Wouldn’t it be nice to own multiple properties? Wouldn’t it be nice to own multi-million-dollar properties? While most of us can only dream, that dream is often a reality for the world’s elite. It’s a world that many of us can only glimpse at through the glossy pages of Forbes – and we love to look. Having a sneak peek into the spacious mansions and state of the art apartments lets us see how the other half live.
It’s not cheap to be a millionaire and it’s true what they say – the more money you have, the more you spend. Across the globe there are exclusive locations where you can purchase the most prime real estate imaginable. If cost is no object, you can bag yourself a mansion along the cultural hub of Amsterdam’s canals, a multi-level apartment in the heart of New York City, or a villa in Europe with panoramic ocean views. Anywhere you want – let real estate agents like Harrods, Sotheby’s and Savill’s take care of it for you.
If like me, you have about as much hope of stepping foot in one of these homes as you do of winning the lottery, then rest assured – I’ve got you covered. I’ve done some research into the most expensive streets the world over so you’ll always know where to aim for if you ever make those millions. Let’s take a look at the 15 Most Expensive Streets in the World.
15. AVENUE MONTAIGNE, PARIS
It goes without saying that expensive streets are going to be the stomping grounds of the rich and famous. After all, if you’ve got the cash and can afford it, why wouldn’t you own a house on one of the most expensive places on earth? Avenue Montaigne is in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Interestingly, it was originally called Allee des Veuves (meaning Widow’s Alley) because it was a regular meeting place for grieving wives. These days, it’s known for its high fashion boutiques such as Christian Dior. If you want to buy a residential property here though, it’s going to set you back a pretty penny. In 2016, a 118 meter square apartment went on sale for $3.5 million dollars.
14. FIFTH AVENUE, MANHATTAN
The worldwide revered Fifth Avenue is one of the most sought after places to live in New York. Not only is it home to a host of amazing designer boutiques, it also boasts the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center. Actor and comedian Bill Murray keeps a residence on this famous street and so could you (if you’ve got millions of dollars just hanging around). A small one-bedroom condo in a building with a shared pool and gym is currently on sale for $1,699,000. An apartment the same size wouldn’t usually cost anywhere near that amount. It just goes to show how location is everything.
13. OSTOZHENKA, MOSCOW
Russians like luxury, and this is exactly what you can expect from the very exclusive Ostozhenka in downtown Moscow. It’s a particularly historical area, with lots to see and fine dining restaurants at every turn. The most expensive property ever sold here was a five-level apartment, exchanging hands for an eye watering $48 million dollars. However, currently one of the districts historic houses is up for grabs through Sotheby’s. The 19th century 9-bedroom home with 178 acres is a work of art and can be yours if you’re willing to shell out the $79 million dollar asking price.
12. ROMAZZINO HILL, SARDINIA
Romazzino Hill in Italy’s Sardinia has been notorious for being a popular hang-out for the rich and famous since the 1960’s. The hill is made up by a group of villas with their own private pools. Surrounded by incredible scenery, ocean views and home to a 4-star luxury hotel, it’s not hard to see why people pay through the nose to own property here. For a start, there isn’t much property to own, so when one comes up it’s not normally left waiting for an owner for very long. It’s known as one of the most expensive locations in Europe. In 2012 Italian businessman Carlo de Benedetti sold his home there for $148-million-dollars. Yikes.
11. CHEMIN DE RUTH, GENEVA
In the 1223 Cologny in Geneva, Switzerland, you can find Chemin de Ruth. The stone street manages to keep an old school feel, despite being filled with incredibly expensive homes decked out in all the finery you could imagine. A fair few of these pristine structures have swimming pools of their own, huge immaculately kept gardens and incredible views of the surrounding area which is home to Lake Geneva and the United Nations buildings. Between 2008 and 2010, homes on the street sold for upwards of $13 million. Just to name a few, the street is home to the Peugeot family, former tennis pro Henri Leconte and former skier Jean-Claude Killy, so the neighbors are hardly riff-raff.
10. PATERSON HILL, SINGAPORE
At first glance, this residential cul-de-sac in Singapore looks like something you would find on America’s East Coast. Far from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but close enough to the Orchard Road Shopping Belt, Paterson Hill is a tranquil part of Singapore – but it comes at a price. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Severin and former Miss Singapore Rachel Kum have residences here (but not together). If you really feel like treating yourself, try and bag an apartment in the most expensive building, The Marq. It has a unit designed entirely by Hermes. Apartments currently on sale in that complex range from $11 million to $33 million.
