The Most Expensive House in the World: Who Can Afford It?

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The most expensive house in the world used to belong to Belgian King Leopold II and is situated on the Còsta d'Azur in France. Today it is estimated at 200 million dollars.

The most valuable thing about it is the history, which the house has. Built in 1830 it was bought by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer in 1850, and the whole estate was used as an olive farm.

In 1904 Belgian king Leopold II had bought this villa, being a big fan of this region of France. He also owned the whole northern part of Cap-Ferrat. Mostly he was spending time with his beloved woman Caroline de Lacroix there. In the 1920-s he has sold it to the Marnier-Lapostolle family (the founders of Grand Marnier Liqueur). Julien Marnier-Lapostolle, who was a member of the natural history museum, has created one of the biggest private botanical gardens in the estate.

In 2016 Italian Licor producer Campari had bought Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle together with the estate and estimated it at 350 million dollars. He didn’t succeed in selling it at this money, so he had dropped the price down to 200 million.

Inside Interior

Belgian king Leopold's villa

The house consists of 14 rooms, a ballroom, and a kitchen, the outhouse, and chapel are also part of the architectural ensemble of the estate. Patterns on the walls, molding, coffered ceiling with painting, massive chandeliers, collectible furniture of Belle Époque, and 3000-tomes library are the most significant posh interior details in the house.

Now the owner of this fantastic beauty is Renat Achmetov, the famous Ukrainian businessman.

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