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Exuma home among world’s most expensive

Exclusive addresses in the US dominate a list of the top ten most expensive residences in the world compiled by billionaire.com, but one property in the Exuma Cays comes in at number nine. The house comes with its own private island and with space for 22 guests and 29 staff. 

Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014

SINGAPORE, November 2014 /PRNewswire/ — From cascading waterfalls and waterslides to bowling alleys and private islands, Billionaire.com’s eye-watering list of the world’s most expensive properties takes extravagant real estate to the next level. Five of the top ten are from the US and include homes in New Yorkand Los Angeles starting from US$ 95 million.

The list was complied from extensive in-house research and consulting the world’s top property firms to find the current most expensive homes for sale.

1. Penthouse at the Tour Odeon Monaco, Monaco

Price: US$388 million

Scheduled for completion in early 2015, the Tour Odeon Monaco will be the second-largest building on the Mediterranean coastline and home to the world’s most expensive apartment; a five-floor penthouse costingUS$388. Apartments in the building start at US$36 million and with 35,000 square foot of space, ready to be designed according to buyer taste, the penthouse is a mini-mansion. Outside, a waterslide connects the dance floor to a circular infinity pool, which looks like an enormous floating glass.


2. The Manor, Los Angeles, US

Price: US$ 150 million

Built in 1988 by entertainment tycoon Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy, “The Manor” was bought three years ago by Petra Stunt (Ecclestone). Since then, she has spent US$ 20 million on refurbishments and now has 123 rooms, including a gym, bowling alley and screening room. The Manor sits within 4.7 acres of LA’s most exclusive land and would be the most expensive house ever sold in the US should it meet the asking price.

To be sold privately.

3. Beverly House, Los Angeles, US

Price: US$ 135 million

It famously appeared in the movie The Godfather and was the honeymoon spot for JF Kennedy and his wife Jackie. With almost 365 days of sunshine a year the house is purpose built to take advantage of the Californian temperature, with floor-to-ceiling windows, large cool rooms, an outdoor tennis court, swimming pool and cascading waterfalls. The terrace seats 400 and, given there is also a nightclub in the house, it has all the ingredients for a successful party.


4. Rancho San Carlos, California, US

Price: US$ 125 million

This 30-room Monterey Colonial mansion, designed in 1929 by American architect Reginald Johnson, is surrounded by 237 acres of land in one of America’s most sought-after addresses; Montecito, Santa Barbara. After 100 years the Jackson family estate, with ten residential cottages, horse paddocks and arenas, and 100 acres of cultivated orchards, is finally changing hands. Oak-paneled walls in the formal room, imported from the Jackson’s Manor House in England, are still intact, as is the English whisky pub with a secret door. The house is built on two natural terraces with views down the valley, across the estate and over the Pacific.


5. One Hyde Park, London, UK

Price: US$ 103 million

The Candy brothers launched this billion-dollar complex mid-way through the recession. Occupying an entire floor, this apartment divides into two wings, known as “The City” and “The Park”. A 65m hallway connects both wings. The Mandarin Oriental hotel provides prospective owners with a 24-hour hotel concierge, spa and recreation facilities, parking and valet, use of a private wine cellar and room service.


6. 17 The Sherry-Netherland, New York, US

Price: US$ 95 million

Built in 1927, The Sherry-Netherland in Manhattan is a luxury residential hotel co-op with apartments for sale. Apartment 17 occupies an entire floor with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a huge terrace overlooking Central Park and downtown Manhattan. Would-be owners have access to all the hotel amenities, including room service from the Harry Cipriani restaurant downstairs. Caveat emptor: the hotel requires up to US$60,000 of maintenance fees — per month.


7. The Penthouse at The Pierre Hotel, New York, US

Price: US$ 95 million

Once owned by Martin Zweig, a financial analyst who famously predicted the stock-market crash of 1987, this palatial Manhattan penthouse sprawls over three floors. But even if you’ve got a spare US$95 million, interested buyers must be first vetted by the hotel committee to ensure they are up to par. With 16 bedrooms, a grand salon (formerly the Pierre ballroom) and 360-degree views over Manhattan, this has justifiably been called the most spectacular penthouse in the world.


8. Du Parc Penthouse, Geneva, Switzerland

Price: US$ 94 million

On the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by the Dents du Midi mountain range in the UNESCO-protected vineyards of the Lavaux, is the former Palace Mont-Pelerin. This was renovated into 24 über-modern apartments, the penthouse of which costs US$94 million. A key to one of these apartments gives you lifetime membership for the Lavaux Golf Club, a 10-year membership for the Mirador Country Club and the services of lifestyle group Quintessentially for one year. Kempinski Hotel services, the use of a Rolls-Royce, butler, wine cellar, Davidoff cigar lounge and Givenchy Spa come included in the price tag.


9. Private Island Paradise, Exuma Cays, Bahamas

Price: US$ 85 million

This house comes with its own private island and with space for 22 guests and 29 staff; it’s the place to relax in the hands of others. A self-generating power source, fuel, telecommunications system and a large vegetable garden make the house almost entirely self-sufficient. On top of this it is only a one-hour flight fromPalm Beach and completely tax-free, so, if you’re a tax exile with green fingers it might well be a perfect match.


10. Lyndhurst Road Mansion, London, UK

Price: US$ 77 million

The front door of this North London redbrick mansion opens to a grand entrance hall with an overhanging chandelier, balustrade and marble fireplace. The decor is bleeding-edge “nouveau”, with every conceivable luxury, including indoor pools, steam rooms and a cinema. Upstairs, the master bedroom with adjoined dressing room has a large half-moon-shaped window, which opens up to a view down the garden and across London.


For the full report and images visit — billionaire.com/luxury-real-estate/1203/the-worlds-top-10-most-expensive-homes

The Bahamas China Friendship Association (BCFA) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture at the Ministry’s offices, November 17.

Baha Mar recently hosted members of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade during a two-day forum which was a precursor to the first-ever Sino Americas Summit scheduled to be held at the resort July 2015.

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