четвртак, 25. март 2010.

Most Expensive Homes

Celebrities have houses that cost a couple of million and when looking at your own home, you can't help but wonder what would you do with that amount. What type of renovations would you build or what would your dream home look like.

Updown Court in England is by far the most expensive house on the planet. It is standing at about 139 million dollars, or 75 million pounds. Developer Leslie Allen-Vercoe currently owns it, although he has put it up for sale. Originally Prince Sami Gayed of Egypt owned the home, but it was damaged in a fire. When you think about 139 million dollars, it is hard to wrap your head around it. We all have dreams of what we would do with just one million, so when thinking about building a house for that amount the options and features are limitless.

Leslie added numerous elements to the house including 5 swimming pools, a squash court and a double lane bowling alley. The house has 103 rooms, 22 of them being exclusive on-suite bedrooms. There is a tennis court and 24 carat gold leafing on the library floor as well as a 50-seat cinema.

That is all pretty impressive, but if an average person were to spend 75 million pounds on building a house, gold leaf flooring probably wouldn't be on the list of what they wanted. Donald Trump's house in Palm Beach isn't quite 75 million pounds but probably includes more items on the average person's want-list.

His house stands at 125 million dollars and is known as the Waterfront Mansion. Trump bought it in 2004 from a health care executive. It contains 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. For entertainment he has a 4,100 square foot conservatory, a media room, library and 3 pools. Trump's estate is on the top 10 list of most expensive homes in America. His penthouse at the Trump Towers is also on the list. The penthouse costs around 58 million dollars. This is attributed to the panoramic views of the city from the penthouse.

But there is a home that costs considerably less than Trump and Leslie's mansions, but probably has more appeal than the mansions. For 4.9 million dollars, John Travolta's home is probably every little boy's dream. The mansion has been named Jumbolair and is in Ocala. In front of the house is parked a Boeing 707. John also owns two jets and a Gulfstream that are parked in the driveway.

Although the house only has 6 bedrooms and 2 kitchens, it does have a 6500m garage and a 1.4-mile airstrip. If flying is not for you, the estate also holds a pool, giant slide and golf course.

Expensive homes are expensive because the material they use to build the homes is pricey. But if you think about it, would you rather have your own personal airport in your front yard or a 24 carat gold floor in the library? For most of us, we can't have either. But most people that live in expensive homes didn't have it either at some stage, so we can still dream.

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