The 32 Most Incredible Mansions Around the World
Picture stepping into one of these incredible mansions!
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest home in the United States and comes in at a staggering 135,280 square feet. That’s 35,000 square feet more than the next biggest home in the United States. The estate was built for the Vanderbilt family, which built its fortune through railroads, and had 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces and was officially opened in 1895, six years after construction started. In 1930, the estate became open to the public. It’s almost like living in one of these fairytale castles.
The Breakers, Rhode Island
The Vanderbilt family also built The Breakers in Rhode Island, which is the 21st-largest home in the United States at a whopping 62,482 square feet. The Italian Renaissance-style home features marble imported from Italy and Africa. The 70-room mansion became a National Historic Landmark in 1994. Heirs of the Vanderbilt family have lived in a third-floor “apartment” (the third floor is actually eight bedrooms) as recently as this year, but it sounds like they’ll be moving out. The apartment was decorated by famous architect Ogden Codman Jr. in Louis XVI style walnut paneling. As luxurious as that sounds, here’s 52 ways to make your home look more expensive.
Camp’s Bay, South Africa
We’ll continue to stay well below the equator with this gorgeous mansion in South Africa. It’s called “The Casablanca” and boasts eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a wine cellar, and a whiskey bar. The views from this mansion are unparalleled as you can look out to the ocean from the back and get a glimpse of the mountains from the front. If you prefer to stay stateside, check out some of the most famous houses in each U.S. state.
Istana Nurul Iman
The home of the Sultan of Brunei cost about $1.5 billion to build back in 1984 and is known as the world’s largest palace. It holds 1,788 rooms, 257 of which are bathrooms and it can hold up to 5,000 people when the banquet hall is extended. The mosque will hold 1,500 people itself. On top of that, the palace has a 110-car garage and an air-conditioned stable for 200 polo ponies. We’re betting that stable would put any of these 10 houses with incredible stables to shame.
Cove Spring House
For $40 million you can pick up this 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion in St. James, Barbados. It was designed using coral stone with Palladian/Georgian architecture style. It stands atop a coral cliff that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and boasts a secluded beach that’s only accessible from the mansion. This mansion could fit in perfectly with the 50 most expensive homes in each state.
Castillo Caribe, Grand Cayman
For a slightly cheaper mansion, try out this $39.95 million estate in the Cayman Islands. It comes in at 48,000 square feet with eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and six half bathrooms. But just look at that beachfront! Get space in the sand with these beautiful and affordable beachfront hotels.
Villa Los Leones, Barthelemy
This oceanside mansion doesn’t boast as many rooms as others but it sprawls high on the hillside. It’s just four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The architecture draws on Greek, Croatian, Moroccan and Mediterranean influences, and each part of the house is built with separate white pavilions.
Villa Tarka, Nassau and Paradise Island Bahamas
Golf on one side and ocean on the other? This 20,000-square-foot home clearly outdoes any kind of mancave, no matter how cool. There are 246 feet of sandy beach, plus an infinity pool, 12 bedrooms, and 17 bathrooms. If golf’s not your game, you’re in luck because there’s also a tennis court with an air-conditioned tennis pavilion.
The Residence in Bermuda certainly stands out because it towers over its private cove and provides one of the biggest private beaches in the area. The eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom mansion sits on 5 1/2-acres and has four stories so you can enjoy the view from any point.
This mansion has some history to it as it dates to the 1800s but it’s undergone extensive renovations to remain pristine. Plus, there’s plenty of room to roam around with its 5 1/2-acres. There are five bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths inside. Three of the bedrooms have wood-burning fireplaces. Outside there is a private pool, a tennis court, and two guest cottages. If you’ve always wanted a fireplace in your home, try taking a look at these faux fireplaces that look like the real thing.