This Is What the Most Expensive House In the World Looks Like
It goes without saying - but we're saying it - this is not your average house.
Then again, it was never supposed to be.
Antilia, the most expensive house in the world, is a private home in South Mumbai, India. It's owned by Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited. The company is a Fortune Global 500 company and India's second most valuable company by market value.
It's 34 stories tall, 800,000 square feet (yes, 800K!) and named after a mythical island in the Atlantic.
It's rumored to have a staff of 600 to maintain the residence.
A few more mind-blowing facts:
- It is believed to be worth $1 billion USD
- It has a multi-story garage with enough space for 168 cars
- It has three helipads on the roof (because one just isn't enough??)
- The lobby has nine elevators
- No two floors are alike - each floor was designed uniquely and used different materials for building
In contrast, the average cost to build a new home in the US this year is $353,600.
Furnishing the Home
At the Antilia home, 80% of the ballroom is covered in crystal chandeliers. 80 percent! While that seems extreme to most people, as long as they have the money for it, they'll be able to find a decorator to outfit their dream house. And, luckily for Ambani and his family, they have the cash to spend on making the home a real showstopper.
Of course, this isn't always the case. The thing about new homes is that it leaves homeowners with lots of empty space and they often buy more furnishings than they can afford.
Whether you're in a new home or an old home, large or small, always think about whether a purchase is necessary. And, if it is necessary, consider the budget for that specific item - how much would you like to set aside for it? Are you willing to pay more if needed? How often will you be using the item? And so on.
We're sure a ton of money and planning went into putting this spectacular home together, but even still, there was a budget, timeline, and goal being accomplished with this home. Whether you're into mega-mansions or tiny homes, it's smart to consider your values and how you want to showcase that in your home.
Would you want to live in a house like this or is it too extravagant? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!