9. AVENUE PRINCESS GRACE
Monaco is most famous for being the host of the F1 Grand Prix every year in May, but it’s also known as a permanent residence all the year round to many who are lucky enough to afford it. Named after Grace Kelly, the beautiful American actress who married Prince Rainer III, the Avenue Princess Grace runs along the waterfront in Monaco. Residents include Andrea Bocelli, the late Roger Moore, Lewis Hamilton and Helena Christensen. The prices are so out of this world that a 5 bedroom apartment currently up for sale is price upon request. On average, property here will set you back $86,000 dollars per square meter.
8. BOULEVARD DU GENERAL DE GAULLE, FRANCE
Nestled in the stunning Mediterranean Cote d’Azur the idyllic Cap Ferrat peninsula boasts the title of the world’s most expensive non-urban location. The villas are just how you would expect them, stunningly perfect in every way, surrounded by hosts of greenery. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie owned a house here (pre separation) as do Paul Allen. Charlie Chaplin also held a residence here until his death in 1977. If a romantic French setting is your ideal holiday getaway, break open your piggy bank and hope for the best. At $79,000 per square meter all you can do is hope.
7. KENSINGTON PALACE GARDENS
One of the most beautiful streets of London, Kensington Palace Gardens is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Prince William and Kate) and their two children. While the royals are the most high profile people to live on the street, there’s a fair few other stars too, including Roman Abramovich and Tamara Ecclestone. The stone built houses are built alongside the French, Russian and Japanese embassy’s. Locals call it ‘Billionaire’s Row.’ In 2012, the Daily Mail reported that the average house price on the street was £19.2 million pounds – that’s roughly $25 million dollars. That being said, a house owned by a Saudi Prince went up for $150 million dollars.
6. POLLOCKS PATH, THE PEAK, HONG KONG
For many years the mountain looking down on the bustling city of Hong Kong has been home to its richest people. Known as the world’s most expensive street, property here gives you incredible skyline views and a haven away from the lower level of city life. In 2011, an apartment in the Sky High Complex sold for $103 million. It’s not hard to see why. Right now, number 11 Pollocks Path, a 4 bed and 4 bath property with 2995 square feet is up for grabs for $248 million dollars. Yep, you read that right. What do you say, new holiday home?
5. KURFURSTENDAMM, BERLIN
Often dubbed the German equivalent to Mayfair and Park Lane (which we will discuss further on) these German streets even feature in the country’s version of Monopoly. Kurfurstendamm is lined with beautifully spaced trees, filled to the brim with designer boutiques and five star hotels. The area is so exclusive that it can be notoriously difficult to get on the property ladder here. If you had a piece of prime real estate, you’d hold on to it too, wouldn’t you? It’s a street steeped in the rich history of Germany, and now home to many fashion houses such as Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent.
4. KEIZERSGRACHT, PRISENGRACHT AND HERENGRACHT, AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam’s famous canals are beautiful in more ways than one. A vibrant hub of culture and history, the 17th century houses are stunning – and stunningly priced. Lining the three main canals of the Grachtengordel, the properties are often double width mansions with inner gardens and amazing views. The Gouden Bocht ‘Golden Bend’ is the most prestigious. A recent listing of an immaculately presented apartment in Le Jardin (a block on the Gouden Bocht) had an asking price of $825,000 dollars. If you wanted to take the two parking spaces below, that would cost you a further $70,000. What do you think, is it worth it?
3. PASSEIG DE GRACIA, BARCELONA
The influential architect Gaudi designed two of the most beautiful buildings on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia. Reported as Spain’s most expensive street, the buildings are like something out of a dream. A five-bedroom apartment currently up for sale has an asking price of $2.1 million dollars. For that amount, you get 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and an incredible view of the city below. I’m not sure that I’d ever be willing to shell out that much unless it was for the entirety of a Gaudi building itself, but who am I kidding. I can’t buy new shoes, let alone a new multi-million-dollar apartment.
2. MAYFAIR, LONDON
Another iconic corner of London is Mayfair. Situated in the West End of the capital of England, Mayfair perches on the edge of Hyde Park (the London equivalent to Central Park). Nearby you can find other famous streets such as Oxford Street and Regent Street. Most of the area was originally rural and only built on in the 18th century. Like most outrageously expensive real estate areas, Mayfair is made up of residences side by side with businesses and foreign embassy’s. A four bedroom apartment located on Davies Street in the heart of Mayfair is currently on sale through Harrods for £11,250,000. That’s roughly $15 million dollars.
1. INDIAN CREEK ISLAND ROAD, MIAMI
On a private island in Miami situated in Biscayne Bay, is one of the priciest places to live in the United States. Rather than being a singular street, Indian Creek Village is a city within a city, a place where billionaires rub shoulders with each other without the prying eyes of us commoners. The village has its own country club and is even patrolled by its own private police force on jet skis. Number 26 Indian Creek Island Road is currently up for sale for a mere $29,500,000 (and that’s just land). For that amount you can own two acres to build your dream home on. What do you say? I’m ready if you are.
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