Have you ever walked into your house and thought that you just don’t have enough space? Some homeowners don’t have enough bedrooms for all of their children to have their own rooms. Some people don’t have enough bathrooms or they complain that the rooms in their house are too small. The people who own the houses on this list likely never have complaints like these.
…Without further ado:
#25 Chateau Pensore
Pensmore is the home owned by Steven Huff located in the Ozark Mountains near Highlandville, Missouri. Mr. Huff did an interview about his home with the Kansas City Star and he told the reporter that the home would stand for at least 2,000 years. This is because the exterior walls of the home are 12 inches thick. The house has been designed to withstand earthquakes, tornadoes, and even a bomb blast. The house has five stories and it has over 72,000 square feet of living space. There are 13 bedrooms and 5 of them are suites complete with kitchens. The home has 14 bathrooms. According to Huff, it took 8 years to build the house. He applied for a construction permit in 2008 and the construction was complete in 2016.
#24 The Haileybury House
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The Haileybury House is believed to be the largest home in Canada. It is located in Haileybury, Ontario and it is located on 43 acres of land. The yard is so large that it can accommodate a golf course and there is a house on the property large enough to store a 40-foot yacht. The house is 65,000 square feet with two elevators to help the owner get around the house easily. There is a pool inside the house with a large hot tub. The house also has two 30-foot fireplaces. One is in the living room and the other is in the master bedroom. The home has a gym that is the size of a small public gym. The problem with this house is that it is not finished. The floors have not been installed, neither have most of the wall coverings. In 2010, the unfinished house went on the market for $25,000,000. The realtor who held the listing estimated that it would cost at least $1,000,000 to complete the construction.
#23 Fleur de Lys
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Fleur de Lys is a huge mansion located in Holmby Hill, California. The house is 45,000 square feet and it is situated on 5 acres of land. The home has 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a ballroom, a 50 seat theater and a gym. On the property, there is a 1,200 square foot pool house, a guest house, a running track, and a guest house. To get to the front door, you need to go up a 200-yard driveway. The house was modeled after King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. The couple who built the house divorced and it went on the market in 2006. In 2014, the house was sold to a French billionaire for $102 million in cash.
#22 Xanadu 2.0
Xanadu 2.0 is located in Medina, Washington and it overlooks Mount Washington. The owner of the home is Bill Gates. The house is 66,000 square feet and has a modern Pacific lodge style. Inside the house is a trampoline room with 20-foot ceilings, an enormous reception hall that can accommodate 200 guests, 24 bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths, a huge library, and six kitchens. There is a separate house that contains a 60-foot pool complete with a locker room, bathroom, and a sauna. On the property, there is also a 1,900 square foot guest house. He even has an underwater music system and a heated driveway. Mr. Gates purchased the home in 1988 for $2 million. After all of the renovations, today, the house is worth $123 million.
#21 Updown Court
Updown Court is a California style home located in Windlesham in Surrey, England. The house is set on 58 acres of landscaped gardens and private woodlands. There are 103 rooms in the mansion and 24 of them are bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms has its own private bath. The house also contains six swimming pools with one being an Infinity pool. The owner can play tennis at night thanks to the floodlit tennis court. Beside the tennis court is a squash court. The house has an amazing wine cellar that is capable of holding up to 3,000 bottles of wine. For the owner’s safety, there is a hidden panic room inside the home. On the penthouse floor are two separate apartments with two bedrooms in each. The original house was built in 1924 but it was destroyed by the Great Storm of 1987. The house was on the market in May 2011 for £70 million. In October 2011, the property was sold for £35 million by a buyer who is believed to be an education entrepreneur based in Dubai.
#20 Hearst Castle
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Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon, California. The house originally belonged to William Randolph Hearst. In 1951 he passed away and in 1954 it became a California State Park. In 1958, the house was opened up to visitors. The total square footage of the castle, also known as the Casa Grande is 60,645 square feet. There are three guest houses on the property that are 5,875 square feet, 2,291 square feet, and 2,604 square feet. In the main castle, there are 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a movie theater, its own airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo. Today, zebras and other exotic animals roam the grounds. Today, tours are still available and it is a popular wedding venue.
#19 Biltmore Estate
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Biltmore Estate is located near Asheville, North Carolina. The house was built by George Vanderbilt II in 1895 and it is the largest privately owned house in the United States. The house is 178,926 square feet. Today, it is owned by George Vanderbilt’s distant relatives. There are 250 rooms on the first floor with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, three kitchens, and 65 fireplaces. On the second floor is a large living hall and suites of rooms. The third and fourth floors contain 21 bedrooms and an observatory. The bachelor’s wing contains yet another fireplace, a billiard room and private quarters for the staff. There is also a smoking room and a gun room. In the basement, there is a 70,000-gallon swimming pool, a gym, a bowling alley, a kitchen, a pantry, a rotisserie kitchen, walk-in refrigerators, a dining hall and a laundry room. In 2013, the home was assessed at $46.6 million.
#18 Maison de L’Amitie
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Maison de L’Amitie was located in Palm Beach, Florida. The property was 270,000 square feet with three outbuildings, a barn, a pool, and a hot tub on the property. Inside the house were 18 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, a media room, a ballroom, and an art gallery. Over the years, the house has changed hands a few times. One of the owners was Donald Trump who purchased the home on January 7, 2005, for $41.35 million. On July 16, 2008, Trump sold the house to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million. When the house was appraised at $59.8 million, Rybolovlev decided to demolish the house and subdivide the property. It was once a very beautiful house.
#17 Villa Leopolda
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Villa Leopolda is a villa located in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riveria. The house is owned by Lily Safra and it is worth $750 million. The house sits on 50 acres and it has 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a commercial greenhouse, an outdoor kitchen, a pool and a helipad. The house is very beautiful and it has been used in the films, To Catch a Thief and The Red Shoes. To care for the land, there are over 50 gardeners on staff. The property has changed hands many times. Today, it is owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
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