When you have a lot of money, things in life tend to get a bit easier. If you don’t find a house that you like, people will fall over themselves to propose newer, more personalized options that they can build just for you.
Having lots of options, and a cadre of brilliant architects at your fingertips generally means that the house you have had built for yourself will be pretty spectacular. Here are a few houses that were built for private use and represent some of the most exciting and innovative architecture in the world.
Fallingwater – Pennsylvania, USA
Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork, and represents his personal design principles perfectly. Wright designed many spectacular buildings in his lifetime, including private homes, and larger corporate buildings. Fallingwater represents a high point of his career, and brought him out of relative obscurity when it was believed that the Great Depression had brought new home construction to a complete standstill.
Fallingwater was built over top of a 30-foot high waterfall, and works with the flow of the water, rather than trying to overpower it. Although his clients were skeptical at first, they soon came to appreciate being so close to nature.
Antilia – Mumbai, India
The most expensive private house in the world is owned by Mukesh Ambani, an Indian billionaire who recently built Antilia – a 27-floor building that cost around $2 billion USD. It’s located in South Mumbai, and has been sharply criticized because most people think that an insane display of wealth like that has no place in a city where many citizens sleep on the street every night.
The land was actually bought from an orphanage, who sold it for well under market value because they needed the money to continue operating. Antilia has three helipads, and requires a staff of 600 to operate every day.
Updown Court – Surrey, England
Updown Court, which is located in Surrey, England, is considered by many to be a very unlucky place. The first house on the site was built in 1924, but burned down in 1987. Construction started on a new house in 1999, but the property changed hands a few times as construction continued and costs began to mount. As it became clear that the property would take tens of millions of dollars to complete, buyers began backing off.
This gigantic house, with 24 bedrooms, a bowling alley, and a tennis court is currently on the market. It could be yours for just $45 million!