Property prices in Europe vary greatly from country to country. However, some real estate is far beyond the budget of most buyers. We are talking about properties that cost several millions and that only the richest of the rich can afford. These buildings either offer maximum comfort, carry historical significance, boast exceptional architecture, or all of the above. In this article, we take a look at the top 11 most expensive buildings in Europe and explain why the prices of these properties are so exorbitant.
Top 11 most expensive houses in Europe
The most expensive to build are undoubtedly large infrastructure projects such as railway stations, airports or metro networks. High-rise buildings, factories and military installations are also costly to construct. In this article, however, we focus on houses and flats that are not aimed at institutional investors but at individual residents. So we are discussing expensive mansions and penthouses and not entire flat complexes or high-rise buildings.
Furthermore, a high price does not necessarily mean that there are buyers willing to pay the price. The prices are set by the sellers and are based on their assessments. Below you will find a detailed overview of the 11 most expensive houses in Europe.
11. Villa Solitaire
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Name: Villa Solitaire
Location: Son Vida (Mallorca), Spain
Year of construction: 2018
Price: 65 million Euro
Villa Solitaire is a luxury residence designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun. The 2,300-square-metre mansion is located on a 4,250-square-metre plot in one of Spain’s most exclusive residential areas, near Son Vida, on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. The mansion is currently for sale at the equivalent of a bit more than 65 million Euro. This makes Villa Solitaire currently the most expensive house for sale in all of Spain.
If you decide to buy this estate, you will enjoy seven bathrooms, seven bedrooms and a private infinity pool. The property is situated on the south side of a flat slope and offers a unique view.
10. Bran Castle
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Name: Bran Castle, also known as Törzburg or Dracula Castle
Place: Bran, Romania
Period of construction: 13th century
Price: 80 million Euro
Bran Castle, also known as Törzburg, is a 13th century medieval-style castle in Transylvania. Depending on the historical understanding, Bran Castle may have been the home of Prince Vlad III Drăculea, who is considered the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. Today, the Dracula Castle serves as a museum and is one of Romania’s most famous tourist attractions. Situated near the historic city of Brasov, Bran Castle and the surrounding area attract several hundred thousand visitors every year.
A few years ago, Dominic Habsburg, a successor of the Habsburg dynasty, offered to sell the castle to the Romanian state for 80 million euro, which the latter, however, refused. This puts Bran Castle among the most expensive properties in south-eastern Europe.
9. Zeki Pasa Waterfront Mansion
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Name: Zeki Pasa Waterfront Mansion
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Period of construction: 19th century
Price: 150 million Euro
Zeki Pasa Waterfront Mansion is a 2,500 square metre building on the Bosphorus River in Istanbul. The mansion was built in the 19th century as a residence for Zeki Pasa, a field marshal who served the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.
Most recently, the Zeki Pasa Waterfront Mansion was listed for 150 million Euro, thus ranking as the most expensive house advertised for sale in Turkey. The palace was built in Bella Epoque style, includes four living rooms and 19 bedrooms on 5 floors. Situated directly on the Bosphorus, the property offers its residents a unique view over the river.
8. Lonsdaleite Estate
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Name: Lonsdaleite Estate, also known as Ice Palace
Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland
Year of construction: 2017
Price: 179 million Euro
With a sales price of 179 million Euro, the Lonsdaleite Estate is the most expensive house in Switzerland. The luxurious ice palace is located in the ski resort of St. Moritz in the mountain canton of Graubünden. In the approximately 3,000-square-metre luxury palace, residents are pampered with a spa, a cinema, pools and jacuzzis on seven floors. The Lonsdaleite Estate stands on a high plateau and offers unique views over the snow-covered Engadin Valley.
The private property also includes its own resort, reception, a six-sided staircase, floor-to-ceiling windows and is considered an architectural masterpiece.
7. Hanley Mansion
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Name: Hanley Mansion
Location: London, United Kingdom
Year of construction: 1769
Price: 194 million Euro
Hanley Mansion is a city palace in London. The property was built directly on the Thames River, at one of the finest locations in the centre of the British capital. Sir William Richardson had Hanley Mansion built in the 18th century and later sold it to Heiress Elizabeth Doughty. In the 19th century, the mansion went to Francis Cook, a 19th century clothing merchant and at the time the third-richest Englishman.
In total, the 194 million Euro property covers around 3500 square metres and is home to 10 bedrooms, a dining room for 200 guests, a car museum, a spa and a bowling alley.
6. Kensington Palace
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Name: Kensington Palace
Location: London, United Kingdom
Year of construction: 1605
Price: 223 million Euro
Kensington Palace is a building in London used by the British Royal Family. Sir George Coppin built the two-storey mansion in the early 17th century in the Jacobean style.
