This $301 Million Mansion is the World’s Most Expensive Home

Dec 16th 2015 | lifestyle | travel | Written by Will Jamieson

A mansion in France has sold for the world’s highest-ever price tag of more than $301 million.

The Chateau Louis XIV sits in a 56-acre park outside Paris between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi, Bloomberg reports. The home—if you can call it that—took three years to build and includes an aquarium, cinema, a wine cellar and an outdoor fountain covered in gold leaf. 

“With elegantly planted parterres, a gleaming gold-leafed fountain, an infinite array of flowers, marble statues, bridle paths and a hedged labyrinth, the property’s park and gardens evoke the genius of Le Notre, ” Cogemad, the luxury builder that constructed the site says on its website, a reference the famed gardener of King Louis XIV of France.

   

The chateau’s price—paid by an anonymous “Middle Eastern buyer” according to sources quoted by Bloomberg—is a significant jump over the previous record holding home price, $221 million paid in 2011 for a London penthouse, and well above the most expensive home in the United States, the so-called Palais Royale, a Florida McMansion modeled on Versailles.

The property boasts a lavish ballroom, underground nightclub, a cavernous wine cellar, a squash court, home cinema and an underwater room complete with fishes swimming inside the transparent walls.

It is finished with stunning gold features, marble floors and intricate murals akin to Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.

Every corner of the mansion, nestled in an authentic green setting, is consistent with the standards of 17th Century luxury.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had also scouted the estate as a possible wedding venue a month earlier.

Is this your dream home? You best get saving then!

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