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From $380 million to $2.9 billion, you’d be right to think that these homes aren’t on tree-lined avenues or in picturesque neighbourhoods.

Instead, these 7 most expensive houses in the world range from towers to villas, from penthouses to palaces.

So sit back and take a look at how the one-percenters live:

7. The Odeon Tower Penthouse, $380 Million

Valued at $380 million, the Odeon Tower Penthouse is located in the Golden Citadel of Monte Carlo:

Designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi and constructed by Groupe Mazococo, the property is spread over several floors and has its own private elevator.

In addition, this penthouse has a pool with a private water slide that takes you straight down by one storey into another infinity pool.

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6. Les Palais Bulles or the Bubble Palace, $390 Million

Worth $390 million, the Bubble Palace was built between 1975 and 1989:

The house gets its nickname of Bubble Palace from its circular rooms that look out over the Mediterranean Sea. This palatial home is owned by Pierre Cardin, a French fashion designer.

There are three swimming pools, many gardens, and a 500-seat amphitheater built within the hillside areas of the palace.

5. Witanhurst, $450 Million

The second most expensive home in London, England, and the fifth most expensive in the world, is worth a massive $450 million:

The house was built between 1913 and 1920 for Arthur Crosfield, an English soap baron. It is located on an 11-acre plot in Highgate, a very wealthy hilltop neighborhood, with interiors spread over 90,000 square feet.

It includes 25 bedrooms, a glass rotunda, and a 70 feet long ballroom. The house provides some of the best views of London.

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4. Villa Les Cèdres, $460 Million

Located in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in France, the fourth most expensive house in the world is the Villa Les Cèdres.

It was built in 1830, where King Leopold II of Belgium purchased the house in 1904.

Spread over 35 acres of gardens, the property covers an area of approximately 18,000 square feet. There are 14 bedrooms in the house, a large stable that can accommodate 30 horses, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Within the property, you’ll find 19th-century oil paintings, a library with 3000 books, and beautiful crystal chandeliers. The property is worth $460 million.

3. Villa Leopolda, $736 Million

At a whopping value of $750 million, the Villa Leopolda is located in the fashionable Cote d’Azur region of France (French Riviera):

Owned by the widow of Lebanese Brazilian banker Edmund Safra, the original owner of the house was King Leopold II of Belgium (who also owned #4 on this list).

The villa is sprawled out over 50 acres and includes 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a commercial greenhouse, a helipad, 12 swimming pools, and an outdoor kitchen.

This villa is quite popular with Hollywood movies as well, the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film ‘To Catch a Thief‘ was shot here.

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2. Antilia, $2 Billion

The second most expensive house in the world is located in Mumbai, India. Worth around $2 billion, the house belongs to businessman Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest person:

The house was constructed and designed by Perkins & Will, a Chicago-based architecture firm, and Hirsch Bender Associates, a hospitality design firm.

The house has a total area of 400,000 square feet and has a total of 27 floors. The building has been made earthquake-resistant. In fact, it can even resist an earthquake of a magnitude 8 on the Richter scale.

The first six floors of this house are only dedicated to guest and owner car parking. The building also has a dedicated ice cream room, a health spa, a temple, a salon, three helipads, a 50-seat movie theater, and over 600 staff members working to keep it running.

An interesting fact about Antilia is that there is a unique snow room in the building to beat the scorching summer heat of India.

1. Buckingham Palace, $2.9 Billion

With an estimated value of $2.9 billion, the Royal Family’s Buckingham Palace is the most expensive house in the world:

Located in the heart of London, the city of Westminster, Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the monarchy since 1837.

The royal residence has 775 bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, 19 staterooms, and 52 royal and guest rooms. When it comes to the overall area of the palace, it is estimated to be around 828,000 square feet, with the garden itself spread over nearly 40 acres.

An interesting fact about this royal residence is that there are tunnels running beneath the surface that connects the palace to nearby streets.

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