Two Of The Most Luxurious Homes In The World

Two Of The Most Luxurious Homes In The World

For those with an interest in the lifestyles of the rich and famous, let’s take a look at two of the world’s most luxurious homes…

Antilia: A Mumbai Masterpiece

Looking like something from ‘Blade Runner’, this mammoth tower, situated in one of the most in-demand parts of India shot to fame as the world’s most expensive personal home, being valued at an estimated $1 billion US dollars;

Despite being a tower-block, many of the floors are double-height, meaning that this 27-floor beast is actually roughly equivalent to a more conventional 60-floor flat;

In terms of floor-space, the property boasts a staggering 400,000 sq. ft., which is divided among living spaces, hanging outdoor gardens, a swimming pool, theatre, spa and ballroom;

When it comes to parking his ride, the owner of this property, Mukesh Ambani has plenty of options: the property boasts secure parking for 168 cars, as well as three helipads: plus a garage, so that routine maintenance and repairs can be carried out on vehicles without having to take them to a mechanic.

All of this luxury doesn’t manage itself, however: around 600 people work at Antilia, to clean and maintain this amazing home.

Xanadu 2.0: The Gates’ Residence

Bill Gates; once the world’s richest man; is famous for many things: setting up the world’s largest transparently operated charity with his wife, becoming the youngest self-made billionaire in history and changing the realm of computing forever with the Windows operating system;

However, he is also famous for owning one of the world’s most luxurious and high-tech properties;

Xanadu 2.0 is named after a fictitious estate from the movie Citizen Kane: whilst the 66,000 sq. ft. space is modest compared to Antilia, this property has a number of amazing technical features, as you would expect from a founder of a technologically-advanced company like Microsoft:

  • If you are lucky enough to be a guest at Xanadu 2.0, you will be issued a special RF-ID pin, which helps the house to track your movements; when you wear the pin and walk into a room, the lighting, temperature and music will adjust to suit your preferences.
  • The dining room is a massive 1000 sq. ft. in size: big enough for the largest banquet.
  • A massive 6,300 sq. ft. ‘bat-cave’ like subterranean garage is situated nearby the guesthouse: one can only imagine what kind of motor-vehicles Mr Gates keeps in here, but it is likely that this is where the famous ‘Gates 959’ is stored, away from prying eyes.
  • A 3,900 sq. ft. pool-house, which contains a massive pool featuring an underwater music-system, as well as a locker room and bathing area.
  • A 2,100 sq. ft. library, featuring special hidden passageways (complete with swivelling book-cases and a secret bar) – Bill Gates houses his $30 million dollar copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester notebook in this area.
  • The house also features a large theatre, home-wide computer server, security offices, exercise areas, a green- house and a vast reception hall capable of hosting large-scale events, such as cocktail parties.
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Liam Garrott is an architect who has penned an array of fine conservatories Edinburgh wide.

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