It is said that “Home is where the heart is” and a home or a house is a place where living beings seek permanent shelters and therefore, it is the most desirable possession for them. Apart from shelters, houses are a reflection of an individual or a family’s social status in today’s modern world scenario. A beautiful house, A Grand Mansion, A Royal Palace, etc are different expressions of dwelling spaces. This article captures all of these gorgeous homes featuring 30 Biggest houses in the world in terms of its massive area having stylish amenities that one can ever dream of.

1. Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei

Architect: Leandro Locsin
Year: 1984

Istana Nurul Iman, also known as the ‘Palace of the Light of Faith’ is the world’s largest residential palace that belongs to the Sultan of Brunei, with the floor area of 2,152,782 square feet. This magnificent palace was constructed with Brunei’s Islamic and Malay architectural style. This is the largest single-family built residence ever with 17 floors having 1788 rooms including 257 bathrooms, 44 stairways, and 18 elevators.

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2. Antilia, Mumbai, India

Architect: Perkins and Will
Year: 2006

Antilia is owned by an Indian Billionaire, Mukesh Ambani, and his family having a total area of 4,00,000 square feet with 27 floors including three helipads, a 168 car garage, and 80 seat theatre. This skyscraper is to be estimated at around 2 billion USD which ranks as the second most expensive house after Buckingham Palace.

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3. Biltmore Estate, North Carolina, USA

Architect: Richard Morris Hunt
Year: 1895

Biltmore Estate was built for George Washington Vanderbilt II with Chateauesque Architecture Style in Asheville, North Carolina. It is the largest privately-owned residence in the U.S. having the floor area of 1,78,926 Square feet with 250 rooms. This Palatial structure consists of 23000 book libraries, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, with modern era facilities like central plumbing, fire alarms, and elevators.

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4. Safra Mansion, São Paulo, Brazil

Year: 1895

Safra Mansion belongs to a Brazilian Banker, Mr. Joseph Safra which is also reminiscent of Villa Leopolda, a french Riviera Mansion. Being the largest private residence in Sao Paulo, this Grandeur structure houses 130 rooms with a total floor area of 1, 17,000 square feet surrounded by a high wall all around.

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5. Fairfield Pond, Hamptons

Year: 1999

Fairfield Pond is owned by an American investor called Ira Rennert, with a total area of 1, 10,000 square feet having an estimated price of 170 million USD. Having a controversial history, this house features 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, a formal dining area, a bowling alley, and a hot tub worth 1,50,000 USD.

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6. Oheka Castle, New York, USA

Architect: Delano & Aldrich; Olmsted Brothers, et al.
Year: 1919

Being the second-largest private residence in the U.S., Oheka Castle was the country home of an investment financier and Philanthropist called Ottoman Hermann Kahn which is also known as Otto Kahn Estate. This Magnificent castle having Chateauesque Architecture Style consists of 127 rooms over the area of 1, 09,000 square feet.

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7. The One, California, USA

Architect: Paul McClean
Year: 2013

Currently, The One is the most expensive private house in the U.S. with an estimated cost of 500 million USD with a total area of 1, 00,000 square feet. This ultra-luxurious mega-mansion comes with a 30 car garage, a 5000 square feet master bedroom, and a casino.

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8. Witan Hurst, London

Architect: George Hubbard
Year: 1920

This magnificent mansion is the second largest residence in London that reflects Georgian Revival Architectural style with an area of 90,000 square feet. The residence was owned by several owners consisting of all the modern facilities like a swimming pool with a sauna room and gym, a movie theatre, and a massage parlor.

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9. Meadow Brook Hall, Michigan, USA

Architect: William E. Kapp
Year: 1929

Meadow Brook Hall, one of America’s classified castles, is also the fourth largest mansion in the U.S. with 110 rooms which covers the area of 88,000 square feet. It reflects the Tudor revival style, which is currently used as a museum and an exhibition hall.

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10. Modern Versailles, Florida, USA

Architect: Rick Brautigan
Year: 2016-present

As the name suggests, this grandeur was modeled after the Palace of Versailles with an area of 85,000 square feet. It belongs to the CEO of Westgate Resorts and it is believed that the completed project will be one of the largest private mansions in the U.S. This palatial structure comprises an 8000 square feet master bedroom, 15 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, 11 kitchens, and 6 swimming pools.

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Architectural Journalist

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Jhanavi is an architecture graduate from Nirma University in 2019 with the best awarded Research Thesis on Architectural Response to Waterfronts. Jhanavi is an Associate Architect at JCE, Ahmedabad and also recipient of research grant for the research of “Women in Architecture” from EDRC. She is a keen observer, who loves to translate the minute details into words.

 

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