410 Million Dollars
Next we have a 187 years old villa in the south of France. We’re talking about Villa Les Cedres [Cedar trees villa] that’s the second most expensive house in France. The interior seems to be a true depiction of Queen Marie Antoinette’s taste and is set to be worth 410 million dollars. Now owned by a wealthy italian, Luca Garavoglia the chairman of Davide Campari-Milano SpA the house used to belong to the late King Leopold II of Belgium who built it using his profits from land grabs in Congo and slaves.
The villa is up for sale now for what it will be the most expensive residential sale in the history. It has 18.000 square foot and 14 bedroom house has impeccable french style furniture, crystal chandeliers and marble statues. Lavish french style balconies, a garden full of palm trees and cedar trees that will make you feel like you’re in a jungle when you first enter the garden but then you can gaze at the view over France’s Cote D’Azur and it all goes away. Words cannot describe how beautiful this villa is but who will buy it, since it’s made with blood money.
Villa Leopolda, French Riviera – Price: 736 Million Dollars
Another mansion in the French Riviera and second most expensive house in this list is Villa Leopolda. The famous villa was built almost 100 years ago by an American architect and is now owned by the by the controversial 83 year old Lily Safra, who made her fortune through her four marriages. #golddigger
The villa was decorated by Lily and her husband and portrays the Belle Epoque style and is now a French history monument. In spite of all the luxurious furniture and artwork that reside in the villa there are other reasons why it’s so popular and expensive. The Safra husbands use to throw lavish parties where only the rich had access and later the house was used as a movie set for Alfred’s Hitchcock movie To Catch a Thief.
Since it was built over the remains of a previous house owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, this villa has more history in 100 years than your history book. During World War I it was even used as a military hospital and now is the most expensive house in Franc, estimated to be worth 736 million dollars. There were a few buyers interested in it but Lily Safra is not selling it.
Buckingham Palace – Price: 1.5 Billion Dollars
At last, the cherry on top, the most expensive house in Europe. It’s not a penthouse or a villa, it’s a palace and it’s the famous Buckingham Palace, the home of Queen Elizabeth of England. The Palace is also ‘’the office’’ of Queen Elizabeth and the place where major events and receptions are held. A small part of the Palace is open for tourists every summer, although most people are more curious to see the guards change and the lavish gardens.
The whole palace has 775 rooms, 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms and a few balconies. The huge palace has a lot of meaning and importance for the royal family and UK itself. It it said to be worth 1.5 billion dollars and is one of the most visited sites in London. Since it’s administered by the royal family you can imagine that the finest furniture and artwork decorate the palace.
Artists such as Rubens or Rembrandt hang on the lavish walls of the palace that was built by John Nash, an architect that got a little carried away and went way over the initial budget. Maybe that’s why is so expensive. And just a quick tip, if you’re visiting the palace and hope to see Queen herself around there, which is highly improbable, take a look at the Union Flag, if it is flying over the palace she’s not at home.
Oh home sweet home. There’s no greater feeling that coming back to the place that you love the most. We have to admit that if the home is nice and comfortable it does make the return a little bit sweet, but it’s most important to have people waiting for you there because not all houses are home. And since some people have multiple homes we’re curious to find out where in the world you guys feel like home? Is it in another city, at the sea or at your grandparents house? Let us know in the comment section below.