Ok, well it’s not really 2 billion, but sources say that this house is nearly 2 billion dollars. How many zeros are in a billion? You guessed it, nine! But the house itself costs around 1,890,461,000 – that’s pretty insane.
The house is called Antilla or Antilles which is a name of a mythical island and it is occupied by Mukesh Ambani. This year 2011, Mukesh Ambani is India’s second richest man followed by Lakshmi Mittal and he is the 9th wealthiest person in the world according to Forbes lists of 2011. Mukesh Ambani is an oil and gas conglomerate who also just partnered up with BP. Even though he is a Chairman & MD of Reliance Industries, he is a droupout from Stanford University.
Antilla, the most expensive house in the world surpasses likes of Villa Leopolda in Belgium that’s worth 525 million dollars, Fair Field Hamptons in the United States that’s worth 170 million dollars, The Pinnacle in Montana that’s worth 155 million dollars and The Manor in Los Angeles that’s worth 150 million dollars. This 60 storied Skyscraper has 27 floors and sits in Mumbai, India; it includes commodities such as a health club, an elevated garden, dance studio, numerous lounges, a ballroom, guestrooms, a 50-seat screening room, gym, three helipads, underground parking for 160 vehicles, one floor that makes snow and much more. Ambani moved into Antila with his wife, three children and a fairly sized 600 person staff. This must be an overkill for all the people that are living in Mumbai slums making 2 dollars a day watching Ambani’s crib tower over them.
Writing about Antilla is a way overdue post for me, but I just find this house insane and intriguing, I mean what would you do with billions of dollars that you make? I mean sure, why not? Right. Even though it looks more of a lego structure that I built when I was a kid, it was designed by an American firm. Its design comes from principles of Vaastu to maximize positive energy, which is similar to Chinese Feng Shui.
Few interesting facts about the most expensive house in the world – Antilla:
- Every few floors are separated by a space that is filled with a garden.
- 2 floors are exclusively reserved for the “health floor” they consist of a swimming pool, gymnasium, aerobics room, sauna and a “relaxation” place for guests.
- 8th floor is used for cinema and entertainment space which sits 50 people.
- Heights of each floor of the rooms reach 10 feet or 3 meters, relatively higher than ordinary buildings or houses.
- To save his luxury cars, 6 floors of Antilla are prepared as parking areas with complete maintenance facilities.
- 3 helipads on top of the house.
- 4 top floors are used as a living room, from this area of the building you can see out into the Arabian Sea. Mumbai city is located on the coast that overlooks the Arabian Sea on its western side.
- To maintain and operate all functions of the building Mukesh Ambani employs more than 600 employees.
Imagine misplacing your keys at the house. You wake up on the 25th floor; go down to the 18th floor to check up on the kids … they are doing just fine. Then you take an elevator down to the kitchen on the 7th floor for breakfast, go up to the 15th floor and relax at the spa. Go back up to the 24th floor to chat with the wife, head back down to the office to grab a portfolio on the 10th floor. Finally make your way down to the garage to realize that you’re missing your keys. Ohh damn. Then you get the staff involved … all 600 of them are looking for your keys. You go up to the 8th floor to watch a movie to hopefully hear the good news about the findings. Hours go by and you finally get fed up with waiting, so you call the Mercedes dealership to have your keys delivered to your helipad from Germany. As the duplicates arrive you’ve come to find out that a newly hired employee accidentally didn’t take your keys out from your jacket pocket in the wash room.
It is estimated that Antilla is going to increase in real estate value as the time goes on.