Some 90 years later, Kensington Palace was converted into a castle by the architect and astronomer Christopher Wren. For the Royal Family, Kensington Palace holds significance as, among other things, the birthplace of Queen Victoria, the residence of Lady Diana and the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Parts of the estate have been open to the public since the property was completely renovated. After the renovation, the value is estimated at around 223 million Euro.
5. One Hyde Park Penthouse B
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Name: Penthouse B @ One Hyde Park
Location: London, United Kingdom
Year of construction: 2010
Price: 240 million Euro
The One Hyde Park residential complex in London comprises 86 luxury residential units spread across three retail units named Rolex, McLaren Automotive and Abu Dhabi Islamic Banking. One Hyde Park is owned by the British CPC Group and Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family.
The flats at One Hyde Park target ultra-high-net-worth individuals, with the least expensive residence in the complex costing 19 million Euro. The most expensive residential unit is Penthouse B, with an asking price of a whopping 240 million Euro for just under 1,700 square metres.
4. Tour Odéon Sky Penthouse
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Name: Sky Penthouse @ Tour Odéon
Location: Monaco, Principality of Monaco
Year of construction: 2015
Price: 375 million Euro
Built between 2009 and 2015, Tour Odéon is the tallest building in the Principality of Monaco. In addition to shops, flats and a vegetable garden, Tour Odéon is home to the world’s most expensive penthouse. The Sky Penthouse stretches from the 45th to the 49th floor of the skyscraper and covers around, 3300 square metres.
So far, no buyer has yet been found who is willing to pay the 375 million Euro demanded for the penthouse. So until further notice, the Sky Penthouse will be rented out. With 8 bedrooms, 3 of which are for staff, the penthouse, which sits 170 metres above the ground, nevertheless also offers its tenants the ultimate in luxury.
3. Villa Aurora
Name: Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi (Villa Aurora)
Place: Rome, Italy
Period of construction: 16th century
Price: 400 million Euro
The Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, or Villa Aurora for short, is a historic building in the Italian capital Rome. The villa was part of a large garden complex, but was destroyed by Savoyard troops in 1870. Numerous historical statues and paintings were demolished in the process. Most of the remaining art treasures were taken to museums. However, there are a few well-preserved artefacts in the Villa Aurora, including, for example, the famous ceiling fresco of the Aurora, which was painted by Guercino in 1621.
Despite the historical and artistic importance of the building, no buyer could be found for the asking price of 400 million Euro, and the villa remains for sale.
2. Villa Leopolda
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Name: Villa Leopolda
Location: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Year of construction: 1902
Price: 728 million Euro
Villa Leopolda is a mansion built in 1902 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Côte d’Azur, France. The mansion was commissioned by King Leopold II of Belgium for his mistress Caroline Lacroix Blanche Zélia Joséphine Delacroix, Baroness de Vaughan. It is constructed in the Belle Époque style and covers about 2,700 square metres (including pavilions and outbuildings).
At 728 million Euro, Villa Leopolda is one of the most expensive houses in the world, the second most expensive house in Europe and the most expensive house in France. However, many experts consider Villa Leopolda to be one of the most overvalued houses existing.
1. Buckingham Palace
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Name: Buckingham Palace
Location: London, United Kingdom
Year of construction: 1703
Price: 1,260 million Euro
The seat of the English royal family is considered the most expensive house in Europe. The 77,000 square metre palace features 775 rooms, including 19 state flats, 52 bedrooms, 92 study rooms and 78 bathrooms. The lavish interior contains numerous antiques and art treasures.
Buckingham Palace’s foundations were laid at the beginning of the 18th century. However, it only took on its present form after substantial extensions in the 19th century. Contrary to popular belief, Buckingham Palace and its art treasures do not belong to the Royal Family, but to the British state. The value of Buckingham Palace is currently estimated at the equivalent of around 1,260 million Euro. This places Buckingham Palace as the most expensive house in the world, and thus also the most expensive house in Europe and the most expensive house in Great Britain.
This is how much the 11 most expensive houses in Europe cost: Overview
Below you will find a list of the most expensive houses in Europe.
|Villa Solitaire||65 Mio Euro||Son Vida (Mallorca), Spain|
|Bran Castle||80 Mio Euro||Bran, Romania|
|Zeki Pasa Waterfront Mansion||150 Mio Euro||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Lonsdaleite Estate||179 Mio Euro||St. Moritz, Switzerland|
|Hanley Mansion||194 Mio Euro||London, United Kingdom|
|Kensington Palace||223 Mio Euro||London, United Kingdom|
|One Hyde Park Penthouse B||240 Mio Euro||London, United Kingdom|
|Tour Odéon Penthouses||375 Mio Euro||Monaco, Principality of Monaco|
|Villa Aurora||400 Mio Euro||Rome, Italy|
|Villa Leopolda||728 Mio Euro||Villefranche-sur-Mer, France|
|Buckingham Palace||1,260 Mio Euro||London, United Kingdom|
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