$300 Million Chateau Louis XIV, Most Expensive Home On Earth, Is Almost Ready For Its Owner To Move In
In 2015, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paid almost $ 300 million for a huge estate in Louveciennes, outside Marseille, France. This made the property known Chateau Louis XIV, the most expensive house in the world, a distinction it still holds. And now The New York Post reports that he is finally almost ready for the crown prince to move in.
At a glance, the 53,800-square-foot castle that serves as the centrepiece of the 57-acre property might look like something from France in the 1800s, but in fact it was built from scratch in 2009. The goal in the design of the mansion was to combine the appearance of an authentic Versailles era castle with all modern conveniences, such as a system that allows users to control the many appliances, fountains, lights and thermostat of the mansion with a smartphone.
The mansion also has a home theatre, a wine cellar, a squash court, TWO ballrooms, two pools (one indoor and one outdoor), and even an underground nightclub. It even has authentic historic touches like a ditch, although no 17th-century ditch has ever had an “underwater meditation room” with fish swimming around and over the heads of visitors.
17th-century French castles were known for their lush, expansive gardens, and the gardens surrounding Chateau Louis XIV are undoubtedly in keeping with this tradition. Colourful flower beds, topiary carvings and hedges of pristine boxes abound through the outdoor garden space, and there’s even a labyrinth as well as a small farm and a fully functional vegetable garden.
Bin Salman first bought the property under a veil of secrecy, but it finally appeared that the spider web of the shell companies that actually made the purchase could be traced back to him, and now according to the Publish he is about to move in. When he does, he will be surrounded by a level of opulence that even he may not be used to, and you can better see what I mean by taking a look at the video below, from the French Knowledge of the Arts YouTube channel: