8 of the most ridiculously expensive home sales of 2015
This mansion outside of Paris sold for $301 million, making it the most expensive home sale ever.
The newly-built Chateau Louis XIV is an opulent villa on a 56-acre plot of land between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi in France. It was purchased, according to Bloomberg, by a Middle Eastern buyer who paid 275 million euros ($301 million). If true, that would make it the most expensive home sale of all-time — never mind 2015. The house has its own aquarium, theater, wine cellar, moat, and a fountain covered in gold leaf. For more on the over-the-top luxury, check out the guided video tour.
Manhattan was home to a jaw-dropping $200-million condo transaction in the summer.
Renderings: Vornado Realty Trust
Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin purchased several floors of a new Manhattan condo tower, 220 Central Park South, for around $200 million. It is believed to be the most expensive single residential real estate deal in US history. However, as BuzzBuzzHome reported in September, details on the exact nature of the deal vary considerably. CNBC refers to the property as a mid-level “triplex” while Page Six says Griffin bought up several penthouse units to convert into one. If the CNBC report is accurate, Griffin landed more than 18,000 square feet spread over three floors, including units for staff and guests. And with the reported $200 million price tag, that works out to a cost of about $11,100 per square foot.
This single New York City penthouse sold for a record-setting $100 million.
Renderings: Extell Development Company
Earlier in 2015, before Ken Griffin bought $200 million worth of condo at 220 Central Park South, the most expensive apartment purchase ever in Manhattan occured when a mystery buyer dropped $100.47 million on the two-level penthouse apartment at One57. At the time, New York Daily News said it was the first single-family home to sell for more than $100 million in New York City’s history — which technically still holds true as Griffin’s $200 million purchase reportedly includes several units.
There was also this bargain $50.1 million apartment sale in the Big Apple in July.
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The 8,275-square-foot penthouse sold for $50,917,500 ($6,153 per square foot). The home was originally listed for $60 million, so the mysterious new owner, got themselves a bit of a deal on the six-bedroom penthouse.
This 50,000-square-foot seaside compound in Mumbai sold for nearly $112 million in the summer.
According to The Telegraph, pharmaceutical billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla bought the former maharaja’s mansion and US consulate in Mumbai from the US government for around 7.5 billion rupees — approximately $111.6 million USD — making it the most expensive ever residential purchase in India. But despite the jaw-dropping price, it still isn’t Mumbai’s most expensive home. The title belongs to Antilia, the 570-foot private residence of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, who spent $1 billion on the 27-story monstrosity.
This Miami condo sold for $10 million over the $50 million asking price, becoming the city’s most expensive residential property sale of all-time.
Renderings: Tower 3315 LLC
After a 17-month contract period, the 12,516-square-foot penthouse in Miami’s 18-story Faena House condo tower sold for $60 million,reported Notable in September. Overlooking Miami Beach’s widest stretch of white sand, the multi-level, glass-walled penthouse has five bedrooms, two kitchens, a media room, dressing room, great room, private elevator, and a 9,900-square-foot Brazilian-style terrace, complete with a 70-foot-long infinity pool.
The world’s most expensive home conversion? A Qatari buyer paid approximately $36 million for this former garage in London.
It started life as a horse stable on London’s Upper Grosvenor Street, then in the 1920s it was converted into a Mayfair garage that housed Bentley racing cars before it was finally transformed into its current form: a four-story, seven-bedroom home. According to Evening Standard, “the world’s most expensive mews house” is set over four floors and has its own staff quarters, theater, gym, elevator, wine cellar, rooftop terrace, 43-foot staircase and a chandelier the height of three stories. It was reportedly bought by Qatar’s former deputy prime minister and top power broker Hamad Khalifa Abdullah Al-Attiyah.
And this Vancouver mansion with an ocean view sold for nearly $52 million in 2015.
Located in the city’s exclusive Point Grey neighbourhood, the house spans three lots and includes a 10-car garage, indoor pool, theater and a loft-style library. According to the National Post, the buyer was Mailin Chen, a wealthy businessman from mainland China.