Although very little is known about it, the world’s most expensive house, named Antilia, is located in India, Mumbai and is owned by a multi billionaire Indian business tycoon, Mukesh Ambani.
Antilia, named after the mystic island “Antilia” in the Atlantic Ocean, is a 27-story skyscraper encompassing 400,000-square-feet in total.
Valued over a staggering $1 billion, the mansion is deemed as the world’s most expensive private residential property.
It is exclusively owned by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and the Chairman of Reliance Industries having an approximated net worth of $22.3 billion.
Antilia was designed and built by US architecture firms Hirsch Bedner Associates & Perkins and Will. It was specifically constructed in a way that it could survive an earthquake of a magnitude of 8 on the Richter Scale.
Before Antilia, the Ambanis resided at another Mumbai building with Mukesh’s brother and mother. He moved into this global spectacle along with his wife and three-children in 2012.
Contrary to popular belief, Antilia is not located near the slums of Mumbai, rather it is located on the swankiest row of addresses in the world: Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill in South Mumbai.
Although it has 27 stories originally, some of the ceilings are double in height which means that this fascinating structure soars even higher than it actually sounds.
A staff comprising 600 team members is deployed in the house to oversee its maintenance.
Antilia offers all the luxuries and extravagances one expects from a deluxe structure built specially for a billionaire.
It has a multi-story garage that can easily house nearly 168 cars. Other leisure-studded facilities include a ballroom, guest suites, three helipads and a 2-storied recreation center containing a spa, terraced gardens and a home theater that can accommodate 50 people.
There’s also a private temple constructed within the house where the Ambanis visit regularly for their religious activities.
The whole property is peppered with rare crystals, marbles, and nacre, the mother-of-pearl.
Living quarters for the family are located on the top floors “because we wanted the sunlight,” said Nita, Mukesh’s wife, during an interview to Vanity Fair.
Despite dominating Mumbai’s skyline and being an extremely ostentatious property, Antilia has encountered a fair share of criticism because of its controversial design and extravagant usage. Many sociologists have come out campaigning against the idea of building a billion dollar private mansion in a location like Mumbai which is home to some of worst slums across Asia.