#17 – Villa La Palladiana – France ($76 Million)
The Villa is one of the most unique structures on the list at 27 stories tall, and is packed with indoor and outdoor gardens to give it a nice appeal. There are even some stories that don’t have a bedroom since there are only 19 in total. The estate was purchased in 2014 by Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire who also owns the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA.
Chances are more likely that you could be hired on as a staff member at the house before you could afford to live there. There are typically 50 gardeners that work at the Villa year round. That’s right, 50. The view is breathtaking, too, with a great look of Cap Ferrat on each level’s balcony. Prokhorov might be crazy enough to leap into the water from the top level, but he probably hasn’t.
#16 – Dracula’s Castle – Transylvania, Romania ($80 Million)
The official name of this building is Brans Castle, but it is more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. The original owner of the home was Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. You may know him as Vlad the Impaler because of his fondness for impaling his enemies at the stake. Vlad was the original inspiration for Dracula, so there is a bloody feel to the home.
It would take a really high offer to buy the castle since it was purchased in the 1980’s and turned into a museum. The castle has been around since the 1300’s, so it has also been remodeled a few times to make sure it doesn’t fall over. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place that children challenge each other to stay a night in to prove they aren’t scaredy cats?